SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines (REGION 12) — Teary-eyed Sandy Nicole, 16, a school achiever and a farmer’s daughter, happily received her “brand new tablet” from the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP) Inc. last Friday (Nov. 13).
Sandy is one of the “deserving students” of the Isulan National High School who will receive “free tablets” from the REAP.
Isulan is the capital town of Sultan Kudarat province.
“Thank you po sa taga-REAP. Malaki po talaga ang maitutulong nito sa aking pag-aaral sa panahon ng pandemya,” Sandy, who wants to be a “nurse” someday because she likes to help other people too, told The DIYARYO MILENYO in an interview after receiving her tablet.
Sandy praised the group REAP for giving hope to the hopeless and for making a big difference in the quest to learn in this time of COVID-19 pandemic where “face-to-face learning” is temporarily suspended by the government.
“Sana po pagpalain po kayong lahat sa inyong kabutihan at sa inyong magandang ginagawa,” Sandy said after she was personally congratulated by REAP, DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) and DepEd (Department of Education) officials.
Sandy’s school is one of the five (5) public high schools in Sultan Kudarat province to receive “tablets” from REAP. The other school beneficiaries are Lebak National High School, Bagumbayan National High School, Esperanza National High School and Kalamansig National High School.
Last Friday, DPWH Regional Director Bashir Ibrahim, one of the national board of directors of REAP, DPHW-Sultan Kudarat 2nd District Engineering Office District Engineer Mamintal Taha, regional president of REAP in Region 12, accompanied REAP national administrative officer Ms. Alice Mosquera, and DepEd assistant regional director Atty. Feil Almendra turned over 10 boxes of tablets (each box contains 10 tablets) to the representatives of the five school beneficiaries inside the Sultan Kudarat DepEd Division compound in Isulan town.
Each school beneficiary received two (2) boxes.
DPWH-Sultan Kudarat 1st District Engineering Office officials, led by District Engineer Amer T. Pundag, MPA and Assistant District Engineer Alihar A. Mama, and DepEd SK Division Supervisor Leonardo Balala also joined the said ceremony.
DPWH-XII Regional Information Officer Ellen Torino and DPWH-Sultan Kudarat 1st District Engineering Office District PIO Anna Lissa Balgos Enaguas documented the said turnover ceremony.
Both Balala and Almendra thanked the REAP for its “generosity” and “kindness” it extended to the DepEd of Region 12 and Sultan Kudarat province.
In response, RD Ibrahim said: “Kami po ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil sa aming mga natutunan sa inyo na mga guro.”
“DepEd told me na magsasagawa sila ng follow-up to know the impacts of the tablets to the online learning of the students,” RD Ibrahim said.
RD Ibrahim said the sharing of free tablets is part of the “LINGAP” program of the REAP, currently chairs by Maria Catalina Cabral, PhD.
After the turnover ceremony, the REAP and DepEd officials signed a MOA for the deed of donation. (RASHID RH. BAJO)