Universal Robina Corporation (URC) committed to further strengthen its support to Efren Peñaflorida‘s Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) by sponsoring the construction of classrooms in DTC’s new learning center.
URC recently signed an agreement with DTC to carry out the construction of the second floor of DTC’s learning center to create additional classrooms, fully furnished with chairs, tables, whiteboards, and shelves, for incoming 7th and 8th graders. The walls will also be adorned with murals of URC brands such as C2 Cool and Clean, Referesh Big Sip and Payless Instant Mami; and Jack ‘n Jill: Knots, Fun-O Roundwich, Magic Junior, Chiz Curls, Roller Coaster and Fun Fries.
DTC, an organization headed by CNN Hero Efren Peñaflorida and his mentor Harnin Manalaysay, has been holding programs dedicated to provide out-of-school youth access to basic necessities such as education and hygiene. The addition of new classrooms through URC was seen as an essential contribution to their program.
“If not for the additional floor and classrooms, we’ll have to divide classes into three shifts contrary to the usual two shifts, which will definitely be harder for us and the children. So, we’re really grateful” said Manalaysay.
“URC embraces the community that we are in, and DTC’s literacy program for the youth is a project that we fully identify with and wish to extend full support to,” said Cornelio Mapa, Jr., Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of URC Branded Consumer Foods Group. He added that URC is also willing to provide assistance to the future programs that DTC will carry out locally and internationally.
The organization has been receiving support from URC since 2011 for its main project, the Kariton Revolution. This alternative classroom program tackles the 7 Ks: Karunungan (education), Kabataan (youth), Kalusugan (health), Kapayapaan (peace and order), Kalinangan (arts and culture), Kalikasan (environment), and Kabuhayan (livelihood).
“We really appreciate URC’s commitment to help us because it’s not just us that they’re helping but the children who are benefiting from our program. We’re very happy to hear that the organization can expect their support in its future endeavors,” said Peñaflorida.