IP graduates thank NGCP’s ‘Bulig ki Agulanga’ program

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


FOR Listher R. Palacio and Ann Jeville E. Roxas of Pualas, Baungon, Bukidnon, graduating from college was a lofty dream that seemed impossible for students like them with very limited resources and opportunities.

Transmission service provider and system operator NGCP gave them that golden opportunity to achieve their dreams and this year, they both graduated with an AB Social Science degree from the Bukidnon State University (BSU) – MOGCHS Extension Class in Cagayan de Oro City.

Giving the graduation speech as president of the Supreme Student Council, Listher noted that, aside from hard work and perseverance, the one important factor that was crucial in his journey toward getting a college diploma was NGCP’s “Bulig ki Agulanga Scholarship” Program.

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Both Listher and Ann are recipients of the scholarship grant given by NGCP, which provides select Lumads of Bukidnon educational assistance – covering tuition fees, clothing/book allowance, and monthly stipend.

In his speech, Listher expressed gratitude toward NGCP for helping him fulfill his dream and presenting him with various opportunities for personal advancement. “By going to school, I was able to accomplish a lot. I joined hosting workshops with TV networks, became a leader of student organizations, and president of the Supreme Student Council of BSU-MOGCHS.”

Nelson F. Cabangon, NGCP’s Head of Corporate Affairs, reiterated the program’s objective.

“The Bulig ki Agulanga (Tulong Para Kay Ate/Kuya) program was launched to support indigenous people living in communities that host NGCP’s transmission facilities. The grant is part of our commitment to promote and preserve their culture, as well as to give deserving but financially incapable students a chance to complete their education.”

Launched in 2010, scholarship grants were given to students from the Mt. Palopao Upper Mangima Tribal Communities, Inc. (MPUMATRIC, Inc.), a community led by Chieftain Datu Amay Elfranco Linsahay whose ancestral domain will be traversed by the Mindanao Backbone Transmission project (Abaga – Kirahon – Maramag – Bunawan project). Under the program, the scholars must maintain a passing grade in all subjects.

“NGCP is proud given the satisfactory marks of our scholars, we are more than happy to continue providing grants to deserving students,” stated Cabangon.

NGCP is a privately-owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. As a corporation with a public service orientation, NGCP partners with relevant institutions to support the communities hosting its transmission facilities, which it considers as true partners in nation-building. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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