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Lubao school’s ‘Pass-a-Book’ project to aid IP kids’ learning

The Bancal Pugad Integrated School (BPIS) in Lubao town in Pampanga has received donations from member agencies of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) to boost children’s learning amid the new normal.

The RSCWC held a joint gift-giving activity dubbed as Pass-a-Book and #HatidMalasakit project, which aims to provide learning materials to children in indigenous peoples’ communities and other remote areas.

According to RSCSWC 3 Regional Coordinator Aple Shane Lomoljo, the pilot activity was conceptualized due to the observed lack of learning materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we look around, we will see that many students are faced with poverty. There are still many disadvantaged areas or those that are not frequently served by various government agencies. These [areas] are the ones we like to help as we transition from the pandemic,” she said.

The participants included Philippine Information Agency Central Luzon, which handed out assorted school supplies including plastic envelope with handle and zipper, writing pads, writing notebooks, pencils, sharpener, eraser, crayons, ruler, and brown envelope.

The Philippine National Police also gave assorted school supplies, bond papers, and backpacks.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development donated sanitation kits including shampoo, body soap, alcohol, toothbrush, toothpaste, towels, sanitary pads, and face masks.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office meanwhile distributed food packs to the student beneficiaries.

Local government units including the provinces of Bataan and Bulacan; as well as other government agencies like the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the National Economic and Development Authority donated books, encyclopedias, learning materials, and school supplies.

“For the coming years, we hope to expand and cover more areas like Aurora and Nueva Ecija because we have seen that projects like these, even if they are very simple, have great impact on the children. The learning materials given to them will serve as a great inspiration for their future,” Lomoljo said.