DepEd partners with private firms for work immersion program, establishment of feeding center

MANILA-- The Department of Education (DepEd) Batangas has renewed its partnership with McDonald's Philippines for a work immersion program for senior high school students, and has also partnered with Republic Cement for the establishment of a kitchen/feeding center for students.

From six pilot schools and 128 beneficiaries in 2016, more senior high school students are expected to benefit from the work immersion program as an additional five McDonald's stores will open their doors to provide learning experiences to the students.

Through this program, McDonald's said student will not only be able to apply the practical skills learned from the classroom, but will also learn more about responsibility, hard work and team work -- values which the company highlights to its employees.

This program works with the help of McDonald's employees and restaurant team members.

The company said it plans to expand the work immersion program outside Batangas, and targets to create more partnerships with other schools nationwide.

Furthermore, McDonald's Philippines plans to expand its other programs, such as the Special Program for Employment of Students, and the Jobstart, to provide more students with better opportunities.

Kusina ng Kalinga

Meanwhile, through DepEd's partnership with Republic Cement, and and also with Gawad Kalinga and the municipal government of Taysan Batangas, the first Kusina ng Kalinga (KnK) was established.

KnK was established from refurbishing a 60 square meter room in Taysan Elementary School and turning into a kitchen that will provide nutritious meals to students there as well as those in nearby schools.

Students from the Bilogo Elementary School, Pag-asa Elementary School and Mapulo Elementary School are among those who will benefit from the feeding center.

About 750 students from Kinder to Grade 3 are expected to benefit for this School Year 2017-2018, as one of the partners, the Gawad Kalinga, also targets to address the undernourishment and malnutrition among public school children.

For his part, Republic Cement president, Renato Sunico, said noted that through this partnership, they will not only be able to feed the school children, but will feed the future generation.

He added that it is the company's commitment to create positive impact among communities where Republic Cement operates.

"I also hope that the KnK can be replicated in other areas where we operate," Sunico said.

Meanwhile, the local government unit of Taysan helps by providing workers who will assist in food preparations, logistics, among others, to ensure that the food will be delivered to beneficiary schools.

Source: Philippines News Agency