• By The Financial District


One “Bayanihan” effort of a group of batchmates in San Fabian, Pangasinan, who turned a usual reunion into a cooperative program to help a depressed upland community in their town, has now turned into a meaningful thrust to provide for the needs of the poor students, especially with the pandemic’s effects.

The San Fabian elementary school Batch 63 and San Fabian high school Batch 67 have now set their eyes on a new endeavor after successfully finishing a legacy project the batchmates conceived two Januarys ago, to provide for an artesian well to Gumot Elementary School, a depressed upland community in their town.

This new endeavor was conceptualized by retired US Navy Lt Reynaldo de Guzman, who saw the need for a core group composed of teachers in the town to identify the possible ways that the group could make a significant contribution to the students affected the most by COVID-19.

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Dubbed the "Friends of San Fabian Communities," the new core group has been able to donate about 10 printers, loads of slippers, and funding help for the school teachers in need of new paint and other materials for their respective schools.

So far, the batchmates have been able to solicit donations from their friends and associates, not just from those in San Fabian, especially from those who saw an eloquent manifestation of what their contributions signify in the life of the students as well as teachers.

Next week, the Friends of San Fabian Communities will deliver two HP Super Tank 500 printers, courtesy of Gerry Ardee Urbina, three Epson L 120 printers that were contributed by Luis Landingin of Vancouver, Canada, Yollie Gemzon, a retired police official-friend of Federico Punzalan, and Tito Angel’s niece, Mich.

The next funders include the recruits of Punzalan, Hermie Roca Aquino from Imus Cavite, retired police official Ramon David and Mary Ann Rodriguez Magpantay, wife of Caloocan barangay kagawad, Lito Magpantay, Quezon City kagawad Joe Reyes, Jr. Dr. Rustico Lomibao, and retired Major Jose Ballesteros.

The early help of the group came from donations from Elsie Encarnacion of California, Mike Nolan Olalia, Procy Galsim, Jocy Pallasigui of Ontario Canada, and Eliseo Santos, and Melchor Arnaldo, Ian Pallasigui, and Dzerizza Galsim who have chipped in for slippers and other needs of the teachers and students, Florencia Saludes of Alberta, Canada, while Alfredo Tutaan, aside from printers and slippers, also funded rain shoes for the teachers.


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