Share-a-book hits 95%-PED

By Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO

  • Remote schools await their share of info materials

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has resumed its “Share-a-Book” Program, which was first launched five years ago, aiming to distribute more information materials to all public and private high schools in the province.

Records show that the share-a-book mission had achieved about 90% of its goal for the targetted school beneficiaries in the province.

According to the Provincial Education Department officer-in-charge Mrs. Matilde M. Nery, also the provincial librarian, this program is continuing in order to reach all schools even those situated in the far-flung areas of Ilocos Norte.

“We are happy that we received again materials from the Human Development Index (HDI) through the initiative of Governor Imee R. Marcos. We have started distributing reading materials since 2013, and we will continue until all of our secondary schools receive their shares,” she stated.

Despite difficulties in reaching far-flung schools, Nery assured that they will find ways to coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) in order to carry out their share-a-book mission.

“Prior to this, schools were requested to come and get the books at PED but their problem was they lack available vehicles to transport them, so now we will arrange with the LGUs and the Department of Education to resolve it,” Nery added.

So far, she said that about 95% of secondary schools in the province have received their info materials allocation.

The schools waiting for their books share are those located in the remote communities.

Municipal libraries are also included as beneficiaries of the share-a-book program, Mrs. Nery further said.

Meanwhile, the PED had conducted an ocular inspection to determine the possible recipients of 10 computer units donated by business process-outsourcing company Alorica.

Nery also urged senior high school students to avail of the 1,000 slots under the PGIN scholarship program especially those enrolled in the Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. (Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO)