EDSA 25: P-Noy graces re-launching of YesPinoy Foundation’s education program

February 28, 2011 12:07 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 28 – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III pushed the government’s education reform agenda as he graced the launching of ‘Para Paraalan’, a flagship program of the YesPinoy Foundation Sunday night at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

President Aquino thanked the people behind the YPF’s Para Paaralan, spearheaded by the foundation chairman actor Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzalez Dantes III (a.k.a. Dingdong Dantes) for coming out with the program which aims to empower the youth through education.

”I would like to thank my friend Dingdong Dantes as well as other youth who are behind this YesPinoy Foundation for their major role in promoting education,” the President said in his speech.

The YPF’s Para Paaralan is a roving bus caravan equipped with 28 units of networked computer tablets with wireless internet connection, DVD-CD writers, printers, multi-media equipment and sound system, and serves as a classroom where disadvantaged youths and young adults learn ICT-enhanced alternative learning curriculum.

”With the launching of your flagship program tonight, I firmly believe that your advocacy to bring education to the youth using alternative class program modules will come true,” Aquino said.

The President has also encouraged the youth to use their strength and talent in nation building.

”Fight a modern people power against poverty. The message EDSA People Power will be tested through our volunteerism to develop our country. Don’t forget that the democracy we earned involved responsibility. It’s our obligation to protect and enrich it to achieve a progressive society,” he said.

In return, Dantes thanked President Aquino for gracing the launching of the Para Paraalan which was the culminating event of the weeklong commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled a dictator regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

In its two-year existence, the YesPinoy Foundation has provided full scholarships to sons and daughters of fallen Philippine Marine soldiers; rebuilt public schools devastated by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng and carried out program for street children.

With the launching of their flagship program, Dantes is confident that more youth will be able to achieve their dreams of having a better life despite poverty and powerlessness.

”Through Para Paaralan, YPF goes the distance in providing better access to education to marginalized Edsa babies,” Dantes, himself an EDSA baby, said.

Dantes said the YPF flagship program has been conceptualized in response to a data that out of 100 kids of school age, 90 will enroll in Grade One, 40 will finish high school, 12 will graduate from college and only one will land a job after graduation.

”Para Paaralan is more than just a roving bus but YPF’s main vehicle in the journey towards youth empowerment. It goes beyond the traditional methods of instruction as it utilizes performing/visual arts and digital technologies to hasten students’ reception of the specially-designed alternative education modules,” Dantes said.

Dantes said the target beneficiaries are the marginalized youths and those belonging to the poorest of the poor families who have displayed great interest in learning new knowledge and skills.

”Personally, it’s my way of paying back what I have achieved because I was also a product of scholarship programs by various individuals,” the popular actor said.

The re-launching of the YPF was attended by more than 500 supporters and sponsors mostly coming from business sector, including GMA Network Inc. chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, Secretary Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista.

Also in attendance was another EDSA baby Raissa Laurel whom President Aquino called one of his idols. Laurel lost both of her legs from a bomb blast near De La Salle University during Bar examinations on September 26 last year but vowed to pursue her studies “to become a great lawyer.” (PNA)



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