TACLOBAN CITY- Over 17,000 students from Yolanda-hit areas of Tanauan and Tolosa were provided with school kits from Korean groups on February 4.
The 17,300 preelementary, elementary and secondary students received the school items from the Gyeonggi provincial office, Korea Food for the Hungry, International and Givers Funds Incorporated.
According to Sang Rok Suh of the Gyeonggi provincial office of education, said that with these towns hardly hit by the super typhoon, students lost all their belongings, to include those they uses for their studies.
The students received back packs with pencil, ball pen, eraser, crayon, art materials, color paper, notebook among others.
The 17,300 students came from 15 schools from Tolosa and 45 schools from Tanuan.
Present during the distribution of the school kits to the students were Leyte schools division superintendent Ronilo Al Firmo, Board Members Gina Merillo and Nicolo Villasin, chairman of the committee on education of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte, representing Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla.
The mayors of the two town recipients, Erwin Ocana (Tolosa) and Pelagio Tecson (Tanauan) expressed their gratitude for the assistance extended by the groups to their students.
The distribution of school bags by the Korean groups is their way of helping the rebuilding effort of the provincial government.
By: LIZBETH ANN ABELLA