MAKATI City Mayor Abby Binay yesterday announced the start of the distribution of rain gear for all the city’s student population enrolled in its 25 public schools, totaling 49,379 students.
“As promised, we have begun distributing new raincoats and a pair of rain boots to our young students from preschool to Grade 6, as well as SPED (Special Education) learners, in our public schools this month.
“We want to make sure that they have adequate protection when they go to school especially during the rainy season,” Mayor Abby said in a statement.
The mayor also bared she initiated the inclusion of new rain gear for young schoolchildren in this year’s budget allocation for the city’s ‘Project FREE’ (Free Relevant Excellent Education), in line with her advocacy for children’s well-being and safety.
“We are continuously looking for ways to make our schoolchildren as safe and comfortable as possible.
“We saw the need to provide them with rain gear to protect them from the common cold and more serious water-borne diseases, and so we acted on it with dispatch.
“For as long as we can afford it, we are willing to provide our schoolchildren’s essential needs to ease the burden on their parents. They can instead spend more for their food and shelter needs,” she added.
Under Project FREE, Makati public school students, from preschool to senior high, with free school supplies and ready-to-wear school uniforms, including black shoes and rubber shoes. For the coming school calendar, students shall also be entitled to a free supply of socks to go with the rubber shoes.
Simultaneous with the ongoing distribution of rain gear, the Makati Health Department (MHD) has also been handing out to every student a “Dengue Kit”, a pouch bag containing one mosquito repellent lotion and one mosquito repellent bracelet.
Last November 6, Mayor Abby led the distribution of raincoats and rain boots in seven elementary schools, including Rizal Elementary School (ES), which has the highest number of public elementary students in the city at 6,060.
She also attended the distribution done at Pembo ES with a total of 5,306 students, of which 96 are SpEd learners; East Rembo ES, 3,080; Fort Bonifacio ES and Comembo ES with 2,515 students each; West Rembo ES, 1,455; and Guadalupe Viejo ES with 1,105 students.
Last November 7, students and SpEd learners also got their raingear in the following schools: Cembo ES with a total of 2,350 students; Pitogo ES, 1,800; Nemesio I. Yabut, 1,544 which include 113 SpEd learners; San Jose ES, 1,170; and South Cembo ES with 1,105 students.
This is aside from the free hygiene and dental kits distributed to the students last month.
For this week, the mayor said distribution shall also be done on November 15 at Bangkal ES with 1,370 students; Bangkal ES I, 995; Hen. Pio Del Pilar ES Main with a total of 2,443 students which include 153 SpEd learners;
Hen. Pio Del Pilar ES I, 1,220; Palanan ES, 2,143 which include 28 SpEd learners; San Antonio Village ES, 765 students; La Paz ES, 2,370; and Francisco Benitez ES III with 1,665 students.
The following day, the distribution shall cover the remaining public schools in the city.