PAO’s EyeBags Project for School Children

EyeBags is a project of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) that provides underprivileged families such as those in remote areas with school materials.

PAO Rolls Out EyeBags Project for School Children

18 February2013; Manila: The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) has recently organized ?EyeBags,? a campaign that seeks to support the education of students from underprivileged families through the donation of various school materials. Incorporating ?green? into the advocacy, eye doctors from all over the Philippines have committed to donate hundreds of unused bags from medical conferences that they attend every year.

Paraway Mangyan Elementary School, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

?These convention bags are highly functional. Instead of throwing these away, we thought of engaging all the eye doctors who are members of the PAO to donate the bags and reach out to Filipino school children in need of support. The project has grown tremendously that we have expanded to donating other school materials to help promote and enhance students? learning experience in their schools,? shared Dr. Johann Michael Reyes, PAO Committee Chair for Public Relations.

This year, volunteers from the PAO and graduates from Xavier High School, Class of ?82 trooped to Paraway Mangyan Elementary School in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro to distribute bags, school supplies, clothing items and teaching materials that will benefit both students and teachers. ?We believe that education is one of the best ways to change society. With this project, we endeavour to help instil hope in the hearts of Filipino children, one Eye Bag at a time,? Dr. Reyes said.

The PAO accepts donations through its secretariat. Individuals and organizations may contact PAO at 813-5318 or send their donations to Unit 815 Medical Plaza Makati Condominium, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati.

The PAO is an internationally-recognized specialty society of ophthalmologists in the Philippines. It aims to ensure access to quality eye care for Filipinos. The PAO commits to continuously develop its members professionally through clinical education, research and practice management, in a collegial and harmonious environment, contributing to ethical, professional and compassionate practice. For more information about the PAO, please visit:

Instead of letting our extra bags, notebooks, writing materials, and whatnot to collect dust, let’s just donate them to schools that will need extra materials. We even get to free up space at home. 😉 Again, contact the PAO secretariat for your donations at 813-5318 or visit their office at Unit 815 Medical Plaza Makati Condominium, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati.

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