Sunday, August 16, 2020

New GenSet to Bridge New Normal Gap in IP Community Schools

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Peace partners worked with the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in ensuring equitable access to education in far-flung areas and Indigenous People’s (IPs) communities during the “new normal” by providing new generator sets to several schools in Talaingod, Davao del Norte where access to electricity remains a challenge.

Teachers from five IP community schools in conflict-strickened Talaingod namely Central Baguan Elementary School, Ibugay Lamburan Elementary School, KM13 Primary School, Malapanit Elementary School, and Nasilaban Integrated School received the five new generator sets during a turn-over ceremony held at the Eastmincom Headquarters on August 11, 2020.

The solar-powered generators were donated by the Philip Morris and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) and Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. through Eastmincom. The ceremony was witnessed by BGen. Leopoldo A. Imbang Jr., Deputy Commander of Eastmincom; Mayor Johnnie A. Libayao of Talaingod; Lt. Col. Norman E. Valdez, Commanding Officer of 56th Infantry Battalion; and Talaingod DepEd District Supervisor Justiniano D. Cubar.

The new equipment are expected to help the IP communities adapt to the new normal practices being imposed by the government, particularly the Department of Education (DepEd), to secure the safety of students from the COVID-19 infection in preparation for the opening of classes this year.

During the ceremony, Mayor Libayao and Mr. Cubar extended their appreciation to the donors and the military for the continued support to IP communities not only through peace and security initiatives but also to its development even at the time of pandemic.

BGen. Imbang, representing Eastmincom Commander Lt. Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., also expressed his gratitude to the PMFTC and Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation for their generosity to the people of Talaingod, particularly the IP students, despite the challenges that the country is currently confronting.

"Aside from building resilience in the face of risk and the dynamic growth condition, you have pursued your corporate responsibility to a whole new level as you bring difference to the lives of our IP brothers and sisters in Talaingod," the Deputy Commander said.

BGen. Imbang also noted the importance of convergence between the public and private stakeholders in the development of communities, especially those that are affected by the atrocities of Communist Terrorist Groups.

"It bears repeating that development could be hardly pursued without the active participation of all sectors, including the members of the target recipient communities," BGen. Imbang said.

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