HMC intensifies education programs for Tagana-an

Contributing to a brighter future for its communities is one of the commitments of Hinatuan Mining Corporation-Tagana-an Nickel Project (HMC-TNC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC).

Myline G. Becera, HMC-TNC Community Development Coordinator said, one way to uphold this commitment is by providing investments to support education programs.

“The commitment to provide support to education is not hindered by the current pandemic, HMC continues to provide assistance to education programs such as: provision of basic school supplies, basic school fees and matriculation, monthly subsidy to day care workers and teachers and support for college students continue,” she added.

According to Becera, to date, HMC has a total of 19 college scholars, 16 of them are funded through the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) and three are funded through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the mining firm.

Educational Support to College Scholars

For Shaina G. Gemparo, 2nd year student taking up BS Fishery at Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) Malimono Campus, the support given by HMC to her education is very important.

“As a college scholar of HMC, I receive various benefits. First of all, the monthly allowance I receive is crucial for me as a fisheries student studying in Malimono since we have school projects that require me to spend,” she said.

In addition, she is thankful for the boarding house allowance she has been receiving from HMC since they need a place to stay in Malimono.

“Our mode of learning is not entirely remote, from time to time, we are required to meet at school for assignments and projects that require face to face interaction. The support provided by HMC has lessen the burden shouldered by my parents. They are no longer need to spend money on my education,” she added.

Debbie G. Gemparo, a teacher by profession, also expressed gratitude for the educational assistance provided by HMC to her daughters.

Aside from Shaina, her other daughter Nikki, who also studies at SSCT Malimono taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), is a scholar of HMC too.

“I am grateful to HMC for supporting the tertiary education of two of my daughters. This is a very big help to our family. Our expenses are lessened since we are no longer have to spend much for the educational needs of my daughters since they are scholars of HMC. All they need in school such as basic school fees, place to stay, and food are provided for by HMC,” she added.

Support to Remote Learning

For Angelica P. Laspoña, 1st year student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City, she said that the support provided by HMC to her is crucial since majority of their classes are conducted online.

“I use the monthly allowance I receive from HMC to buy WIFI and internet load. Our classes are mostly online, though there are some which require us to meet face to face. I am also thankful for the boarding house allowance of HMC, we do not have to worry where we will stay in Surigao City for classes that we are required to be present physically,” she said.

Jessa R. Gemparo, 1st year student taking up BEED at SSCT Malimono Campus, also expressed her gratitude for the support provided by HMC to her as a scholar.

“We use the monthly allowance we receive as scholars for internet to participate in online classes. Some of the allowance we also use as expenses when we need to attend classes in school since not all of our classes are conducted online. Our study is a mix of online and module learning. As of now, the lockdown imposed in Malimono restricts our movement as students, but does not hinder us from improving our knowledge through online learning,” she said.

According to Rynelyn Diaz, a 2nd year student of Bachelor of Arts in English Language at SSCT Main Campus in Surigao City, she is thankful for the opportunity provided by HMC for having her as scholar.

“I do not need to ask for assistance from my family to spend for internet connection since HMC provides me with a monthly allowance. Our classes are fully online, we only go to our campus when there are projects and assignments that cannot be sent online,” she said.

Rodofo Diaz, a fisherman by profession and father of Rynelyn is also grateful to HMC for the scholarship given to her daughter saying: “The support given by HMC is a big help not only to my daughter but also to my family, Rynelyn is one of my 5 children and she is the only one studying in college.”

Lester Plaza, 2nd year student taking BS Fishery at SSCT Malimono Campus, is also appreciative of the support provided by HMC.

“Being a scholar of HMC has a lot of benefits, especially financially which is important in remote learning for internet connection to stay online. The monthly allowance I receive from HMC is not only advantageous to me but also to my family. I remember in the past when there was a lockdown imposed in our community as part of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to local transmission of CoVID-19, we were able to buy food using the monthly college scholar allowance I saved. I am thankful to HMC for their support, they are always there. They are our guide to help us reach our dreams,” he added.

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