Prestone Philippines provided laptops to the nine recipients of the Anak Ng Mekaniko Scholarship Program.
The distribution of the laptops is in response to the way education will be conducted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Education officials have announced the implementation of a distance learning approach as the new normal. Regular face-to-face classes are suspended indefinitely for this school year to ensure the safety of the students as the country struggles with the health crisis.
“Three years ago, we made a promise to these nine scholars that Prestone will always be here to help them reach their dreams through education. And in these uncertain times, we understand that safety must come above all else. As they start their academic year through distance learning, we hope that these laptops will be an instrument that can help them in their studies,” said Monique Gonzales, Brand Manager of Prestone Philippines.
The laptops come as additional benefits of the program together with tuition for the four-year course and a monthly allowance. In partnership with J&T Express, a leading e-commerce delivery service provider in Southeast Asia, the laptops were recently delivered to the nine scholars, who are now on their third-year students at the STI Colleges in their respective towns and provinces.
“As a delivery service provider, J&T Express believes in the power of “Bayanihan.” May this simple act of helping Prestone deliver these important learning tools inspire the nine Anak ng Mekaniko scholars as they journey towards their academic success despite the current challenges posed by the pandemic,” Zoe Chi, Vice President of J&T Express Philippines, said.
The nine Anak ng Mekaniko scholars are Edmajea Aguinaldo from Makati City, Anna Dela Cruz and Harvey Plazo from Camarines Sur, Christian Diamante from Misamis Oriental, Aulinda Buban and Keith Perez from Antipolo City, Joselito Peñada from Leyte, Melver Masangkay from Batangas, and Jaime Abesamis from Davao City.
Prestone initiated the search for Anak ng Mekaniko Scholarship Program in 2017, as a way of giving back to the unsung heroes, the local auto mechanics, nationwide. Nine scholars, with inspiring stories, were chosen from among hundreds of applicants.