Books, clothes given to urban poor children at CenPEG's Christmas party
Jan. 03, 2012
Donations of books and clothes were given to children from urban poor communities in Quezon City by the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) Dec. 17 last year. The donations were given during CenPEG’s Christmas party for urban poor children held at the Alumni Café, University of the Philippines, Diliman campus in cooperation with the Office of UP President Alfredo Pascual.
The book donations included elementary textbooks, children’s stories, and other reading materials. Donors included Anvil Publishing, Ibon Bookshop, Kaisa sa Kaunlaran, Inc. courtesy of Teresita Ang-See, Council for Health and Development (CHD), Atty. Gwen Pimentel-Gana, Lucita Palpal-Latoc Tangi, UP Manila professor and CenPEG Senior Fellow Roland Simbulan, Ateneo Prof. Pablo Manalastas, and others. Clothes came from Wilhelm Maler and Eberhard Schmid of the Friends from Germany.
Kalayag Foundation also granted an education scholarship to Teresa Anne C. Badion. The scholarship was given by Ms. Merle J. San Pedro. Joining San Pedro were sisters Chabong and Irene Jimenez, who also sang for the children, and Mappy San Pedro.
The boxes of book donations were coursed through CenPEG’s Aklatang Abakada (ABC Library) that was put up under the policy center’s Volunteers Integration Program (VIP) in partnership with the urban poor coalition, Kadamay. The library is named after Ka Carmen Deunida, emeritus chair of Kadamay.
Aklatang Abakada aims to promote education among urban poor children especially the out-of-school youth to enhance their access to primary education and mobilize the teaching skills of urban poor women and mothers. It is envisioned to be extended nationwide.
Present at CenPEG’s annual Christmas celebration for children were Board chair and National Artist, Bienvenido Lumbera; Ms. Evita L. Jimenez, executive director; Dean Luis V. Teodoro and other CenPEG Fellows; Ateneo Prof. Shayne Lumbera; Bea Arellano of Kadamay; as well as mothers and women leaders of Kadamay. The program was emceed by curator and cultural artist Alex Umali. CenPEG News