Mary Michelle M. Quiambao - Provincial S&T Director - Pampanga
John Kenneth P. Soratio, RMEE- Science Research II - DOST-Pampanga
“We would like to change the public’s usual impression of our tribal brothers. That they are lazy. That they are ignorant. No. (…) Thank you, DOST for enhancing our school’s teaching and learning environment.”
Thus spoke Carlo Fernando Y. Data, School Head of the Calapi Negrito Elementary School and a vocal indigenous people’s rights advocate as he received the Solar Powered Interactive Multimedia Teaching Aid from the Department of Science and Technology thru its Pampanga provincial office. Located in Mabalacat City, the school is the third such recipient of said teaching aids, joining two other indigenous people schools in the province, namely Marcos Village Elementary School also in Mabalacat City and Nabuclod Integrated School in Floridablanca who were also awarded the same equipment.
The provision of the teaching equipment was made possible through the DOST 3 Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program in cooperation with the Department of Education and the technology provider, Frontliners, Inc. Since it is solar-powered, the equipment is especially suited in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas where electricity is absent. It contains teaching and K+12-aligned learning modules in science and mathematics designed to enrich the classroom experience of both learners and teachers.
Meanwhile, Mawacat Elementary School also an Aeta school in Floridablanca received a set of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations or STARBOOKS, a digital library that can be accessed without internet connectivity. It contains thousands of digitized S&T resources in various formats. School principal Mary Joy Q. Biag accepted the equipment together with Brgy. Capt. Marilou S. Bacani.
The provision of STARBOOKS to the school is part of the DOST 3 commitment to the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) which was created under Executive Order NO. 70 which enjoins national government agencies (NGAs) and the private sector to aid communities in need of assistance and social development. The package of assistance also involves a supplemental feeding program and the establishment of a Pangkabuhayang Gulayan sa Barangay. DOST-III provided FNRI-formulated food products to the said community and assisted them in the establishment of organic farming as means of livelihood.
“Napaka-suwerte po namin dahil sunud-sunod ang mga tulong ninyo sa amin. Maraming salamat po,” Chieftain Bacani expressed.
Photos by Ms. Mary Michelle M. Quiambao