Don Bosco Tarlac Batch ‘82 headed by their President, Jose Saturnino Ronald Somera turned over their sponsorship check for their DBTPPA-DBYC Scholars on August 26, 2020.

Representing DBYC is Rector, Rev. Fr. Jerry Santos while DBTPPA is represented by Vice President Holden Sembrano and Treasurer Ronald Herrera.

Present to witness the turn over are DB ‘82 alumni Gil Siongco II, Dr. Godofredo Dungca III, Emmanuel Espinosa and Peter Mallari.

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Upon learning of the threats brought about by SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association President Engr. Michael David immediately perceived that as the contagion progressed, the lives of the health workers who work tirelessly to fight the virus will be at risk as the supply of protective gear dwindles. Through Pres. Mico’s initiative, the DBTPPA board set up a fund raising campaign and purchased essential medical supplies to support the frontliners in the fight against the pandemic.
Several Don Bosco alumni and past pupils batches responded to the call for donations and contributed to the program.
The PPEs like protective suits, masks, aerosol boxes, alcohol, disinfectants and purified drinking water were distributed by volunteer DBTPPA officers to the hospitals.
Masks, sanitizers and disinfectants were given to bank employees while military personnel and barangay tanods manning the checkpoints in the Province of Tarlac were given masks, sanitizers, face shields, and food and purified drinking water.
As of July 22, 2020 cash donations amounting to a total of two hundred ninety two thousand and five hundred fifty pesos (P292,550.00) was received by the board.
Other donations received were washable face masks, acetate films for face shields, beds, mattresses, fitted sheets, blankets, sandwich breads, eggs, canned goods, milk, rice, noodles, etc.
With so many groups and individuals signifying willingness to donate to the project, the board decided to expand the donation program from the frontliners to the local community.
Food packs and meals were immediately prepared and distributed to the poorest barangays in Tarlac to help those who cannot work because of the lockdown and community quarantine.
Don Bosco Tarlac and DBTPPA even partnered with Jollibee Group Foundation to be able to reach more people and provide more food for their families.
The activity lasted almost four months, from March right after the enhanced community quarantine was declared until the first week of July when the lockdown was relaxed to modified general community quarantine.The program was concluded with an outreach activity benefitting 500 IP families in Sitio Maruglu, Capas, Tarlac.

DBTPPA paid a visit to Clark International Airport Corporation President, Gen. Aaron Aquino (Ret.) of Don Bosco Class 1979.

Gen. Aquino will be sponsoring several DBTPPA - DBYC Scholars to give the students a brighter future.

This was made possible thru the efforts of DBTPPA Director Ric Castañeda of Don Bosco Batch 1979.

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DBT Senior High School 3rd Commencement Exercises Goes Virtual

With the coronavirus pandemic leading to the cancellation of many in-person ceremonies, students graduating this year all over the world missed out on attending a traditional graduation ceremony.
The Don Bosco Technical Institute, like most educational institutions that decided to stage virtual celebrations, held its Senior High School Third Commencement Exercises online last June 26, 2020.
SDB - Rector, Fr. Jerry T. Santos, and Principal Mr. Gil A. Siongco along with Grade 12 Advisers performed the graduation rites in the DBT gymnasium wearing face shields and maintaining social distancing on stage while the 314 graduates and their families participated in the proceedings remotely in the comfort and safety of their homes through the online platform ZOOM Cloud Meetings.
After the distribution of diplomas and recognition of distinctions, DBTPPA President Engr. Michael J. David delivered a short congratulatory message and inducted the graduates as new members of the Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association, Inc.
Engr. David told the new alumni, “I would like to officially welcome you as new members of DBTPPA. We hope to keep you well-connected to Don Bosco Tarlac and to each other, to maintain those friendships formed during your time here and to grow a network of individuals with the shared, unique experience of a Bosconian education – one that fosters an intellectual interest and spiritual formation that continues to influence your life after graduation.”
While DepEd takes charge of school selection and covers the cost of meals, JGF builds the commissary-type kitchen (BLT Kitchen), provides equipment, and facilitates trainings on food preparation, distribution and management for the parent volunteers who operate the kitchen on a daily basis.In 2015, the Busog-Lusog-Talino (BLT) School Feeding Kitchens was established in Capas, Tarlac feeding approximately 680 severely wasted pupils in 5 government schools.
Part of the JGF organization is an alumnus of Don Bosco Tarlac, Miguel Mendoza of Batch 2011. Having BLT Kitchens in Tarlac, the Jollibee Group Foundation through Miguel tapped Don Bosco Foundation as an IMPLEMENTING PARTNER for the BLT Program in Capas for SY 2019 – 2020. The role of IMPLEMENTING PARTNER revolves around monitoring and evaluation at regular intervals the improvement of the Program.
DBTI Tarlac and the ASC-Tarlac Center represented by Fr. Jerry Santos and Victoria Garcia of DBTI, and Racquel Mendoza, and Isabel Besa-Morales of ASC-Tarlac were tapped to be JGF’s implementing partners.
During the COVID pandemic, JGF desired to reach out to families in terms of FOOD AID. Miguel Mendoza suggested for JGF to collaborate with Don Bosco Technical Institute Tarlac, because the latter has the facilities and manpower that can be utilized for the preparation the meal donations.Here at Don Bosco, we MOVE as ONE, and WORK as ONE. Thus, the JGF donations were repacked to food care packages good for a family of five (5). The Don Bosco Past Pupils Association officers headed by their President Engr. Mico David generously shouldered all the expenses incurred for the production and distribution of the food packs.
The PTA and LAMPs also contributed in turning the donations into palatable and appealing and dishes by arranging the food packs for distribution.Through the BIG HEART of Jollibee Group Foundation and Don Bosco Tarlac 2,234 families felt cared for, and their SMILES as we reached out to them in this difficult time have proven this.
And so on behalf of DB Tarlac, we would like to express our sincerest and deepest gratitude to Jollibee Group Foundation, to all those who have been a part of this project, most especially to Miguel Mendoza: we are proud that you are a BOSCONIAN!
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Jollibee joins hands with Johnny B to Feed Children

