Spearheaded by the Social Mobilization and Networking (SocMoNet), a pencil campaign launched on October 13 gathered almost 120,000 pencils in the entire Schools Division Office of Biñan City in support of the ‘One Million Lapis’ Campaign of the Council for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Education.

Division employees, public and private schools, and other stakeholders successfully turned over 95,697 pieces of pencils to the Regional Education Support Services Division (ESSD) last October 24.

A second batch of donations having 24,025 pencils will be delivered to the ESSD on the second week of November.

In total, SDO Biñan City collected 119,722 pencils. This number is equivalent to 11.97% of the nationwide target of one million pencils.

The top three public schools with the most number of pencils collected per category were recognized last October 24 during the opening program of the Division Midyear In-service Training held at Biñan National High School.

Mamplasan National High School (MNHS), a small school with over 700 students, surprisingly collected a high number with 15,254 pencils.

MNHS, represented by their Teacher-In-Charge Leslie D. Valeña, received a special recognition for collecting such large number despite the school’s small population.

Overall, Saint Michael’s College of Laguna turned over the highest number totaling to 20,360 pieces.

The ESSD will send all collected pencils to the Central Office for final monitoring, counting, and distribution.

Since April 2016, all pencils collected nationwide in the campaign will be given to underprivileged children in elementary schools of the 4th to 6th class municipalities throughout the country.

Dionisio T. Pobar III
EPS II-SMN, SDO Biñan City