By: Lorenzo A. Moron
In its quest to make the organization relevant to the communities by supporting activities that would improve the quality of life of the people, the Philippine KOICA Fellows Association, Inc. (PhilKOFA), implemented the “Project Edukalidad: Supporting Back-To-School Program Under the New Normal” on 22 October 2022 at Boot National High School, Tanauan City, Batangas.
The project aims to support the government’s effort to reinforce the quality of education in the country after the onslaught of Covid-19 pandemic by providing the needed school’s facilities and equipment to augment learning and development programs for the students.
Brgy. Boot is within the 8-kilometer danger zone from Taal Volcano hence making it one of the greatly devastated communities during the January 2020 Taal Volcano eruptions, about two months before the onset of the covid-19 pandemic. The community is adjacent to Taal Lake making it a source of freshwater fish such as Tilapia and Tawilis.
Meanwhile, the Boot NHS, envisions to promote small livelihoods in the community by fostering “Technology and Livelihood Education or TLE” such as training the students in making bread and pastries, cookies, and other basic commodities during their cookery class through the Project “Sihay” or Silid ng Buhay. Likewise, the school wishes to locally produce “Gourmet Tawilis” in the future due to abundance of Tawilis in the community.
Considering the needs of the school in order to promote livelihood programs, PhilKOFA donated basic equipment that would be of great use by their TLE laboratory. “Acquisition of said equipment is a step-closer as we endeavor to make Boot NHS an Integrated High School which will comprise both the Junior and Senior High. Application for Senior High is underway. Hence, we convey our deepest and profound thanks to PhilKOFA for your great support”, Mr. Lawrence Icasiano, the school’s principal stressed.
The turn-over ceremony was participated in by the School’s Principal, the PTA President, and Officers, Brgy. Councilor-in-Charge of Education, the Supreme Student Government (SSG) President, and some teachers and students, among others.
PhilKOFA President, Engr. Lorenzo A. Moron personally handed over the equipment to the school. “It is our great hope that through this equipment, students will become more motivated to study further. To students, I urge you to maximize your potentials in shaping your better future and be part in nation-building”. Engr. Moron said.