Tulong Eskwela for Pepeng Survivors in the Cordilleras

What can Php3,850.00 buy you?

A nice branded bag? A good pair of shoes, perhaps? I know –  a great pair of jeans! How about a fancy dinner date with your loved one? I, of course, can blow that amount (and more) in one grocery trip.

For some of us, splurging three thousand pesos would be too easy.

But do you realize that, for a student in a small college in La Trinidad, Benguet, Php3,850 can help in the continuation his/her studies? This small amount can probably spell the future for a student and his/her family.

Read on and find out how your three thousand-plus pesos can make a difference.


We all know how much devastation Typhoon Pepeng brought to our country, especially in Northern Luzon. The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) took a bad beating though.

Here are the latest stats on the effects of Pepeng as of October 14, 2009, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC):

287 out of 375 deaths are from CAR (mostly due to landslides);

37 out of 48 who are still missing are from Benguet;

Estimated cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture amounted to Php 8.142 Billion (Php 1.607 B – Infrastructure; Php 6.532 B – Agriculture; and Php 0.003 B – private property);

Out of the Php 5.6 Billion total estimate of damage to agricultural crops, Php 1 Billion is from CAR.

I am not diminishing the loss of the other regions, especially seeing that Region 1 also lost over Php 1 Billion and Region 2 Php2.2 Billion in agricultural crops. Besides, a large percentage of college students in these two regions are enrolled in Baguio/Benguet schools.

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I am quoting these facts because I received an email from a dear friend, Atty. Shirley Malaya, appealing for help for students in the Cordillera Region who need assistance.

Shirley’s father is Mr. James Malaya, a known educator in CAR, and the current President/Chairman of the Board of Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC).

Most students in CAR are being sent to school because of agricultural income. But now that many farms have been destroyed, CCDC expects a sharp drop in enrollees. Part of Shirley’s email:

Most students from these parts have parents who are farmers… and due to the destruction of their crops, there would be no budget left for the school needs of the kids.  The Cordillera College, which is a small school in La Trinidad, caters to mostly children of farmers.  The problem faced now  is that the students may not be able to enrol this semester.  Considering the observation that once a student drops out of school, the tendency is he would not be able to go back.

Thus, CCDC initiated a program called Tulong Eskwela, which aims to “lend a hand to students whose families had been adversely affected by the typhoon.” It will assist students to find donors to help augment their schooling next semester (November 2009 – March 2010) as an effective way of helping families recover from the havoc wreaked by the typhoon.

Here’s the rest of the program guidelines from Mr. James Malaya:

This program targets to appeal to all willing and kindhearted individuals and corporations to serve as donors for selected deserving students. It will operate under the principle of cost-sharing and certainly not on dole-outs.

At the program’s initial phase, it targets to cater to 400 students.

For the entire second semester, CCDC will shoulder 11 units (PhP3,850/student); while the student-scholars will shoulder their miscellaneous fees (P2,365), while working to assigned tasks as office assistants, marshals and research assistants. Donors, on the other hand, will shoulder another 11 units (PhP3,850), to complete the student’s school fees for 22 units in one semester.

Hence, given the P350 per academic unit cost, CCDC will shoulder a total of P1,540,000 of school fees for 400 students. And we are looking for donors to share any amount to raise another P1,540,000 to augment the remaining tuition fees for 400 qualified students.

Queries, verification and comments may be forwarded to ccdc@ccdc.org.ph or call James M Malaya at +63918-962-9600 or Junette Tagle at (074) 422-2221 during office hours.

Interested sponsors can send their donations through the following bank accounts:


Cordillera Career Development College Inc.

Land Bank of the Philippines – La Trinidad Branch

Account no: 1371-1320-46


Sofia F. Malaya

Philippine National Bank – La Trinidad Branch

Account no. 613-7021364

Or walk in cash donations are accepted at the CCDC Cashier’s Office.

Tulong Eskwela will follow financial guidelines of CCDC. Walk-in donors and non-anonymous donors will receive certifications of donations from the CCDC and updates on proceeds of all cash donations. CCDC is a non-stock, non-profit, non-sectarian education institution duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since April 1993.

Screening Requirements for Student Scholars, through the Office of the Student Services and Development:

  1. Priority will be given to graduating students and current student assistants.
  2. Students should not have incurred any failing/dropped grades during the last semester attended.
  3. Certification from their Barangay Captain indicating that they are permanent residents of their barangay, who have been affected by Typhoon Pepeng and that the parents are financially not capable of sending their child to school.

Your help will go a long way, especially for these students whose futures may be at stake. Your Php 3,850.00 will certainly go a long, long way.

If you can find it in your hearts, please set aside this small amount. Pledges will be accepted until November 9th. While you have until the end of the year to send the cash to them.

In behalf of the Cordillerans, I would like to thank your generous hearts. Please feel free to spread the word as well.

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