H E A D Q U A R T E R S
P H I L I P P I N E A R M Y
CIVIL-MILITARY OPERATIONS GROUP
Fort Andres Bonifacio, Metro Manila
05 September 2015
ANGELES, Pampanga – New hopes and new dreams await the marginalized children of this city as Tuloy Foundation Inc.(TFI), a non-stock and non-profit non- government organization, launches its new Tuloy Bahay Bata Center, today, September 7, Bgy Cauyan, here at 10:00 a.m.
Fr. Rocky Evangelista, TFI President and Founder,said the establishment of the TuloyBahay Bata Center marks another milestone in the history of the Foundation as it expands its mission of redeeming street children to areas north of Manila other than Alabang, Muntinlupa.
TFI is one of the partner stakeholders of the Philippine Army. The partnership between the two organizations paved the way for the “Pinoy Batang Bayani” (PBB) program where trained Army soldier-facilitators teach Tuloy kids discipline and leadership skills to instill in them the values of nationalism, leadership, patriotism and sense of responsibility among others.
With the installation of the Tuloy Bahay Bata Center in Angeles, Pampanga, marginalized children and youth will have the opportunity for better education and to acquire livelihood skills (automotive servicing, refrigeration and servicing, building wiring installation, baking science technology, computer hardware servicing, culinary arts and basic metal arc welding) that will regain their self-worth, self-dignity and self-respect to save them further from being a problem to society.
The Philippine Army’s PBB facilitators, on the other hand, will be the “Kuyas and Ates” to the marginalized children and youth who will avail the TFI’s residential care services to integrate them into mainstream society through a comprehensive program of caring, healing and teaching.
According to Col Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Civil-Military Operations Group Commander, Philippine Army, this new venture of TFI will also give the Army Command the chance to help in TFI’s advocacy of keeping these marginalized children off the streets and to keep them from being recruited and exploited by lawless elements in this part of Pampanga and to contribute in alleviating their plight through proper enlightenment and good basic education.
Both the Philippine Army and TFI have sponsored activities in serving the indigenous people of Pampanga through cultural immersion, feeding programs, Project Shoebox where school supplies and personal health care items were distributed to Aeta communities; as well as the conduct of Mobile Educational Outreach Program where they were given the opportunity to learn basic computer literacy education.
The PBB program is envisioned to be a model template to be emulated by other similar local and international non-government organizations catering to youth rehabilitation and education.
In the past two years since the PBB program was launched, the program has graduated some 293 PBB certified Tuloy kids. The PBB program is now on its 3rd year.
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