ARMM distributes school supplies to children in remote village
Cotabato City (8 December 2014)- Close to four hundred pupils in Lower Baguinged Elementary School in Barangay Talitay, Datu Montawal town, Maguindanao received bags and other school supplies from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Sunday.
Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, together with the team from Proud Emergent & Empowered Pinoy (PEEP), a people’s organization, turned over learning materials and ten bancas as means of transport for pupils who live in communities along the riverbank and in the Liguasan Marsh.
“The community and our teaching force are very happy to receive this assistance. We are thankful that ARMM officials have finally visited the place and see the condition of our school and children,” said Fatima Abubacar, head teacher.
Abubacar said the children continue to attend school despite the perennial flooding they experience.
“The support of their parents serves as inspiration to our pupils to do well in their studies despite the tough situation they face,” Abubacar added.
The school, which is around 20 meters away from the Rio de Grande river bank, is regularly flooded.
For her part, Alamia said the regional government will look into ways to assist the school.
She urged the local government to send proposals to avail of assistance from programs like the Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Security and Synergy (HELPS), a flagship program of the Hataman administration. (Bureau of Public Information)