BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, recently donated storybooks to schools in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur as part of the “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” (Hope Through Reading) consortium.
This continued the foundation’s successful relief operations in response to the humanitarian crisis in Marawi last year, as it pursues programs and partnerships for the benefit of people in the war-torn city.
In time for the start of the new school year, BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito and BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa turned over storybooks and school supplies to students in ceremonies held in Angoyao Central Elementary School, Lake Lanao National High School and Harat Medina Elementary School.
The storybooks were purchased with the support of BDO employees, who donated funds to the book campaign.
According to Deriquito, who serves as a co-convenor of the consortium, the distribution of storybooks is a good opportunity to teach schoolchildren important lessons in life, including financial literacy, which is one of the advocacies of BDO Foundation.
“We want the books to help enhance the imagination of children and enable them to build their dreams and pursue their aspirations. We hope that the children of Marawi will read these books, so they can broaden their knowledge,” he said.
“As the name of the campaign suggests, reading and learning spur hope. We decided to distribute the first batch of storybooks in Marawi, where we think these are needed more, and so that the young children will be inspired and feel hope in their hearts,” Deriquito added.
Joining BDO Foundation at the ceremonial turnover of storybooks were local government leaders, Department of Education officials and Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa co-convenor Bro. Armin Luistro, who heads the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and De La Salle Philippines.
PBSP and the De La Salle schools in Mindanao organized the event together with the consortium.
Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa is a nationwide storybook donation drive designed to promote a culture of reading among the Filipino youth.
Backed by BDO Foundation, the campaign aims to provide students from kindergarten to senior high school age-appropriate storybooks donated by volunteers, non-governmental organizations, and corporations.
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