House completes fourth school project in San Mateo, Rizal

OFFICIALS of the House of Representatives led by Secretary-General Atty. Marilyn Barua-Yap yesterday distributed learning materials and other gifts to children of the Belong Day Care Center in San Mateo, Rizal. The reconstruction was done through the chamber’s Sagip Paaralan, Alay sa Kabataan outreach program under the leadership of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and initiated by the Office of the Secretary General in cooperation with the Standard Chartered Bank.

The Belong Day Care Center is the fourth learning institution to receive assistance from the House of Representatives so more children from poor communities can have access to free basic learning.

Yap said the House consulted with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in identifying day care centers to be helped out as the DSWD has a ranking of depressed communities.

She said the House started its outreach program after the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy as many building structures, including schools, were destroyed. The House initiated its outreach program in learning centers at San Mateo, Rizal since these are more accessible and nearer Congress.

“Belong Day Care Center used to be structurally damaged, without concrete flooring and poorly lit. Dati ito sira-sira, lupa lang ang flooring at iisa lang ang ilaw,” Yap said.

She said the three previous initiatives of the House involved the Doña Pepeng Elementary School, the Doña Pepeng Day Care Center and the Banaba Day Care Center, all in San Mateo, Rizal.

“Through our projects, we can provide children with better access to learning. In return, we hope they will take care of the things given them,” Yap said.

Yap said the House Secretariat under Speaker Belmonte’s leadership endeavors to raise additional resources to help schools in poor communities. She acknowledged the Standard Chartered Bank for being a consistent donor and supporter of the House’s outreach program.

Yap said the Standard Chartered Bank donated P200,000 for the Belong Day Care make-over project. For the Doña Pepeng Elementary School project, it gave P100,000 which was complemented by a counterpart funding from another company. For the Doña Pepeng Day Care Center project, Standard Chartered gave P150,000 and another P150,000 for the Banaba Day Care Center project.

“We thank you for the opportunity to construct the Belong Day Care Center. Our House officials and many of us in the House Secretariat are sharing and helping out for the outreach program,” Yap said.

In addition to gifts given to the day care children, she said teaching aids were donated by Speaker Belmonte while vitamins were provided by the medical team of the House of Representatives.

Renato Sulit, Banaba Barangay Captain, thanked Yap for her untiring effort to help their barangay. He said it is such an honor to benefit from the initiative of the House under Belmonte’s leadership, and projected that more school children will learn through access to the day care center. Rufino Lanutan, president of the Belong Homeowners Association, said the reconstruction of the day care center is indeed a blessing to their community.

Parents also welcomed the completion of the Belong Day Care Center project. Jenia Abihad said the free education has greatly improved the reading and writing skills of her child Gian. Maria Rosel Bigtas said the day care center taught her son Cris Vincent not only learning skills but also proper conduct such as being polite and respectful.

With Yap were House Deputy Secretaries-General Edgardo Pangilinan and Arlene Dada-Arnaldo, Directors Bessie Callejo, Coy Alano, Anton Chan, Emy Rollan and Bobby Maling, and the staff of the OSG. The program was hosted by day care worker Sherwin Sorro. Belong Day Care Center social worker head, Merlin Omandac was also present.

The gift-giving activity was part of the month-long celebration of the House of Representatives Founding Anniversary.


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