The city government of Makati recently started distributing Christmas bags containing nutritious food products to some 81,121 of its public schoolchildren from kinder to senior high school, including Special Education students, as part of its traditional “Pamaskong Handog” project.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay said she has ordered the early delivery of the bags to the schools to ensure that students will receive them before their Christmas break begins on December 22.
“We want our students to receive their Christmas bag of goodies before the holiday break so they can enjoy them at leisure. On school days, they tend to eat in a hurry to get to school on time,” Binay said.
The delivery of the bags to schools started last December 5, and target date for full delivery is on December 16.
Kindergartners and grade schoolers will each receive a bag containing raisins, instant oatmeal, cheese, hotcake mix (double choco flavor), arroz caldo mix, champorado mix, choco milk powder, tonic food drink, choco cereal, fruit cereal, choco flakes cereal, crackers, stick biscuits, biscuits, and assorted fruit flavored jelly.
On the other hand, high school students will each receive a bag containing instant oatmeal, cheese, hotcake (double choco flavor), arroz caldo mix, champorado mix, choco milk powder, tonic food drink, crackers, instant pancit canton, canned pineapple tidbits, and canned pineapple juice.
According to DepED-Makati officer-in-charge Dr. Dominico Idanan, at least three to six schools will be covered on every scheduled date of delivery. He said that for the top two schools in terms of student population for elementary and high school, delivery was being made in two batches.
These are Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS) with 7,262 students, and Benigno “Ninoy”Aquino High School (BNAHS) with 4,721 students. At the elementary level, Rizal Elementary School has the highest student population with 5,449 pupils, followed by Pembo Elementary School with 4,855 pupils.
Makati has 27 public elementary schools, 10 high schools and two stand-along senior high schools.
The first batches of deliveries have been made to BNAHS, Rizal ES and Pembo ES – last December 5 and 6. Succeeding delivery schedules will be undertaken in the remaining Makati public schools between December 7 to 16.
This school year, Makati has registered a total of 81,121 public schoolchildren, consisting of 50,407 in the primary level and 30,714 in the secondary level. The former includes 4,692 preschoolers, 44,829 elementary pupils, 251 SPED pupils, 629 Alternative Learning System (ALS) pupils. The latter includes 30,387 junior and senior high school students, 95 SPED students, and 232 ALS students.
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