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PIA Press Release
2007/06/14

DAR's Macapagal scholar to join CARP's solidarity night affair

By Ninfa B. Quirante

CATBALOGAN, Samar (June 4) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) - President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program (DAR-PDMASP) scholar Ruchie Calutan will be flying to Manila on invitation of PDMASP's Project Director, Teresita Panlilio to join the comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Solidarity Night on June 21, 2007.

In a press release filed by Tess Tijol, information officer of DAR-Samar, she said that Calutan graduated Cum Laude from a degree of Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition at the Samar State College of Agriculture and Forestry in San Jorge, Samar.

Calutan is a granddaughter of an Agrarian Reform Beneficary from the Samar Settlement Area in Barangay Maligaya, Stat. Rita, Samar. It was for her grandmother who raised and took good care of her.

Out of the 37 PDMASP scholar-graduates in Region 8 last march, it was only Calutan who got honors for her perseverance.

Calutan will be joining some other PDMASP scholars from all over the country who like her obtained the highest honors.

This young woman of 22 really braved it all to graduate, with a distance of some 100 kilometers from her residence to the agricultural school in San Jorge, she rented a boarding house near her school and stayed on during weekdays. She would then commute weekly to help her grandmother attend to the vegetable plants grown to support her other school expenses.

Although in the process of job hunting after her graduation, Calutan is confident that she would land a job very soon. She was also awarded a Certificate of Eligibility per Presidential Decree 907 which would give him qualification to enter the government service.

The girl is taking things in stride after a hectic and rigorous work then as a struggling student, she hinted that she needed to relax for a while at least.

Presently, with the June 21 invitation, Ruchie looks forward to an exciting and rewarding experience and even hinted that she might meet there PGMA whose father Diosdado bears the name of the scholarship who made it all possible for a rural maiden like Ruchie. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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