IP scholars to graduate

13 Apr 2016
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MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 13, 2016) – The last batch of 42 graduating students under the provincial government’s Special Tertiary Extension Service for Indigenous People (IP) are set to march on the last week of May.

This product of the MSU Extension Program in barangay Malandag is the last among the three batches that benefited from the seven-year program which offered Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education only.

The special tertiary extension program of the provincial government was designed for IP students who wanted to become teachers. It was also the province’s response to the lack of teachers in far flung IP-dominated areas.

The program which started in 2009 provides the tuition and fees for review for Licensure Examination for Teachers.

There are already 23 licensed teachers and 17 of them presently hold Department of Education plantilla positions.

“The local government has been very supportive of this program. Putting our efforts together, ito na ang produkto namin. Based on Governor Steve Solon’s support, I believe he could continue this program,” said Glenda Revano, program coordinator. “I am praying that the dreams of the mentors and stakeholders of this program magkaroon sana ng college institution dito sa Malungon.”

The Mindanao State University (MSU) provides instructors for this program. Classes are conducted every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at Malandag Central Elementary School campus.

Elizabeth Libusada, a graduating student, could not contain her excitement and gratitude towards the venture.

“Helpful ang programa dili lang sa akong family but para pud sa akong kauban na IPs. Kini nga program naga-help na mag boost sa among confidence and naghatag sa amoa ug sense of belongingness sa community,” Libusada said.

Her mother, Gemma Libusada, thanked the governor for the support. “Natural lang na malipay mi kay human ang five years, nakatapos gyud sila, makapaso na. Dako gyud akong pagpasalamat kay Gov. Steve sa iyang suporta sa scholarship ug sa uban pang programa.”

The Tertiary Education Extension Service is a component program of Paaral para sa Sarangan (PPSS). PPSS is the provincial government's scholarship program for poor but deserving Sarangan students who pursue technical, vocational or baccalaureate courses. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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