Move your books to Mindanao!

Lou Gepuela

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Move your books to Mindanao!
Books are passports to learning possibilities. Help young Mindanawans achieve their potential!

MANILA, Philippines – Got books to give?

In a Facebook post last July 30, community page “Aklatan sa Bawat Eskwelahan” (Library in every school) made a call out for assistance on behalf of Neldy Jolo, a Tausug, former college lecturer, and alumnus of the Mindanao State University – Sulu Laboratory High School.

Jolo taught biology and agronomy from 2003 to 2006 using the 1950s-era textbooks available to them. These materials proved insufficient for the challenges facing today’s learners. 

In the words of Dr. Magdar Sarahadil, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Mindanao State University, “If we have enough books, we also can compete with other schools outside the province and provide the students a quality education.”

Mindanao State University, established by virtue of Republic Act 1387 in September 1961, is a multi-campus institution, with 8 autonomous campuses located in Marawi City, Iligan City, Tawi-Tawi, Naawan in Misamis Oriental, Maguindanao, General Santos, Sulu, and in Buug, Zamboanga-Sibugay, as well as the Lanao National College of Arts and Trade, the Lanao Norte Agricultural College, and the Maigo School of Arts and Trade.  

VINTAGE. Reference books at the Mindanao State University-Jolo high school library. Image courtesy of Aklatan sa Bawat Eskwelahan.

Mindanao State University – Sulu Laboratory High School (MSU-SLHS) alone has 600 students studying from grade 7 to grade 10, with 5 sections for each grade level. 

MSU is just one of many more public elementary and secondary schools in the region that greatly need updated books.

Send your books to Mindanao!

Move.PH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, is launching a campaign to help MSU-SLHS and other schools in Mindanao that badly need books.

We are asking for your help in collecting book donations. Rummage through your closets, attics, and your homes. Send learning and knowledge to those who have a greater need for them.

According to Jolo, MSU-SLHS badly need books that are K-12 compliant:

  1. Science, Grades 7 to 10
  2. English, Grades 7 to 10
  3. Filipino, Grades 7 to 10
  4. Mathematics, Grades 7 to 10
  5. Science, Grades 7 to 10
  6. TLE (Technology, Livelihood and Education), Grades 7 to 10
  7. MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health)

All other books, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, novels, and other reference materials are welcome. But please avoid donating dilapidated books. 

If you would like to donate, you may drop off your books at this location: 

Ahmad S. Musahari. 1081 Isabelle Residences, Ramagi Building, Singgalong Cor. Pedro Gil Street, Paco, Manila 1000

You can also send the books directly to:

Misba H. Sampang, MSU High School librarian. MSU-SULU LAB. HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY, MSU-Compound, Capitol Hills, Jolo, Sulu, 7400 

Move Communities

MovePH’s communities are mobilizing for the campaign. Here’s a list of schools that need books across the country:

Area Schools
Davao del Norte DepEd’s Davao del Norte Division will collect books to give to schools in conflict areas in the province.
Tawi-Tawi Abdulmanap Elementary School, Lakit-Lakit, Bongao
  Luuk Pandan Elementary School
  Panglima Annao Elementary School, Pasiagan
   MSU – Languyan High School
  Seaorchids Elementary School (Pre-school)
   Walking Blackboard Elementary School, Lamion
   Tubig Tanah Pilot Elem. School, Bongao
Basilan Caro Elementary School, Kapayawan, Isabela City
  Upper Garlayan Elementary School, Maluso

Here are drop off points confirmed by our community:

Move Community Specific Location 

University Student Council Office, SJH 101, Holy Angel University, Angeles City

c/o Malika Paragas (

Davao del Norte

DepEd DavNor Library Hub, Carmen Central Elementary School, Brgy. Ising, Carmen, Davao del Norte 8101

c/o Neil Edward Diaz (


Provincial Public Library, Basilan National High School Campus, Leroy Brown Road, Isabela City

c/o Jamju Rivera (

MovePH has also partnered with the Riders Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (RACER) group, an alliance of community-based riders organizations nationwide, to help pick up books for those interested to donate. Below is the process:

  1. Interested donors can inform Rappler (via or through Lou Gepuela (09156531748) about the donation (volume of books, pick up point, and contact person).
  2. Rappler will arrange the pick up with volunteer riders.
  3. This service is only available on weekends.

Tell us about it!

Make sure to take photos and tweet them to @MovePH or post it in our Facebook page once you’ve given the books so we can confirm and promote your effort.

Download this confirmation receipt and give it to the driver or point person so we can account for the books donated.

If you know a school in the region that also needs books or if you have any ideas on how to send books and help, you can send us the details via e-mail at so we can include them in our list of beneficiaries.

We will update this page as more collection points become available and more schools that need books come to light. Thank you for your generosity! –

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