April 17th, 2015
April 16 2015 – Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents have left 9m children behind, or 27% of all children under 18 in the Philippines, according to the UNICEF. Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents would love to see their children grow and children left behind are often distressed by not knowing whether their tuition payment is coming.
University of Southeastern Philippines and PhilSmile partner today to facilitate tuition payments from abroad for OFW-supported students.
Overseas Filipino (OFW) Parents can now pay the tuition fees from anywhere in the world from only $1 per transfer, 80% cheaper than cash remittance through:
- online payment with PayPal, debit or credit card
- cash payment at participating merchants (retailers, remittance companies, kiosks)
- salary deduction with participating manning companies
Though PhilSmile, parents will also have access to the grades of their children. Parents’ involvement is key to students’ academic performance. New tools can help them overcome the distance that challenge their relationships.
PhilSmile will also develop with University of the Southeastern Philippines dedicated programs to help support OFW students and increase their completion rates. Check it out: https://philsmile.com/
October 27th, 2014
Davao October 27, 2014 – PhilSmile; WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc.; The Ateneo de Davao University and MINCODE, are organizing a conference in Davao on the “Role of Migrants and their remittances in Sustainable Development” on December 6, 2014.
It is a unique occasion to raise awareness among local government units and other stakeholders in Mindanao about the specific problems encountered by transnational families and Overseas Filipinos, as well as gather best practices and new linkages among like-minded organizations.
This free conference is open to all interested in understanding the link between migration, remittances and sustainable development. So much money is sent back to the Philippines, US$25 billion in 2013 according to the World Bank, making the Philippines, the 3rd largest recipient country in the world.
BUT where are ALL the remittances going?
The conference aims to:
- Analyze and understand the factors explaining why Filipinos migrate.
- Understand the global dynamics of migrant remittances, especially in the context of sustainable development;
- Identify ways and means to help migrants and their families achieve their migration goals;
- Gather existing initiatives and good practices on harnessing the development potentials of migrants’ remittances;
- Discuss how migrant workers from Mindanao and their families, microfinance institutions, academes, local government, private sector, and other stakeholders can contribute to sustainable development;
- Learn from examples of good practices that can be possibly replicated
- It is a unique occasion to raise awareness among local government units and other stakeholders in Mindanao about the specific problems encountered by transnational families and Overseas Filipinos, as well as gather best practices and new linkages among like-minded organizations.
We hope through this conference the organizers are able to map strategies on how we can support the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families on how to make their lives better. It also hopes that it can encourage various stakeholders to find ways and means in harnessing the potentials of migration so it can contribute to sustainable development in the region.
This is organized by: PhilSmile; WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc.; The Ateneo de Davao University (Ateneo Migration Center)and MINCODE
For interested individuals, groups and classes. Please go to the event website for registration and details
October 23rd, 2014
Davao Wisdom Academy (DWA) , Davao, Philippines, October 22, 2014 – “Dedicated Associates in Promoting Really Innovative and Sensible Advocacies” were the best words to describe the attending officers and members of the Davao Association of Private Schools and Administration, Inc. (DAPRISA) by PhilSmile Regional Director for Mindanao, Jose Miguel “Migs” Lisbona during his presentation at the association’s regular monthly meeting. This gathering was graciously hosted by Ms. Dixie B. Gutierrez, DAPRISA Audit Committee Chair (Davao Wisdom Academy)
Standing from left: Mr. Wilfred “Dexter” G. Tañedo, the Basic Education Assistant Director and heads the Office of Student’s Activities (OSA) (Davao Wisdom Academy); Director, Dr. Rosalina “Rose” A. Evora, Director (St. Francis Xavier Learning Center); Dr. Judith C. Baccaro, President (Southpoint School); Ms. Mary Ann F. Narciso, Director, (Mandug Christian Development & Training Center); Migs Lisbona, Regional Director for Davao, PhilSmile; Ms. Dixie B. Guttierez, Audit Chair (Davao Wisdom Academy); Ms. Naxides “Gaye” N. Ebarle, Ethics Chair (Exegesis School of Davao, Inc.); Ann Michelle “Mitch” S. Zanoria, Treasurer (International Christian School of Davao); and Ms. Febe Lybai Matthews, Member (Euro-Asia Emils Early Child Development)
DWA’s Mr. Wilfred Dexter G. Tañedo, the Basic Education Assistant Director and heads the Office of Student’s Activities (OSA) welcomed and introduced the Academy to the members. He focused on the value of transformative learning and promoting the DWA curriculum as a brand to depend on. He spoke also bout their Sunday High School Program as well as the challenges it along with the other members will be experiencing in the K to 12 implementation. In spite of this, Mr. Dexter is hopeful that together they will see students’ successfully graduate.
Learning through playing – I’m SMART (Science MAth Reading and Technology) Pizza Mini Olympics”
Migs took part in the simulation of a unique learning tool developed by DAPRISA Director, Dr. Rosalina “Rose” A. Evora (St. Francis Xavier Learning Center). The “ I’m SMART (Science MAth Reading and Technology) Pizza Mini Olympics” picked the brains of DAPRISA members whom playfully interacted with each other as they answered the questions as best they can so that they can form a pie. This promotes formative learning through interaction, discussions, questioning and creativity beyond the traditional context and rote based learning methods. This copyrighted game includes seven areas which includes (Physics, Chemistry, Science, Geology and Math). This is so effective and in fact, several feedback from the parents and teachers attest to it that children enjoy this a lot. Students who experience this soon exclaim “I’m so excited for school today!”
“ I’m SMART (Science MAth Reading and Technology) Pizza”
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” This famous quote by Igancio Estrada’s encapsulated the intention , passion and dedication Dr. Rose. The potential for this learning tool is enormous.
The Association aside from their regular agenda, discussed and updated the group with their planned inter-member school activities for November until the end of the current school year.
After the report update of DAPRISA Ethics Committee Chair Ms. Naxides “Gaye” N. Ebarle (Exegesis School of Davao), she introduced Mr. Migs , where he presented PhilSmile Services and advocacies.
He focused on how through the DAPRISA member schools’ collaboration with PhilSmile could help address the various needs of OFW students/beneficiaries and their parents na Makapagtapos
Migs appreciated and enjoyed the company of DAPRISA members. It reminded him of his administration days and the energy, passion, dedication of most of those whom he collaborated at a University and associations he participated in Manila.
He purposefully desires to see the BIG SMILE on the glowing faces of the School Administration & Teachers, OFW Parents and their children/beneficiaries when they graduate!