by: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – The celebration of Independence Day in the province of Biliran on June 12 was given more significance by the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Biliran Island as they distributed several pieces of school uniforms and bags to the identified elementary pupils in the two barangays of Culaba town.
This year’s celebration of the Independence Day, which is the 117th anniversary in the Philippines, is anchored on the theme: “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay ng Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay na ng Bayan” suited the celebration as it is the initial activity conducted by the group which is geared towards disbanding the chain of absence of basic school supplies necessary in the pursuit of achieving basic education.
“Providing the basic necessities to elementary pupils in depressed areas like decent school uniforms and bags will help boost their morale to continue going to school” Ferdinand D. Morillo, president of the Rotary Club of Biliran Island said in the group’s initiated service project.
Morillo added that the entanglement of some of our less fortunate kids in the rural community who really wanted to go to school to attain basic education is partly attributed to the absence of basic school needs like uniforms and bags.
“The provision of basic school needs to these indigent elementary pupils is like giving them wings to fly to pursue their goals and things they wanted to achieve through their schooling in the first step of education” he emphasized.
The Rotary Club of Biliran service project was materialized with funding coming from contributions of the officers and members of the club and from various local and foreign donors, Morillo clarified.
The Rotary Club of Biliran Island distributed some 43 school uniforms consisting of blue short pants and white t-shirt for boys and blue skirt and white t-shirt for girls and bags in Rufino Gonzal elementary School in Sitio Patag in Barangay Patag and some 36 sets of school uniforms and bags in Bacolod elementary school in Barangay Bacolod, all of Culaba, Biliran.
Aida Bernabe, principal of Patag elementary school, Patag barangay captain Gerardo Merwa and Andy Acuin, elementary school teacher of Bacolod elementary school expressed their gratitude to the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Biliran Island for the provision of school uniforms and bags to the indigent pupils in Patag. # fj/PIA 8 Biliran)