University of Batangas teacher raising funds for students' school fees

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University of Batangas academic Noel Sales is raising funds to help out needy students. (PHOTO: Noel Sales Facebook page)
University of Batangas academic Noel Sales is raising funds to help out needy students. (PHOTO: Noel Sales Facebook page)

An assistant professor at the University of Batangas is raising funds for needy students in the wake of financial struggles caused by the pandemic, according to Good News Pilipinas.

Noel Sales of Lipa City, Batangas, who is also a certified public accountant, initiated projects that helped pay for tuition fees and provided prepaid load to those who lacked the resources needed for online learning.

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, Prof Sales, 32, launched the Loading Allowance project to aid students who relied on prepaid load to access the internet and attend online classes.

This after a student texted to say that she could not take a midterm exam as both her parents had lost their jobs and preferred to spend their remaining savings on food.

Prof Sales responded by sponsoring her load till the end of the second semester, and ultimately sponsored around 12-15 students for their weekly load allowance out of his own pocket.

The professor, who teaches basic accounting, also reached out to his friends on social media for donations, in order to aid more students. The donation drive eventually reached other schools in Batangas, Quezon, Pampanga, and Bulacan.

Over P220,000 was raised, which helped cover the load allowance of around 150 students.

Financial Assistance Project

Noel Sales, an assistant professor at the University of Batangas, continues to raise funds for his needy students. (PHOTO: Noel Sales Facebook page)
Noel Sales, an assistant professor at the University of Batangas, continues to raise funds for his needy students. (PHOTO: Noel Sales Facebook page)

Prof Sales then launched his Financial Assistance project last August, using donations from friends and donors to partially cover students’ tuition fees and other expenses.

This raised P60,000 for accounting students at the University of Batangas. Beneficiaries include a graduating student who was working at a fast food restaurant and could not pay school fees.

In response to another student who needed to settle his remaining school fees before graduation, Sales donated P4,000, while a friend also stepped in to settle the remaining fees.

Prof Sales, who has been teaching for almost five years, said that he plans to continue helping needy students in the upcoming school year. When Yahoo Philippines asked if he would be able to sustain the project, he responded that it would be "very challenging".

"Maybe due to inflation or many lost their jobs due to economy (I’m really not sure about the reason), but I don’t receive much donations unlike before the start of the pandemic. But I’m hoping to receive more donations this time."

He added, "But either way, whatever donations I receive, I plan to continue this project as long as I’m teaching."