The Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program Celebrates its 10th Year Anniversary

Posted by: Genner Cerna at September 21st, 2015

In 2005, the director of the College Admissions and Aid Office, Mr. Conrado Z. Balatbat, proposed to put up a food subsidy program that aims to help feed many hungry students daily. The idea came about when he found out that there were actually many students who went to class on an empty stomach because their families could only afford one or two meals a day.

Ms. Ruth Yu-Owen and Mr. Conrado Z. Balatbat

The program was conceived in September of 2005, with the help of Ms. Ruth Yu – Owen, an alumna who donated the seed money of fifty thousand pesos (P50,000). It was named, the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program to commemorate her late sister, Siu Hua Yu. Siu graduated in 1984 from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University with a degree in AB Mass Communication.

The late Siu Hua Yu

Beneficiaries of the program are given one coupon daily. Coupons are worth P35.00 each and may be used as payment for food at the university cafeteria. With only 10 recipients to the program, we are now able to feed 61 students as of last counting. All of these has been made possible because of the ever growing support from alumni, friends, students and even strangers.

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Supporters of the “Mega fight for our scholars – the Pacquiao – Mayweather Fight”

Aside from donations, many organizations and individuals facilitated various fund raising events to help the Program. Last May 3, 2015, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and the ADZU Alumni Association held a fund raising campaign for the benefit of the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program, dubbed as the “Mega fight for our scholars – the Pacquiao – Mayweather Fight”, held at the Carlos Dominguez Hall, LRC Building of ADZU. The show was a success as about 200 alumni and friends came to Ateneo to show their support to the fund raising event.

The program has been instrumental in helping many students, for the past 10 years, reach their dreams of attaining a degree in the Ateneo without having to suffer being hungry in class. Poverty is indeed never a hindrance to success. Former recipients who came from financially challenged families are now successfully working as teachers, bank employees, and office workers to name a few. The beneficiaries are forever thankful to the many kind hearted benefactors who supported the program over the past 10 years. Below are some words from our current and previous beneficiaries;

“I have always dreamt of attaining a degree and helping my family in the future. Getting a scholarship in the Ateneo de Zamboanga University brought me a step closer to my dreams. However, my father’s meager income as a carpenter was barely enough to support the basic needs of the family. There were days when I had to go to class hungry as I only have enough money for transportation. It was not easy to concentrate in class when I was hungry, but God truly works in mysterious ways. I heard of the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program and decided to ask about it the scholarships office (now the College Admissions and Aid Office). With daily food coupons for lunch, I was able to concentrate in class properly. I am now a public school teacher and able to help my family as well. I attribute my success to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and the many generous benefactors of the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Program. I am forever grateful…”

Roger Jacinto
ADZU BSE Centennial Scholar
Bachelor of Science in Education, 2010

“As a child, I have always dreamt of becoming a teacher someday. I know that education is key to a brighter future. Earning a degree will not only help me and my family, but earning a degree in education will also be a channel for me to be able to be an instrument in molding future leaders of the country. But this dream will only remain a dream if not for the scholarship programs of the Ateneo.

My mother is a plain housewife, while my father works as a blacksmith in our town. My father’s meager income is barely enough to meet the daily needs of the family. It is for this reason that I have never thought that I could go to a prestigious university such as the Ateneo. I know that I am truly blessed to be accepted as a scholar. But the monthly allowance that my parents send me is not enough to cover my needs in school. There are days when I have to skip lunch so that I would have money for my fare or to pay for a project. There are even times when I have to skip breakfast and lunch all together as my parents do not have money to send. When the Office of Scholarships learned about my problem, I was given the opportunity to be part of the program. The Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program is an answered prayer. I know that I am now closer to reaching my dreams.

To the generous benefactors of the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program, Daghang Salamat Kaninyong tanan!”

LORLYN B. TEJADA*
ADZU BSE Centennial Scholar
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education 4

*Lorlyn is the class Valedictorian of batch 2012 in Southern Peninsula College, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte

They are only a few of the many beneficiaries over the years who are, and will forever be grateful to the many kind hearted and generous beneficiaries of the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program.

We can all help change lives. Now that the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program is celebrating its 10th year, we are all hoping to touch more lives and help more people in the future.

As part of our efforts to continue feeding more students, we are launching the Pan Cada Dia Anniversary T-Shirt for a Cause Fund Raising Campaign. T-shirts are sold at P500.00. Aside from this, other income generating activities are being planned. Proceeds of the fund raising campaign will help augment the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Fund. Let us all pay it forward, be one of us and help support the Siu Hua Yu / Pan Cada Dia Food Subsidy Program. Your donation will help change lives.

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