CLARK FREEPORT --- Executives of Widus Hotel and Casino have asked pupils at a public elementary school in Mexico town to read books and other learning materials to acquire knowledge.

Officials of the hotel made the encouragement to the students during the formal turn-over of a library project dubbed “Adopt a Library” at the Masamat Elementary School on Friday.

Neki Liwanag, Widus assistant vice president for Business Development, urged the school children to regularly visit and take care of the library which was donated by the Widus Foundation.

The Widus Foundation has spent P1.2-million in the conversion of a 40-footer container van to establish the library which has new tables, built-in book shelves, two computers, two air-condition sets, and assorted children’s books.

Widus president and chief executive officer Daesik Han earlier said that their school-assistance program is aimed at upholding the education and future of the youth.”

“Since day one, it has always been a dream for us to have our own foundation, a facet that will allow us to have more committed, efficient and regular medium of help to the community,” Han said.

In behalf of the Masamat Elementary School teachers and students, Department of Education Pampanga Division Superintendent Leonardo Zapanta and School Principal Juanito Rigor thanked the Widus Foundation for putting up the library in the school.

Masamat Chairman Ryan David, who also graced the formal turn over, expressed gratitude to the Widus executives for the library project.

Mitchelle Estacio, Widus AVP for Finance, earlier assured that the Widus International Incorporated and Widus Philippines Incorporated will fund every project of the foundation.

“Our team hopes to encourage and motivate students to go to school and lessen the parents’ expenses in buying school supplies. These may be baby steps on our chosen endeavor but we will study other possible programs on how we can improve the foundation as we seek to create long term and sustainable program,” she added.

Widus marketing officer Sherly Mamangun said the hotel aims to help poor students have access to quality education.