Phil Army’s ‘Project Shoebox’ gives joy to school kids

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The Philippine Army spearheads the distribution of school supplies in Cabubuanan Elementary School . 28th IB Commander Benjamin Tianco is assisted by  City Administrator Joel Capalit and City Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff Tanya Rabat- Tan during the distribution .

City of Mati, Province of Davao Oriental— Kids from selected elementary schools around the province recently received shoe boxes filled with school supplies through the Philippine Army’s Project Shoebox.

Some 6,450 pieces of donated school supplies, mostly donations coming from the National Bookstore Foundation and cargo firm 2GO express, were delivered to the poorest far-flung areas in the province, while some of the supplies also reached the municipalities of Trento and Lingig in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, respectively.

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701st Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army, Col. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., during the turn over ceremony, explained that the project was started in 2012 by the 4th Light Armor Battalion (LAB) based in Quezon Province, headed by Lt. Col. Thomas Sedano Jr. with the support of the Alpha Sigma Sorority of UP Los Baños.

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“From 1000 pieces of school supplies, it unexpectedly ballooned to about 10,000, which drove the proponents to extend and reach beyond their battalion’s covered areas,” recalled Col. Madrigal.

Committee Head for Peace and Order, Board Member Roland V. Lara, who donated P30, 000 to the 701st Brigade to support its projects, expressed his gratitude towards the Philippine Army.

He further lauded their efforts in maintaining peace and security in the province and for being the province’s active partner in community development. He said, they not have only endeared themselves to the people but as well as earned their trust and confidence.

Teachers also conveyed their thanks to the Philippine Army and to the donors.  “This simple act of kindness and generosity is already a huge gift of hope and joy to the children,” says one. PIO (with report from Van Jorain Rufin)

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