Roxas City, Philippines – Last September 16, 2010, 53,000 new children’s books, high school texts, and college reference materials were distributed in the province of Capiz. More than 600 public and private schools across the province benefited from the donation of books, which was made possible through The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program in the Philippines.
Those who attended the book distribution event were: Capiz Governor Victor A. Tanco, DepEd Division of Capiz Superintendent Dr. Eveleth C. Gamboa, DepEd Roxas City Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse M. Gomez, Kiwanis International Philippine South Past District Governor Mr. Jose S. Altavas, District Governor Ruffy C. Leyson, FCU President Dr. Expedito A. Seneres and other officials of the provincial and city government. Dr. Steven Rood, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, and Mr. Efren N. Balajadia, Director of the Books for Asia program in the Philippines, presented the donated books to representatives of elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities.
“The Asia Foundation is proud to work with local leaders and citizens in strengthening the availability of educational materials in their communities and to provide broader opportunities as families try to improve their lives,” said The Asia Foundation’s Dr. Steven Rood. “Through this donation of books, we hope to nurture the Filipino child’s capacity for knowledge and social responsibility to build a peaceful, competent, and healthy society.”
Mr. Balajadia, from The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program, said, “It is my hope that these books and materials can help schoolchildren perform better in all facets of their education. This will ideally become a stepping stone to encourage enhanced economic opportunities and personal fulfillment in the future.”
Capiz Governor Tanco said that, “Books for Asia’s passion and commitment shall greatly propel one of Capiz Province Pag-ulikid’s [concern] flagship agenda to improve the quality of education by providing quality books to our students. The books shall strongly boost their quest for academic excellence.”
“Our partnership with The Asia Foundation has become a vital source of books to sustain Kiwanis Book Bank Program through our network of Kiwanis clubs in Visayas and Mindanao,” said Mr. Altavas, manager of the Kiwanis Book Bank Program. “Our thrust is to build a generation of lifelong readers by placing books on their hands to read and learn. Books changes lives, simmers with ideas, develops our mind and connects us to the world.”
For 56 years, The Asia Foundation has supported local communities to improve education for students. The Asia Foundation gratefully acknowledges the continued support of public and private partners in this endeavor, including the provincial government of Capiz and Roxas City for encouraging education and literacy and Kiwanis Book Bank Program and Kiwanis Clubs in Capiz for their help in logistics and program arrangements.
The Asia Foundation would like to thank the generosity of American publishers such as the McGraw-Hill Companies and Pearson Education for their donation of colorful brand new books on Science, Mathematics, and English Language for elementary, high school, and university programs.
About Books for Asia
Books for Asia is The Asia Foundation’s longest running program and regularly distributes books and other reading materials for all educational levels in over 18 countries. Since it was started in September 1954, The Books for Asia program has distributed nearly 45 million books and journals to more than 50,000 academic and non-academic institutions throughout Asia. The Philippines alone has been a recipient of 13 million books and journals to public and private institutions across the country. More than 95 percent of Books for Asia’s donations are new textbooks, donated by U.S. publishers.
The reading materials range from the elementary level to professional level, covering such fields as government, business, health, environment, information technology, social science, and international relations. Books for Asia has made a significant contribution to education in the Philippines, especially since resources for instruction tools and facilities are scarce. All educational levels have benefited from this program. Basic textbooks and supplementary reading materials have been donated to schools and libraries all over the country. NGOs are also recipients of valuable resource materials from Books for Asia.
About The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.
With 18 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In 2009, the Foundation provided more than $86 million in program support and distributed nearly one million books and journals valued at over $43 million.
by Kwn. Adam JB Bering