Dynamic Teen Company (DTC), founded by 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida, awarded two personalities for their efforts in making positive changes in the lives of others.
On Sunday, March 5 at the SM MOA Arean and in celebration of DTC’s 20 years, the group awarded Ms. Universe 1973, art supporter, and women’s welfare advocate Margie Moran for her active involvement in promoting peace in Mindanao and development projects in various communities in the area. Another award was given to internationally acclaimed actor and singer Lea Salonga for her efforts in sharing her talents and skills to various people.
Another awardee is TV personality TJ Manotoc who received the recognition for his continued support for Kariton Klasrum.
Besides their accomplishments and advocacies, the three personalities were bestowed the awards due to their missions, which are aligned with DTC’s goal of helping make positive changes in the lives of Filipinos.
DTC is the group behind the Kariton Klasrum, which consists of wooden pushcarts that have been repurposed as learning outlets especially for out-of-school kids from poor communities. In 2009, Peñaflorida—a teacher and social worker—was named CNN Hero of the Year for the program.
According to a report by the group, DTC was able to launch Grade 10 of its Kariton Open High School. In partnership with Sangley Point National High school, DTC has helped 18 high school dropouts in Cavite province to complete their Junior High School level and are now continuing their education to finish Senior High School.
From minors living dangerously on the streets of the National Capital Region (NCR) to hopeful young individuals who are getting their education through an alternative platform, 1,267 children have completed DTC’s Kariton Klasrum program in partnership with the Department of Education and selfless volunteers in their area. These children have completed the six-month program and are now being shifting to mainstream education.
DTC opened its Senior High School Program in line with the Department of Education’s K-12 Program. In partnership with Cavite National High school, DTC enrolled 27 select students under the General Academic Strand. Since the opening of the Academic Year to the present, the students have been given opportunities to learn and explore with the help of volunteer mentors who are experts in the field of education, media and performing arts.
DTC has also constructed EcoDemya in partnership with QBE Foundation. EcoDemya is a two-storey building run by renewable sources of energy, equipped with learning tools to serve as an academic facility for the Kariton Senior High School Program.
Inspired by the Kariton Klasrum Program, the Praxis Association PH Co. invited DTC to train and inspire the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka as the latter observed the best educational practices implemented in the Philippines. As a result of the four-week training and immersion, the Provincial Ministry of Education-Northern Province conducted Kariton Klasrum sessions in Keppapilavu, a village in the Mulliyawalai district consisting of Tamil families displaced by civil war for many decades now. Some 50 to 60 benefitted from the alternative education program.