For sixth grader Marian Lhee Abanid of Cordova town and a lot of 12-year-olds like her, computers, tablets and cellphones are essential gadgets amid the digital age.
But there’s a huge difference getting knowledge from reading books than just finding data from the internet, Abanid shared, although not a lot of her peers share her same sentiments.
Grateful beyond words for the library hub and books they received from the Provincial Government, Abanid said the love for reading should be inculcated to the young like her.
The Capitol recently turned over around 18,300 books to the Cordova Library Hub, considered as one of the most functional hubs in the country today, according to the Department of Education (DepEd) 7.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale spearheaded the distribution, with the Provincial Board’s chairman on the committee on education, PB member Christopher Baricuatro.
Magpale said that with the mandate of Governor Hilario P. Davide III to prioritize education, the Provincial Government hopes to strengthen the campaign to advocate the love for books and reading among children.
In the advent of technology, Magpale said the new generation has too many distractions, and they hope to combat this with books by teaching kids to love reading.
Apart from Cordova, there are three more library hubs in the province, each located in Alcoy, Balamban and Tabogon towns.
Baricuatro said the distribution of the rest of the reading materials to the other hubs will follow in the next few months, preferably before the next school year starts.
All library hubs will get 18,300 reading materials each from the Capitol or a total of 73,200 books.
Teachers can borrow the books and let their students read it inside their classrooms.
Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho thanked the Provincial Government for the donated books and promised to always include education in their top priorities.
Isaiash Wagas, DepEd Cebu’s education program supervisor, said the project which started in 2003, aims to develop the habit of reading among public school students and the youth by setting up library hubs in all school divisions.
Rhea Mar Angtud, DepEd 7’s schools division superintendent, said they plan to have more library hubs in the region, particularly in Cebu.
Magpale said the Capitol hopes to have more library hubs and is ready to purchase more books for the facilities.