A Bea­con of Hope

Sun.Star Davao - - BILLBOARD -

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Di­vi­sion of Is­land Gar­den City of Sa­mal (IGACOS) reached out to ed­u­cate the Bad­jaos who dwell on the side­walks of the Babak Pub­lic Mar­ket and along the shore­lines of Barangay Vil­lar­ica, Babak, Is­land Gar­den City of Sa­mal through the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Sys­tem (ALS) Pro­gram.

Madam Cristy C. Epe, CESE, OIC- Schools Di­vi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent of the IGACOS Di­vi­sion re­port­edly came across one Bad­jao with un­washed face, strange smell and dirty clothes. So touched by the ex­pe­ri­ence, Madam Cristy spear­headed an Out­reach Ac­tiv­ity to the Bad­jaos last July 24 ,2018 along the shore­line of Zone 6, Barangay Vil­lar­ica, Babak, IGACOS. She to­gether with her staff, Di­vi­sion Nurses, the Di­vi­sion ALS Co­or­di­na­tor, District ALS Co­or­di­na­tor, ALS In­struc­tional Man­agers mapped out-of­school chil­dren, youth and adults of the Bad­jao Tribe. The ALS in­struc­tional man­agers shall con­duct learn­ing ses­sions right at their dwellings on sched­ules most con­ve­nient to them.

Ma’am Epe strongly be­lieves that ed­u­ca­tion will give these Bad­jaos bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties in life in the fu­ture. She thinks that the rea­son why some peo­ple look down on these Bad­jaos be­cause they think of them as il­lit­er­ate mi­nor­ity. Ed­u­cat­ing them through the ALS can fix the is­sue and sub­se­quently keep them off the streets some­day.

The Out­reach ac­tiv­ity painted big smiles of hap­pi­ness and grate­ful­ness to the faces of the Bad­jaos as the DepED per­son­nel, headed by the su­per­in­ten­dent her­self, dis­trib­uted gro­cery packs to the fam­i­lies as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for be­ing so co­op­er­a­tive to the ALS in­struc­tional man­agers who con­ducted the map­ping and list­ing.

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