Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Ayala Coop) kicks off its “Be Juan Para sa Kalusugan” inititative which seeks to provide nutritious fortified rice meals for hundreds of children in Pampanga and Bataan.
The Ayala Coop, in partnership with Ayala Foundation, kicked off the project as a volunteerism activity for its members, who came together to pack fortified rice for distribution to children from seven barangays in San Fernando, Pampanga. The event was held on October 25 at the Laus Events Place in San Fernando, Pampanga.
The fortified rice will help feed 490 Grades 3-6 children from seven barangays in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga and some 300 school children from Bagac Elementary School, in the province of Bataan over a period of six months.
The health status of the beneficiaries will be monitored with the help of Rise Against Hunger Philippines, which will supervise the feeding together with school partners and monitor the health status of the children.
Said Ruel Maranan, vice chair of the Ayala Coop and president of Ayala Foundation: “Ayala has long been committed to contributing to national development. Through our business and social development initiatives, we continue to address existing and emerging needs of Filipinos, while also helping improve the lives of people and communities. Be Juan Para sa Kalusugan signifies our recognition of an important concern in the country—health and nutrition. Investing in nutrition is one way of investing in our people and their future.”
Also actively supporting are Ayala Employee Relations Network (Ayala ERNet) and the Ayala Business Club of Central Luzon.