KANANGA, Leyte- Belinda Pitogo, mother of five children of Barangay Rizal, this town, was grateful she would no longer buy some school supplies for her incoming Grades 3 and 4 boys.
Her sentiment was shared by all other parents whose children stand as beneficiaries of an outreach program of a public utility company.
These items, in particular a bag, ten notebooks, and pencils, were distributed on Wednesday(May 23) to their intended recipients under the “Gamit ni Bulilit” corporate social responsibility program of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
“Giving of these school supplies was meant to motivate pupils and parents to continue the schooling of their children,” said Bambie Capulong, NGCP media liaison officer for region 8.
Capulong led the distribution of 500 sets assisted by Arlene Tampus, a kindergarten teacher, in the small, covered stage inside the Rizal Elementary School.
Aside from the giving of materials, children and parents also listened to a short talk on safety measures as the barangay was traversed by NGCP’s high-voltage power lines.
R-G Baldomar, NGCP safety engineer, cautioned the kids on flying kites and playing slngshots near these lines to avoid electrocution,
Parents were also warned on installing TV antennas if their houses are located beneath these lines, as well as in carrying long wooden or bamboo poles, for these may touch the wire, a clear and present danger to their lives, Baldomar added.
(mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)