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PIA Press Release
2005/08/22

Orphans of soldiers find hope thru HERO Foundation

Tacloban City (22 August) -- The Help Educate and Rear Orphans (HERO) Foundation, Inc. lead by its president, Don Jaime Zobel Ayala, brings hope to orphans of soldiers in action by giving them the opportunity to pursue their education.

The Foundation, through its operations manager, Ret. Brig. Gen. Roberto Manlongat and Ret. Major Gen. Renato Garcia, former VISCOP Commander, will have a dialogue today, with the beneficiaries and parents of the beneficiaries from all over Region VIII. The dialogue will be held at the Leyte Colleges ROTC Office in Tacloban City.

It is the desire of the Foundation that this project be known by orphans of soldiers so that they too would be able to avail of the benefits. This was learned by PIA 8 when it was requested to cover the said dialogue and to help in the information dissemination regarding the HERO project.

At present, there are about 1,700 beneficiaries all over the country, some of whom are from Samar, Leyte and other provinces of Region VIII. In, the region, the scholars are enrolled at the Leyte Colleges. The scholars maybe in elementary, high school or tertiary level of education.

The scholars who are in the elementary grades are given an annual stipend of P3,000.00 while those in the high school level receive P5,000.00 per year. The beneficiaries in the college level are allowed to enroll in a 5-year course at the most. They are given an annual stipend of P14,000.00. Only one beneficiary is taken in from every orphan family.

The HERO Foundation was created in answer to the request of Sec. Renato de Villa who was then the Secretary of DILG, for the business sector to help the orphans of soldiers who die in the call of duty. Since 1987, the Foundation have been instrumental in sending orphans to school. The Foundation have many graduates already, success stories which have been its inspiration to continue with what it has started. (PIA-8) [top]

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