The Armed Forces of the Philippines recently recognized all partner institutions and benefactors of its scholarship program for soldier's dependents and chose the President of AFPMBAI Maria Carmela G Cabading, FASP, FLMI, to speak on behalf of the said stakeholders.
In the recognition ceremony dubbed as "Bayanihan for Education 2014" held at AFPCOC in Camp Aguinaldo last May 13, President Cabading said that the partners and donors in the AFP scholarship program share in the vision of the Armed Forces to provide the dependents of military personnel access to quality education as a way to improve the quality of life of their families.
"I am deeply honoured to be able to speak in behalf of all partners and donors of the AFP Educational Benefit System who have made a commitment to invest in the future of the children of the men and women of the AFP through the AFPEBSO," she said.
Other supporters of the AFP scholarship program include Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, HERO Foundation and Don Emilio Yap of Manila Bulletin.
Outstanding scholars and their parents were also honored in the ceremony.
Of the 2,083 total number of scholars under the AFP KIA scholarship program at present, 263 or 13% are being supported in terms of stipend by the Association. Likewise, since its establishment in 2008, the AFPMBAI-AFPEBSO scholarship program has already produced a total of 157 graduates and two are now employed in the Association.
Even before the creation of AFPMBAI-AFPEBSO partnership in 2008, the Association has been extending financial assistance for the education of dependents of deceased soldiers by granting the Special Group Term Insurance (SGTI) experience refund.
President Cabading encouraged the grantees to receive the blessings being given to them, pay the goodness forward and continue the spirit of "damayan" and heroism of soldiers which inspired the creation of AFPMBAI.
"Extend the same opportunity given to you to those who also need it the most so that for each generation, we pass on the legacy of "damayan" and heroism, of integrity and compassion," she said.