Last Thursday, September 26, Pres. Peter Manzano and PVP Sherwin Torres of RC Makati Southwest launched a joint project – Basic Education and Literacy Project to provide material assistance to a school in Rodriguez, Rizal and a community of the Dumagat/ Remontado tribe. Marking the kick-off was the turnover of a check for P50,000 from Pres. Peter to PVP Sherwin in the presence of PP Hermie Patrimonio of Makati Southwest and First Ann Pam Manzano. Also turned over was the first batch of printed learning modules.
The project calls for the provision of printed learning materials to the 250 students of the Puray National High School and tablets to a select group of poor but deserving students belonging to the Dumagat/Remontado tribe and the Puray High School.
The tribal families are among the country’s poorest of the poor. Subsisting on a measly P200 a day from planting bananas and making charcoal and selling them in the neighboring town of Montalban, it is clear that their financial standing does not allow them to provide for their children’s school needs, particularly in these demanding pandemic times.
Seeing how dire their situation is, the two clubs decided to pool their resources and band together to help ease their plight.
Per agreement, Makati Southwest will provide 14 tablets to selected and deserving students and pay for the printing of modules for Math, Science, Filipino and English subjects. For its part, RC Makati will cover the cost of printing and binding for the modules of Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao.
It was no joke getting to the place. FA Pam recounted that they had to cross three rivers to get to the Sito Bagong Sigla, Brgy. Puray in Rodriguez, venue of the short program. Afterwards they were treated to a boodle fight of boiled vegetables, salted eggs and broiled mud fish.
The next turnover has been tentatively set for October19.