COLLABORATION between the public and private sectors is exactly what we need in this New Normal. And this is exactly what we’re getting with this Pasay City and SM scholarship program.
With children not looking like they’re going back to face-to-face classes anytime soon, online schooling is the only way to do it. Enter the City Government of Pasay and SM Foundation. The two have joined forces to create a technical-vocational scholarship program with Don Bosco One TVET Phils. Inc, which will be conducted through online classes.
After rigorous screening, twenty (20) bright students from the City of Pasay were selected from low-income families. These chosen few have been awarded with a full ride SM scholarship in tech-voc which includes tuition fees, other activity costs, and even a monthly allowance.
The students will be availing of a 15-month course, with 10 months comprising of academic learning, and 5 months of On-the-Job Training (OJT). The specific courses they can choose from are:
- Automotive Servicing NC I;
- Electrical Installation & Maintenance NC II;
- Machining NC II;
- Mechatronics Servicing NC II;
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II; and
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning NC II.
Saving lives, building communities
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano sent a heartfelt message to the scholars, emphasizing the timeliness and practicality of this opportunity:
“Itong programang ito ay napakahalagang hakbang sa pag angat ng antas ng kabuhayan ng ating mga scholar, lalo na ngayon sa panahon ng pandemya. Dahil lumalaki ang demand sa technical-vocational skills at dumarami ang naghahanap ng mga praktikal na kakayanan.”
SM Prime AVP for Public Relations Rida Reyes added that this SM scholarship program is part of a social development plan between the Pasay LGU and SM, wherein the two work hand-in-hand to create programs that benefit both the individual residents and host community.
The SM Foundation’s scholarship program began in 1993, and has since provided scholarships for over 7,600 college and technical-vocational graduates throughout the Philippines.