The series of PBA travelling fellowships began with a visit to our inner city. Back in 2008, the PBA helped establish a community of row houses, known as the PBA Gawad Kalinga Village, for the benefit of more than 50 urban poor families living in the outskirts of a bustling business district. With the support of Jollibee Foundation, in a partnership arranged through the efforts of Trustee Rodelle Bolante and Atty. Valerie Feria Amante, the PBA Gawad Kalinga Village Yuletide Outreach was held last 19 December 2015. Through the event, our President, together with past Presidents Ruben Fruto, Jose Feria and Ma Charito Cruz, joined by Trustees Rico Domingo, Rodelle Bolante and other new PBA members, braved the unseasonable downpour to bring yuletide cheer to the PBA Gawad Kalinga Village.
A Jollibee Children’s Christmas Party was held with the children of the village enjoying kiddie meals and popular toys from Jollibee. A magician performed tricks to the delight of more than 100 children in attendance. The Municipality of Pateros extended logistical support to the children’s party, through the efforts of past President Jose Feria.
In keeping with the yuletide spirit, the PBA donated several boxes filled with books and toys, 20 school chairs, 5 school tables and 3 electric fans to the PBA GK Village – Sibol Day Care Center. Plush and Play, a social enterprise based in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, also donated toys to encourage children to attend pre-school at the day care center. The outreach gave the visiting PBA officers and members a better appreciation of the meaning of “inclusive economic growth,” as seen through the eyes of children living in our inner cities.
Stressing the point that education is a powerful tool for empowerment, the PBA also donated a fully equipped Computer Literacy Center and e-Library during the visit. This was made possible through a donation by the law firm of Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia of desktop computers and tables. Our President also donated a printer with supplies, some chairs and an electric fan. The University of Makati will provide computer lessons under a previous arrangement with the village. The project is meant for young adults in the PBA GK Village to acquire computer skills so they can compete in the job market.
The outreach was covered by renowned photojournalist Rick Ricamora and reported in a photo essay in www.rappler.com. Our President was pleased to report that the PBA did not spend a single centavo in staging the successful yuletide outreach, as he thanked the generosity of the officers, members and friends of the PBA for their support.
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