By Adrian M. Reodique
Oct. 11, 2016
Photo by Philippine International Aid.
Philippine cloud and data centre services company, IP Converge Data Services (IPC), has teamed up with Philippine International Aid (PIA) to help fund the education of out-of-school Filipino youths.
PIA is a US-based charity that provides health and educational assistance to underprivileged youth. One of its initiatives, called the "Off the Streets-Off to School", provides scholarships annually to more than 1,000 children in Metro Manila to help them finish college. The programme is in collaboration with the Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation.
According to Mona Lisa Yuchengco who works in the charity: "PIA started out as a scholarship fund to send street children to school, to take them away from the streets where they were being recruited by pimps, and to place them in schools where they belong. Since then, thousands of children have gone through the programme. Many of them have graduated college and gotten jobs, and are now able to help support their families."
In 2013, more than 2,000 Filipino students received education aid from PIA.
With the new partnership, IPC will fund the schools expenses of five students from the Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City. IPC will provide its beneficiaries with tuition fees, allowances, as well as school supplies and uniforms.
"Everyone of us is very excited to be part of this amazing project. We know that a lot of students are forced to drop out of school because of money and hopefully with our partnership with PIA, we can help those students stay and learn so that they can have a better future," said Reynaldo Huergas, President of IPC, in a press release.