Through the initiative of Ice Ayson, Project Head of P&A for a Cause (PAUSE), P&A Davao was tapped to help promote civic and social awareness among its staff, who whole-heartedly dedicated portions of their hard-earned salary to an indeed worthy cause.Committed to aiding the less fortunate youth in their pursuit of learning and education, PAUSE teamed up with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (Mindanao Regional Operations) to organize the Education Through My Charitable Contribution (E=MC2) Program, a fund-raising campaign for schoolchildren in depressed areas in Mindanao.

Thanks to P&Aers’ generosity, 357 underprivileged students from the Meta Elementary School of the Datu Unsay district in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) became the first beneficiaries of PAUSE under its Education and Youth Formation campaign. In coordination with PBSP, P15,000 worth of textbooks were donated to these grade-schoolers in the hopes of somehow elevating their educational state.PAUSE Davao representatives Ramil Nañola and yours truly, together with PBSP volunteers, distributed the textbooks last January 19. We were warmly greeted with a program prepared by the school’s administrators, faculty members and pupils.