Pondo ng Pinoy and the Diocese of San Pablo have teamed up for young people who are struggling financially to help them in their education.
Bro. Greg Mendez, a representative of the Social Action Center in the Diocese of San Pablo, said that Pondo ng Pinoy had played a big part in assisting the youth in achieving their dream to finish their studies.
The Diocese had been doing this for the past 10 years in the municipality of Liliw, Laguna. It started out with 32 scholars that gradually increased and reached the current number of 100 scholars even before the pandemic.
“Kung tawagin natin ito ay ‘Batang Patio’ ito yung pagbibigay ng educational assistance sa mga bata kung saan may puhunan na binigay ang Pondo ng Pinoy, nagbukas kami ng Canteen at ang Canteen na ito ay nandoon sa Parochial School sa Liliw,[San Sebastian Parish] at mula doon nagsimula ang scholar natin sa 32 na mga bata. bahagi ng programa ang pagkakaroon ng Canteen kung saan ang kinikita doon ay layuning mapadami ang scholars mula sa 32 na bata naging 68 at naging 96 at patuloy pang nadagdagdagan,” said Bro. Mendez
With the shift from face-to-face classes to online classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project ceased. Organizers are hoping to start again and strengthen the program as classes begin again this August.
Most of the youth scholars come from the poor sector and whose families do not have a regular income.
“Yun naging criteria namin una dapat sila ay galing sa indigent families, ito yun mga low income families, mga magulang na hindi regular ang kita, mga ulila o wala ng magulang at sila ay nakikitira lang sa mga kamag anak. Madami dito mga nagsasaka, mga nasa construction ang magulang,” he added.
The Diocese has expressed its gratitude for the support of Pondo ng Pinoy through their “25 centavos” charity movement.
According to the US Agency for International Development 2021 data, 25.2 percent of Filipino Youth were out of school during the pandemic.
The Catholic Church continues to initiate programs to help the youth in their education through different educational assistance programs. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)