The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) partners with the Department of Education (DepEd) in launching a toy center for public school children.

Having fun is crucial to early childhood development.  An emphasis on education by the Philippine president prompted the PTL team to explore partnerships with the public school system.  Fortunately, Principal Benjamin Camiling was open and a willing partner.

“We allotted a room to be converted into a toy center for Kinder and Grade 1 students,” Principal Camiling shares.  “Given the limited resources of the government, we have to be creative in making education interesting and meaningful for our children.”

PTL is going to provide the play experience to hundreds of students that go to Payatas C.  “In urban poor areas, children don’t have space in their homes to play,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez narrates.  “PTL may become a reason for these young Filipinos to go to school – to learn and create imaginative experiences.”

Through social media, PTL has slowly created a movement of volunteers, young, old, Filipinos residing in and out of the country, that commit to giving Filipino kids proper play experience.  “PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrates.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Dapdap, Quezon, Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

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Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.