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PECCI gives back to Malipay community with School-in-a-Bag packs

by Katrina A. Mallari | Oct 06, 2017
PECCI and Smart executives join the students of Malipay Elementary School during the turnover of School-in-a-Bag.
One does not need much in order to reach out, help, and pay it forward. It only takes a giving heart and a generous spirit to be able to provide opportunities for other people to thrive. The PLDT Employee Credit Cooperative (PECCI), through its Social and Community Development (SCD ) arm and in partnership with Smart, recently turned over School-in-a-Bag packs to the students of Malipay Elementary School in Bacoor, Cavite. 
The School-in-a-Bag, a flagship project of Smart, comes with a laptop, mobile phone, LED TV, solar panel, Smart Bro Pocket Wi-Fi, and five tablets loaded with a literacy app and the “Maging Laging Handa” series of disaster preparedness videos. 

PECCI Chairperson Noel Santos underscores the importance of providing adequate and better learning opportunities in addressing the educational needs of the youth especially those in the far-flung areas. “A child’s foundation for a better future is through good education. Smart’s School-in-a-Bag project is a manifestation of providing greater chances for every kid to thrive and ultimately learn,” Santos said.

PECCI SCD Chairperson Henry Estolano believes that one of the best ways to help out communities is by extending clear, understandable, precise, and enjoyable knowledge. “When Smart’s School-in-a-Bag was introduced to PECCI, we were completely amazed by how extensive learning can be through this learning tool.  It is a portable digital classroom designed to facilitate learning in basic education even in remote areas without electricity including Malipay,” Estolano said.
A simplified teaching medium that enhances the curiosity of children by the use of visual materials through tablets, flat LED television, and educational applications, School-in-a-Bag redefines innovative learning. 
Malipay Elementary School along with its Annex school make up a total number of almost 1,500 students with its beneficiaries of 186 students coming from the kindergarten to grade 6 levels. Malipay Elementary School is only the first out of the three schools, which PECCI aims to help in its advocacy of providing better educational tools and digital learning nationwide.
Located in Rodriguez, Rizal and Kibungan, Benguet, respectively, PECCI will also be giving out one School-in-a-Bag packs each to Macabud Elementary School and Lanepew Community School by October 2017.

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