On October 28, 2022, TPEF carried out a Social Development Initiative and actively contributed to the social development requirements of a rural public high school in Malita, Davao Occidental. 200 wooden armchairs as well as electrical tools and equipment were given to the Gaspar Danwata National High School in the Datu Danwata hamlet.
According to their application to the Department of Education (DepEd), school authorities intend to use the electrical tools and equipment for Senior High School’s Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL) career track, which specializes in electrical installation and management courses. Since their school only offers junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), this is one way the children can continue their education for senior high school (Grades 11 and 12). The school’s 405 students are entirely indigenous people (IPs) from the “Tagakaulo” tribe.
The 200 wooden armchairs will be able to meet the needs of the IP students since the school has not had enough chairs. The donation of armchairs is a partnership project between TPEF (TORM Philippines Education Foundation) and TSPI TEC-CSR (TORM Shipping Philippines-TORM TEC Committee).
The turn-over ceremony was successfully attended by the TPEF and TSPI employees and volunteers—seafarers and scholars alumni, DepEd officials from the division and district offices, teachers from Gaspar Danwata National High School and Demolok Valley National High School, IP learners, local government officials, and other stakeholders.