Upgraded scholarship

Pinangunahan nina Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, Mr. Jesus “Jess” Arraza – Chairman, Federation of Philippine Industries,  Dr. Manny Pangilinan – former President of Marikina Polytechnic College, Dir. Delia Bawan – Assistant Regional Director, DSWD-NCR, Dir. Ernesto Beltran – Executive Director, Regional Coordination Office (RCo), TESDA, Atty. Gerardo Panghulan, VP-Admin BMPI, Mr. Van Avenido, VP-Operations, BMPI  at Ms. Ruth Soriano, COO-BMPI ang ribbon cutting ceremony ng LVCC building. (Photo by: Rey Tamayo, Jr.)

Anthony Chua

Education is a basic right that anyone should enjoy. In theory, the state has the obligation equip its citizens with necessary knowledge and skills for their advancement in the society. Although the literacy rate in the country is one of the highest in the region, still, there are many out-of-school youths due to the rising cost of education.

Aware of this, Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan together with Kuya Daniel Razon, host of morning show Good Morning Kuya, conceived the idea of putting up a school where students will never have to pay for their tuition, books, uniforms and even for their lunch and transportation.

But with the help of God and of the support the Members of Church of God International (MCGI), where Brother Eli is the presiding minister and Kuya Daniel is the vice presiding minister, the plan was realized. In June 2009, the La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) located within the ADD Convention Center compound in Apalit, Pampanga commenced its comprehensive free education operations. More than 150 scholars were able to receive the privileges of an LVCC scholar.

La Verdad Christian College inaugurated its Metro Manila building in EDSA, Caloocan City last June 15. With the opening of the Caloocan branch, the college expects to accommodate more than 500 full scholars in its Caloocan and Apalit, Pampanga buildings.

La Verdad Caloocan initially offers two-year healthcare and mass communication and multimedia technology courses. Officers of the school headed by Bro. Eli as Chairman Emeritus and Kuya Daniel as Chairman, plan to add courses in International Cookery and Social Work next year as the ten-storey edifice is expected to be finished.

Unlike other educational institutions that require their scholars to maintain a high academic grade, LVCC requires an average of 87% or 2.00.

The MCGI has initiated another groundbreaking public service milestone through its educational institution that provides free education, books, uniforms, and lunch, an undertaking that aims to raise the bar of the notion of granting scholarships to indigent and the needy.

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