The College of Development Communication (CDC), through the CDC Extension and Public Service (EPS) Committee, led a donation drive for the Lopez Elementary School, which was hit by a fire on October 1. 

This was CDC’s way of maintaining ties with the school as one of its EPS partners, particularly through the the Department of Development Broadcasting and Telecommunication’s (DDBT) Dito Sa Laguna program. (Zac the Math Wiz: Read and Watch)

Received by Principal Rogel Barcenas, Teacher Thomas John Rosario, and other teachers, the donations were turned over to the school by EPS Committee Chair Dr. Mildred O. Mosco and extension staff Ms. Renz Frances Abagat-Manrique and Ms. Christine Grace V. Mapacpac on October 21 and 28. These included in-kind donations worth P12,850 that included the following: one printer unit, a set of printer inks, and school and sanitation supplies. CDC staff also donated books

The UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (PSAE), under the directorship of Dr. Maria Catalina T. De Luna, also donated school supplies.

Additionally, CDC was also able to assist in the printing of class modules as the school’s printers were also destroyed by the fire. 

Aside from the donation drive, two of CDC’s extension programs, namely the Los Baños Times and Radyo DZLB Ang Tinig ng Kaunlaran, were able to raise awareness on the importance of fire safety through their breaking news and aftermath coverage of the incident.

(READ: BREAKING NEWS: Sunog sa Lopez Elementary School; Nasa P10M na ari-arian, natupok sa sunog; Related: Botohan sa Lopez Elementary School, May 9)

(WATCH: DZLB News Coverage 1; DZLB News Coverage 2)

On August 26, CDC was also able to turnover donations for another longtime field partner, the Bernaldo N. Calara Elementary School (BNCES), for the school’s Brigada Eskwela initiative. (Miguel Victor T. Durian)