MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Dec. 8 (PIA) -- Close to 400 pupils in Lower Baguinged Elementary School in barangay Talitay, Datu Montawal town, Maguindanao received bags and other school supplies from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Sunday, December 7.
ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia, together with the team from Proud Emergent and Empowered Pinoy (PEEP), a people’s organization, turned over learning materials and ten bancas as means of transport for pupils who live in communities along the riverbank and in the Liguasan Marsh.
The school, which is around 20 meters away from the Rio de Grande river bank, is regularly flooded.
Alamia said the regional government will look into ways to assist the school.
“The community and our teaching force are very happy to receive this assistance. We are thankful that ARMM officials have finally visited the place and see the condition of our school and children,” said Fatima Abubacar, head teacher.
Abubacar said the children continue to attend school despite the perennial flooding they experience.
“The support of their parents serves as inspiration to our pupils to do well in their studies despite the tough situation they face,” Abubacar added.
Alamia meanwhile urged the local government to send proposals to avail of assistance from programs like the Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Security and Synergy (HELPS), a flagship program of the Hataman administration. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA-10)