Agusan Del Sur and Surigao Del Sur, February 9, 2011 — A total of 16,500 children’s books and reference materials will be presented to 330 schools at separate ceremonies to be held in the capital towns of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Tandag, Surigao del Sur. The book donations are part of the Books for Asia Program of The Asia Foundation, made possible through the support of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Transparent Accountable Governance Project.
The Agusan and Surigao sites are first among a series of book turnover events of USAID and The Asia Foundation in Mindanao. This initial set of recipient-communities was severely hit by massive flooding and landslides last month, affecting 112,096 families or over 601,804 persons, according to reports of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The provision of books and other educational resources serves as an encouragement to children in communities affected by the floods. Dr. Steven Rood, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation in the Philippines, said, “Through this donation of books, The Asia Foundation seeks to help bring back enthusiasm for reading and learning of the children affected by calamity. We are proud to work with local leaders and citizens on long-term efforts to revitalize educational opportunities.”
Among the key people invited to attend the ceremony in Prosperidad are Agusan Del Sur Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza; municipal mayors of Prosperidad, Sta. Josefa, Bunawan, Trento, San Francisco, and Bayugan; provincial government officers; and officials of the Department of Education. Invitees to the ceremony in Tandag are Surigao Del Sur Governor Johnny T. Pimentel; municipal mayors of Tandag, Cagwait, Carrascal, Hinatuan; the city mayor of Bislig; provincial government officials; representatives from the Department of Education and recipient elementary and secondary schools.
The Asia Foundation acknowledges the support of the provincial governments of Agusan Del Sur and Surigao Del Sur, Aboitiz2go, American publishers Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill Companies, and USAID for generously supporting the Books for Asia Program.
Established in 1954, Books for Asia puts nearly one million up-to-date books and resources of the highest quality in the hands of students, teachers, and librarians in 18 Asian countries every year.