June 4, 2018
LepantoCares reaches out to far-flung communities
Sitio Las-igan in Barangay Cabiten is one of the remotest communities in Mankayan. With no road access, it can only be reached on foot, trekking a couple of mountains and crossing three hanging bridges over gushing rivers, taking all of three hours
But the long distance and the scorching heat didn’t discourage the Lepanto team from reaching out especially to the 30 bright pupils of the Las-Igan Multi-Grade School. All the students went home with brand new bags, school supplies, toys, and smiles on their faces.
Unlike Sitio Las-igan,Barangay Bedbed can be reached by a 4-wheel drive vehicle through rough roads and a narrow river, taking about an hour. The Lepanto team headed by President Bryan U. Yap, VP/Resident Manager Engr. Tom Consolacion, and VP for HRAD Knestor Jose Y. Godino took the trip to hand over cultural instruments like gongs and solibao; Benguet native costumes; educational books; and a television set for the Bedbed day care and elementary and high schools.
“Labis labis ang aming tuwa at pasasalamat, dahil hindi namin sukat akalain na mismong ang mga nasa itaas na position, mga nasa executive na lebel, ay bababa sa mga malalayong lugar, lalo na dito sa amin sa Bedbed na talagang mahirap puntahan,” shared Barangay Capt. Dalion N. Baygan.
Sitio Am-am in Barangay Balili is another far-flung community in Mankayan. Although it has a paved road, the drive to the village takes about 90 minutes. The Lepanto Team visited the sitio to distribute new school bags to over 50 pupils of Am-am Elementary School and computers and printers to the teachers.
To date, 12 schools and over 2,000 students of Mankayan have been served by Lepanto in the name of corporate social responsibility. Literally, “ain’t no mountain high enough, no valley low enough, no river wide enough” to keep Lepanto from getting to the communities it cares about.