The Makati City government has launched its Mobile Library, an upgraded version of the “Dyipni Maki” program, to provide accessible learning materials and library services to all students in the communities.
“The Makati Mobile Library is a testament to our commitment to providing quality education in the city. By making books and educational materials easily accessible, we hope to inspire a love for reading and learning,” said Mayor Abigail Binay during the launch ceremony at the Makati Elementary School on Friday.
Binay said the Mobile Library was part of the efforts of her administration to hit the targets in proficiency levels for basic reading, writing, and arithmetic, which fell behind during the pandemic.
“We want to make sure that all our students are equipped with the right basic knowledge before proceeding to the next grade level,” she added.
The mayor reported that each Mobile Library has reading materials, smart TVs, laptops, and various learning materials in English, Filipino, Social Studies, and Literature.
She added there are also teachers and volunteers stationed in the Mobile Library to provide assistance to the learners.
The Mobile Library will alternately visit different barangays in the city to ensure that everyone will be accommodated.
The program was an off-shoot and upgraded version of the Dyipni Maki that was launched during the pandemic. Then it involved jeepneys converted into learning hubs and deployed to the barangays daily except Sundays.
Mayor Binay said she was committed to continuously prioritize the welfare of the students in the city. Aside from the Mobile Library, the local government recently launched Project FEED, whereby students are given free snacks and drinks on school days.
The city also implements Project FREE of offers free school supplies, school bags, uniforms, leather and rubber shoes, rain gear, tumblers, and dengue and hygiene kits.