SKY gifts remote schools in Bulacan and Antipolo with SKYdirect kits

Christmas came early for students at Pamarawan Elementary School in Malolos, Bulacan, and Sumilang Elementary School in San Jose, Antipolo, as SKY partnered with TV Patrol  to provide Filipinos in remote areas access to learning, modern and up-to-date information and news.

Representatives from SKY, TV Patrol, and Knowledge Channel formally turn over educational kits to Pamarawan Elementary School in Malolos, Bulacan

Pamarawan Elementary School, which is accessible by boat ride from the Malolos town proper, is a small school that had been plagued by floods daily and in need of much repair. Meanwhile, Sumilang Elementary school in San Jose, Antipolo, is a mountainside school consisting of a few buildings and makeshift rooms held together by concrete, wood, sheets of metal, and tarpaulins.

Being in remote areas, the students at Pamarawan and Sumilang have limited access to school supplies, much less access to technology and multimedia materials.

“Many of the students work while studying to help augment their parents’ income, and the daily floods was not conducive to learning anymore,” said Romy Ramos, principal of Pamarawan Elementary School.

SKY Marketing Manager Jennifer Love Reyes, SKY Marketing Head Allan Supnet, San Jose school district supervisor Jocelyn Perez, SKYdirect Product Head Abigail Ng-Sy, SKYdirect trade marketing officer Cholo De Guzman, SKY President and COO Antonio Ventosa, TV Patrol’s Dyan Castilejo, Knowledge Channel’s Doris Nuval, and SKY Marketing Communication Director Arlene Torres

For its part, SKY gave the students and teachers access to Knowledge Channel’s rich educational material via SKY’s direct-to-home (DTH) TV service SKYdirect. Along with the donation of the dishes, the teachers also participated in a series of workshops with Knowledge Channel to maximize the use of the learning materials.

“At SKY, we have the technology that can go to even the most remote places, so people all around the country can have access to learning, news, information and entertainment. We are honored to do be able to do our part in supporting the thrust of Knowledge Channel by making its learning materials available to as many schools as possible nationwide,” said Antonio Ventosa, SKY Cable Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer.

Students at Pamarawan Elementary school in Bulacan welcome SKY, TV Patrol, and Knowledge Channel

As part of a continuing effort to serve as an access in bringing educational tools to more areas nationwide, SKY furthers Knowledge Channel’s thrust of literacy by sharing its enriching content to more areas using the extensive reach of SKYdirect and SKYcable.

At both schools, students, teachers, and parents were treated to various activities that included TV Patrol’s Community Caravan consisting of a job fair, livelihood seminars, citizen journalism workshop, medical and dental missions, free haircut, distribution of school bags and supplies, and groceries from the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.

The “TV Patrol Caravan” has gone all over the country to bring public service to Filipinos as part of the program’s 30th anniversary celebration this year. As in previous legs of the caravan, students, teachers, and parents in Pamarawan and Sumilang benefited from various activities that included a job fair, livelihood seminar, citizen journalism workshop, medical and dental missions, free haircuts, distribution of school bags and supplies from, and groceries from the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, local government units, and non-government organizations.

Present at the activities were TV Patrol anchors Ted Failon, Bernadette Sembrano, and Noli de Castro; Red Alert host Jeff Canoy, Matanglawin host Kim Atienza, actor Richard Yap, sports journalist Dyan Castillejo, and singer Darryl Ong, along with key representatives from SKY and Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.

SKYdirect is the satellite TV service of SKY that gives Filipino families nationwide access to a rich line-up that boasts of a slew of news, learning, movie, general entertainment and lifestyle channels.


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