Monday, May 27, 2024

Pasig City Government, McDonald's Philippines, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Unite in Support of Early Childhood Education  




Children of Barangay Manggahan in Pasig City now have their very own Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit Learning Center as community officials and Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Philippines united in support of early childhood education, emphasizing their shared commitment to investing in the learning of young children.

 


Attended by Kap. Quin A. Cruz, Barangay Captain of Brgy. Manggahan, Hon. Roman Romulo, Congressman of Pasig City, Vice Mayor Robert Jaworski, Jr., Adi T. Hernandez, McDonald's Ph Assistant Vice President for Corporate Relations and Impact and RMHC Vice President, Freda Asis, a teacher at a Bahay Bulilit center, and Mayor Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto, City Mayor of Pasig City, the official turnover of the Bahay Bulilit Center highlighted the collaborative effort to create educational opportunities for the youth.

 


“Pandemya pa lang talagang andaming naitulong at naging matibay na partner na ng lungsod ng Pasig, ng ating pamahalaang lungsod ang McDonald’s,” (McDonald’s has already helped us a lot and has been a strong partner of the city government of Pasig”),” Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said. 

 

Bahay Bulilit centers provide a safe space for children in communities to develop essential skills. McDonald's and RMHC partner with local government units in identifying areas that need the facilities. These are later handed over to the local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for operations, each able to accommodate 90 to 100 learners annually.  



“This is the 1st Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit in Pasig City, and the 41st in the country. Truly, the Ronald McDonald Bahay Bulilit program demonstrates how the private and public sectors can work together to support nation-building,” said Adi Hernandez, McDonald’s Philippines AVP for Corporate Relations and Impact.

  


Hernandez underscored the partnership with the local government, saying, “McDonald’s has always been an ally of every community where we operate. As we grow, so should the communities we serve, especially children and families. It is our commitment to make a difference by driving positive impact through the programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities or RMHC, our charity of choice. In partnership with the Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development, a Bahay Bulilit opens its doors to learners 2-4 years old to provide them a safe place to learn and play while their parents work.”


Pasig City welcomed its first McDonald’s store in 2005, particularly in Shell Emerald. Ngayon po, meron na kaming 16 stores sa Pasig City (Now, we have 16 stores 


in Pasig City). We are proud and happy to be part of daily life ng mga taga-Pasig (of the people of Pasig).

 

Bahay Bulilit is not the only way that McDonald’s Philippines is helping the city’s children and families in need. For close to eight years, McDonald’s has been a part of the annual Brigada Eskwela – helping public schools get ready for the next school year.


In the next school year’s preparations, schools and communities can look forward once again to McDonald’s active participation through ReClassified – a program that upcycles McDonald’s decommissioned restaurant furniture into desks and tables for public schools.


Students and teachers can also benefit from the ongoing McDonald’s Day and Night Classroom. McDonald’s party areas are being transformed into comfortable learning spaces, providing them a place where they can learn safe from the scorching heat and heavy rains. 

  

The Bahay Bulilit in Pasig City is the 41st in the roster of these centers, following the recent opening of the learning center in Cabanatuan. McDonald's and RMHC aim to establish 100 learning centers by 2028.

 

“We are very grateful for the support and partnership with the Mayor’s Office and City Social Welfare and Development. For us in McDonald’s and RMHC, making a difference in communities has and will always be part of who we are and what we do—whether it is through employing in our stores – even for working students, taking care of the environment, or by supporting the programs of RMHC kagaya ng Bahay Bulilit (like Bahay Bulilit), said Adi Hernandez.

 

To learn more about McDonald’s Philippines, visit www.mcdonalds.com.ph, McDo.ph on Facebook, @mcdo_ph on Instagram, @McDo_PH on Twitter. To learn about Ronald McDonald House Charities or RMHC Philippines and how to help, visit www.rmhc.org.ph


 

McDonald’s Philippines master franchise holder Dr. George T. Yang一who oversees and sits as chairman for 40 years一founded and brought the first McDonald’s store to the country in 1981. Since then, McDonald’s in the Philippines has been a formidable player in the country’s quick-service restaurant industry, having grown a store network of over 700 nationwide. McDonald’s Philippines continues to aspire to make a difference in communities where it operates through its charity of Choice, Ronald McDonald House Charities Philippines.

 

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