DAGUPAN CITY – In upholding children’s rights to education, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is collecting new and old pencils for the ‘One Million Lapis’ project of the Council for Welfare of Children (CWC) in celebration of the National Children’s Month in November.
“Lapis” is a symbolic representation of the child’s needs to express one’s ideas and feelings.
DILG City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis disclosed that the project aims to collect a million of pencils for the underprivileged students in elementary schools in the country who lack the opportunity to pursue schooling and necessary materials for writing.
A documentary report in 2012 reveals that in far-flung villages, some elementary students divide one pencil into three to be able to write and learn.
“This is why the DILG under Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento being one of the lead agencies in building a ‘Child-Sensitive and Child-Friendly Society’ through a mandatory audit system called the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA), puts premium in promoting children’s rights to education especially for children whose socio-economic situations have impeded their chances to go to school,” said Dawis.
The campaign is also being envisioned to enter the Guinness World Record this year for the longest line of pencils.
As a manifestation of support to the project, a drop box for donation of new and old pencils will be installed in any DILG office and the final counting and official declaration of the number of ‘lapis’ collected will be on November 5 as a kick-off activity on the 2016 National Children’s Month celebration. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)