MANILA, Jan 5 (PIA) — The Mimaropa Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) announced that the regional Department of Social Welfare and Development will continue receiving donated pencils for poor school children.
RSCWC is a committee that takes up policies and programs for children’s development in the region.
The secretariat based at the DSWD-Mimaropa reported that the region contributed 142,083 pieces of pencils to the One Million Lapis Campaign.
DSWD-Regional Director Wilma Naviamos expressed gratitude to all those who contributed in the campaign mostly solicited from regional offices, private organizations like the Rotary Club and its affiliates and individuals.
“It a matter of passion to generate more belief in the campaign,” Director Naviamos said. The pencils were endorsed to the regional Department of Education and recipients are from 4 to 6 class municipalities.
Since the opening of classes will be in June, RSCWC was inspired to call for more donations of pencils and in effect expand the number of beneficiaries.
The Mimaropa Regional Police Office has a separate drive which was added to the 1.5-M pencils collected by their national headquarters and counterparts from other regions.
As of November 5, the campaign has generated more than 3-M pencils enough to break Germany’s record of the longest line of pencils.
The Germans have a record of a 500 meter line of pencils: the Filipinos, on the other hand, made a 2 kilometer line of pencils.
Before the One Million Lapis campaign, there were groups that are distributing donated pencils and other materials to schools in Mimaropa’s far and depressed areas.
One such group was the Black Pencil project which was working closely with the Western Command. (LP)