Some of the bicycles donated by local contractors to poor students of a secondary school in Leyte to address the dropout rate. (Photo courtesy of Board Member Gina Merilo)

115 bicycles were donated in three secondary schools in Leyte by the Philippine Contractors Association (PCA) to help students from hard to reach areas improve their school attendance.

Leyte 1st District Board Member Gina Merilo said the recipient schools of the bicycles were Sta. Fe National High School (80 bicycles), Kiling National High School (20 bicycles), and Tanauan National High School (15 bicycles).

“These bicycles are of great help to students especially those who live far from school and will have to walk or commute every day,” Merilo said.

As a counterpart, Merilo distributed a sack of rice for every parent of the students during the turnover.

School officials identified the student beneficiaries where the priority recipients are poor students who live kilometers away from their schools.

Merilo also added that more bicycles will come from the said contractors where they will distribute these in selected schools in the towns of Carigara, Dulag, and Julita.

“The PCA, aside from using their own funds, also seeks help from friends who are willing to help in funding the projects of the organization like the distribution of bicycles to public schools,” Merilo further explained. (RJ Espartinez)