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6/8/2010 12:00:00 AM
IT is payback time for a group of UAE-based Filipino university scholars. Through an ongoing school needs project, 400 pupils and students from two remote and highland schools in Northern Luzon are set to receive textbooks, among others, within the next several weeks. The former university scholars are from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association-UAE (UPAA-UAE), who acquired their education through national government subsidy. The scholars had studied at the premier state-owned institution for their higher education, and some had even pursued their primary education at the University of the Philippines Integrated School. "We are giving our beneficiaries a better chance in life," UPAA-UAE board of director and special projects committee chairman Galo Calizo, said. Saying that he could very well relate to the situation of their beneficiaries since he originates from Isabela, another Northern Luzon province, Calizo noted that four jumbo boxes had been shipped to the Philippines a few days back. The boxes contained 300 textbooks including a number of Dr Zeus’ books, 200 notebooks, 500 pencils, volumes of art supplies as well as 400 pairs of rubber slippers, added Calizo, who works as senior travel coordinator at Lamprell Energy in Sharjah. Recipients are the 250 pupils of the Mataguisi Elementary School and 150 students of the Mataguisi Comprehensive National High School in Pudtol town, Kalinga-Apayao, Mountain Province. They were chosen by UPAA-UAE Metro Manila partner ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya (Family Assistance) of the tri-media ABS-CBN Group. Being a fourth class municipality or town, Pudtol, located high up in the rugged terrain of the Cordillera Mountain Range, is one of the poorest in the Philippines. Its people belong to the ethnic tribes of Kalingas, Apayaos and Isnegs, whose ancestry could be traced back to the Indonesians who sailed up north to the Philippines, before Spain discovered the archipelago. Interested donors may contact and +971508419880.