Rey de Jesus, a street children teacher, is Investors in People Awards finalist in London

Rey de Jesus People Awards finalist
Rey de Jesus dedicates his Saturdays for the teaching of poor children living inside a cemetery. Credits to TaskUs video.

Filipino teacher Reymond “Rey” de Jesus was among the finalists for Community Employee of the Year at the 2019 Investors in People Awards (IIP) held in London.

Rey de Jesus of TaskUS Incorporated was shortlisted in the category along with the other nominees including Jocelyn D. Lasmarias (South Cotabato Integrated Port Services, Inc.), Rose Price (Hays Travel), Aldwin Perez (Al Zahra Hospital Dubai), and Becky Gustard (Pioneering Care Partnership) who won the title during the 2019 Investors in People Awards held on November 19 in Old Billingsgate.

De Jesus teaches street children who live in the Manila North Cemetery in Sta, Cruz Manila.

Every Saturday, De Jesus volunteers to teach as part of the “Ang Galing” literacy program of the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Philippines, a non-government organization that advocates education and human rights.

In a TaskUs video, De Jesus enthusiastically talks about his dedication in educating the children from the poor communities of the largest cemeteries in the Philippines.

“When you start to notice that there is already change from the children, after weeks, months, or years that you are with them, it will put a smile on your face. You will notice a change in terms of how they read, how they write, and even how they interact with people,” De Jesus says.

TaskUs captioned the video presenting Rey de Jesus’ work, “On an individual level, when we understand our job’s wider purpose we are happier, more engaged, and more creative. When we employees see how our roles fit with the company’s goals we work harder, use our initiative, and make sensible decisions.”

In the 2018 edition of the Investors in People Awards, the Lyceum of the Philippines University outreach program for indigenous peoples received two awards.

Filipino volunteer teachers have persevered with their literacy mission among the poor, among them 12-year-old “Dagul” in Sorsogon, the Storytelling Project, and the Gange family’s music literacy program.

WATCH this short video of Rey de Jesus and SEND him congratulations in the comments below!

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