CAPITOL school bags, notebooks and other school supplies are ready for distribution to the 16 northern towns that were devastated by super typhoon last November.

As of yesterday, members of the Provincial General Services Office (PGSO), though, were still covering the name of a former Capitol official that is on the bags and alphabet charts to avoid being accused of violating the anti-Epal law.

The PGSO is the custodian of the school supplies, while the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is in-charge of the distribution either directly to the local government unit (LGU)-recipients or through Capitol officials, said PSWDO Assistant Head Rose Jao.

Ready for distribution

The school supplies were manufactured and delivered to the Capitol during Garcia’s administration.

Ready for equal distribution to the 16 LGUs are 4,800 alphabet charts, 720 school bags, 720 notebooks, 1,040 class records and 1,040 lesson plans.

The PGSO is still covering the former official’s name on 2,730 school bags and 8,250 alphabet charts. Once this is done, it will distribute the school supplies to other LGUs not affected by Yolanda.

“Epal” is a Tagalog euphemism for “thick-faced.” In government service, it refers to a public official who grabs credit for a public works project by including his/her name or image on the signage.