MAKILALA, North Cotabato—The 148 elementary pupils of Luis Socias Elementary School in the village of Biangan in this municipality received pencils which Newsline.ph on January 6, 2017.
This writer was among the 34 Asian journalist from seven countries who attended Digital Strengthening Media Seminar held in Kuala Lumpur last July 2016.
There were 148 pencils collected during the conference of Media Strengthening seminar sponsored by World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA).
As most of the participants preferred to use their pens, Newsline.ph collected the pencils to benefit the pupils instead of leaving it inside the convention rooms.
The beneficiary school is one of the depressed schools in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Philippines.
Sixty percent of the pupils in Lucas Socias elementary belong to the indigenous tribed Manobo and Bagobo.
Aside from the pencils, Newsline.ph also donated 21 volume encyclopedia, notebooks, books and other teaching materials.
Barangay Biangan is considered by the military as among the “hotspots” of communist insurgents, it is one of their mass base.
Teddy Salcedo, the school principal said sporadic encounters between the government forces and the New People’s Army rebels often interrupt the classes as pupils prefer to stay at home for safety.
The turnover was in coordination with the Department of Education and attended by the DepEd supervisor Renato Corre, school principal Teddy Salcedo and the whole teaching staff.
The project is a community service program of Newsline.ph in coordination with the and Department of Education.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph