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Alay Lakad drums up public support for disadvantaged youths

By Rebecca Cadavos

Maasin City (28 September) -- The annual Alay Lakad Foundation that assisted the disadvantaged youths gathered city, provincial national officials and employees, as well as the concerned public to express their support, during the Alay Lakad walk around the city proper, Wednesday September 26.

The foundation chaired by Romulo Estillore, retired Head of the Bureau of Treasury during the short program at the Maasin City gym encouraged the public to extend their support to the disadvantaged youths particularly those out-of-school.

As of this writing, Alay Lakad Foundation in Maasin City had already assisted (10) youths who finished a short term course on Information and Communication Technology at the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here. Another (10) for the second batch are set to graduate this March 2007 at the College of Maasin. They are allocated P7,000 each for their school fees and allowances throughout their study, Estillore said.

On the other hand, Nacional V. Mercado, a young businessman who graduated Hotel and Restaurant Management at De La Salle University was the guest speaker during the activity challenged the youths, "to make yourselves worthy and help yourselves in order to attain your goals in life." He also asked the private citizens and government workers to assist the program to be able to achieve the social well being of the OSYs.

"You and I has an important role to play in the lives of these disadvantaged one," Mercado, who is the son of Congressman Roger Mercado said in his inspirational message. "This is not only an ordinary walk but with a cause. The action shows to widen the future of the out-of-school youths," he added.

A raffle worth of P1 per ticket followed the short program. The City Social Welfare Office who led the activity prepared different sponsored prices for the winners. The program was also attended by City Mayor Maloney Samaco, Alay Lakad officials, City Division Asst. Superintendent and some teachers, the uniformed men, among others. (PIA-Maasin) [top]

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