Sarangani, Basilan kids get books from "balik baterya" program
by Danny Escabarte
Butuan City (3 December) -- Mark Delantar 6, Grade I pupil of H. Diamalod Ebrahim Elementary School in Lun Padidu, Sarangani; were glad to witness the turn over of textbooks held recently in their school. He was among the beneficiaries of textbooks donation from the Balik Baterya Program.
Textbooks on English and Filipino were handed to the school to help schoolchildren overcome academic challenges on the said subject areas. "Thank you very much for the books, these will really help me and my classmates", Mark said in local dialect as he held a book during the simple turn over ceremony.
The school has a total enrolment of 275 students, Mrs. Gaudencia Briones, the principal disclosed. "Improved reading skills and comprehension, this is our goal for each pupil. The textbooks would be a great help in achieving our goal for them", Briones added.
Another school in Basilan, Atong-Atong Elementary School, also received similar kinds of textbooks. Both schools have been chosen as beneficiaries of the book donation initiative of Metrolab Industries, Inc., Edward Keller Philippines, Inc., Blue Bell Commodities, Inc., SPI Global, ePLDT and Ventus.
Funds generated from the sale of recycled used batteries under the Balik Baterya Program were used to buy the textbooks for the children in the said schools. The program is being implemented by Motolite and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). (PBSP-MRO/PIA-Caraga) [top]