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Angeles City receives 18,000 books from NGO

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Sept. 11 (PNA) -– A non-government organization (NGO) has donated some 18,000 books to the district’s Department of Education (DepEd) and to the City of College of Angeles.

Suzette Recto, vice president of 1-Aasenso Pinoy Inc., an NGO affiliated with global non-profit brand Children International, turned over the books to the City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, CCA president Averell Laquindanum and DepEd District Superintendent Leilani Cunanan in a ceremony held on Friday.

“The books would truly go a long, long way in educating the Angeleno youth. This is an issue today with our youth who would spend time on their tablets and smartphones, rather than read books,” Pamintuan said.

The city mayor said that every time he goes into dialogue with students, his advice for them is to “travel with their fingertips and read, read, read”.

The DepEd, on the other hand, said the donation of various learning materials can be used by the public elementary and secondary schools as reference and supplemental instructional materials.

The books cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from literature, reading and writing, science, history and economics. There are books for tertiary level students as well, which were already handed to the CCA.

Recto said the book donation is part of Children International’s global literacy program, and they plan to donate more books and other supplies and services to the Angelenos in the future.

“We have several projects in different cities, but Angeles is really special to me because of the reception that the local government and the mayor extends to us,” she said.

“Our organization hopes to continue this partnership with Mayor Pamintuan, as we will soon donate wheelchairs for persons-with-disabilities, shoes and medical supplies for the Ospital ning Angeles,” Recto added.

During the turnover of books, Recto was accompanied by 1-Aasenso Pinoy president Luz Calamayan.