April 17, 2024

The Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) is pooling educational supplies to help the Department of Education in the production of learning materials for the learners.

RCBSC President Tolitz Villanueva said the group is set to donate bond papers and flash drives to DepEd-Benguet once they shall have pooled enough to be donated.

“We thought of donating bond papers and flash drives in the meantime because we cannot yet afford to give them their other needs like television,” Villanueva said.

The donation is one of the upcoming projects of RCBSC in support to the DepEd’s blended learning modality as a result of the suspension of face-to-face classes to contain the spread of the Covid-19.

Villanueva said the club welcomes donations to add to the five boxes of bond papers and 20 flash drives that were so far collected. 

RCBSC charter president Virgilio Bautista said before the classes opened in public schools, the group has already donated printers and reams of bond papers to three schools in Kibungan, Benguet, which allowed the schools to reproduce the modules that were distributed to the learners in time for the start of classes this month.

“We hope more people will donate so we can be able to assist more,” Bautista said.

He added the group has identified DepEd-Benguet as a beneficiary of the initiative because Baguio City is receiving more than enough support from stakeholders.

“We are focusing on Benguet because Baguio is sufficient,” he said.

Bautista said the group has been donating educational materials to schools for years now, as part of the Rotary’s commitment to support basic education and literacy.

“In the past years, we have given to several institutions educational materials as part of the education program of the Rotary,” he said.

The group has also donated personal protective equipment and food items to various hospitals and schools during the pandemic.

The club is also at the forefront of the observance of the World Polio Day in the city on Oct. 24. As part of the observance, vehicles with posters “End Polio Now” will roam the city as part of the initiative to raise public awareness about the vaccine-preventable disease and to raise funds to help eradicate polio.

RCBSC is one of the more than 35,000 clubs worldwide working to promote peace and resolve conflicts; prevent and treat diseases; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children through maternal child care; support basic education and literacy; grow local economies and develop communities; and support the environment. – Jane B. Cadalig