Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) officers donated 700 new public school buildings for rural areas in the Philippines. This is in line with their civic project known as 'Operation barrio Schools".
Photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and Education Secretary Leonor Briones joined by FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong; Honorary Presidents Domingo Yap, Domingo Lee, Jimmy Tang, Robin Sy, Francis Chua, Tan Ching, Alfonso Siy and Angel Ngu; EVP Mary Go Ng; VPs Alex Yap Cho Ty, David Chua, William Gosiaco, Michael Tan, Victor Lim, Delfin Letran, Cecilio Pedro, George Chiu, William Yap Castro, Jeffrey Ng, Tai Lian and Jose Go; Treasurer Leonardo Chua; Auditor Antony Chan; and Corporate Secretary & Secretary General Fernando Gan.
700 new public school buildings for poor rural areas nationwide were pledged as donations by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) new 2019-2021 officers under their “Operation Barrio Schools” civic project, they announced this on August 6 during their induction ceremony with President Rodrigo R. Duterte at Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace. The 222 newly-elected officers of FFCCCII were led by president Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, who was also conferred by President Duterte with the prestigious “Order of Lakandula” award.
The FFCCCII recently volunteered to donate P1.2 million pesos for immediate and total rehabilitation of fishing banca damaged at the Recto Bank incident; also donating P250, 000 pesos livelihood assistance for 22 fishermen, and donating 5 public schools under the FFCCCII “Operation Barrio Schools” civic project for the fishermen’s hometown of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro province. Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong personally added his personal donation of 50 sacks Doña Maria rice for the fishermen.
In his extemporaneous speech, Duterte reiterated his government’s determination to fight corruption, lessen bureaucratic red-tape, improve Philippine-China economic and diplomatic ties, and to promote fast, inclusive economic growth. President Duterte also revealed that he is going to Fujian province, south China to inaugurate a building for foreign students at a major university and which is named in memory of his Chinese mestiza mother the late educator Soledad Roa Duterte.
Since 1961, FFCCCII’s “Operation Schools” philanthropic project has already donated 5,750 public school buildings nationwide from diverse Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs due to their hope that democratized access to good public education can help solve poverty and social injustice.
Before the induction of leaders of this FFCCCII business and civic umbrella group comprised of over 170 chambers and industry organizations nationwide, President Duterte conferred on its president the philanthropist, industrialist and hybrid rice pioneer Dr. Henry Lim the prestigious “Order of Lakandula” --- one of the highest honors given by the Philippines and created by virtue of Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003 to acknowledge civil and political merits, for having demonstrated dedication for the welfare of the society. Some notable past recipients of the Order of Lakandula from the Philippine government included Spanish King Felipe VI, Japanese Emperor Akihito, former Senator Hillary Clinton, the late Roman Catholic Church leader Jaime Cardinal Sin, etc.
Among the special guests at the FFCCCII induction were former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Education Secretary Leonor Briones.