Dumagmang Integrated School receives the Smart School-in-a-Bag donation of PECCI led by PECCI SCD Chairman Henry Estolano, 5th from left. Also in photo are Labo Mayor Joseph Ascutia, 3rd from left; and PLDT Subsidiaries Account Management Head Dennis Donato, 6th from left.
Giving back is an act of kindness that will forever be remembered – be it through simple or grand gestures. It is through this selfless act that one ultimately brings joy to another person, making these moments unforgettable.
The PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative (PECCI), through the generosity of the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) led by PSF President Esther Santos, recently turned over and distributed more than 250 PLDT Sacks of Joy and school supplies to the students of Dumagmang Integrated School in Camarines Norte. Moreover, PECCI also turned over a Smart School-in-a-Bag to the same beneficiary school.
Located in Barangay Dumagmang which is the most remote mountain barangay in Labo, Camarines Norte, Dumagmang Integrated School became the seventh recipient of the PECCI-SMART School In A Bag Program. Established 46 years ago, Dumagmang Integrated School is located 35 kilometers from the town proper of Labo.
PECCI-SCD Chairman Henry Estolano underscored the importance of giving back to various communities. “It is the hope of our Cooperative that the kindness we have offered you will in return generate kindness to benefit all those around you,” hesaid.
Through the outstanding support of the local government unit (LGU) of Camarines Norte led by Provincial Governor Jonah Pimentel, the members of PECCI who joined the turn over and distribution of donations had a warm welcome as they began to embark on their community outreach.
‘Love begets love’
Students from Dumagmang Integrated School pose for a photo while happily showcasing their PLDT Sack of Joy filled with school supplies from PECCI and PSF.
The members of PECCI rode two 6x6 trucks, which also included more than 30 boxes of school supplies, solar lamps, and raincoats which would be distributed to the students and residents without electricity. The raincoats will be given to the barangay council.
The team travelled 15 kilometers to Dumagmang Integrated School which took two and a half hours to navigate. But the team is unstoppable. Upon reaching the school, the PECCI team was greeted by more than 600 students and barangay residents of Barangay Dumagmang. The welcoming smile on their faces seems to melt away the difficulties they have encountered during the trip.
The school faculty prepared a short program, which was joined by the LGU officials including Mayor Joseph Ascutia, Vice Mayor Jojo Francisco, and Brgy. Dumagmang Chairperson Arnulfo Jalimao. Each LGU official took turns in addressing the audience as they expressed their gratitude towards PECCI for considering Labo and Dumagmang as the recipients of SCD’s “School-In-A-Bag” and “Ilaw ng Tahanan” projects.
Labo Mayor Joseph Ascutia expressed his gratitude towards the generous support that PECCI has provided to his hometown. “Love begets love – just as PECCI showered our hometown with so much kindness, we reciprocate the same kindness to our fellow brothers and sisters. On behalf of the people of Labo, I am extremely thankful for all the help that PECCI has given us. Mabuhay po kayo,” Ascutia said.
Building a path towards disaster resilience, PECCI also led the seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Awareness for more than 160 BIHUGs and 42 barangay health workers. Moreover, PECCI donated a megaphone and raincoats to the local DRRM office.