RD Malawan personally hands over STARBOOKS to ELCAC Community


Heavy rainfall, long rough roads, and a topsy-turvy travel while observing fasting never slowed down the DOST 12 Regional Director Sammy P. Malawan, CESE together with OIC-Provincial Director For. Nabil A. Hadji Yassin in giving ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ง๐—˜๐—–๐—›๐—ก๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—š๐—ฌ ๐—”๐—–๐—”๐——๐—˜๐— ๐—œ๐—– ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—–๐—›-๐—•๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—— ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฌ-๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—˜๐—— ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ข๐—ž๐—ฆ (๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž๐—ฆ) computer units personally to Blโ€™aan residents in Purok Datal Salvan, a community in Brgy. San Jose, General Santos City under ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ-๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜ (๐—ก๐—ง๐—™-๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—–๐—”๐—–) areas.

San Jose is a barangay located in the outskirts of the city of General Santos. Comprised with approximately 14,000 residents, most of the settlers belong in Blโ€™aan tribe. Although existing for many years now, some of the areas in the barangay are not yet blessed with good internet connection and enough gadgets for students. Added with the simple back-country lifestyle and an apparent inexperience to latest technologies, students find it hard to be engaged in โ€œcyber-learningโ€, a new trend in our countryโ€™s education. Students would go to the barrioโ€™s central town to connect to โ€œpiso-wifiโ€ or to poor-to-moderate cellular data to gain access to learning resources, which is a chore for them since the sittios are several kilometers apart from each other and transportation is difficult.

Knowing these, even though it was way past his official hours of duty courtesy to their celebration of Ramadhan, RD Engr. Malawan did not hesitate to visit the humble town of Datal Salvan, one of the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). In his mind, a 30-minute exhilarating travel is nothing compared to what would be the impact of STARBOOKS in the community – an improvement to daily classes of the students and teachers, an advancement towards technology-driven education.

The DOSTโ€™s prime mover led his team from PSTO-SarGen to introduce the all-in-one โ€œ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ-๐™ž๐™ฃ-๐™–-๐™—๐™ค๐™ญโ€ to the teachers, students and parents during the ๐™๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ-๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜พ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฎ held at Datal Salvan High School, Purok Datal Salvan, Brgy. San Jose, GSC with the Teacher-in-Charge Michael A. Adam, HT III and Ronald T. Visaya, Principal I in Datu B. Balunto National High School, an adjacent school and also a recipient of the program.

โ€œMaayo gyud kaayu nga naay STARBOOKS diri, kay makatabang kini sa inyung mga estudyante na maka research na dili na magkinahanglan ug internet connectionโ€, the brilliant director quoted in vernacular as he told the attendees that the technology doesnโ€™t require internet connection in doing research and accessing learning materials. He also added that โ€œnot only for education, but STARBOOKS is also a good source for livelihood ideas and tutorials through audio-visual presentationsโ€, he told the parents.

On behalf of the Blโ€™aan parents and students, Mr. Adam and Mr. Visaya extended their thanks to RD Malawan during the event. The two reassured the DOST 12 that STARBOOKS will be used to its maximum utilization, with their schools as the venue for usage and access. The locals were overjoyed as the event closed, evidenced by their smiles and laughter as they took group photos culminating their open-armed reception of the DOSTโ€™s flagship program.

When asked what would be the best description to what rose to the forefront of RD Malawan and DOST 12 that day, the Bโ€™laan parents said โ€œ๐™†๐™–๐™ ๐™–๐™ฎรช ๐™™๐™ž ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ขรดโ€ โ€“ a Bโ€™laan term for ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ. โ€œNever in our minds that the DOST would think of Datal Salvan and other sittio of Brgy. San Jose as one of their recipients. Thank you so much DOSTโ€ non-verbatim, said one of the parents who witnessed the turn-over knowing that her sons and daughters will greatly benefit in this new technology.

Community empowerment at its finest. Indeed โ€œ๐™†๐™–๐™ ๐™–๐™ฎรช ๐™™๐™ž ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ขรดโ€ was shown by RD Malawan and DOST 12 in bringing Science, Technology, and Innovation to the community. It is the singular goal of the agency to continue the โ€œkafakgisโ€ or effort to implement programs even to the farthest places in Region 12.

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