Lao Foundation extends its congratulations to the three (3) scholars of LFI-Don Bosco PUGAD TechVoc Educational Assistance Project who graduated last October 24, 2015 from TESDA Accredited Technical Skill Training Course in Automotive under Don Bosco Technical Vocational Educational and Training Center in Makati. Michael Aquino, Joseph Tuparan, and Venancio Pariño Jr., are now working as they were absorbed by the companies where they had their on-the-job training.

Michael (18yrs old), is the eldest of 5 siblings. He lives with his parent in a simple house in Malvar, Batangas. The family’s sources of income are from factory work and vending food. He went to college at Batangas State University but was not able to pursue his education to financial constraints and he also got himself into bad company. With strong determination, he decided to change his ways to be able to help his family. Michael was referred to PUGAD by a concerned citizen in Malvar. He is now working at Isuzu Gen Car Philippines in Batangas.

Joseph (18yrs. old), is the 4th of 5 siblings. His family migrated from Cebu and they now reside in a small house that they availed through the National Housing Authority in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City. His family’s sources of income are the salary of his father, a security guard and his mother’s, a sewer. He was referred by his brother, a former migrant youth of Don Bosco PUGAD Center. He is a conduct and perfect attendance awardee. Joseph is now working at Unique Auto Car in Manila.

Venancio (20yrs. old), also a perfect attendance awardee came from a large family --- the 7th of 12 siblings. His mother, a “kasambahay” is the sole breadwinner of the family after his father died due to colon cancer. Venancio stands as the eldest brother to his younger siblings as his elder siblings already have their own families. His family stays in a house owned by his aunt. He dreamt of studying any vocational course to be able to help his mother and he was fortunate to be referred by his relative priest to PUGAD Center. He is now working at FIX Stop in Quezon City.

The 3 three scholars are just a few of the migrant youths from different provinces under the Don Bosco PUGAD Center. The center caters to underprivileged youth from different provinces whose ages range from 16-24. The mission of the Center is to uplift the life of these youths by empowering them through holistic formation that would take care of their physical, social, educational, moral and spiritual needs. With this kind of holistic approach, they will be empowered to become dignified, productive agents in their respective families and communities.

Lao Foundation is glad to assist these young men and be a partner of Don Bosco PUGAD Center in giving them a chance and hope to pursue their education and be able to financially support themselves and their family for a better future.