Ayala Foundation pushes sustainable transportation, distributes bikes to schools nationwide

Seven schools in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are the first recipients of bicycles through the Wheels for Work program.

A partnership between Ayala Foundation, the Makati Business Club, Inc. (MBC) and the Embassy of the Netherlands, the project aims to provide bikes to schools whose teachers and school staff are in need of a safe and sustainable mode of transportation. The program is also supported by AC Infra, Entrego, and Decathlon.

“This is a very practical way of addressing a lot of these mobility issues so that we can make sure that the teachers, the students and the parents would be able to really continue promoting education, particularly in these times,” said Ruel Maranan, Ayala Foundation President, during the project launch on June 3, 2021.

Ten sets of bikes and helmets sponsored by Nexus Technologies Inc. were distributed in August and September as part of the program’s initial run.

“Nexus Technologies is committed to a more sustainable future. We are happy to make The Nexus Center bike-friendly for our employees, tenants, and building visitors. We amplify biking as a sustainable transport mode by supporting the Wheels for Work project that gives bikes to underprivileged Filipino workers” said Juan G. Chua, President, Nexus Technologies.

The bikes are lodged at the schools and used for various purposes. In CENTEX Manila, the bike is assigned to Nestor Dejena, a utility staff member who uses it to run errands. Meanwhile, CENTEX Batangas is currently used by Teacher Cylene Viola for the distribution and retrieval of school modules.

In Oton, Iloilo, teacher Cheryl Joy Cantera can save time on her commute thanks to the bike given to Zulueta Elementary School. “This bike will help me a lot because I will no longer need to walk to school. It will also help me bring the modules to the mountainous parts of our town,” she said.

“This bike is a huge help for us and we will be able to easily reach our students in the ALS (Alternative Learning System). It is also good for our health,” said teacher Jelly Escarlote of Lake Sebu, Cotabato.

Bikes were also given to schools in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City and to Indigenous Peoples Education Schools in Oriental Mindoro.

The second run of Wheels For Work begins on November 8, 2021. Companies interested in sponsoring bikes may contact Cenen Milan of Ayala Foundation (milan.cn@ayalafoundation.org), Sharlyn Kaye Dismas of MBC (kaye.dismas@mbc.com.ph) or Trisha Teope of MBC (trisha.teope@mbc.com.ph) for more information.


One thought on “Ayala Foundation pushes sustainable transportation, distributes bikes to schools nationwide

  1. This is just a part of your news, I understand. But I would like to know how to get a chance to have a bicycle for my son. I’m a solo parent (the father died when my son was about to turn 2, and now he is 13). I’m working for the two of us and I work, mostly to pay credits or loan from friends. I couldnt buy him a bike, especially with less income as a tutor. I hope to have one for him. Maybe there is a way. Maybe you can tell me how.

    Thank you!

    Puerto Princesa City

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