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Gov Piņol gives out educational equipment, books to New Abra elementary school

by Aida C. Agad

Koronadal City (3 October) -- It was indeed not an ordinary day for pupils and teachers, parents and PTCA officials of New Abra Elementary School, as two vehicles disembark to unload boxes containing books, a 29-inch colored TV set, DVD Player and sets of DVDs.

Students couldn't help but troop around, their faces brimming with different emotions. Their parents are likewise excited and feeling proud they were visited by government and were given goodies for their children.

Distribution of these equipments and books are materialized through the efforts of Cotabato governor Emmanuel "Manny" Piņol in cooperation with the ABS-CBN Foundation, Non-Government Organizations and other foreign countries.

Under the program Teleskwela and Books for the Barrio, impoverished barangay New Abra was added to the list of beneficiary of the educational tools that are of great help to schoolchildren from poor families in far-flung barangays of the province.

Governor Piņol steadfastly supports the national government and the Department of Education (DepEd) in its effort to advance the national literacy program by addressing concerns on education like shortage of classroom, teachers and books, saying "we are doing our best effort to ensure that no child in this province is deprived of education."

The provincial government in 2002, launched Gov. Piņol's brainchild "Magtutudlo sa Barangay" in response to the lack of teachers in far-flung barangays of North Cotabato. Under the program qualified community-based volunteer teachers are tapped to supplement the regular personnel of the Department of Education in barangay schools where there is a lack of teachers.

As part of the Central Matalam District, New Abra Elementary School under the supervision of new Head Teacher Edgar Gatchalian is practicing DepEd's multi-grade system with three classrooms and three regular teachers. One teacher-volunteer also helps in attending to the needs of pupils from Grades One to Six, whenever the teachers are out to attend meetings called for by the District Office.

With the coming in of educational tools, Gatchalian said he hoped that the level of pupil's aptitude will be raised and their reading ability be harnessed. He likewise enjoined the teachers and pupils to use these educational materials with care so that incoming generations can also make use of it.

During the turn-over and acceptance ceremony, Gatchalian is joined by Matalam Central District Supervisor Edmund Rosete, Sr., New Abra barangay chairman Jose Alcalde, PTCA President Cornelio Arce in formally receiving from the province' Teleskwela and Books for the Barrio coordinator Jomar Campo representing Cotabato governor Manny Piņol, as jubilant children on the background chorused "Dios Ti Agngina Gov. Piņol." (PIA 12) [top]

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