Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kalinaw News: 56th IB Joins turn-over ceremony of three (3) classroom buildings for lumads in Talaingod

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 15, 2019): 56th IB Joins turn-over ceremony of three (3) classroom buildings for lumads in Talaingod

56th Infantry “TATAG” Battalion, headed by LTC NORMAN E VALDEZ INF (GSC) PA, Battalion Commander, together with 1003rd Bde, 52nd EBde, KALAHI-CIDSS, LGU Talaingod, DepEd, DSWD FO XI, MLGU, and BLGU participated in the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the three (3) Classrooms for Lumads in Sitio, Basak, Sitio Napisulan and Sitio Salawao, all of Brgy Sto Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on August 15, 2019.

These Classrooms for Lumads are one of the complimentary projects implemented by KALAHI-CIDSS which aimed to provide far-flung indigenous cultural communities with classrooms to address the educational needs of communities. These classrooms are strategically located in areas where Indigenous People resides, thus, encouraging the children in the area to enroll due to accessible education in the area.

During the program, Mrs Reynaly Santos, School head and IP Head of Sto Niño Central Elementary School, speak in behalf of Dr Josephine L Fadul, Davao del Norte DepEd School Division Superintendent.

“Kami sa DepEd labaw nga nalipay nga naa nay eskwelahan sa mga kumunidad aron dili na magbaktas ang mga bata aron mutungha sa eskwelahan. Ang DepEd nag tan-aw sa kaayuhan sa mga bata nga mutungha.”

“Pero, mga bata naay tugon si Sec Briones alang kaninyo. Bisan nindot na atong eskwelahan, nindot na ang mga gamit kay naa nay mga computers apan kinahanglan daw dili kalimtan ang atong kultura. Hinumduman daw ang atong mga awit, sayaw, senina, pinulungan ug labaw sa tanan ang atong pagrespeto sa atong mga ginikanan ug mga katigulangan. Kay matud pa ni Sec Briones ang mga Lumad mga buotan mao dili siya mutuo nga kadtong naga rally sa Manila tinuod nga mga lumad.”

“Busa, mga bata pahimusli ninyo ang mga pasilidad nga gihatag sa inyo aron mo makat on ug makalampus sa pagtuon kay daghan pa ang hinabang nga atong madawat alang sa inyong edukasyon.”

As COL NOLASCO A MEMPIN INF (GSC) PA, Brigade Commander, 1003rd Bde, 10ID, PA, read the message of the Commander Eastern Mindanao Command, LTGEN FELIMON T SANTOS JR AFP, “Our gathering today speaks of victory for all being a community united to the cause of peace and development, I sincerely hope that you will value the support that was been extended to you for this is for your own welfare.”

With the continuous collaboration, coordination and cooperation of different national and local agencies and with the help of the different stakeholders, last mile communities will have access to education without leaving their ancestral communities.

56th Infantry Battalion 7th Infantry Division
CPT John Louie Dema-ala (INF)
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