Five elementary schools in Leyte benefited from sets of school supplies donated by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Air Philippines, which airlifted said school supplies. These are Astorga, Sulpa, Mazawalo, Tabon-Tabon, and Cahagnaan Elementary Schools.
A total of 1,963 pupils and students each received school supplies which include 5 notebooks, 2 pad papers, 2 pencils, school bag and a pair of slippers.
The Lucio Tan Group of Companies was represented by Tanduay Distillers, Inc.’ Region VIII Regional Sales Supervisor Misael Bermejo and Sales Supervisor Alex Baredo.
DepEd representatives variously present during the five turnover ceremonies included: principals of the five schools Leo Gil Decena, Angela Bonghanoy, Patricio Sanaco, Jr., Edna Suarez, Myrna Cañete, Region VIII Director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu; Dr. Editha Vale, Asst. Sch. Division Superintendent; Alvin Tantuan, Administrative Officer; Education Program Supervisors Manuel Albaño, Dioleta Diaz, Ely Eva Tibe, Victoria Orapa, Melchora Biore, Felicidad Espinosa, Bernardo Sanoria, Dr. Ismael Posion, Pedro Renomenon. DepEd district supervisors were also present.
The turnover of supplies followed commitment ceremonies documented by signing of serious intent by LGUs, MSWD, Barangay Council, DepEd, and TYKFI. Leo Gil Decena, Principal, Astorga Elementary School provided a list for evaluation that they undertake. He called the school supplies as a sign “na di kami pinababayaan ng Panginoon”.
Alangalang, Leyte Municipal Mayor Loreto T. Yu noted that the schools are lucky to be recipients of school supplies. He added, “we are one in the LGU in providing basic education for our children”.
Education Program Director Bernardo Sanoria called the supplies “an early Christmas gift”.
Those who graced the affair had these to say:
“As Principal of Mazawalo Elementary School, I am responsible for the improvement and sustainability of our school. Henceforth, I commit my best to attain the goal and objectives set for the school, not only for my benefit but also for our school’s improvement and most of all, for our learner’s progress”.—Angela B. Bonghanoy, Principal Mazawalo Elementary School
“Good education starts with the family”.—Vice Mayor Myra Georgina-Arevalo
“This is our frst time to have a private institution give a school supplies. We should coordinate with organizations to provide us with basic educational needs. DepEd will closely monitor these materials”.—Dr. Editha Vale, Asst. Sch. Division Superintendent, Leyte Division