Ten inspiring Pinoy families were honored at the 9th Jollibee Family Values Awards held on Friday in Manila.
The 2019 edition of the “Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino” awarded families whose projects focus were on unlocking the transformative power of education, upholding the rights of and supporting persons with disabilities, as well as guiding victims of drug addiction toward a better life.
Major awards went to 6 families and special citations were given to 4 families in ceremonies held on September 27 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria.
Here are the 9th JFVA recipient families:
1. Bacudio Family, Malate
The Bacudio Family’s (Malate, Manila), Dagdag Dunong Project which started as a library in their garage is now a facility serving 20 to 30 children daily. They also began their second facility in Baco, Mindoro and launched the Jeepney of Hope project for the Mangyan tribe in Mindoro and the Matuto sa Lakwatsa program.
2. Montano Family from Quezon City
The Montano Family from South Triangle, Quezon City is recognized for their CHEERS (Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Safety Services) Foundation, helping communities become better prepared during times of calamities by conducting outreach and disaster training programs.
3. Mansing Family from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
The Mansing Family from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental founded the Book for Kids project which focused on donating children’s books to public schools especially in the remote areas of Dumaguete City.
4. Viñas Family from Quezon City
The Viñas Family from Quezon City, Metro Manila believes in “Malinaw na Mata Para Sa Maliwanag na Kinabukasan” (Bright Eyes for a Brighter Future). They provide free eye examinations for deprived school children particularly in public elementary and high school.
5. Bufi Family from Taguig City
The Bufi Family from Taguig City started The Storytelling Project (TSP) which focused on teaching literacy and bringing the joy of reading to far-flung communities. To date, the TSP program has trained 5,000 teachers and has catered to over 10,000 children.
6. Paler Family’s from Maasin, Southern Leyte
The Paler Family’s (Maasin, Southern Leyte) “Rehab Without Walls” is also one of the advocacies recognized at the #9thJFVA. This program helps “aspirants” achieve a drug-free and more productive life.
Special Citations were also awarded to 4 families:
1. Special Citation for Indigenous People – Elago Family (Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte)
Despite being a low-income household, the Elago Family still pursued helping college students fund for their education. To date, Project Scholar has supported more than 80 scholars, which includes indigenous peoples, out-of-school youth, and HS graduates.
2. Special Citation for Education – Manuel Family (Solana, Cagayan Province)
The Manuel Family started the I-Saved (Saving Vulnerable, Education and Dreams) program, to help kids from the Aeta community and students exhibiting high absenteeism or drop-out due to poverty. They provide literacy and tutorial programs and help communities improve their way of living.
3. Special Citation for Children – Plaza Family (Mati, Davao Oriental)
The Plaza Family not only helps send orphans to school, they also protect and serve the marine wildlife of Dahican. Their adopted orphans also help in building pawikan hatcheries and caring for their eggs until they are ready to be released at sea.
4. Special Citation for Environment – Sali Family (Hagonoy, Bulacan)
With their love for the environment, the Sali Family started Fostering Education and Environment for Development (FEED), Inc. which has helped plant 2,000 mangrove seedlings along the rivers of different municipalities in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and 1,000 cropped plants and 150 trees in different elementary schools.
The Jollibee Family Values Awards has been recognizing Pinoy families in the Philippines and overseas for advocating for the needs of their communities. In 2018, six families were awarded, 9 families in 2017, and 10 families in 2016.
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