Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bellevue Manila helps schoolkids in Bohol

Bellevue Manila helps schoolkids in Bohol 
The Freeman - Region
July 22, 2010

More than 300 schoolchildren in remote towns of Bohol recently received school supplies from The Bellevue Manila as part of the company's corporate social responsibility program.

The education assistance was in conjunction with DepEd's Brigada Eskwela campaign for the school year.

The Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc. helped distribute school supplies, which consisted of paper pads, pens, pencils and sharpeners to the sons and daughters of poor farmers in barangays Malitbog and Caluasan.

The chosen beneficiaries were children of the farmers below poverty threshold. Teachers also received bags they can use for their daily activities.

PBSP identified the two schools to have the highest percentage of drop-outs. Being major farming barangays, most of teh children still have to help their parent farmers in the field, causing them to miss some of their classes.

"The assistance to these pupils was a great help since most of them used their school supplies from the previous year so their parents can save money," said Malitbog Elementary School principal Zozima Ampoloquio.

PBSP also built Learning Resource Centers on these schools, which were funded by Motolite's Balik-Baterya Program.

PBSP is now currently implementing the Bohol Poverty Reduction Program in nine municipalities of Bohol, including the towns of Dagohoy and San Miguel. PBSP targets to help 10,010 marginal farmers. (PR)