THE PSP is on!
PSP, for anyone not in the know, stands for Partnership in Service Program, a facility that this year is making available P10 million for grants to fund projects of partner Rotary Clubs, with priority given to those in District 3830. The fund is provided by our Makati Rotary Club Foundation Inc. and the project is administered by RC Makati.
Pres. Fred Pascual together with PP David Ackerman, vice-chair of the Partnership in Service Program, PDG Pepito Benzgon and Don Lino, authorized PSP Representative for the project, presided over the turnover of the first grant—in the amount of P100,000—to the Rotary Club of Makati Salcedo at the Tower Club on October 17, with RCM Salcedo Pres. James Lago doing the honors for his club.
It is serendipitous that the first PSP-funded project is in the area of focus most favored by Pres. Fred Pascual –Basic Education & Literacy, a preference explained by the fact of his being an educator and the immediate past president of the University of the Philippines.
The RCM Salcedo project is a library at the Mendoza Memorial Elementary School in Brgy. Lareg Lareg in Malasiqui, Pangasinan. The library, to be equipped not only with traditional materials such as printed books but also with up-to-date digital content, is designed to serve some 770 students in Mendoza Memorial and in schools nearby. Construction is scheduled to start this month and is projected to be completed in mid-January 2019.
The project is also being supported by the Rotary Club of Bandar Sungai Petani in District 3300-Malaysia, which donated USD2,000 and books.
The PSP Committee is now deep in work processing applications for PSP funding and has in fact approved a number of funding requests from other Rotary Clubs.
One of those approved is a project of the Rotary Club of Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in District 3820. It is headed by Pres. Noel Divinagracia and CP Renalyn Ninthyananthan, Ann of our member, David Ninthyananthan. The project for which funding has been approved will allow indigent out-of-school youth to study and gain necessary skills in vocational courses at NCST-IIRT in Dasmarinas, Cavite. In keeping with the project design, IPP Jun Jun Dayrit, MRCFI chair, and PP David Ackerman, vice chair, drove to Sta. Rosa on the 18th for a look at the project site.
Another feature of the PSP project design is to assign an RC Makati member to liaise with the partner club to keep communication lines open and to keep tabs of the progress of the project; that job has been assigned to David Ninthyananthan.
On the 22nd, during the launch of the On-to-Hamburg campaign, Pres. Fred signed another MoU with and handed a check to the Rotary Club of Makati Bel-Air for yet another PSP-funded project, the third so far. Roger Collantes has been the appointed representative for this project.
Today, another three MoUs will be signed and checks will be handed to as many clubs: RC Circuit Makati, RC Paranaque Central, and RC Paseo de Roxas Magallanes to fund their respective PSP projects -- solar energy supply for a barangay in Porac, Pampanga; a livelihood project for a relocation site in Muntinlupa; and a library for an elementary school in Urdaneta, Pangasinan.
This is “doing good in the world.”