Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of Solaire Resort and Casino, on Thursday said it funded the construction of 5 Pagsasarili Family Care Centers in Central Luzon for the Aeta communities.
The foundation said it constructed centers in 5 Aeta sitios in the municipalities of Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban, Tarlac in Sitios Calapi, San Vicente, Sto. Nino, Burog and Marcos Village, all of which are located within the Sacobia Mountain.
With funding from Bloombery Foundation, the centers will be one-stop-multi-purpose structures where Aeta residents of the said sitios may get social services, such as day-care education, livelihood trainings, a feeding program and health services.
The centers will also showcase Aeta culture, the foundation said.
“This one-stop-multi-purpose facility, which will make social services accessible to our Aeta brothers in mountainous or far-flung marginalized areas is, perhaps, a first of its kind. Bloomberry Foundation welcomes the opportunity to be part of this worthwhile endeavor in partnership with Clark Development Corp. [CDC],” Filipina C. Laurena, the foundation’s executive director, said.
In line with one of the foundation’s pillars on the protection of the environment, all the centers will be equipped with solar panels and rain harvesting capability to support the centers’ water and power requirements, it said.
The CDC will handle the centers’ operation in partnership with OB Montessori and the local government units of Mabalacat and Bamban.
“Bloomberry Foundation and Pagcor [Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.], under our Cultural Heritage Program, will continue to pursue projects that will help the government in the delivery of basic social services for the uplift of indigenous peoples. Prior to this project, we also had a solar electrification project which benefited 11 Aeta sitios in Capas, Tarlac,” Donato C. Almeda, the foundation’s president, said.
The said project is one the public-private partnership projects of the foundation and Pagcor, which have been jointly undertaking projects in recent years covering environment protection and health, education and cultural heritage.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last June 3, attended by the officials of the foundation, CDC, National Commission of Indigenous Peoples-Region 3, OB Montessori and other local government officials.
The family care centers are all scheduled to be completed within the year, the foundation said.