Donation without borders: Tagum City sends school furniture to Tarlac public schools
Five public elementary schools in Camiling, Tarlac got what they wished for: 132 armchairs, 47 desks and 100 kinder chairs from the city government of Tagum City in far-away Davao del Norte.
In a text message to Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy said the school furniture arrived on May 28, 2012 by land from Tagum City exactly two weeks after Councilor Wrancudo ”Randy” P. Felix ofCamiling, Tarlac sent a letter addressed to Mayor Uy of Tagum City requesting for 200 school furniture intended forCayaoan, Libueg, Bacabac, Pindangan First and Pindangan Second Elementary Schools.
Camiling is the second non-Mindanao recipient of school furniture from Tagum City. The donation of chairs and deskamounts to P 121,585. 30. Felix revealed that he learned of the possibility of this practice from a news article wherein the LGU of Tagum City donated chairs to a Quezon City school.
Luistro has expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the mayor and the city government of Tagum for the support and generosity in addressing the shortages in armchairs. “You have gone beyond the boundaries of your city to help Camiling. What a wonderful expression of our bayanihan spirit beyond political and geographical borders. Daghang salamat,” Luistro said.
Relative to this, Uy also said that the city government is delivering chairs to Sulop Elementary School in Davao del Sur for school children affected by fire which razed five classrooms to the ground. Aside from school chairs, the city government of Tagum has the capability to fabricate book shelves, rostrum for every classroom, teachers’ tables and kinder tables and recycling of unusable desks.
Tagum City has recently made it to the international education circle after the city scored a win in the 2011 UNESCO International Literacy Prize. It was awarded for its exemplary accomplishment in achieving a thriving business community as a result of its peace education campaign. Tagum City was also a recipient of the National Literacy Hall of Fame Award for being a three-time first place winner in the Outstanding Local Government Unit in the National Literacy Awards.