Mr. Carmelo Eusebio Altamira (L) and Mrs. Jessie Quesea (C), DepEd Atimonan District 1 & 2 Supervisors together with Mr. Ricardo Saniel (R), Head Teacher in Villa Ibaba Elementary School accepted the books donated by Rex Bookstore.
To support distance learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) partnered with Rex Bookstore, Inc. in a book donation drive that benefitted teachers and students from 22 public schools in the municipality of Atimonan.
A total of 4,252 textbooks worth more than Php2 million were donated and a simple virtual turnover ceremony was held on September 24 to highlight the significance of the project to the entire community.
Ana Lisa Bernardo, Integrated Marketing Communications Manager of Rex Bookstore, said the book donation is part of the company’s “Para sa Bata, Para sa Bayan” initiative which aims to continuously support quality education for Filipino students.
“Because of the pandemic, the education of our students has been greatly challenged. And we would like to, in any way we can, help every school and every student address these difficulties through our comprehensive textbooks and workbooks,” Bernardo said.
“These books will be great resource materials as the schools adapt to a modular learning method amidst the ongoing pandemic,” she added.
Rex Bookstore is known as one of the pioneers in the educational publishing industry and owns several book shops across the country.
“The donation is very timely and addresses the shortages of books and supplementary learning materials in various public schools in Atimonan,” Carmelo Eusebio Altamira, District Supervisor of Atimonan District 1, for his part said.
Municipal local officials of Atimonan led by Mayor Rustico Mendoza also expressed gratitude to Rex Bookstore and A1E for helping improve the quality of education in the municipality.
The book donation is also part of A1E’s corporate social responsibility program on education thataims to provide a holistic learning experience to residents of Atimonan.
Other activities under this program are technical and vocational scholarships, improvement of educational facilities, and provision of school supplies and sports equipment for students.
A1E is the developer of the country’s first ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant in the country. The 2×600-MW plant will be built in Atimonan, Quezon and will become the country’s most efficient baseload power plant when it starts commercial operations.