– B.A.T.A. (Biyayang Aral, Tanging Alay) Program
This program provides quality, values-based education as
a sustainable way to reduce poverty and build a community.
It epitomizes a community-based, sustainable, effective
and scalable early childhood education program, which directly
addresses the problems and needs of pre-school children,
up to those in early elementary levels.
Community-Based Early Childhood Education Program
CFC-EFI’s pre-school program follows the whole-person
and integrated approach, providing children with activities
that are based on their interests and level of growth and
development. It puts special emphasis on home-school and
parent-teacher partnership. It is enriched through curriculum
development, teacher training and formation, and parent
formation which EFI offers.
(Empowerment and Mentoring Program for Parents, Caregivers,
In order to raise children who shall live victorious lives
- children who shall become assets and not liabilities,
givers and not takers, children who shall grow up possessing
the values they need to face the challenges of life with
hope and joy – there is a great need to instill values
and virtues in the lives of the significant adults affecting
these children – their parents, teachers, and caregivers
(“yayas”). This is open to private and public
schools, subdivisions, and corporations.
This program equips children, youth, and adults alike with
the knowledge of basic Bible truths, so each is able to
witness and spread the Good News and the Word of God to
those who still have not heard and fully appreciated God’s
immeasurable love and mercy.
If we are to work towards total community development, rebuilding
our nation, lifting it out of the third world, and restoring
the faith of the Filipino in himself, then education and
livelihood are two very important components for nation
building. The Department of Education (DepEd) is EFI’s
support in this program, through the Alternative Learning
System Accreditation & Equivalency (ALS A & E),
of which EFI is a service provider, the Basic Literacy Program,
and Project READ.
This is EFI’s response to recent studies showing the
Filipinos’ poor reading skills as a result of “low
level literacy”, and from this stems poor learning
(A Nation of Non Readers – www.pcij.org/i-report/2007/literacy2).
Thus, as an advocacy program of CFC – EFI, its main
goal is to spread the message to parents, educators, community
leaders, politicians and business leaders to support programs
and projects that prioritize reading in all levels. It aims
to make reading attractive to children and youth where they
have much to gain not just within the walls of the classroom
but also as an enjoyable past time. The project likewise
promotes the reading habit within the family.
Karunungan (BK) Reading and Literacy Center
BK is a community literacy center serving as a venue for
literacy training, reading clubs, computer-based programs,
story telling and shared family reading activities. It focuses
on developing the culture of reading which strengthens the
children, youth, and the adults’ reading, vocabulary,
and comprehension skills. It serves as the hub and the center
of all the literacy and reading programs of the community.
BK centers are now set-up in the following areas: Baseco,
Tondo (through HSBC, Sa Aklat Sisikat, and a group of Assumption
alumni), Villa Paraiso, Paranaque (through Rotary Club and
Lufthansa Technik), Sison, Muntinlupa (through Pru-Life
UK), and Amparo, Quezon City. The NBDB and The National
Library have been rendering their tireless support for this
School (APS) Program
CFC-EFI is also a service provider of this DepEd program.
According to DepEd, they have “the responsibility
of securing resources to make our public schools competitive
and is now calling on the private sector to serve as a major
partner in the nation’s development and in the improvement
of the public education system”. CFC – EFI’s
contribution to this program is IMPACT or the Empowerment
and Mentoring Program for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers.
ng Pag-Asa (Seed of Hope) Scholarship Program
This scholarship program does not only provide educational
opportunities to poor and deserving students of the community,
but it likewise shepherds the grantees by making sure that
they attend values formation/moral regeneration programs
offered by our community.
Education (SPED) Program
This was created for the exceptional group of individuals
living in our communities. Its highest goal is for them
to be fully integrated in the mainstream of society so that
they may come to enjoy the fullness of life. It upholds
the dignity of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and acknowledges
their uniqueness and special needs.
(Teachers Empowered to Affect Children)
This aims to invite volunteers from other countries who
would like to serve the poor in the Philippines for a minimum
of three months. Volunteers do not only get to serve in
our pre-school centers, but they may also opt to serve through
any of CFC – EFI’s education programs for the
with Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Muslims
There is great promise in our work with the IPs. It is a
venue where the whole country can work together in providing
not only education options, but other opportunities to preserve
their rich culture. We have actively pursued partnership
with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal
Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Southcentral Luzon (CBCP-ECIP-SCL)
and with the Archdiocese of Bataan. At present, we are working
with the IPs in Naujan and Bulalakao, Mindoro Oriental,
as well as in Matalangao, Bataan. We are working closely
with the Muslims in ARMM as we supervise the pre-school
program in several Muslim communities.