The Xavier School Batch ‘83 Foundation together with Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, Xavier School chaplain, the 105th Technical Service and Administrative Group of the AFP Reserve Command under the command of Col. Peter C. Suchianco JAGS (GCS) (RES) (XS ’83), volunteers from the Wong Chu King Foundation and from Lingkod Committee of Xavier School as well as Xavier High School student volunteers trooped to Zambales last October 11, 2015, for the XS ’83 Foundation’s annual AETA Day.
This year’s event was a Medical Mission to the Aeta community. Free tooth extractions as well as medical check-ups were given to the community. Medicines were also handed out for free for the patients. Acudetox, a relatively new treatment for detoxification was also introduced. Over 500 patients were served at the event.
The Saint Francis Learning Center in Mangan-Vaca Subic Zambales is a school for the Aeta community in Zambales. It is being run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FSIC). The school offers primary education to the Aetas free of charge. During the school week, the students stay in the school’s dormitory and go home only during the weekend. Stay in the dormitory and meals are free but the children have to help out in the day to day chores.
Fr. Santos Mena, SJ was responsible for introducing Batch ’83 to this community way back in 2002. Initially providing scholarships for the students, the XS Batch 83 Foundation now helps the school with its plan to add classrooms and help the community with annual missions during Indigenous People Sunday.