GUBAT, Sorsogon – Mayor Ronnel Lim announced the local government of Gubat would begin construction of a P6m multi-level library building in Barangay Pinontingan by yearend.
He pointed out that Sorsogon Rep. Deogracias Ramos Jr. has committed P2m for the project, while the local government would set aside P1m.
“We are building a library that will not only host books, but bring us together as a community in inspiring our people, especially the young to read both for instruction and leisure,” he remarked.
The announcement follows the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Library Renewal Partnership, Mano Amiga Academy Inc, LGU-Gubat and the Office of the 2nd Congressional District of Sorsogon.
LRP, a consortium of private companies and non-government organizations that seeks to build 100 libraries in 10 years, and Mano Amiga agreed to donate books for the Gubat Municipal Library.
The donation makes Gubat Municipal Library one the biggest in the Bicol region with over 10,000 books.
This is the second library in Bicol and the first in Sorsogon that received a book donation from LRP. The donation includes a large number of brand new textbooks and teaching manuals
“Every book we add is another window we open for our children. With the help of LRP and Mano Amiga, let us keep these windows to opportunities open so our children will always be able to see the world outside and not be deprived of the right to learn,” Rep. Deogracias Ramos Jr. stressed.
“The LRP is the bayanihan movement for education and literacy. It harnesses the power of all members of the community – the LGU, NGOs, book donors, artists and citizens – to build an empowered citizenry,” LRP founder Quintin Pastrana remarked.
The group is composed of publishing firm Adarna House, Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, Bato Balani Foundation, US volunteer and book donor organization 7 Degrees of Change and Synergeia Foundation.
Mano Amiga’s mission is to provide education and development services that would empower each family to transform their lives and break out from poverty. There are currently over 30 Mano Amiga schools in nine countries.
Mayor Lim pointed out that there is a still a need for a library as a repository of books and as an information center even with the explosion of free information online.
“Given the very many changes happening in society, there is no hope for coping up if we cannot read functionally. An illiterate people cannot keep abreast of changes. The soul of any society is revealed by the library it keeps,” he stressed. BicolToday.com