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Pro Drop-Out Reduction Program (PRO-DORP) Team Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

Although the DepEd has a plan to eradicate school drop-outs, it takes initiative to actually do it. The PRO-DORP Team locate drop out students and identify their reasons for leaving school. The causes may be either family problems, malnutrition from lack of food or funds that lead to early entry in the labor force. The organization finds ways to bring them back by systematically attacking the problem from its source.

Pochon Maanichar Centennial Batch Association, Inc. Mayoyao, Ifugao

The thousand-year-old rice terraces are deteriorating in Ifugao because of migration of farmers to flat land that is easier to cultivate. This may result in the revocation of its UNESCO World Heritage listing. The problem affects the people around it as well, as residents dependent on income from the terraces were also struggling. This led to the creation of the organization.

Philippine Stagers Foundation. Sampaloc, Manila

Chain of Change (Art): Reality recreated by Art creates Reality. Ako Ninoy, as a script shaped by the past, is also a play that through its funds carries on the future history of scholars. Linked Up!: Benigno S. Aquino Jr Foundation (BSAF) The Ako Si Ninoy play proved that art can be a spark that

LINK.exe West Visayas State University, Iloilo City

The organization responded to the need for hands-on training on basic computer programs for public high school students. They noticed that even if the public high schools are given computers for their use, sometimes the teachers themselves aren’t well equipped to teach students how to use them. They have the theoretical knowledge, but may not be aware of the practical applications of their computer programs. LINK.exe is not only trying to bridge the digital divide for these public school students, they are educating students to be globally ready and armed with computer skills.

Alay ni Ignacio (ANI) Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

Chain of Change (Education): Education is not all about the books because students don’t meet mathematical equations on the street but people and life’s challenges. As such, emotional intelligence is a step up too in life, especially when entering the big world of college and soon the work force. ANI is paving the path between high school to college that is not abrupt but more of a natural progression in their lives.