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11 FEBRUARY 2002. VOLUME 35. NUMBER 31. 4 PAGES_ 

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DLSU-M receives P2M for Operation Big Brother

The donation of US$40,000 from Kraft Foods Philippines will fund DLSU-Mís development programs for selected public schools. DLSU-M is currently supporting V. Mapa High School, Arellano High School, and Gregorio Perfecto High School.

Kraft Foods (Philippines), Inc. (KFP) donated $40, 000 for De La Salle University-Manilaís Operation Big Brother, a project of the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER) under the College of Education (CED).

Started in 2001, the seven-year pilot project seeks to provide quality education to the countryís less privileged. The project initially covers three public high schools in Manila, namely, V. Mapa High School (VMHS), Arellano High School (AHS), and Gregorio Perfecto High School (GPHS).

The turnover ceremony of the donation was held at the KFP Plant in Parañaque last February 5. Among those who attended the event for DLSU-Manila were Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, executive vice president, Brother Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, vice president for academics and research, Dr. Allan Bernardo, CED dean, and Dr. Sterling Plata, program coordinator. KFP President and General Manager Ferdinand de la Cruz led the company officials in welcoming the La Salle guests.

KFPís support for DLSU-Mís project is part of a wider corporate campaign to take more social responsibility, particularly in the education sector.
Operation Big Brother currently covers the pilot sections in the first and second year levels of each school. Two sections come from VMHS and one each from AHS, and GPHS.

Under the project, 480 students received this school year a complete set of textbooks and school supplies. Their teachers are entitled to a scholarship for a Masterís degree at DLSU-M and to faculty development programs provided by the University.
Aside from getting an enriched curriculum derived from Lasallian high schools, the public schools have also benefitted from improved facilities. This school year, each of the three schools received a science lab and multimedia learning resources.

Prior to the donation from KFP, Operation Big Brother had already received over P3M in other corporate and private donations.


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