October 1, 2019, Cavite, Philippines – At 3 PM on October 1, 2019, the Adventist University of the Philippines’ Community Extension Services (AUP-CES) made a new linkage with the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative (PAFCPIC). Ms. Maria Teresa Zaide-Garnace, the Vice President for Membership Education and Community Service Division of PAFCPIC, gave an overview of the cooperative. She then handed a check amounting to PhP 125,210.00 intended for the “Medical and Dental Outreach Among Aetas in Pampanga” community project of the Public Health Department to Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte, the Vice President for Academics – AUP. After which, the Memorandum of Agreement Signing took place. PAFCPIC is a 38-year old cooperative that provides financial, emotional, and material assistance to many marginalized Filipinos such as indigenous people, out-of-school youth, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and far-flung communities, among others. Besides the partnership with the Public Health Department under the College of Health, a training program for entrepreneurship and bookkeeping with the College of Business, project proposal with the College of Arts and Humanities, financial assistance for the AUP indigenous students’ scholarship are among the sprouting collaborations between PAFCPIC and AUP. As Dr. Miriam Narbarte foresees it, this linkage will open doors to enhance the CES programs not only for the adopted communities but also for the community at large. AUP is grateful to Ms. Zaide-Garnace’s team. As she mentioned in her speech, “helping others is a privilege that not everybody gets”. Through the power of linkages and collaboration, opportunities to help are made possible! Praise be to God for this privilege!