The Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) is a public school learning environment where bright children from economically disadvantaged families receive quality education and the necessary support to give them the opportunity for a better life. CENTEX operates two public schools– one in Tondo, Manila and another in Bauan, Batangas. CENTEX believes in improving the physical, financial and human resources of an ordinary public school and seeks a model for private and government partnership. The schools operate by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Since its inception in 1998, CENTEX has graduated 634 students from both schools.