Brgy. Tumana, Marikina — The Loyola Grand Villas Homeowners Association (LGVHA) saw the Philippine Toy Library as an opportunity for the children of Tumana, Marikina to play and learn. Moreover, the PTL also serves as a venue for the kids to play who are usually relocated from the comforts of their homes whenever heavy storms and floods hit Marikina, to mention in particular year 2009 when Ondoy afflicted the country. “Nagpapasalamat kami na nagkaroon ng PTL dito sa Tumana, lalo na madalas kaming binabaha ‘pag may bagyo. Naniniwala kami na ito ay makapagbibigay ng tuwa sa mga bata dito“, Barangay Captain Ziffred Ancheta expresses.
“This is another first for PTL — first time that a Homeowners Association initiated to establish a PTL site in their area. LGVHA is in charge of the site’s operation, from replenishing the toys regularly to hopefully engaging their youth to conduct activities for the kids such as storytelling”, shares PTL President Edsel Ramirez. This collaboration of PTL with LGVHA and Brgy. Tumana invites other Homeowners Associations to explore the possibility of setting up a PTL play area in their community.
Philippine Toy Library
From a Facebook status, a national advocacy was born. The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is made up of volunteer-friends who hope to provide the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. Idle spaces in barangays, schools or parishes are turned into fun and educational PTL areas to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 25 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.
For more information, please visit our website at https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary). For further inquiries, you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books. Clear out your closets and help build toy libraries in:
- Calauan, Laguna
- Curimao, Ilocos
- Lupang Pangako – Payatas B ES
- Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
Drop off points are in:
- Quezon City: Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning; the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office
- Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches)
- Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office)