THE Department of Education (DepEd), Radiowealth Finance Corporation and the National Bookstore Foundation, Incorporated has signed a memorandum of agreement for a P10 million project that provides school kits for 50,000 school children: 40,000 from Yolanda-affected areas and 10,000 from Region 5.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro thanked the private donors for giving something “symbolic” that would make students feel ready to go back to school again, especially after they and their families had been devastated by the typhoon.
“This year this will mean so much to them because the kids will actually feel that they are ready. It’s different when you have backpack, notebook, pencil and water jug. So this will actually go a very long way,” Luistro said.
Radiowealth Finance Corporation president Roberto Guevarra said the project is in celebration with their 50th anniversary which they would be celebrating on April 30.
He said that “donating money for backpacks and school supplies is only a part of their bigger project.”
“We are assisting directly a total of 100,000 kids. The first 50,000 students will be assisted by a fund – CARD Microfinance Bank –that we will be giving out to the poorest of the poor to support the Zero Dropout Program. These other [school]materials will be to enhance their willingness to go to school,” Guevarra added.
For its part, the National Bookstore would handle the procurement, packing, and delivery of school supplies and backpacks.
Trina Alindogan, chairman of the National Bookstore Foundation, said that they were planning to give books as well. The Foundation hoped that the school supplies would be brought to the children before the month of June so as to “help a lot of kids go back to school.”
Luistro regarded RFC and NBSFI as “God’s angels” and was grateful for “DepEd need not have to ask for help, but it was them who came to offer help.”
“I think all of this leads to resiliency of our kababayans—that in the worst times of disasters, the great bayanihan spirit is there. I was not joking when I said to please stand at our backs flap your wings, because in my mind you are God’s angels,” Luistro said.