More than 73,000 elementary students from 174 public schools in selected barangays nationwide received school supplies this month from the “Balik Eskwela” Project of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
The privately-owned power transmission utility and system operator selected the schools from among the thousands of barangays throughout the country where transmission towers, lines, substations and other NGCP facilities are located.
Direct beneficiaries are thousands of elementary public school students who each received a school bag with 10 notebooks and 3 pencils.
Distribution of school supplies began on June 15, 2010, the first day of the new schoolyear. Ceremonial handover programs were held simultaneously today in the following areas: North Luzon (Pila, Laoag City), South Luzon (Bibincahan, Sorsogon and Oas, Albay), Visayas (Gov. Jaro, Tacloban), and Mindanao (Cabligan, Davao; Jasaan and Aplaya, Misamis Oriental).
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Regional Corporate Communications Officer Nelson Bautista said that about 27 elementary schools bebefited from this program: 7 schools from Cam. Norte (Talisay, Vinzons, Labo, Batobalani, Paracale), 6 schools from Cam Sur (Lupi, Libmanan, Pamplona, Tigaon and Buhi), 7 schools from Albay (Daraga, Polangui, Oas, Manito) and 7 schools from Sorsogon (Sorsogon City, Sta. Magdalena and Irosin).
“Balik Eskwela” aims both to support students and their families who may not afford to provide for a few school supplies and also to ensure the safety of children and other residents living in communities near transmission facilities.
To help minimize the incidence of electrocution and/or pilferage of tower and line parts in communities, NGCP volunteers at the “Balik Eskwela” activities educated the children, teachers, and some parents on line safety and security. The distributed notebooks carry similar information and reminders from NGCP.
NGCP is counting on the support of its partners in the power industry as well as residents and officials of host communities to ensure that reliable and safe electricity is delivered to all its customers.
Residents near transmission facilities are encouraged to help monitor and protect the towers and lines from theft and pilferage, which make the system vulnerable to power outages, as well as to observe established right-of-way easement areas to prevent grassfires, forest fires, electrocution and other accidents.
NGCP said all measures are being done to ensure that transmission lines, substations and other facilities across the country are in good condition and able to deliver whatever power is available from the generating plants. The corporation operates 19,425 circuit-kilometers of high-voltage transmission and sub-transmission lines and 23,853 mega volt amperes of substation capacity in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (NGCP, PIA)