TACLOBAN CITY- An Australian-based organization donated 5,000 books to different colleges and universities in Leyte during a simple turn over rites held on March 20.
The turn-over of these books was held at the University of the Philippines-Tacloban Campus and with the acting minister counselor of the Australian Aid, Geoff King, in attendance.
King said that the support from the Australian government reflects their commitment to help Filipino children have access to quality education.
“These books from Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program complement Australia’s assistance to Tacloban schools,” he said.
In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, Australian government provided immediate support for repairs of schools in Leyte by sending Australian engineers and military service personnel to help in clearing and repair operations, King added.
“We hope that new books and better classrooms will inspire students to learn while having fun and to study harder,” the Australian officer said.
The 14 school beneficiaries were the Doña Remedios Trinidad Medical Foundation, UP Manila School of Sciences, Leyte Colleges, Holy Infant College, St. Scholastica College of Health and Sciences, Visayas State University in Baybay, Tolosa, and Alangalang; the Leyte Normal University, University of the Philippines in the Visayas Tacloban College, Eastern Visayas State University- Tacloban, Tanuan, Dulag, Burauen campuses and the Asian Development Foundation College.
Each school received six boxes of books with each box containing 50 books.
The project was a collaboration of The Asia Foundation through its Books for Asia program and the Australian Aid. (LIZBETH ANN ABELLA)