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            Three scholars of the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. through its Scholarship Through Sponsorship Program will graduate this coming March from different schools with different college degrees.  They are Cesar L. Gacosta, Lea Balderama, and Salvacion Gardon.

            Cesar will graduate in Computer Science from the AMA Computer College in Legaspi City.  A son of Celso and Elisa Gacosta of Barangay Sapngan, his scholarship is sponsored by Mr. Reynaldo Labrador of Manila.

            Lea took up Architectural Drafting at the Sorsogon State College.  She is the third scholar of the late Mayor Bernardo R. Sayarot of Mabitac, Laguna who was killed in an ambush in Teresa, Rizal together with the late Gabriel “Amby” Fuentes on October 29, 2001 when Lea was on the third year of her course. However, her scholarship was pushed through by Mr. Joel G. Fulleros, a former DBI scholar and formerly an employee of the late Mayor Sayarot.

            Lea’s parents are Fernando and Paz Balderama of Barangay San Bernardo.  She is now on an “On-The-Job Training” as draftsman at the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bulusan.  DBI expects she would get the item the moment she passes the Civil Service examination.

            Salvacion will be graduating with an Elementary Education degree from the Bicol University in Daraga, Albay.  Sponsored by a Buluseño based abroad who chose to remain incognito, Salvacion is from Barangay Poctol.

            With the graduation of these three scholars, the DBI scholarship program would have a total of twenty-four college graduates who all came from poor families but bright  and talented.

            Next year, three more scholars are expected to graduate.


Vol. XV No. 6 (January-February 2003)

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