THE Bacolod City Public Library received 13 brand new computer sets and two printer units from the Philippine-Saudi Arabia Hiligaynon, Inc. (Pinas-Sahi) at turnover rites at the lobby of the Government Center Wednesday, August 22.

The equipment was turned over by Pinas-Sahi immediate past president Arman Montero and his brother, Engineer Virgilio Montero, also a past president of the group, to Councilor Cindy Rojas, City Administrator John Orola, and City Librarian Greta Memoria.

The Monteros were accompanied by their family members.

Engineer Montero said the association chose the Bacolod City Public Library as a recipient to help improve the implementation of its digital literacy program.

“We saw that they lack computers so the board approved this donation,” Montero said, adding that they are working on another donation of computer units to the city’s Social Development Center.

Montero said Pinas-Sahi members include professional and skilled Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who are from Western Visayas or who have roots in the region.

Montero, who had worked as a mechanical engineer in Saudi Arabia for 23 years, said those who have retired and returned to the Philippines for good like him have become members of the association for life.

He added the association has also sponsored various projects in some schools in other provinces of Western Visayas.

For her part, City Librarian Greta Memoria said the donation will boost their digital literacy program, which provides free basic computer training to senior citizens, out-of-school youth, mothers, vendors, and anyone interested to learn how to use the computer.

Since the program began in 2015, several batches have already completed the training, she added. The 12th batch of the program graduated last July 27 and the 13th batch will start on September 3 until September 27.

Last year, the Bacolod City Public Library was recognized as one of the five best performing public libraries in the country for providing “relevant and innovative services.” (PR)