By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ISLAND (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) turned over 27,198 pencils to the Department of Education (DepEd) – NIR to be used by the poor pupils in the region.
DSWD-NIR Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero spearheaded the turnover of the pencils on December 20.
DepEd-NIR Regional Director Dr. Gilbert Sadsad received the pencils from DSWD.
“This a big help to our pupils especially those who are from the far-flung areas who cannot afford to buy a pencil. This will be a gift for them and will help them in their writing and in their studies especially children in grades 1, 2 and kinder,” Director Sadsad said.
The pencils will be distributed to the 16 school division offices in Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental that were identified to have students coming from the very depressed and deprived communities.
DepEd-NIR will start the distribution of pencils on January next year.
The turnover of more than 27, 000 pencils to DepEd is part of the celebration of Children’s Month in the region.
This is also in support to the One Million Lapis Campaign of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) which aims to gather one million pencils to be given to underprivileged elementary students from 4th to 6th class municipalities nationwide.
DSWD-NIR’s Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children led the collection of pencils from different agencies such as STI-West Negros University, Qualfon-Dumaguete, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Employment, Little Children of the Philippines and the staff of the department. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Beb Barot of DSWD-NIR/This article was first published at PIA website on Dec. 23, 2016)