Monday, November 8, 2010

Project Pagsubay

(I'm posting the letter found below as manifestation of my support for this project. Please read on.)


We are writing on behalf of the Elementary and High School Batches 1979 and 1983 of the Holy Spirit School and Holy Name University of Tagbilaran City, Bohol , Philippines . On December 17, 2010, our project 'Pagsubay' will be launched via a Medical and Dental Mission at the Cabawan Elementary School of Maribojoc, Bohol , Philippines .

'Pagsubay', meaning 'to retrace', is a word that punctuates a search for some forgotten footpaths from childhood . It also pertains to the search and retrieval of lost sheep.

‘Pagsubay’ is an outreach project which aims to help elementary schoolchildren in an underprivileged barangay school in Bohol , Philippines . This non-sectoral, non-political and non-profit engagement aims to provide sustained medical missions and educational assistance initiatives.

Our project recipients are 175 schoolchildren of the Cabawan Elementary School of Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines who are in dire need of assistance in terms of health and education. The school is situated in a community where the most basic problems like poverty, malnutrition, and diseases bring day to day impact on the children's lives.

Our group is composed of committed and willing volunteers who are ready to face the challenge of elevating the standard of these schoolchildren’s lives. We are proud to say that we stand firm on these positions:

 That every child has the right to good education
 That good health and nutrition are major factors that affect and determine every child’s learning process
 That every child has the right to an adequately provisioned, well facilitated, and well maintained learning environment

The Medical and Dental Mission on December 17, 2010 will include obtaining a health profile and medical history for each child (measuring growth parameters like height and weight), and performing a complete physical examination to identify acute or chronic health problems; instituting immediate therapeutic interventions in the presence of acute illness by prescribing appropriate medications; educating caregivers on the preventive aspects of child health; and, identifying dental health problems and providing immediate and long term solutions. This one-day Medical and Dental Mission shall culminate in a children’s party and the distribution of Christmas give-aways.

We kindly seek your financial assistance in providing this opportunity to the schoolchildren of Cabawan Elementary School , and in making this project a success.

If you would like more information about Project ‘Pagsubay”, please feel free to contact us through these details:
• Website: (coming November 2010)
• Facebook:

Donations can be mailed to the following Pagsubay coordinators. (Please make checks payable to the name of the Pagsubay coordinator.) We assure you of a proper accounting of all donations received.
• U.S.A.
o Gina Torralba Calipes
611 S. Bronwyn Drive, Anaheim , CA 92804
o Ricky Inting
18 Oceanside Drive, Daly City , CA 94015
• Middle East
o Cora Merilos Ropeta
P.O. Box 115427, Dubai, U.A.E.

Deposits can also be made directly to the Pagsubay bank account in the Philippines :
Account Name: Jonas Gilberto S. Inting
Rosario O. Chatto
Aimee T. Dela Peña
Account Number: 123-51550-8
Bank Name: Metrobank
Routing Number: 026002846 (within USA )

The children of Cabawan have inspired us into the creation of this project, and we can only hope that their lives will touch yours as they have touched ours. So please consider this request and invite your family, neighbors, friends and your community to join in and know of your willingness to help.

Team Pagsubay:
Jose Nazareno
Ma. Neva Luna Batayola, M.D.
Mary Ann Alagon Ruiz, M.D.
Noel Lungay
Ricky Inting
Gina Torralba Calipes

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