Pampanga lawyers help law students through books
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Several poor students struggling to finish law courses are getting a lot of help from lawyers in Pampanga.
In fact, the book scholarship project of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Pampanga just received fresh donations, enabling the group to start assisting a third batch, said IBP-Pampanga president Socrates Adan Padua in a phone interview.
The project got off the ground last Jan. 15 on the kindness of Atty. Rohan Medina, a 45-year-old practitioner from Arayat town.
His donations were spent on the books of Kevin Yumul, Mhegan Sanchez and Donna Anne Pasarita for this second semester at Don Honorio Ventura State University Law School, said Padua, who teaches there.
Yumul and Sanchez work as clerks at a regional trial court in Angeles City. Pasarita is employed at the Commission on Audit.
“There was nothing unusual about me donating…When you get blessings, you must be sharing,” Medina told the Inquirer in a video interview on Tuesday.
His parents also donate money for educational scholarships and do charity as penance, he added.
Padua, an officer in charge of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in the Pampanga district, said Medina opted to provide money for books instead of tuition so that more students could avail of support.
Just a day after the project was started, two members gave P20,000 to aid the second batch of four students.
One of them was Viner Santos who is a Dean’s lister in his third year at Tarlac State University and who wants to join the PAO.
Another is Jeric Amor Villanueva, who returned to law school after braving financial hardships in the first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic. His classmates pooled money for his tuition. INQ
Pandemic pause helps birth of anthology of Kapampangan biographies
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.