Businessman-philanthropist turns over scholarship funds to schools

October 29, 2012 at 7:26 am Leave a comment


By Virgil Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- Parents of school pupils of Tombod Integrated School, Bacag West Elementary School and Lapaz Elementary School here need not worry of school contributions for school year 2012-2013 because these were already shouldered by businessman-philanthropist Rosendo O. So, chairman of Abono Party-list group.
The scholarship funds for the said schools were turned over by So last October 19 together with Pangasinan II Schools Division Superintendent Viraluz S. Raguindin and Education Program Supervisor Arabella May Z. Soniega, the officer in charge of Villasis District II.
In his message during the turn over ceremonies in the said schools, So said the scholarship funds did not come from the congressional funds of (Abono Partylist) but from his “personal funds.”
“ Noong nasa kolehiyo pa ako, karamihan sa aking mga classmates ay anak ng mga magsasaka. Mahihirap sila. Kung minsan naisasanla pa nila ang titulo ng kanilang lupa para lang makapagtanim ng palay at mais at maipagtustos ng kanilang mga anak sa kolehiyo. Dahil dito gusto kong tumulong sa kanila. (When I was still in college, most of my classmates were children of farmers. They were poor. Sometimes they loaned out their land titles for their children’s needs. Because of this, I want to help),” said So.
He also said that the Abono Party-list has launched the corn and palay production program to help the farmers increase their incomes and also they could send their children to college for professional degrees.
“Ang problema kasi, karamihan ng naggragraduate gustong mag-abroad. Kailangan dito sila magtrabaho at magnegosyo para ang economy umiikot lang sa ating bansa. (The problem is most of our graduates want to go abroad. They have to work or do business here in order that our economy will circulate within our country),” he told the parents and pupils.
Raguindin exhorted the parents to nurture the “gifts” of Engr. So and have to supervise the studies of their children.
“You are very lucky to have Engr. So who have been shouldering the schools’ contributions for many years. You have to repay that by studying harder so that we will have zero dropout rate in the division,” Raguindin said.
Soniega lauded So for his philanthropic work. In Tombod, she referred So as Sta. Claus for all seasons, in Bacag West- a philanthropist and in Lapaz- “Ninong” or godfather who is always willing to help.
“We have to pray that God will give him (So) longer life and good health including his family so that they could help more needy people in our communities,” Soniega said.
So turned over P132,902 scholarship fund for the 357 pupils/students of Tombod Integrated School , which was received by village head Mamerto Bulatao Jr., school head Analiza Mones PTA President Adonis Bascos and school teachers.
In Bacag West Elementary School, an amount of P90,520 for 256 pupils was turned over to school head Nenita Cenizan, PTA President Ben Olivar and school treasurer Loida Caberto.
The scholarship funds in Lapaz Elementary School amounted to P62,040 benefiting 104 pupils (P46,840 for pupils and P15,000 for day care toddlers) and were turned over to Jenelyn G. Flores, president of Supreme Pupil Government Organization assisted by village head Daniel Ogana and school head Pedro M. Macaban Jr. Engr. So also promised to donate computer units to the school.
Raguindin and Soniega were accompanied by Joan Corpuz, Division School Based-Management coordinator, Marivic Laoagan, OIC Archive Section and Caramutan Elementary School head Angelina A. Ubaldo.
Engr. So was accompanied by Villasis Councilor Centenielo Ramon R. Costales Jr. who is seeking election as full-fledged councilor in 2013 elections, and Jimboy O. Chan who is also eyeing a councilor seat in 2013 elections.

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