The Aboitiz owned power firm serving Cotabato City and parts of Maguindanao continued its social corporate responsibility, helping communities through education.
The latest recipient of its CSR is a far-flung village here where the residents have been covered by the Cotabato Light and Power Company (Cotabato Light) service area.
Barangay Badak is a coastal town inhabited mainly by Maguindanao and Tiduray indigenous peoples whose children are studying at Don Antonio Martinez Sr Elementary School (DAMSES).
The village is populated by about 1,300 residents and about 700 are pupils of DAMSES but the school have only few classrooms and needs chairs and desks.
School children walked for several kilometers to classes daily and have difficulty due to lack of arm chairs and desks.
The Cotabato Light saw it as an opportunity to have impact on the education of poor students by providing them with 235 pre-fabricated new chairs and desks in compliance of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR).
The outreach program was dubbed “Writing from the floor no more,” said Anna Lea Lee L. Nataño, Cotabato Light Human Resource and Reputation Enhancement Department head.
”We found the pupils writing from the floor due to lack of arm chairs, we were touched, thus this project,” she told reporters.
The school is located in a far-flung rural area of Cotabato Light franchise about 20 kilometers from the city proper.
“Indeed, it was a good sight to behold and to endure by the youth of today whom we consider as our next generation and the hope of our nation,” said Nataño who led the Aboitiz firm’s CSR team in handing over the assistance to education officials and parents.