MANILA, June 13, 2014 – More than a hundred students in Bohol who walk miles to school will receive bikes this year from a foundation that lends and donates bikes to motivate learning among less fortunate school kids despite.
About 120 deserving Pagnitoan National High School (PNHS) students in Maribojoc will receive mountain bikes after the first grading period, Bikes for the Philippines president Joel F. Uichico said on June 9.
The foundation considered students who walk at least three kilometers from home to school, he said.
Recipients also have to undergo basic training on the proper use of bicycles, maintenance, and traffic rules.
As of now, Bikes for the Philippines has already trained and instructed over 50 students from PNHS, Uichico said.
Students can ride the bikes only if they have completed the basic course, he said. Uichico noted the recipients can use the bikes only when going to school.
Driving the bike for purposes other than attending school or lending it to another person can be grounds for revocation of the privilege, he said.
During summer vacations, the bikes will be stored in a warehouse.
After Baclayon National High School in Bohol, which is the first school Bikes for the Philippines’ adopted, the foundation chose PNHS as its second school since about 90 percent of its students walk to school due to lack of a means of transportation in the area, Uichico said.
The bikes will remain on loan while the students finish high school, he said. After graduation, they can take ownership and full responsibility of the bikes. They can even sell them.
The bikes are donated to the foundation by Bikes for the World. (Oliver Samson)