Lumads reaching for their dreams

Mar 01, 2018

SUPPORT FOR THE LUMAD SCHOLARS. Engr. Rodger S. Velasco of Davao Light hands over the check donation to Mindanawon Initiative for Cultural Dialogue's Lumad Scholarship Director, Perpevinia C. Tio. Together with them are two Lumad scholars from Manobo and Matigsalug Tribes.

AboitizPower subsidiary Davao Light and Aboitiz Group social development arm Aboitiz Foundation are extending financial assistance to Lumad students to support their college education.

Since 2002, the Indigenous People (Lumad) scholarship program – a project initiated by Ateneo de Davao University - Mindanawon Initiative for Cultural Dialogue in partnership with various organizations including the Aboitiz Group – have been sending Lumad youth to various colleges and universities in Davao City.

“This is a great opportunity for us to reach our dreams. I, together with all of the scholars, will forever be grateful for the help,” Nolimel Abregana, a graduating student and scholar from the Matigsalug tribe said.

The Group through the Aboitiz Foundation commits to support more scholars nationwide as it moves forward with its approach of implementing education projects that will empower lifelong learners in the country, thus contributing to the Aboitiz Group’s promise of advancing business and communities.

“In the Aboitiz Group, we do our best to co-create a world where every person is given an opportunity to reach one’s full potential; a world where communities are safer, more empowered, and sustainable. Moving forward, we will continue to find ways to maximize our resources and be able to witness how our support to local communities such as the Indigenous Peoples helps them grow, ” Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth Marasigan said.