Twenty-three scholars of the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) recently graduated from the Palawan State University-Bataraza (PSU-Bataraza) and earned college degrees.
The scholars were assisted through the company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
CBNC scholar Jhena Angel Apiaza of Barangay Tarusan, who earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BEEd), said the education program was a big help to her and her family.
The CBNC’s support also made her gain self-esteem and inspired her to do her best.
“Simula noong naging scholar ako nag-boost ang self-esteem ko at na-motivate pa lalo kasi po meron kaming grade na mini-maintain at ‘yong parents ko di na na-mo-moroblema ng panggastos sa school at ‘yong binibigay nila sobra pa po, ” she said.
Another scholar, Faija Musa also a BEEd graduate, expressed her gratitude to the company for involving her in several community services which she considered as her accomplishments.
“Hindi lang po financial sila nakaka-help sa amin kasi po marami silang activities na ini-involve nila kami, like mag serve sa community na isang accomplishment para sa amin”, Musa said.
Ernesto Llacuna, CBNC community relations manager, said scholars are chosen based on their family’s financial capability.
“May mga requirements at qualifications needed para ma- approve sila sa scholarship siyempre tinitingnan natin ‘yong kakayanan ng kanilang pamilya”, he said.
There is also a grade that scholars need to maintain to motivate them to do their best in school.
He said general weighted average is not difficult to achieve if the scholars will put their education to heart.
“Aside dito ay may maintaining grade rin to motivate them and see how much they are dedicated to complete their bachelors degree. Priority natin ang mga scholars natin kasi sila ang nakikita nating pag-asa ng ating bayan at through their experience as scholars maybe someday they will also find a way to share their knowledge to others”, Llacuna said.
CBNC will again be accepting SDMP scholars for the next school year.