News Release

Elementary School Students Benefit from Better Vision Project


One hundred and twenty-four students from first to sixth grade at Magallanes Elementary School were among the recipients of Better Vision, an LDS Charities (the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) project in partnership with Super Radyo Davao. The turn-over ceremony took place at the school gym on 07 December 2017.

Magallanes Elementary School is the first beneficiary of the program in Davao City to receive prescription eyeglasses. With the help of LDS Charities’ partners, the recipients underwent a thorough assessment during a series of screenings held last October.

Present during the ceremony were Chona Dazon & Daryl Gevera from Davao City Health Office – Prevention and Blindness Program; Sherwin Martinez, Clinic Manager of CV Eye Center; Dr. Erlyn Hipolito, DDC Dean of College of Optometry; Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, officer-in-charge Darlene Lamentac & teaching staff of Magallanes Elementary School, Rodel Natad of Super Radyo Davao, LDS Charities volunteers Josephine Lerma & Mary Jean Ng, and Bishop Pete Jaca of Davao 2nd Ward (congregation) from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Better Vision project works to prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairments; “an early detection of a child’s visual problem is extremely important”, Dr. Hipolito of Davao Doctors College explained.

"Thank you very much for helping us prepare our school children for a fruitful tomorrow", said school program coordinator, Yvonne Pil, during her remarks.

This collaborative effort will continue to light the world as another batch of students from a local school in the city will undergo a series of eye screening starting on Monday, December 11. #LightTheWorld

Photo credit: Jefson Tumala


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