News Release

LDS Charities, DepEd Dumaguete Sign Agreement for Better Vision Project

A study conducted recently showed that 29% of Filipino children have vision impairment. As 80% of what children learn is through visual presentations, poor eyesight can affect students' performance in school. 


To help address the vision problems of underprivileged students, Latter Day Saints Charities (LDSC) and the Department of Education (DepEd) of Dumaguete City signed a  Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Better Vision Project.

Held on Friday, 23 November 2018 at the DepEd Dumaguete Conference hall, Elder Kenneth Lee, Project Manager of LDSC, and Dr. Evangel Luminarias, DepEd Dumaguete Superintendent, signed the MOA. President John-John Gequinto, a member of the Dumaguete Stake (Diocese) Presidency, and Mrs. Rosenie Saraina, DepEd Supervisor, witnessed the signing in front of invited guests. 

Also present in the event were Doctor Winston Balls and the school nurses from different schools under the supervision of DepEd Dumaguete.

Elder Lee, in his speech, said that about 900 elementary students will benefit from the Better Vision Project, which is to give eyeglasses to students who have vision problems.

In response, DepEd Dumaguete Supt. Evangel Luminarias lauded the project that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints initiated and expressed appreciation.

"One of the reasons why the student have low performance in the school [is] because sometimes they cannot see the writing on the board. [They] cannot read well because they have eye problems," Luminarias said. 

For now, DepEd Dumaguete will select the top 10 elementary schools that will receive screenings for beneficiaries. Doctor Winston Balls conducted the first screening in the first week of December.

Latter-day Saint Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vision is one of their nine signature programs. Its core purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for those who want to serve voluntarily. LDSC follows the admonition of Jesus Christ, which is to "feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted."

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