The Adopt-A-School Program is a program initiated by the Department of Education which was launched in 2000 with the passage of Republic Act 8525 pursuant to Adopt-a-School Act of 1998.
Based on the principle of volunteerism and partnership for education, Adopt-A-School program aims to create multiple partnerships with different business sector, NGOs, foundations, individuals and other private entities here and abroad in order to generate investments outside the funding mainstream and national budget by providing assistance on a short term or long term basis in the upgrading and modernization of public elementary and high schools. This allows them to adopt a public school of their choice anywhere in the country and provide necessary resources for the infrastructure, facilities support, teaching and skill development, monitoring and evaluation, learning support, equipments for computer and science laboratory as well as food and nutrition. To recognize their goodwill, they can avail of tax incentives of up to 150%.
Since it was launched in 1998 until 2003, a total of 40 adopting private entities have been supporting basic education through the Adopt-a-School program. Over P1.5 billion worth of donations have been generated by DepEd for 6,000 public schools nationwide. Over the years, the number increased to more than 200 partners generating some P6 Billion worth of projects and interventions. From 2000 to 2006, the program has generated 2.1 billion pesos worth of support from the private sector and In 2007, it has generated about 4.5 billion pesos worth of intervention, donations and pledges, more than a 900-percent increase in donations.
In 2007, the partners are the following: ABS-CBN Foundation, Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Allied Banking Corporation, Jollibee Food Corp., McDonald’s, Smart Communications, Philip Morris, United Laboratories, Union Bank, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Intel, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Megaworld Corporation, D&L Industries, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive Phils., Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce, San Miguel Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation, Ayala Foundation, Meralco Foundation, GMA-Kapuso Foundation, Aboitiz Group Foundation, Rotary Club of Manila, La Salle Greenhills, Systems Technology Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Nations Children’s Fund. In 2009, the partners include JG Primelink, Optical International, Plastilens, Optimate, Kraktek and Civitan Philippines.
- Bureau of Internal Revenue (accessed on June 11, 2009)
- Cebu Business Web Portal (accessed on June 11, 2009)