Ramos, Candido initiate Talon-Talon public library PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 April 2011 15:02

Research work and assignments for elementary students of Talon-talon will no longer be a problem as the city government and its partner agencies yesterday afternoon turned over to Talon-talon Elementary School a public library powered by photovoltaic technology.

A brainchild of Councilors Percival Ramos and Rey Candido, the first ever energy-run public library is supplied with books and reading materials and equipped with DVD-based educational programs that can be viewed on television jointly contributed by the Library Renewal Partnership (LRP), Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development and Phil Carbon Inc.

No less than Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Ramos and Candido together Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and representatives of the partner agencies, spearheaded the turnover of the facility to the Talon-talon Elementary School headed by Principal Nulhambri Jayari. Also present were Councilors Rudy Lim, Nonong Guingona and Mike Alavar, AMORE chief of party Ruth Owen and Noemi Navarro.

The AMORE or Winrock International provided the two solar panels for power supply and a flat screen television and DVD player, the Library Renewal contributed 5,000 books covering all subject areas while the Phil Carbon, Inc. shouldered the freight of the books and other facilities and also donated two laptops.

Ramos and Candido coordinated with the different agencies and put all things together that resulted to a functional public library for the Talon-talon Elementary School’s over 5,000 students. 
Mayor Lobregat during the turn over ceremony yesterday also donated almost 10 boxes of children’s books also covering different subject areas.

The turnover ceremony was highlighted by the signing of the memorandum of agreement and deed of donation, the ultimate intention of which is to “bring about quality education as a universal right and as a foundation for alleviating poverty and economic development”.

Recognizing the value of educational materials to a school and its students, Library Renewal Partnership (LRP), Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development and PhilCarbon, Inc. will join forces with the local government to improve the library facilities and subsequently the achievement levels of pupils/students of Talon-Talon Elementary School.

Under the agreement, the City Government will authorize the use of the old barangay hall located inside the school compound for the library project and assist in its repair/renovation.

LRP will provide the “books and educational materials to augment and strengthen the basic education reform program of Talon-Talon Elementary School” as well as “the necessary support and technical services for the maintenance and upkeep of the library and provide for literacy programs in the community”.

In the effort to raise the level of awareness on renewable energy (RE) among Filipino students through demonstration and education and having implemented school electrification projects and providing electric power to more than 200 schools, Winrock/AMORE 3 will “provide a solar photovoltaic (PV) power supply system that can be used as additional source of power for the library as well as the e-media educational infrastructure and, at the same time, serve as a concrete, working demonstration of an RE system for the students and the community to see”.

PhilCarbon, for its part, will “assist LRP in facilitating the provision of books and other educational materials to the school library as well as to assist AMORE 3 in the provision of multimedia-based education to the students of the school.”

In return, Talon-Talon Elementary agrees to make the library available to the general public at a mutually acceptable arrangement to complement the programs of the LRP; work with AMORE 3 in the development and integration into its curriculum lessons on energy, environment and climate change as well as the multimedia-based educational/learning modules that will be brought in by the partners; provide the necessary funds to maintain and sustain the library, including but limited to utilities and the salary of a librarian who shall oversee and supervise the operations of the library; among many others.

The Library Renewal Partnership (LRP) is a coalition of non-stock, non-profit organizations that has a program for the development and creation of libraries in local government units actively engaged in education, literacy, and community development.

Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development is the non-profit organization that implements the Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development III (AMORE 3) Program in Mindanao.

Philcarbon, Inc. is an organization that engages in the development of renewable energy resources for power generation.

The agreement takes effect upon signing and will stay in effect for three years (unless terminated by either party) and is renewable upon mutual consent. — Sheila Covarrubias/Claudine Uniana