RNG BOOKLAT-AKLAT-MULAT PROJECT

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"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave." - Baron Henry Peter Brougham

During the last quarter of year 2008, 24th of October when Radyo Natin Guimba (RNG), a community radio station in Guimba, Nueva Ecija under the supervision of the Community Visions and Initiatives Incorporated (COMVIS), a non-stock non profit local Non-Government Organization with the objective to provide quality education to school children and youth through its primary and secondary schools within area of jurisdiction, in collaboration with the Children International Philippines Housing Foundation Inc. (CI-PHFI) launched its first ever joint project that is “BOOKLAT-AKLAT-MULAT” barangay-school library as part of RNG: Operation Damayan, RNG’s flagship public service program.

Two public elementary schools specifically Macatcatuit Elementary School and Yuson Elementary School were at first identified as pilot school in conduct of such activities in their respective barangays in Guimba.

This project made a child-friendly haven that promotes interest in reading as a habit among students and youth of the community as a whole. Encourage them to uphold the importance of reading in making inquiries in nation-building, increase public awareness and finally, to fully develop this project as a resource learning center for these kids.

Before and After

You can’t teach a child to play the piano without a piano. A child can’t learn to read without books or other printed materials. Access to books is the key to literacy, yet the majority of children in low-income families exist in a wordless environment, without books in their homes or in the preschool and after-school programs they attend. The low-income neighborhoods in which they live often lack libraries, bookstores or even signs with interesting written messages.

Before, around four months ago, each of our pilot area initially acquire with more than 300 assorted books last year, not enough to fill up the need to educate children for the 64 barangays in Guimba whereas majority was in the poverty level. Now, through the effort of Radyo Natin Guimba in collaboration to Children International, there were more than 14, 000 good quality hardbound used books in Science, Math, English and General References with according to CI-PHFI estimated value of $12,000 for elementary and high schools under the schools Division of Nueva Ecija, District of Guimba.

Morning of March 5, 2009 a 40 footer container van having 20 pallets of books arrived in Guimba and opened only with the presence of CI-PHFI representative “Ding” who assisted in unloading and sorting of books for three to five days with the help of the RNG staff and others around twenty-five (25) volunteers came from Barangay Sta. Veronica and Sto. Cristo, Guimba.

And for its safety, books were situated in a wide-space area of RNG’s staff house waiting for distribution.

Earlier, interested schools and charitable institution heads was invited to attend a meeting with regards to this forthcoming event and most of them established a good reaction and agreed to shoulder the transport cost from the port to the site and the provision of logistics in the unloading, sorting and distribution of books so they do sent letter of request indicating the target public school beneficiaries, public and community libraries and reasons why they need the books and contact details. In addition, the recipient schools and respective organizations has been informed upon its approval and advised to ensure all the requirements agreed between the benefactor and the beneficiary.

Through the District Supervisors, Dr. Romeo S. Ramones of Guimba East District and Mr. John A. Dela Cruz of Guimba West District Division of Nueva Ecija, twenty-four (24) public elementary schools were identified as beneficiaries (See the following table), plus four (4) high schools and two (2) other institutions.

The following table shows identified schools chosen as beneficiaries with their corresponding number of books and workbooks received:

DONEE ADDRESS QUANTITY

Elementary School

1. Banitan Elem. School Banitan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 406
2. Balingog East Elem. School Balingog East, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 372
3. Casongsong Elem. School Casongsong, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 435
4. Cavite Elem. School Cavite, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 422
5. Cawayang Bugtong Elem. School Cawayang Bugtong, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 429
6. Galvan Elem. School Galvan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 428
7. Guimba East Central Elem. School Guimba East, Nueva Ecija 434
8. Guimba West Central Elem. School Guimba West, Nueva Ecija 434+652=1,086 workbooks
9. Lennec Elem. School Lennec, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
10Macatcatuit Elem. School Macatcatuit, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 435
11.Manggang Marikit Elem. School Manggang Marikit, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
12.Maybubon Elem. School Maybubon, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 421
13.Nagpandayan Elem. School Nagpandayan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 428
14.Pasong Inchik-San Rafael Pasong Inchik-San Rafael 434
15.San Agustin Elem. School San Agustin, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 436
16.San Andres Elem. School San Andres, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 435
17.San Bernardino Elem. School San Bernardino, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 428
18.San Miguel Elem. School San Miguel, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 435
19.Sinulatan Elem. School Sinulatan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
20.Sitio Bertese Elem. School Lennec, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
21.Sta. Veronica Elem. School Sta. Veronica, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 428
22.Sto. Cristo Elem. School Sto. Cristo, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 428
23.Subul Elem. School Subul, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
24.Triala Elem. School Triala, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 433
25.Yuson Elem. School Yuson, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 435

High School

26.Galvan High School Galvan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 658
27.Guimba National High School Guimba East, Nueva Ecija 655
28.Nagpandayan High School Nagpandayan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 354
29.San Andres High School San Andres, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 303

Other Institution

30.Home For Girls Palayan City, Nueva Ecija 306
31.Star Bright Tutorial Center Sto. Cristo, Guimba, Nueva Ecija 42
Remaining Books +Assorted For other learning institutions 846+27=873
TOTAL 14,544

After following the unloading and counting guide: Day 1 of brief orientation of manpower, unloading, counting, sorting and listing of titles; Day 2 of continuation of sorting, listing and allocation; Day 3 of final allocation of books and signing of acknowledgement receipts by librarians, property custodian and school principals and heads; here comes the turn over ceremony and mass distribution of books happened last March 16, 2009 witnessed and participated by each given school heads together with their district supervisors. Other barangay officials also attend this event. A live radio interview with Ms. Rebecca Fuellos, Chief of program of Children International-Philippines together with RNGFM Station Manager Gie Herrera, was held before the ceremony and signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the donor and the recipient.

Donate to Radyo Natin Guimba

For million children living below the poverty level in the Philippines today, growing up with books of their own is a dream rather than a reality. For just P5 you can help RNG provide good as brand new book to a child in need.

You can’t teach a child to play the piano without a piano. A child can’t learn to read without books or other printed materials. Access to books is the key to literacy, yet the majority of children in low-income families exist in a wordless environment, without books in their homes or in the preschool and after-school programs they attend.

The low-income neighborhoods in which they live often lack libraries, bookstores or even signs with interesting written messages.

Help bring the magic of books to these children who live in a world without words by donating today.

To donate, please send it to RNG at P. Ramos Street, Sto.Cristo, Guimba, Nueva Ecija.

Isinulat ni: 
Jimuel Palma