Beng distributes UNICEF school kits to students PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:42

Young pupils from La Paz and Salum, San Roque elementary schools yesterday received school kits donated by the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) through House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco.

Climaco who personally distributed the school kits said the package included school bags with school supplies and hygiene kits and are in line with UNICEF’s advocacy on children protection and welfare.

Recipients of the kits were elementary pupils belonging to a community taken cared of by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga at kilometer 17 in La Paz and elementary students in Salum, San Roque.

In the days to come, the District I congresswoman will also proceed to Sta. Cruz island to distribute the same UNICEF items to pupils from the school operated by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement.

The school kits were donated by the UNICEF following a visit to the city of UNICEF country representative Vanessa Tobin last May 12. During her visit, Tobin, in the company of Cong. Climaco attended  a series of activities that included community and school visits, tour of various social development centers and rountable discussions with various stakeholders including Mayor Celso Lobregat and the Inter-Agency Council against Anti-Trafficking to discuss issues and concerns that affect the city and the region.

Rep. Climaco has expressed gratitude to UNICEF Philippines for the positive response to her invitation for officials to visit the city. “Their affirmation  is tantamount to their continuous support and commitment to help our local efforts in providing an environment supportive of their thrusts of children’s growth, development, and protection and ensuring the highest standards of care for children and the fulfillment of their rights,” the congresswoman stressed.

Another team of UNICEF officials is set to visit the city in the days to come to discuss various points of action and intervention for joint projects with Cong. Climaco’s office related to health, water, sanitation and education. —Marvin Segura