Giving Life – Donating One Screen At a Time

With a motto of “Let’s Give It Life.”, a student organization from the University of the Philippines Diliman has started a donation drive that aims to help their fellow students.

In recent months, The Department of Education has been firm in its call to continue the academic year despite the crisis that our nation is struggling to solve. In fact, amidst the current pandemic, classes are still set to open on October 5.

Considering the staggering 7.3 million jobless Filipinos, and an economic setback that seems to linger in the Philippines, educational aid and cash assistance become more unusual as each day passes. With the cost of internet usage and gadgets, the scheme of online classes would prohibit some students from continuing their pursuit of learning.  

However, an organization inside UP Diliman is hoping to address this crisis by providing students with means to adapt with online classes one screen at a time. The UP Pre-Medical Society, a university-wide socio-academic organization, has initiated a project which aims to provide screen devices and stable internet to students without the means. According to a recent post published by the UP System, more than 5600 students in the UP Diliman campus alone fear of not being able to continue their studies brought by the new demand of attending classes. In order to reduce this number, SULONG: Donations for Education has been launched to serve as a platform to connect people who may want to donate, to students who are in dire need of financial assistance and aid. Having students of the UP community as the initiative’s main beneficiary, the organization is hoping to expand their reach if the supply of donations surpasses the demands within the university. As UP Pre-Medical Society expounds on their project, each chosen beneficiary will receive a laptop/tablet with wireless keyboard, and prepaid wifi. According to the organization, “small acts of kindness will definitely go a long way for the dreams of other people”. 

The UP Pre-Medical Society aims to raise an initial amount of Php 600,000 in order to provide as much help to UP Diliman students  and the children of street vendors in the UP community. The organization is accepting both cash and in-kind donations (tinyurl.com/sulongdonationform). Cash donations will be used to purchase SULONG packages for the beneficiaries. In-kind donations, such as new, spare, or even pre-loved devices and equipment, will be inspected by their partner organization, U.P. Circuit, to ensure their quality and usability before turning them over to the students in need. On top of their donation to help others, donors also get the chance to participate in a raffle for a mystery device. Every cash donation of Php 100 will merit one raffle (1) e-ticket, while each in-kind donation is worth at least 50 e-tickets.

No help is too small. Together, let us be one in giving back and giving life! For more details and updates, here is a quick guide to their important posts and forms.

Main Facebook Post:

tinyurl.com/SULONGDonationsforEducation

Cash Donations may be coursed through the following bank accounts:

BPI: 0989511165 (Jessica Asuncion)

BDO: 007830132515 (Trizsa Jasmin Ty)

Landbank: 3077126405 (Aleisha Perez)

GCash: 0915 705 0767 (Tiffany Danielle Lim)

PayMaya: 0925 759 0522 (Nicole Butaya)

PayPal: http://paypal.me/asuncionjessica (Jessica Asuncion)

Coins.ph: 0915 705 0767 (Tiffany Danielle Lim)

For donations, kindly fill out this form.

tinyurl.com/sulongdonationform 

SULONG is co-presented by UP Circuit; in cooperation with Insular Life, Smart Communications, and Tugon Sining; also brought to you by: Pahatid.ph, UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students (UP ALCHEMES), ARKAIRA, Butterfly Effect, UP Career Assistance Program, UP Circle of Industrial Engineering Majors (UP CIEM), UP Economics Society, Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP), UP Industrial Engineering Club (UP IE Club), UP Investment Club, UP Kabataang Pilosopo Tasyo, UP Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Society, The UP Pre-Medical Honor Society, UP PsychSoc, UP PUGAD Sayk, and UP Zoological Society; along with our media partners: WhenInManila.com and The LaSallian.

Sources:

[1] https://www.deped.gov.ph/2020/04/21/on-the-opening-of-classes-for-sy-2020-2021/

[2] https://rappler.com/business/unemployment-rate-philippines-april-2020






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