Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Teams Up with Unilab Foundation for Cebuana Rapido

Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) recently partnered with Unilab Foundation (ULF) and De La Salle University (DLSU) to bring the benefits of therapeutic play to more children in the Philippines, through the integration of the Play It Forward Resilience (PIFR) module into the Cebuana Rapido volunteer program. The training was held on May 30-31 and June 7 at De La Salle University in Manila.

Cebuana Rapido National Volunteer Corps or Rapido is a program where volunteers can choose to participate in donation, response, rehabilitation and psycho social efforts that may be initiated by Cebuana Lhuillier in the event of disasters and natural calamities. Since 2016, CLFI has organized  disaster response trainings and also provided support to different partner organizations and communities in repacking and distribution of relief goods.

As ULF’s therapeutic play program, Play It Forward combines a play space and curriculum to maximize the therapeutic and developmental benefits of play. Its sub-program, Play It Forward Resilience (PIFR), specifically focuses in providing resilience or response intervention to children in vulnerable areas in the Philippines to minimize their stress and trauma.

CLFI hosted the first Training of Trainers (TOT) for volunteers of Cebuana Rapido Counseling team to undergo the training. ULF facilitated the activity that made use of the PIFR module to equip volunteers with concepts on developing children’s resilience, while learning about facilitating sessions and interacting with parents and children, especially those in vulnerable situations.

At the end of the training, 15 volunteers were certified as core team members of Cebuana Rapido trainers. They are set to lead the implementation of play activities in identified communities to ensure that children and their families become more resilient to disasters.

In his message, CLFI Executive Director Mr. Jonathan Batangan thanked ULF and DLSU for a most meaningful partnership in promoting disaster resilience. Mr. Batangan added, “The power of play has a vital role in a child’s development and with our Cebuana Rapido program, we can reach more children and communities.”

Ms. Lilibeth Aristorenas, Executive Director of Unilab Foundation, remarked, “We believe in the power of working together or bayanihan. We invested in the development of these program modules and we would like to share it with you. You have the network of volunteers across the country, and with your help, we can reach more families and children to benefit from therapeutic play.”

Cebuana Lhuillier’s Corporate Services Group (CSG) Head Ms. Joan Tacorda closed the event by thanking participants for actively participating and sending off  Rapido volunteers with best wishes as they live out PJLI’s values and mission of serving local communities, especially in times of disaster and calamities.

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