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Joseph P. Lingao

Magna Cum Laude,

BS in Health Sciences,

Ateneo de Manila University

Southville High School Class 2007

"A drive for excellence is something that can be honed and developed, and it is precisely that which has brought me to where I am today. Southville sparked in me that burning desire to achieve something greater. Fortunately... "read more>>

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Better in Class, Better for the Po.U.Ch

         Developing academically competent children with a heart may sound challenging to some but not to Mr. and Mrs. Arcos, parents of Rianna Janine and Enrico Jose, grade six and grade three students, respectively, of Southville International School and Colleges (SISC), who both devised their own way of raising funds to donate to the Poor Urban Child (Po.U.Ch.) program of the school.
         For every high score that they get in class, Rianna and Enrico are rewarded a certain amount of money by their parents which they save until they have enough to adopt a Po.u.Ch. According to Program Director Ms. Floribel Ferrer, Php 1, 500. 00 is enough to sponsor one child for a whole year.
        The practice, which the children started two weeks ago, has encouraged both of them to excel more in their academics because it means being able to help more kids.

        “I felt that they ( are not as lucky as I am and my other classmates. It’s not that fair because we have more than them and I know, we should help them in a way,” Rihanna said.She added, “We should all help the Po.U.Ch by at least donating our old stuff or saving money to sponsor even one child.” She also appealed to the parents of her classmates and schoolmates, “I hope that parents encourage their children to learn how to save money, not just to buy the things that they want, but also to help other people.”

         SISC’s outreach program was recognized by the Department of Education (Dep-Ed) last November, 2007. Now on its 17th year, the Save a P.O.U.C.H. of SISC has helped about 300 students every year totaling to around 5,000 children. The program provides beneficiaries with tuition subsidy, medical and dental assistance, school supplies and feeding program. The kids are treated to gift giving during Christmas. Each level from grade 3 to grade 11 SISC holds a special P.O.U.C.H. day where each student adopts a P.O.U.C.H. for a day and interacts with a beneficiary.

          You too can save a P.O.U.C.H.! Adopt a P.O.U.C.H now. Contact Ms. Floribel Ferrer at 825-6374 loc 105.