The military contingent tasked to keep the city safe from terrorism continues its community outreach program by providing a mini-library at the Bucana Learning Center in Barangay 76-A in Davao City.
Col. Casiano Monilla, commander of the Task Force Davao, thanked sponsors who helped realized the project for the orphans.
Among the donors is the Bagong Kulturang Pinoy (BKP), a non-government organization based in San Diego, California which donated hundreds of books. BKP-California’s mission is to develop a reading culture among Filipino children in poverty stricken areas in the Philippines.
Several civic-minded individuals and business institutions also shared their resources for the book shelves, carpets, school supplies and slippers intended for the young beneficiaries of the project.
The shelves were carefully designed by the soldiers with plastic slides to protect the children from getting hurt in getting reading materials.
Lt. Colonel Roberto Rivas, deputy commander of the TF Davao, urged the children to maintain the habit of reading and to be persistent in their studies despite the hardships in life.
He stressed that aiming high will lead the children to finish their respective courses in 20 years.
Isabelita Aquilan, purok leader of 76-A Bucana, thanked the army and donors for the mini-library which, she said, will be open to Christians and Muslims alike.
“I believe that this project will be a great help especially to the children whose parents are imprisoned and still in the correctional. This Mini-library is open to all Muslim and Christians and there’s no discrimination to non-Muslims, because we are all equally created in the eyes of Allah,” Aquilan said. PNA