Thursday, May 25, 2017

Partnership with Private Companies / Corporations

Under the Republic Act 8525 or Adopt-a-School Act of 1998 of the Department of Education, Bituen is now accepting Partners to join us in our two (2) programs as follows:

Sustainability & 3Rs - Seminars, workshops, & forums engaging teachers and students to adopt the waste-gardening approach and include tree-planting in their Gulayan sa Paaralan. Teachers, including TLE, Home Economics, and MAPEH educators and coordinators are encouraged to incorporate waste management in their livelihood and agricultural subjects at school so as to realistically meet the available resources to teachers and students alike especially those in urban areas. The environment is a cause that every individual should actively participate in to.

Reading Caravan - free distribution of quality children's books to marginalized urban and rural children all over the country. The Bituen group believe that inspiring and motivating children to read will empower them to aspire a better life, become learned, and productive members of society that would soon make intelligent choices as consumers.

As Partners, private companies can actually see their support, even join in the workshops (or their employees) for free, and have their support tax-deductible.

Bituen has distributed quality books to more than 10,000 children across the country, helped establish at least 5 mini-libraries, and conducted about 19 workshops/forums/seminars with a total of more than five thousand participants. For updated posts, visit our Facebook page Bituen Boluntario.

For more information, call (632) 9941372, contact us, or email at bituen.org@gmail.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Online Visa Processing Payment for Pinoys

There are recent changes in the processing of visa for several countries (above) for many Pinoys and Philippine residents. A new processing center (BPO called VSFGlobal) now holds the franchise for these countries including Canada, Australia, Schengen (European Union), and several others.

To ease the system, Bituen* is extending its service to help fellow Pinoys who may not have access to online payment, in 2 ways, via bank deposit or 7-11 payments:

Via 7-11:


1. Add amount of visa processing for country you are visiting + P400 conversion fee + P500 online charges
2. Pay total amount to any 7-11 store e-money to Smart # 63-929-2870628.
3. Call 02-9941372 to confirm your payment reference #, name, messenger account, country visiting & total deposit
4. Wait for confirmation of your visa payment in your messenger within the next 24 hours
5. Print confirmation of payment & attach in your application.
*Services provided by www.Bituen.org – no relation to VFSGlobal

Via Bank of the Philippine Islands or Bank of Commerce: 
BPI (SA 1489-1144-68 J. Cruz) Bank of Commerce (Bituen CA 035-00-000715-1):

1. Deposit total amount to any of the above accounts.
2. Take photo of your bank receipt and send via facebook messenger visainmanila.
3. Call 02-9941372 to confirm your payment, name, messenger account, country visiting & total deposit
4. Wait for confirmation of your visa payment in your messenger within the next 24 hours.
5. Print confirmation of payment & attach in your application. 

Please like and visit VisainManila at Facebook for detailed photos and updates.
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reading Caravan

More than anything, quality children's books are most helpful and inspiring to marginalized children in third world countries like the Philippines due to its rarity and accessibility. Textbooks in the country seldom has more than 2 colors, of durable quality, or appeal due to its successive and years of use by several children.

In Bituen volunteers' outreach experiences, when given food and a pack of toys, children set aside the rest and browse through the pages of the book they received for free because this is a new experience to them: being transported in another world with color and vivid images!



All photos taken during the January 2, 2017 Reading Caravan in San Isidro, Makati CIty.

Bituen continue accepting book donations for marginalized children. While giving to schools and libraries may also be a good intention, these books are rarely used by marginalized children for fear of soiling these books and being reprimanded later on.

Contact us to donate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eco Volunteers Needed

On the heels of the success of the initial Cool Green School project, Bituen is inviting volunteers to become trainers for various schools in Philippine cities. Under the Sustainability program, wastes are used in urban gardening and possible livelihood craft projects with the double purpose to clean and green our urban especially in marginalized areas.

The training is for free but volunteers will shoulder their tool kit worth P700 and waste materials:
  • 2 medium to large cans
  • 1 large shampoo or similar plastic bottle
  • waste paper and packaging boards.
The workshop-training is slated to begin February 25, 2017 and every last Saturday of each month thereon which venue shall be near or around Quezon City Memorial Circle area.  Participants are required to complete all activities during the training to be able to receive a certification, and inclusion in the pool of volunteers. The volunteer trainers will then be deployed to various city schools to train students.

Bituen has also been invited to join the rehabilitation efforts of the Duterte Administration and successful participants may also opt to join the extended workshops in treatment centers around the country.
For other inquiries, please contact Bituen, call (02) 9941372, or email bituen.org@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cool Green School (Gulayan sa Paaralan)

Metro Manila teachers and students from DepEd were presented with current sustainability trends and Metro Manila environment problems and opportunities in the Cool Green School (Gulayan sa Paaralan, National Greening Program) forum and workshop.
The forum-workshop focused on current environment issues in Metro Manila: massive daily burning and dumping of wastes in waterways, pollution of land, air and water, threath in health and quality of life, and what is left for the "laylayan" members of the Philippine society: wastes, lacking or limited space, lack of access to resources, and lack of motivation and incentives.

While teachers and students presneted issues and challenges in greening their environment, participants were shown how to make their own compost and organic soil from biodegradable wastes like scrap paper and packaging boards, kitchen refuse, and garden wastes, as well as utilize waste plastic and can containers as pots for planting seeds, seedlings, and cutting that they can harvest from.

The presentation noted report of the Asian Deveopment Bank that there are at least 1.5 tons of garbage dumped daily in Metro Manila alone by the year 2015 as poverty remains unmitigated. The workshop hopes to inspire widespread and integrated teaching and education on greening the learning environment through proper waste management and urban gardening. Public schools where urban poor were educated were taught how to reduce wastes at source but also to help improve air condition and reduce pollutions in their areas. It has been suggested that a learning environment with more plants and trees increases learning quality.




Container gardening in Metro Manila is ideal due to lack of open ground space for learners and individuals yearning to cultivate their own gardens. Private entities willing to support the program for continuous education of the urban poor youths may call (02) 9941372 during office hours. The schools of the first leg of Cool Green School are:

  • Ismael Mathay Sr. High School
  • Fernando Ma. Guererro Elementary School
  • Bangkal (annex) High School
  • Gen. Miguel Malvar Elementary School 
  • Novaliches High School
  • Jose P. Laurel High School

The firts leg of the forum-workshop has been presented by Bituen Organization of volunteers supported by Education is Our Tool, 5 Loaves & 3 Fishes Miracle Project of Gising na Pilipinas!, DepEd, ToyKalapawMi, and the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tokyo Eco Urban Tour

A major cause of corruption is when leaders and planners lack knowledge, exposure, and direct connection with the real business people to deal with when it comes to managing the limited resources of our government.

Bituen, with the help of Regis International Travel & Tours, will bring urban leaders and planners to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience first-hand the Ecological Urban Technologies, Products and Services that are currently produced and marketed worldwide.
Those who are interested, please call 63-2-9941372 for details, or email us.

Tokyo Eco Urban Tour

A major cause of corruption is when leaders and planners lack knowledge, exposure, and direct connection with the real business people to deal with when it comes to managing the limited resources of our government.

Bituen, with the help of Regis International Travel & Tours, will bring urban leaders and planners to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience first-hand the Ecological Urban Technologies, Products and Services that are currently produced and marketed worldwide.
Those who are interested, please call 63-2-9941372 for details, or email us.