If there is one thing Jollibee has in common with St. John Bosco, it’s having a compassionate heart and a generous spirit for the poor children.
As part of its commitment to help improve the nutritional status of public school pupils in the country, Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) works with the Department of Education in building Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Kitchens across the country.
BLT Kitchens were established to support DepEd’s nationwide school feeding program, which provides the severely wasted school children with lunch for 120 days to help prevent drop outs due to hunger and improve their academic performance.
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DBTPPA - DBYC Scholarship MOA Signing

Last June 4, 2020, the Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association represented by its President, Engr. Michael J. David and Don Bosco Youth Center represented by Salesian Delegate, Rev. Fr. Jerry T. Santos signed a Memorandum of Agreement and formally launched the DBTPPA - DBYC Scholarship Program.
The scholarship program opens the doors of Don Bosco Technical Institute – Tarlac to deserving students from low-income families who don't have means for meeting the expenses of education so they can have access to quality education.
While the program has long since been established, there was no MOA executed by the stakeholders.
The DBTPPA 2020 Board decided to make the terms and agreements defined through the MOA to ensure the continuity of the assistance the beneficiaries of the scholarship are receiving.
Likewise, the eligibility requirements and the conditions the scholars must meet to retain the scholarship are also outlined.
To date, there are almost 100 grantees and DBTPPA’s goal is to be able to source out funding to support them until they graduate from Don Bosco Technical Institute Tarlac.
After the MOA signing, the DBTPPA Board celebrated Fr. Jerry’s birthday which made the day more special.
St. John Bosco has been called the young people's friend and the young people's saint. He has successfully developed his preventive system based on reason, faith and love – a formula that continues to appeal to young people. The Salesian Educative and Pastoral Community has long been responding to this principle through its Don Bosco Youth Centers [DBYC] Recognizing the DBYC’s aspirations to broaden its service, Don Bosco Tarlac’s Class of 1994 and its SEC-registered NGO, Bosconian: Boss Ka Nyan, Inc. headed by its President, Abelardo Apollo I. David, Jr., in cooperation with the Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Alumni Association headed by Architect Joel Andrew S. Viray, have taken the lead role in facilitating the institutionalization of the DBYC. Batch ’94 crafted a Manual of Operations for DBYC and sought the help of the Victor and Bernarda D. Pascual Family to help build conducive learning facilities for DBYC. The family heeded Don Bosco’s call and generously donated funds for a 2-storey DBYC Building. This building was designed by Batch ‘94’s Architect Mark Calma and was inaugurated in January 30, 2020. With God’s grace, in this building shall spring forth holistic growth and hope for generations of Tarlac’s youth from all walks of life., Inc.
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Don Bosco Youth Centre – Victor and Bernarda D. Pascual Hall