“Pagbutihan ninyo ang pag-aaral ninyo.”
This was the message of Radio Veritas Vice President Fr. Roy M. Bellen during the outreach program of Radio Veritas to the Aeta Magindi Community in Barangay Camias Porac, Pampanga on September 26, 2023.
“Ang hihilingin lang namin sa inyo, pagbutihan ninyo ang pag-aaral ninyo. Alam ko hindi madali ang buhay dito sa Camias, pero ito po ay ginawa ng maraming pag-aaral at research, isa pong paraan, ang pinaka-sure na paraan daw po kahit paano para tayo makalagpas sa kahirapan ay pag-aaral,” Fr. Bellen said.
Fr. Bellen who spearheaded the event also stressed to the students the importance of education and how it will help alleviate poverty.
“Ito po ay maraming beses na pong ginawa, malaki pong epekto kapag ang tao po ay nakapag-aral. Kaya po ano man ang aming maitutulong sa inyo para makapag-aral kayo, para makapagtapos po kayo gagawin po ninyo,” he said.
“And siyempre bukod sa inyong sipag, sa inyong pagsunod sa mga teachers ninyo, kailangan siyempre ng blessings ni God,” he added.
Radio Veritas, with Caritas Manila and other groups who supported the outreach program, was able to distribute 200 family food packs, emergency kits, and 195 arm chairs to the grades 9 and 10 students of Camias High School.
Ms. Febie Ramirez, a teacher at Camias High School who has been serving the school for seven years, told Radio Veritas that all of them are thankful for the donation they received for it will help their students to be comfortable while studying inside the classroom. The students used to attend classes while sitting on the floor.
Ms. Ramirez further added that they seldom receive immediate or frequent assistance because of the remoteness of their area. Students who study there walk miles away from their home to the school.
Radio Veritas, Catholic AM radio station of the Archdiocese of Manila keeps the public informed with the news and information on church events while Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the archdiocese continues to provide help and assistance to all victims of the calamities and to the less fortunate brothers and sisters. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Jeremy Abad/Radio Veritas)