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Free vaccines for infants,
school children available

Free vaccines will be made available in health centers for infants and in schools for public school students in Western Visayas, the Department of Health 6 said in a government press release.

Medical officer III Mary Jane Juanico said the DOH will give various vaccines to infants and school children this year to combat diseases.

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, that will be available in health centers, will be given to infants aged six, 10 and 14 weeks old, she said, adding the PCV can fight off pneumonia and will also prevent other serious diseases brought about by streptococcus pneumonia bacteria, such as febrile bacteremia, sinusitis, meningitis, otitis media and bronchitis, the press release also said.

In August, measles rubella vaccines will be given to public school children who are in grade 1 and grade 7, to fight against “makahiya” and measles, while tetanus diphtheria will be given to them against tetanus,” Juanico said.

Female school children in grade 4, aged 9 to 13 years old, will also be given the human papillomavirus vaccine to fight against cervical cancer. “These vaccines are safe, effective and free,” Juanico said, the press release added.*

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Aboitiz assists
60,000 students

More than 60,000 students nationwide are now benefitting from the Aboitiz Group's education-related initiatives last year, amounting to P437 million or about 72 percent of its total corporate social responsibility budget allocation, its press release said.

Of its P610 million CSR spending in 2014, 21 percent or P129 million was directed to health-related and other corporate donations; 5 percent or P30 million in enterprise development programs; and the remaining 2 percent or P15 million for environmental initiatives.

This has been the largest amount the Group has allocated, so far, up by 26 percent from the P483 million CSR budget in 2013, the press release also said.

Aboitiz Group chief executive officer and president, Erramon Aboitiz, said “in our focus area of education, our goal is to achieve universal public education by continuing to establish and develop Aboitiz Better World schools that promise a better learning environment.”

In partnership with the Department of Education, the company, led by its social development arm, Aboitiz Foundation, constructed 27 classrooms in Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Albay, and Cebu for tech-voc high schools. The Foundation will continue funding the teachers' training for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's NCII certification, the press release also said.

It also allocated funds for the construction of 185 new classrooms to help address the issue of overcrowding and lack of classrooms in public schools nationwide in 2014, and has donated more than 800 classrooms in the last 26 years.

The Foundation also reported turning over 23 regular classrooms in nine schools in Benguet, Cebu, and Davao del Sur last year; and turned over 42 additional “Silid Pangarap” kindergarten classrooms, in partnership with the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa, or AGAPP, Foundation, that it has been supporting in the last four years.

Majority of the Foundation's infrastructure building projects last year was focused on the post-Yolanda schools rehabilitation program, where it surpassed its commitment to build or rehabilitate 200 classrooms.

Early this year, the Foundation also completed the turnover of 272 classrooms to northern Cebu schools devastated by Yolanda, the press release added.*

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