KCFI’s biggest supporters through the years included former chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez and former Rockwell Land chairman Amb. Manuel M. LopezKnowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) celebrated its 24th founding anniversary on June 14. It has been a wonderful 24 years of reaching more and teaching more. Since 1999, KCFI has been working with various partners, and we are very grateful to have had the support of the Lopez Group throughout the years.
When KCFI started, we registered it as Sky Foundation Inc. Lopez companies—specifically First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), Benpres Holdings, Sky and ABS-CBN—were our first supporters. FPH and Benpres (now Lopez Holdings) provided us with seed funding; Sky gave us a space in its lineup of channels; and ABS-CBN provided us with support in our technical operations and a space in its satellite transponder, among many others. Our other companies sponsored numerous “Connect-A-School” projects where we provided thousands of public schools with cable and satellite access so that their classes may be enhanced with our curriculum-based programing. From 2013 to 2020, ABS-CBN provided support for KCFI’s operations up until the end of its franchise. Starting 2022, FPH has since taken this on and provided the same support to KCFI.
While ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. has been a consistent partner since day one, sharing with us its library of classic educational videos, it collaborated further with us in the Learning Effectively through Enhanced and Evidence-based Pedagogies (LEEP) with Psychological First Aid training program for teachers and principals of disaster-stricken areas in Regions 4B, 6, 8, 10 and 11. This project won us a Lopez Achievement Award in 2017.
First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Batangas has also been a consistent LEEP partner that allowed us to train and provide Knowledge Channel Portable Media Libraries or KCPML—our offline compilation of videos for K-12—to all the public schools in Sto. Tomas and Tanauan, Batangas.
Another consistent supporter, First Balfour, funded training and access to Knowledge Channel to the schools in their areas of operation.
Rockwell Land and its former chairman, Tito Manolo Lopez, also helped us connect more schools and conduct LEEP.
KCFI’s and the Lopez Group’s former chairman emeritus and my dear father, Oscar M. Lopez, was one of KCFI’s biggest supporters. More than a decade ago, to commemorate his 80th birthday, FPH and Benpres sponsored KCFI’s efforts to help equip the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Alternative Learning System’s (ALS) mobile teachers, who teach out-of-school children and adults using ALS curriculum-based videos in far-flung areas, like mountains, islands, jails and public markets.
In 2012, OML was also the moving force behind FPH’s supporting of the Superintendents Leadership Program or SLP, whose first three batches found its home at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo.
Many of the SLP alumni told me that this program and experience has taught them so much and will remain in their hearts and minds forever, and a lot of them now hold leadership positions in DepEd’s central and regional offices.
We thank the Lopez Group and you, our Kapamilya, for your unwavering support and commitment to the education of children and their teachers. Thank you for helping KCFI reach this milestone.
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(Story/Photos by:Rina Lopez)