MANILA, July 25, 2015 – Over 20 public school primary pupils in Laguna who forage in a landfill for recyclable materials to help their families eke out a living will be receiving bicycles for school next month, August.
The bikes should encourage the said recipients from Sto. Niño – Baloc Elementary School in San Pablo to go to school regularly, said Joel F. Uichico, Bikes for the Philippines (BfP) president said.
Education of the less fortunate
Each unit – a mountain bike or BMX – comes with a pair of shoes, a school kit, a helmet, and a raincoat, which the foundation sourced from other organizations that advocate the education of the less fortunate young, he said.
According to Uichico, the recipients will undergo a training on bike riding safety, traffic rules, minor repair, and maintenance before they could ride the bikes.
BfP qualifies to its bike lending program any student whose family earns a total monthly income of less than Php 6, 000, including monthly financial assistance from relatives, Uichico said.
Though Bikes for the Philippines does not set any grade requirement, excessive tardiness, and absences could be grounds for the revocation of the privilege, he said.
Yes to livelihood
The privilege may also be quashed if the bikes would be used for activities unrelated to school, Uichico said.
Bikes for the Philippines, however, encourages the utility of bikes for livelihood, he noted. Using it for livelihood activities would double its value.
The students could save the amount which otherwise they would spend on transportation without the bikes, Uichico said.
After graduation, Bikes for the Philippines allows the recipients to take full ownership of the bikes, Uichico said. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)