Cotabato teacher seeks aid for Manobo tribe community’s learning materials

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A teacher is seeking aid to provide additional learning materials for his students which are part of a Manobo tribe community in the town of Magpet, Cotabato.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Khevin Sagayno shared how he traverses several mountains and rivers just to reach the learners in Magpet.

Photo by Herbert Kikoy from Wikimedia Commons

Sagayno went on to share that despite having printed modules, these are not enough to meet the needs of his over 60 students as they adapt to distance learning. Distance learning enables teachers to conduct classes remotely.

“We really need po support para makabili ng materials po,” said Sagayno.

(“We really need support to buy materials.”)



“We need a coupon bond po and printer po na magagamit ng mga bata kasi hindi po kaya ng aming MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses ). Though may support po ang LGU (local government unit) and division office pero hindi po sapat para ma-provide po ang modules para sa mga bata po.

(“We need coupon bond and a printer that the kids can use because our MOOE can no longer fund these. Despite receiving support from our LGU and division office, these are not sufficient to provide modules for the children.”)

Classes were earlier disrupted after community quarantine was implemented in parts of the Philippines nationwide. In preparation, DepEd has completed its Basic Education-Learning Continuity Program (BE-LCP), which was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Diseases (IATF). The program will entail alternative learning methods such as distance learning and blended learning. Blended learning taps into television, radio, electronic, and online media to teach students.

The 2020-2021 school year is set to formally open on August 24, running from August 24, 2020, to April 30, 2021.




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