Bantay Bata 163

Serving the Filipino Children in Nueva Ecija

Eva Mae Nares
October 4, 2016

“Parang pasko, ang daming regalo ng Bantay Bata, ngayon lang kami nakatanggap ng ganito!”  


Jamaica with her grandmother Odeza Baclay. One of the beneficiaries of BB163 COP.

Jamaica Baclay, a 15-year old  member  of  indigenous  tribe in Sitio Bacao, Brgy  Dona  Josefa, Palayan, Nueva Ecija  cannot contain her joy  when  she  received goods and gifts from Bantay Bata 163 during its community outreach program.

Her blissful smile was  evident. But her eyes conveyed otherwise. With her, was her 85-year old grandmother Odeza Baclay, a native  settler  of  Sitio Bacao since 1991 and  her family was displaced from Zambales due to Mt. Pinatubo eruption. 

It has been five years now since her parents left her to her grandmother along with her five siblings. Her lola Odeza is already widowed, with  limited  resources.  She  is  the  sole  breadwinner  for  the six(6) children. 

Jamaica believes that it won’t  cost her a centavo to dream big. But their impoverished life pushes her to  strive  harder.  She walks from 5:00 to 7:00 AM to  reach her  school  daily even  with  no allowance,  just  to  prove  that  she  is  worthy  of  the free education accorded  to her. 

The generosity of Bantay Bata donors and partners have  touched  the lives of almost a thousand   indigenous families  in  Palayan,  Nueva  Ecija,  where  basic  services  are  not easily accessed.   Each family received grocery items, food  packs,  dental & medical services, parenting seminar, children’s activities and free medicines.

ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 would like to thank  the following donors and partners: