The school supplies comprised of a school bag, complete set of notebooks, pencils, crayons, erasers, ballpen and ruler plus a T-shirt for each of the 89 pupils in the kindergarten and Grades 1 – 2 classes of the Marina Bay Elementary School in Alas-Asin, a seaside village here.
Children could not control their excitement and immediately opened the bags with some displaying shy smiles and some openly saying “thank you.” School principal Noel Lagman said 90 percent of their school pupils from Grades 1 – 6 numbering 194 are children of fishermen.
Danilo Jugno, president of EPZCEM, said they have so far distributed school supplies to about 1,000 pupils belonging to poor families in five public elementary schools in Mariveles since they launched the project in 2007.
”Namigay kami noong Pasko pero may sobrang pondo ang aming samahan kaya naisipan naming mamahagi ngayong magbabakasyon para gamit ng mga bata sa susunod na pasukan,” explained Jugno, an official of Dunlop Slazenger that produces tennis balls and other sporting goods.
He said that in their choice of beneficiaries, children should come from public schools and belong to the less fortunate families. “Tuloy-tuloy ang programa naming ito para sa mga bata na sa ibang araw ay baka maging empleyado namin,” Jugno said.
On the global financial crisis, he said that all companies at the Bataan ecozone were hit one way or another. “Pero walang mass layoffs kundi may kaunting trimming down sa oras ng trabaho para makatawid sa krisis,” the EPZCEM head said.
Joining Jugno in the distribution of school supplies were officials of Mitsumi, Maitex, Qualitek, Manila Glove, Filpak, BFG and RCBC.