As part of the Alternative Learning Support (ALS) program of the Western Mindanao State University’s Research Development and Evaluation Center (RDEC), Far East Broadcasting Company (DXAS) doled out 15 radio sets to students of the ALS program from Barangay Calarian for the radio instruction in Sinama and Tausug curriculum.
“Magbasa, magbilang, magsulat”—the program is dubbed as A Mother Tongue Based Alternative Learning. RDEC Dean, Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento welcomed the students aged 23-65 years old to WMSU after undergoing six months of learning basic reading and writing skills. These learners of the Sinama and Tausug tribes are parents of the 120 children registered in RDEC’s ALS—a program that caters to children who could not afford basic education.
Calarian Barangay Chairman, Hon. El King K. Omaga, during the turn-over rites, stressed the indigenous people’s importance in building a better society. Omaga further commended WMSU-RDEC’s contribution to the government’s training and livelihood education programs for the marginalized citizens.
Meanwhile, Pastor Emmanuel L. Aquino, Manager of DXAS explained the use of the radio sets in the ALS students’ learning and how they can apply the listening skills they acquired in their six months of studying under the program.
Held at the RDEC Conference Room on Wednesday, February 12, Vice President for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Roberto B. Torres delivered the inspirational talk where he cited the University’s mission of reaching out to barangays where education is not the main concern of its people. Dr. Torres concluded his statement saying that education is for all and that through education, a nation is built. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)