Marubeni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (MSFI) together with the San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC, 50% Marubeni Corp., 50% Kansai Power Intl. Corp.) donated a total of twenty-four (24) units of desktop computers to three public elementary schools in Pangasinan province located in Northern Philippines. SRPC operates the San Roque Multipurpose Dam in Pangasinan.
The three schools that received computer donations were the Bobon Elementary School and San Roque Elementary School, both in San Manuel, Pangasinan, and the Bulangit Elementary School in San Nicolas, Pangasinan. These schools which are located in the vicinity of the San Roque Multipurpose Dam have a combined student population of 834 pupils who all belong to low income families.
A ceremony for the turnover of donations was held last November 14, 2014 at the Bobon Elementary School. The event was attended by the Board of Trustees of MSFI, officers from Marubeni Philippines Corporation (MPC) and SRPC, the Municipal Mayor of San Nicolas, Pangasinan, representatives of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the principals, teachers, parents and students of the three beneficiary schools.
The highlight of the program was the ceremonial turnover of donations to Bobon Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School and Bulangit Elementary School, followed by the remarks from MSFI Chairman & President, Mr. Amaury Gutierrez, MPC President and CEO, Mr. Koichi Kuwamura and SRPC President and CEO, Mr. Ryukichi Kawaguchi. An appreciation speech was also given by San Nicolas Municipal Mayor Rebecca Saldivar, while the message from the Mayor Alain Jerico Perez of San Manuel was read by his representative. The pupils performed a special folk dance to entertain the guests.
Mayor Saldivar expressed her deepest appreciation to MSFI and SRPC for the computer donations which will elevate the educational standards of the public elementary schools and help narrow the gap between the private and public elementary school educational systems in the area.
Since 2008, MSFI has been donating computers and other instructional materials to public elementary schools in the Philippines as a result of Marubeni Corporation’s additional grant in the same year. In recent years, MSFI has been focusing on improving computer literacy among public elementary school pupils.