Bloomberry Foundation to build Aeta family care centers in Pampanga, Tarlac
Amid the pandemic and aside from its pandemic mitigation projects, Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Solaire Resort and Casino, continues its other social projects.
One such project is the construction of five Pagsasarili Family Care Centers for each of the five Aeta sitios located within the municipalities of Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban, Tarlac -- Sitios Calapi, San Vicente, Sto. Nino, Burog and Marcos Village – all within the Sacobia Mountain.
With funding from BCFI, the centers will be one-stop-multi-purpose structures where Aeta residents of the said sitios may avail of social services such as daycare education, livelihood trainings, a feeding program and health services. The centers will also showcase Aeta culture.
In line with one of BCFI’s pillars on the protection of the environment, all the centers will be equipped with solar panels and rain harvesting capability to support the centers’ water and power requirements. The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will handle the centers’ operation in partnership with O.B. Montessori and the local government units of Mabalacat and Bamban.
Filipina C. Laurena, BCFI executive director, said: “This one-stop-multi-purpose facility, which will make social services accessible to our Aeta brothers in mountainous or far-flung marginalized areas is, perhaps, a first of its kind. BCFI welcomes the opportunity to be part of this worthwhile endeavor in partnership with Clark Development Corporation.”
Donato C. Almeda, BCFI President, added: “BCFI and PAGCOR, under our Cultural Heritage Program, will continue to pursue projects that will help the government in the delivery of basic social services for the uplift of indigenous peoples. Prior to this project, we also had a solar electrification project which benefited 11 Aeta sitios in Capas, Tarlac.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last June 3, attended by Ms Laurena; PBGen Manuel L. Gaerlan (Ret), CDC President; Atty. Roland P. Calde, Regional Director, National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Region 3; Rommel Narciso, CDC Vice President for External Affairs; Jose De Jesus, former CDC Chairman; Noel Manankil, former CDC President; Audrey Paras, Campus Manager of OB Montessori; Carlito Policarpio, Municipal Administrator of Bamban; and Achiebon A. Estanislao, Barangay Captain of San Marcos, among others.
Atty. Calde, PBGen Gaerlan (Ret.), and Mr de Jesus, expressed appreciation and gratitude to BCFI for providing the funds for the construction of the Pagsasarili Family Care Centers, all scheduled to be completed in a year.
Groundbreaking for Aeta family centers (l-r): Achiebon A. Estanislao, Barangay Captain San Marcos Village, Mabalacat, Pampanga, Atty. Roland P. Calde, Regional Director of Region III- National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Filipina C. Laurena, Executive Director, Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), PBGen Manuel L. Gaerlan (Ret), President of Clark Development Corp. (CDC) and Jose De Jesus, former CDC Chairman.