‘Ako ang Simula’ Happy Computer campaign bears fruit

By Nadine Leoncio, ‘Ako Ang Simula’

Posted at Jun 22 2012 10:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 23 2012 07:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- It was three weeks ago when ‘Ako ang Simula,’ one of ABS-CBN’s public service programs, launched the ‘Happy Computer Caravan’ together with the Department of Education (DepEd). The project aims to help public schools offering computer subjects but have no computers.

At present, there are more than 19,000 public elementary schools in the Philippines without computers.

A computer subject is usually offered to Grades 4 to 6 students but the school would not have any computer. Students are left with no choice but to use cardboard as keyboard, and just study the picture of a monitor.

Included in the list of these schools is San Juan Elementary School in San Antonio, Zambales.

‘Ako ang Simula’ voiced out the need for donations for this first school-recipient of the campaign.

A strong callout was made on TV, radio, and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Fortunately, there was an immediate response.

People in and out of the country pledged their donations. Second-hand computer units and other computer hardwares were given to the program’s ‘Happy Computer Project.’

There was one donor who provided five brand new computer units. Some computer experts also volunteered to help configure the parts.

The overwhelming support of various donors strengthened the campaign, and on Monday, June 25, the first awarding ceremony will take place. Following DepEd’s prescribed number of computer units per school, Ako ang Simula will be awarding seven computers to San Juan Elementary School.

‘Ako ang Simula’ team, program host Anthony Taberna and other representatives from DepEd will be present in the awarding ceremony.

The program starts 12 p.m. There will be a variety of performances.

Everyone is invited to witness the success of the project and hopefully, more generous hearts will be inspired to share their blessings.