Grade school students in Bohol receive bags, school supplies

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 05 2018 09:08 PM

The school that once did not have enough facilities and supplies for students is now an up and coming elementary school in Buenavista town, Bohol.

Students at the Bonotbonot Elementary School, where "dahon girl" Jhesa Balbastro used to go, do not hold classes at the stage anymore. 

Balbastro was the student who pulled on the heartstrings of viewers as she narrated how she had to use banana leaves for her notes in school because she had no money to buy writing paper.

Classes at the school are now held at the new building built within its premises. A drainage system was also constructed by the Parent-Teachers Association.

On Tuesday, the students received bags and supplies from ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya through TV Patrol Central Visayas. 

Some children could not contain their happiness as they received the goods. 

School principal Marlon Balagtas said 80 percent of the student population have families who are recipients of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a conditional cash transfer program for the poorest of the poor. Others parents do not even have stable jobs. 

The children were thankful that they had new supplies for the new school year. 

Meanwhile, the Dagohoy Elementary School, which once lacked students, now has full attendance. 

Most of the students were evacuees during the Abu Sayyaf group's siege of Inabanga. Now, a year after, they are no longer afraid but wish that peace would come to their place and that such an attack would not happen again.