SM Foundation helps new batch of 50 Dualtech scholars
After witnessing the graduation of its second batch of scholars, SM Foundation has given scholarship to another set of 50 scholars from Aurora, Cebu, Bohol, Bukidnon, and Davao del Norte.
During the get-together with the 3rd batch of scholars and some graduates, Ms. Carmel Linda Atayde, Executive Director of SM Foundation listened to the stories of scholars from many provinces who are mostly from Mindanao. These youth who have nearly forgotten to dream but upon learning the opportunities at Dualtech Center and the assistance given by SM Foundation were inspired to hold on to their aspirations and strive to be better individuals for their families in the provinces.
Geraldino Eyas, who just received his diploma, shared that everything started with a dream. He said to the new SM scholars, “Pinakamalaking biyaya ang Dualtech at SM Foundation sa akin. Ginawa ko lahat dahil may pangarap ako. Walang mahirap na bagay basta may pangarap. Kailangan magsumikap. Kailangan tumulong din sa iba.” Hurled with discouragement at the start of his training, Geraldino proudly presented his diploma to SM Foundation and announced that he was immediately employed by his sponsoring company, Epson Precision in Batangas.
Ms. Atayde told the scholars. “Habang nagpapasalamat kayo sa amin, nagpapasalamat din kami sa inyo kasi you are doing exactly what we have planned for you to achieve. Do it step by step at matutupad ang pangarap nyo.” Helping the youth through education is one of the main programs of the foundation. These young scholars are perceived to be the next leaders and role models of the next generation and SM Foundation wishes that through these scholars, they could inspire other youth to achieve academic as well as life-long positive change.
DepEd Lapu Lapu Cebu division teachers were moved by the stories of their scholars who just graduated and those who just started the training. Ms. Juliet Cabanog, ALS teacher, said, “Nagpapasalamat kami sa Dualtech dahil nagpunta sila sa namin para mag-invite ng mga kabataan. Malaking tulong dahil kadalasan sa mga kabataan sa amin na hindi nakakatapos ay dahil sa kahirapan at iba sa katigasan ng ulo.. Makakapagtrabaho sila kung may ganitong training na makukuha sa Dualtech. Hindi lang kami ang nagpapasalamat pati mga magulang nila na nagsasabing aside sa kumita na sila ng pera, naiba ang ugali nila kasi sa Dualtech hindi lang trabaho, pati values kasama.”
SM Foundation has started helping some Dualtech scholars after the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. A total of 120 scholars benefited from the program. From these success stories, another batch will take the journey of actual and intensive training at the training center and industry partners which will prepare them for gainful jobs.