A Project Bayanihan, organized by a five-member Project Team composed of PVAO Educational Benefit Scholars, was held in San Carlos City, Pangasinan on 29 May 2021. Recipients of this project were veterans, surviving spouses, and parents of killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers with ages 94 years old and above.
Led by Wilma Alejo from Asia Career College Foundation, Carl Vincent Beltran from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, Yummy Francisco and Justine Mendoza from the PHINMA University of Pangasinan, and Angella Kyla Cristobal from Colegio De Dagupan, the Project Bayanihan is the scholars’ version of the “Community Pantry,” an initiative that allows people to give and share according to their capabilities, and to take according to their needs. The said efforts of the PVAO EB scholars of Pangasinan is their way of showing gratitude to our living heroes, their “laki” and “bae” (lolo and lola), for the sacrifices they gave during their younger years for the future generation to enjoy their freedom.
Twenty-six (26) food packs were brought to the recipients’ respective residences through the help of the motorcycle riders’ club named Riders of Eugenio. Among the oldest recipients were 103-year-old WWII Veteran Gregorio Martinez of Brgy. Coliling, 101-year-old surviving spouse of WWII Veteran Domingo R. Magalong-Melenciana C. Magalong of Brgy. Paitan-Panoypoy, and 100-year-old WWII Veteran Jose V. Austria of Quezon Blvd.
The PVAO Educational Benefit is one of the benefits provided by the Philippine Veteran Affairs Office that grants scholarship to one descendant of WWII, PEFTOK, and PhilCag veteran. As of May 2021, PVAO FSEO Pangasinan is monitoring the grant of scholarship to 17 descendants of WWII, PEFTOK, and PhilCag veterans who are residents of Pangasinan and are studying in schools/universities in the province.