The “LingaPhilkofa sa Mindanao “Balik Aral 2019” Community Outreach activity was held on the 29th of June in Brgy. Tampakan, South Cotabato. The beneficiaries were 318 school children (Kinder and Grades 1-6) from Datalbiao Integrated School Brgy. Daltan and 85 school children (Kinder and Grades 1-4) from Tukalmay Elementary School from the Municipality of Tampakan, South Cotabato. This was participated by Philkofa Board of Trustees, Philkofa members in Mindnao and friends of Philkofa, PNP, LGU, MENRO and MDRRMC.
The day’s activity started with a short program that gave way to short messages from the PHILKOFA, the local government unit and the school officials. Ms. Marizon S. Loreto, the PHIKOFA Vice-President for Mindanao introduced the officers and members together with the KCCP personnel in attendance. Ms. Gina A. Borinaga, President of PHILKOFA gave her message and assurance that PHILKOFA will continue to conduct projects such as Community Outreach in order to reach out to marginalized yet deserving beneficiaries such as the B’laan tribe children. Likewise, Ms. Eileen Estrada, PHILKOFA Regional Coordinator for South Cotabato Province conveyed her message to the children, citing among others, the need for the community to take care of their environment.
The School Head, Mr. Daniel A. Avergonzado expressed his thanks and appreciation to the PHILKOFA group for initiating said outreach activity in their school. Hon. Jabib V. Bides, Jr., SB Member, Committee on Environment expressed his thanks, in behalf of the Local Government of Tampakan. Hon. Judith Magbanua, Barangay Chairwoman conveyed her appreciation to the group for taking time and effort to reach out to the children of their barangay.
Philkofa members distributed school supplies to the identified school children in the Kinder, Grades 1-6 levels of Datalbiao Integrated School and Tukalmay Elementary School. Inside the schoolbags were pad paper, notebook, pencil, ballpen, scissors and eraser which were received by the school children with much delight. A simple snack was also provided to the children.
The distribution of story books to the school authorities was also done, followed by the giving out of four (4) sets of Desktop Computer to Datalbiao Integrated School and one (1) set to Tukaymal Elementary School.
Two (2) boxes of vegetable seed packs were endorsed to the school authorities for them to facilitate the distribution to local families.
After the distribution of goodies, the children made a presentation of their cultural dances, much to the delight of the PHILKOFA members.
Immediately thereafter, the PHILKOFA members started with the tree planting activity with the seeds provided by the Office of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources.
The activity was successfully undertaken with the support of the PHILKOFA officers and members who joined the event. The assistance extended by the PNP, MDRRDC and the Local Government Unit was also recognized as a vital component of the said activity.
The donations received by PHILKOFA from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korea Chamber of Commerce Philippines (KCCP), the Adarna House, Inc., the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XI, the Sagittarius Mines, Inc. and the individual donations extended by PHILKOFA members – medical supplies, school supplies, cash donations, etc. contributed much to the success of the outreach activity.
Project Cooperators were Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines (KCCP), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Local Government of Tampakan, South Cotabato, Federation of Cooperatives, Region X1..