Manila, Philippines – 12,500 students in public schools were the happy recipients of 20,000 learning and hygiene kits to support their continued education through the efforts of TELUS International Philippines’ team member volunteers. Distribution to 17 schools across Metro Manila and Iloilo was completed this month in support of the Department of Education Brigada Eskwela Program’s “Bayanihan para sa Paaralan,” which rallies partner organizations like TELUS International Philippines to support the educational needs of the community.
“Wherever we are in the world, our TELUS Days of Giving events are high on every team’s priority list. Over the last seven years, we have supported DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela Program. Our community activities are events that our team members look forward to; they allow us to make a positive change in the communities where we live, work and serve, and they demonstrate the TELUS International brand of care that runs through the fabric of our company’s culture,” said Phoebe Carrera, TELUS International Philippines Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, explaining how the initiative in support of DepEd reinforces the company’s education pillar and social purpose.
From 2014 to date, TELUS Days of Giving initiatives in support of DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela program have touched the lives of about 49,875 student beneficiaries in 20 schools. Over 14,800 team member volunteers have collectively donated 69,800 hours to the success of the program.
This year, over 500 team members based at the company’s sites in Metro Manila and Iloilo volunteered over 1,000 hours to pack the learning and hygiene kits for public school students. In addition, beneficiary schools also received bond paper supplies to help with the printing of handouts and test papers necessary for teacher learning modules that are being used for students who are studying remotely.
Each learning kit comes packed with necessary school supplies such as notebooks, pad paper, pencils and ballpens, crayons, a ruler, a sharpener and glue, following a DepEd-recommended list of inclusions. Hygiene kits are packed with washable face masks, a face shield, soap, alcohol, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, and toothbrush.
To prepare the learning and hygiene kits for donation, team members volunteered for packing shifts of up to two hours each at a specially sanitized and prepared activity area within the office. Adhering to strict safety and hygiene protocols, volunteers were prepped at a sanitation area and provided with kits containing safety masks, gloves and wipes before proceeding to disinfected and physically-distanced workstations monitored by safety personnel.
“It’s great to be part of a company that not only gives back to our communities, but provides their
employees opportunities to actively help as well. This volunteering initiative was well prepared and the
assistance we will be able to provide to the public school students and teachers will go a long way
toward helping them flourish despite the pandemic,” said Arnon Almonina, TELUS International team
Some of the 17 beneficiary schools were Maria Concepcion Cruz High School (Taguig), Maligaya High School (Quezon City), Cielito Zamora Memorial School (Caloocan), Bacood Elementary School (Manila), A. Bonifacio Integrated School (Iloilo), Bo. Obrero National High School (Iloilo), Hibao-an Elementary School (Iloilo), Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School (Iloilo), and La Paz Elementary School (Iloilo).
In a related initiative, Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School, Rosauro Almario Elementary School, Isabelo delos Reyes Elementary School, Tenement Elementary School, and Kamuning Elementary School were also the proud beneficiary of a portable media library from TELUS International Philippines, in partnership with Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.
“We are delighted that so many members of our team continue to raise their hands to volunteer. This willingness and desire to make the world a better place will continue to fuel our capacity to help each year,” said Phoebe Carrera.
About TELUS International Philippines
TELUS International Philippines, Inc. is a leading Philippines-based provider of digitally enabled customer experience and business process solutions and is a proud member of the TELUS International family. Today, TELUS International Philippines has a team of over 21,000 and has six sites strategically located throughout Metro Manila, and a seventh site in Iloilo, which support some of the world’s top brands.
About TELUS International
TELUS International (NYSE & TSX: TIXT) designs, builds and delivers next-generation digital solutions to enhance the customer experience (CX) for global and disruptive brands. The company’s services support the full lifecycle of its clients’ digital transformation journeys, enabling them to more quickly embrace next-generation digital technologies to deliver better business outcomes. TELUS International’s integrated solutions span digital strategy, innovation, consulting and design, IT lifecycle including managed solutions, intelligent automation and end-to-end AI data solutions including computer vision capabilities, as well as omnichannel CX and trust and safety solutions including content moderation. Fueling all stages of company growth, TELUS International partners with brands across high growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media, eCommerce and fintech, healthcare, and travel and hospitality.
TELUS International’s unique caring culture promotes diversity and inclusivity through its policies, team member resource groups and workshops, and equal employment opportunity hiring practices across the regions where it operates. The company is building stronger communities and helping those in need through large-scale volunteer events that have positively impacted the lives of more than 150,000 citizens around the world and through its five TELUS International Community Boards that have provided $4 million in funding to grassroots charitable organizations since 2015. Learn more at: telusinternational.com.
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