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WFA-PAPI & Friends Distribute Books and School Supplies for IP Children in Tibitibi Elem School

By: Emmanuel Roldan (for Mindanao Goldstar) and Romy Cayabyab (for The Filipino Australian News)

Fil-Aussie group helps IP’s children in Talaingod
by Emmanuel Roldan

DAVAO CITY- A convoy of two
Cars trekked Wednesday the mountain municipality of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, more than 100 kilometers from Davao City, to distribute backpacks, books, School supplies, DVDs and other Education materials to children of indigenous people (IP). This happened amidst threat of heavy rains brought about by tropical storm Falcon which devastated a great part of Central Luzon.

The team led by Romy Lagahit, president of the Pangdaigdigang Alyansa ng Pilipino,Inc.,--Worldwide Filipino Alliance (PAPI-WFA) and Leo Ceniza of the Filipino-Australian community in New South Wales handed the bags and School supplies to 130 elementary pupils of Tibi-tibi Elementary School  all belonging to the Ata-Manobo tribe.

Lagahit said the distribution of Education materials to children was part of the Outreach Program of the Fil-Australian community headed by Counselor Lolita L. Farmer, in coordination with PAPI-WFA to share their grace and resources to marginalized IP children in Mindanao. our group gives you bags and other Education  materials not because we pity you but more so because of our obligation to help those who are in need, being part of humanity," he told the children during the brief turn-over ceremony.

Sandra Elizaga, a PAPI-WFA official and point-person of the outreach program said she hoped this effort would raise the awareness of the government and millions of Filipinos living overseas about the sad plight of IP children in Mindanao and the importance of Education   in nation building.

On the other hand, Ms. Reynaly G. Santos, principal, accepted the donation and thanked the donor for selecting Tibi-Tibi Elementary School as the outreach area for the program. "Certainly the School and our children will never forget this day and will ever be grateful for the kindness and generosity extended to us by the Fil-Australian Community and its local counterpart in Davao City", she said.

WFA-PAP reaches out Lumad children

Filipino Australians helped in funding and distributing education materials

The Outreach Program of the Worldwide Filipino Alliance – Pandaigdigang Alyansa ng Pilipino (WFA-PAP) is bringing smiles to the recipient indigenous people (IP) school children of Tibi-Tibi Elementary School.

School supplies including backpacks, books, DVDs and other education materials were distributed June 22 by WFA-PAP volunteers to a hundred Grade 1 pupils.

The WFA-PAP volunteers were led by Commission of the Poor’s Romy Lagahit and Filipino Australian Leo Ceniza, an accountant based based in St Marys NSW.

Tibi-Tibi Elementary School is located in the Municipality of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, more than 100 kilometres from Davao City.

“WFA-PAP’s outreach program in Tibi-Tibi will be an ongoing activity,” said the alliance chair Lolita Farmer, adding that there are “plans to have scholarship for IPs to go to high school.”

Ms Farmer also said that the group is reaching out IP school children “not because we pity them but because of our obligation to help those who are in need, part of humanity.”

In a communication with this website, Ms Farmer also acknowledged the donations of the Filipino Australian community to the recent Tibi-Tibi activity.

She said these included Linda Alvarez Barnes (Forum), Jun Relunia (PASSCI), Chris Pilao (APSL), and AGAPI.

WFA-PAP is an Internet-based group of overseas and Philippine-based Filipinos whose goal is to assist in the development efforts in the Philippines and assist overseas Filipinos in uplifting their working and living conditions.

Officers and volunteers of WFA-PAP include USA-based Prof Cesar Torres (WFA president), Jeddah-based Arman Muleem (WFA executive vice-president), Fe Jagna (WFA-PAP secretary), Sandy Elizaga (WFA-PAP treasurer), Romy Lagahit (Commission of the Poor), community worker Prof Armanda Bueno, Thailand-based Chona Bollos, Paris-based WFA director Susie Barbieri, Filipino Australian Leo Ceniza, and USA-based WFA members Victor Barrios, Ted Aquino, and Rob Ceralvo.


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