Fireball Balik Eskwela Project: 200 kids from far-flung schools receive aid


Some 200 school children in far-flung communities under the area of responsibility of the 25th Infantry (Fireball) Battalion (IB) have received school supplies and other services from the military.

Dubbed as “Fireball Balik Eskwela Project,” the activity, which has been on its second year, aims to support school children, particularly those public schools that are situated in the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Areas (GIDAs).

The project drew support from various nongovernment organizations, local government units, and businessmen by donating items such as bags, dental and grooming kits, slippers, notebooks, writing pads, pencils, ballpens, sharpeners and rulers.

“This year’s implementation of the project is a deliberate one. The 25IB has identified two public schools in the GIDAs: The Cogonon Elementary School situated in Sitio Cogonon, Barangay Salvacion, Trento, Agusan Del Sur that is 50 kilometers away from the Town of Trento,” said Lt. Col. Oscar B. Balignasay, 25IB commander.

To get to the village, one must endure the rough road and must ride in a “Skylab motorcycle” as their primary mode of transportation.

Another beneficiary was the Inupuan Elementary School situated in Sitio Inupuan, Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro, Balignasay said.

The school is 18 kilometers away from the town of Nabunturan. Single motorcycle is the means of transportation due to the narrow and rocky uphill road. The people in Inupuan have to cross two rivers in order to get to the town.

The recepients were students from pre-school to grade six, who also enjoyed the free “aroscaldo” and were offered free haircut, Balignasay said.