In hopes of lending a hand to our beloved lolos and lolas who suffer from poor vision, the Department of Science and Technology - Scholars’ Intercampus Association of Pangasinan (DOST - SICAP) led by Mr. Mark Glendale T. Valenzuela, President of Pangasinan II, and Mr. Francis Ryan A. Ramos, President of Pangasinan I, initiated the preliminary actions needed to fully implement the Project YACAP (Youth Advocacy in Caring the Aged and PWDs). This is a region-wide project, made possible with the coordination and collaboration of DOST - Science Education Institute (SEI) and Patriot Scholars of Region I. The project aims to provide corrective eyeglasses and grocery items to the selected senior citizens in Pangasinan.

An initial action of eye check-up of the first five (5) beneficiaries was conducted on May 3, 2021 at Muñoz Optical Clinic, located at Bayambang, Pangasinan. On May 10, Lolo Benito (67 y/o), Lolo Rodrigo (66 y/o), Lolo Leopoldo (70 y/o), Lola Teodora (84 y/o) and Lola Flordelisa (76 y/o), all residing at Brgy. Batancaoa, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, have received their eyeglasses at the said clinic which they were thankful for.

Meanwhile, the grocery items to be given to the beneficiaries as part of the project will be funded by DOST-SEI. The distribution of the said items was last June 5, 2021.

The funding of the eyeglasses as well as the eye check-ups came from the Income Generating Project (IGP) which are the YACAP Shirts and PATRIOT Shirts initiated by DOST-SICAP. For more lolos and lolas to enjoy seeing the world clearly, YACAP and SICAP shirts are sold for only P 250.00 each which can be ordered by filling out this form: http://bit.ly/PatriotIskolarIGPShirt or thru shopee : https://shopee.ph/PATRIOT-Shirt-by-DOST-SICAP-i.187847913.4987587670?fbclid=IwAR1jq3-CE4fiHGYNKGLH-96CCprnuNSt5MXSrUJ-C_FQZ9Z6IrpEfEEj6uU

DOST-SICAP extends its gratitude to the following personnel for their special participation in making the project possible:

Dra. Marivic Muñoz Ferrer of Muñoz Optical Clinic for her service in conducting the eye check-up and for orienting and teaching the elders on how to properly use and clean their new eyeglasses; and

Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson, Stephanie C. Valerio, for the invaluable time and effort she shared in choosing the beneficiaries in Brgy. Batancaoa, for accompanying them in their eye-check up and releasing of eyeglasses.