Davao City LGU backs NCIP’s ‘Tabang Paeskwela’ drive
The Davao City Government has expressed support for the back-to-school program of the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for lumad schoolchildren.
In a communication addressed to heads of departments and chiefs of offices, the office of the administrator urged the donation of book, pens, notebooks, and other school supplies for IP schoolchildren.
Lawyer Zuleika Lopez, Davao City administrator, said the call was in support to the Duterte administration’s literacy thrust.
Locally, education is also one of the 10 priorities of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
Lopez said donations should be coursed through the Davao City Social Services and Development Office on or before May 30
NCIP’s drive is in time for its 20th anniversary celebration. Tabang Paeskwela sa Tribu Project 2017-2018 aims to provide a better learning environment that will contribute to higher retention rate and improved academic performance for IP schoolchildren.
NCIP said they conducted a needs assessment and concluded that IP students needed basic school materials that will enable them to go to school and o participate in classroom activities that better their chances at learning.
The project aims to collect school supplies – specifically notebooks, papers, pencils, ball pens, bags and other school supplies and materials.
The project was launched in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).
NCIP said it targets to turn over the materials by July 2017.
The NCIP is a national government agency responsible for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous children. CIO