From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 9): USAID donates learning materials to public schools
Dr. Susan Brems (top, sixth from left), USAID mission director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia, joins Minglanilla Municipal Mayor Elanito Peña (top, seventh from left) and principals of the different public schools in Cebu Province during the turnover of learning materials on Wednesday. (USJR intern Levirose Caballero/PNA)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed out teaching and learning materials to several Department of Education (DepEd) schools in the province of Cebu on Wednesday.
Dr. Susan Brems, USAID mission director for the Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia, said all learning materials are product of the friendship between the Philippines and the United States.
"All of these were donated by the people of America, from the US government and the American people's taxes. Our goal is to improve the future generation’s reading skills," Brems said.
Irenita Navarro, principal of Vito Elementary School in Minglanilla town where the turnover of learning materials was held, said they have been using high-quality learning materials for the past three years because of the USAID.
"We are empowered with the learning materials given by USAID. Thank you for investing for these children and for their future," Navarro said.
Ellen Villacencio, principal of the neighboring Cadulawan Elementary School, for her part, said this was the first time for them to receive teaching materials from the USAID.
She said they are very grateful because books are a big help to their pupils, most especially if they are of good quality and very nice, which can easily attract the students’ attention because of their colorful contents.
The US government have donated almost PHP2 billion to the Philippines through this project which started in 2013.
All DepEd school members in the province of Cebu and in Mandaue City are among the beneficiaries of this USAID program.