By richy nalagon
The 71st Infantry Battalion in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Golden Tagum and Pag-asa Davao distributed school supplies to four elementary schools located in remote places in Compostela Valley province on Monday.
A total of 200 bags, 681 school kits (notebook, pencils, and papers), and 314 shoes were distributed to 681 pupil beneficiaries. The school bags included supplies that would help the pupils and their parents lessen their expenses for the school opening in June, and will motivate them on important aspects of growth and development.
The four recipient schools of Maco and Mawab that benefited from the donations include Panibasan Elementary School of Maco while three elementary schools from barangays of Mawab includes Concepcion Elementary School, Tan-awan Elementary School in South Tan-awan, Barangay Malinawon and Salvacion Elementary School.
The event was done on behalf of the Children’s Hour, in an effort to support the growth and educational development of students in the country.
Lt. Col. Davice Christopher Mercado, 71IB commander said, “This donation is the fruit of the concerted effort between 71IB, Children’s Hour, and Kiwanis International to express our commitment to education.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to help the community in a simple way by providing school bags and supplies to our pupils as a source of encouragement to study well,” he added.
The activity was followed by the signing of memorandum of agreement between 71IB and Kiwanis Club International with the school heads and barangay officials for the continuous support of the activity.
Mercado also said that they remain committed in helping the community in investing in education and development of the people. “Through involvement in a number of community care initiatives, the unit seeks to ensure that indelible volunteer efforts will contribute towards peace and development in our community,” he said.