Pru Life UK donates learning tents for Hagonoy students



In response to the disruption of classes in Hagonoy, Bulacan brought about by tropical storm Maring (international name: Trami), British insurer Pru Life UK through its charitable arm, Prudence Foundation, donated tents and supplies for temporary learning spaces in partnership with international aid organization Save the Children.

Lourdes Pambid, program manager for Prudential Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects, said during the turnover ceremony that the temporary learning spaces will help support the education of children in Hagonoy amidst the calamity. “Schools become evacuation centers in times of emergency and this causes disruption in the education of thousands of children. We respect the right of evacuees and their need for relief, but these circumstances shouldn’t hinder the right of the children to have access to education,” she said. Pambid went on to explain the value of the project for the psychosocial support of the children and the importance of having partners in launching such projects.

Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Belle Tiongco discussed the role of private companies in DRR projects. “Everything is changing and every one of us has to do our part—even private corporations have to do their part to help society when beset with disaster. A big part of our corporate culture is to give back to the communities we move in. We believe in ‘doing well by doing good’. These are actually the projects that need the society’s attention and support to secure sustainability,” she said.

Hagonoy Mayor Raulito Manlapaz, Sr. attended the ceremony and acknowledged the help extended to their municipality, especially to the children. He discussed how flooding has become part of the everyday life in their municipality, yet he stressed that this should not hinder the education of the children. “Let us not take for granted the kids’ rights, even if flooding is deemed normal in Hagonoy,” he said.

Dr. Cecilia Francisco, Save the Children Director for Program Implementation and Management officially began the ceremonial handover of the deed of donation and the scale model learning tent to Marcos Dela Cruz, Education Program Supervisor for the Bulacan Division of the Department of Education (DepEd). A total of four sets of 9x6 learning tents, teacher’s tables, chairs and learning kits were delivered to Hagonoy.

Pru Life UK and Prudence Foundation have a three-year partnership with Save the Children. The partnership covers a sustainable program on disaster risk reduction, which aims to equip communities with planning and survival skills to cope with natural disasters. The partnership likewise includes a reading program for toddlers.

In photo are (fourth from right) Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Belle Tiongco and (second from right) Save the Children program manager for Prudential DRR Projects Lourdes Pambid in a symbolic turnover of a scale model learning tent to (center) Hagonoy Mayor Raulito Manlapaz, Sr. and (fourth from left) DepEd Bulacan Division Education Program Supervisor Marcos Dela Cruz.

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is a subsidiary of British financial services giant Prudential plc. Pru Life UK is the pioneer and current market leader of unit-linked or investment-linked life insurance products, and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to market US dollar-denominated unit-linked policies in the country. Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

Prudential plc is a United Kingdom-registered company. Its regional headquarters, Prudential Corporation Asia, is based in Hong Kong.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. (a US-registered company), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies).

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