NIA, NGO Distribute School Supplies to IP Pupils

Collaboration of Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) and Kahirup Ilonggo in Hawaii led to the distribution of school supplies in Masaroy Primary School in Calinog. Said event happened on March 25, 2019 with Grades 1 and 2 of the aforementioned school as recipients.

Romeo P. Lagamo, former president of Kahirup Ilonggo in Hawaii, said that he was happy to see children who are eager to study despite being in a far flung area of Calinog. He also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the teachers for their dedication and sacrifice to educate the pupils in a remote barangay.

Kahirup Ilonggo in Hawaii is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) founded in 1983 with seven (7) original members. For 36 years, they have helped students finish college education through their scholarship program. The organization chooses a student whom they will financially support until he/she finishes a degree.

Before leaving the Barangay, Lagamo assured the teaching staff and pupils of the primary school that the organization will continue to support the school in whatever ways they can be of help. 

“My message is for them to study hard and apply for a scholarship or financial aid offered by the organization”, he disclosed.

Meanwhile, Punong Barangay (PB) Roger Diaz thanked the sponsors for the school supplies.
 “Daku gid ang akon pasalamat sa aton mga donors kag sa National Irrigation Administration (NIA) man sa pagtigayon sang sine nga donasyon (I am very thankful to the donors and to the NIA for facilitating this donation)”, he said. 

Richard Jamelo, Senior IDO, said that the giving of school supplies is one of the demands of barangay Masaroy during the conduct of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process. He added that NIA looked for NGOs to tap because said demand is not the mandate of NIA.  /JP Ramon Salvilla