MANILA, Philippines – Students from public schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) have raised funds of more than P1 million for relief efforts in typhoon-hit areas in Mindanao.
The coin donations, reaching a total of P1,254,499.05, were turned over to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office on Tuesday.
The amount was raised in a 5-day fund drive initiated by the DepEd-NCR through a regional memorandum issued to all public schools.
“Sa ginawa niyong ito, pinatunayan niyo na sa pagtulong, posible na ang lahat ay kasama. 'Di lang 'yung may pera ang makakapagbahagi at makakatulong. 'Di man malaki ang maibibigay ng bawat isa basta galing sa puso, malaking bagay na ito," said Luistro.
Luistro added that more than the P1 million-donation, it is "the gesture that comes from the ordinary people to share to those suffering and join them at this time that makes this special.”
“Mas malaki pa sa isang milyon ang inyong naibahagi,” he said.
DepEd-NCR Director Luz Almeda, meanwhile, said the campaign was started not only to give aid but to teach the students the value of sharing.
“The modest amount we will be giving the victims of Typhoon Pablo is a collective expression of love to those suffering," she said.
Luistro continued to appeal for donations from DepEd employees to help school staff who lost their homes in the typhoon.
DepEd is now accepting cash donations, which may be deposited at the Landbank OSEC Trust Account No: 0672-1000-20.
Donors are advised to send a copy of the deposit slip to DepEd Cash Division at telefax no. 6337220 for accounting and documentation purposes.