BANGUED, Abra – Some 23,812 brand new K to 12 books will be given out by responsible donors to various schools in the different parts of the province during scheduled simple turnover rites early next week.
The University of the Cordilleras (UC) sourced out the brand new books from the Children International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI), a prestigious international non-government organization (NGO) while the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) coordinated the donation with the provincial government under the able leadership of Gov. Eustaqiop Bersamin.
Aside from the brand new books which will be distributed to priority schools as per the assessment of the provincial government, UC and BCBC will also be donating to the Abra provincial hospital over P1 million worth of medical supplies and first aid kits to be used in enhancing the delivery of basic health care services to those availing of the services of the government facility.
The UC and BCBC delegations will be formally turning over to the concerned Abra officials led by Gov. Bersamin the books early Tuesday morning while the medical supplies and kits will also be handed to the administrators of the Abra provincial hospital led by Ms. Ruby Bersamin.
After the simple turnover rites, the parties will be proceeding to Dolores town where there will be the conduct of a hand washing demonstration by health experts in a local public school to be identified by Mayor Robert Victor Seares followed by the distribution of some 500 health bars containing soap and other hand washing kits to the children.
Leonarda Aguinalde, UC vice president for administration, said the higher education institution’s Project HELEN has gone around most provinces in the region to donate similar instructional materials and heath kits, thus, Abra has been prioritized this year in order to achieve its overall goal of rendering services to the people in the remote villages needing assistance and interventions from responsible civic organizations.
Under the conditions of the donation, the provincial government will shoulder the shipment of the books, medical supplies and health kits from UC in Baguio City to the Provincial Capitol where the turnover rites will be conducted. Further, the local government will shoulder the incidental expenses that will be incurred during the turnover ceremonies.
BCBC officers and media representatives will be visiting the province to witness the turnover of the donation to the concerned authorities.
Bersamin expressed his gratitude to the UC administration and the BCBC led by Dhobie de Guzman of ABS-CBN Baguio for selecting Abra as this year’s beneficiary of its book donation program and the distribution of medical supplies and health kits considering that it will be a big boost in improving the literacy of children and the readiness of the province to the implementation of the K to 12 as well as sustaining its efforts to improve the delivery of basic health services to the people.
“We are grateful to the donation and rest assured that the items will be used appropriately,” Bersamin stressed. By Dexter A. See