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CDC and OB Montessori to help IPs through 'Pagsasarili' educational program.

Calling it 'the centerpiece' of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) launched here on Monday the 'Pagsasarili Family Care Center' for Indigenous People.

CDC Chairman Jose 'Ping' de Jesus said the building will house the education and livelihood center for Aeta communities living in the Clark subzone covered by the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 025A.

The Pagsasarili Family Care Center was launched by the CDC in collaboration with the OB Montessori in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd).

The center is temporarily housed at the newly constructed building at the Clark Skills and Training Center, formerly the Clark Polytechnic Compound here.

The temporary facility features an exhibit hall, an auditorium and other amenities like dining area, kitchen and comfort rooms.

However, it was announced that the permanent learning center for the program will be at the Barn House building 2092 here once the construction and improvement has been completed.

De Jesus said the project intends to develop the ancestral domain of the indigenous Aetas in the area by physically and economically developing its human capital to cultivate a sustainable community for them.

The early learning experience of the Aeta children will help promote the growth of their social and economic development profile, he said.

The program is intended for IP communities in the CADT 025A area.

It is also part of the CSR project of CDC and it will cover a total of 50 Aeta children from ages three to four.

The program will teach the children useful information on cognitive learning and human and social development in their formative years.

Their classes will be divided into two sessions where they will also be taught values and human development, proper sanitation, hygiene and basic health care for IPs.

The beneficiaries of the program will also be provided school materials from OB Montessori, meals, vitamins, school uniforms and free transportation from CDC.

Along with this, their parents and other adults will also learn practical and livelihood skills as they guide their kids during the entire duration of the project.

Four katutubo (indigenous) teachers who were trained under OB Montessori will be commissioned to teach the Aeta children and adults.

To ensure the sustainability of the program, DepEd Region 3 also partnered with CDC and OB Montessori to help the children for further education once they finished the course of the program.

The Mabalacat City local government unit and the Municipality of Bamban, Tarlac, also supported the project.

Meanwhile, CDC President and CEO Noel F. Manankil; OB Montessori Child and Community Foundation Inc. Executive Vice President Sara Francesca Soliven-de Guzman; OB Montessori Child and Community Foundation Inc. Officer in Charge Beverly Joy Ciencia; DepEd Officer in Charge-Superintendent Leilani Cunanan; Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo of Pampanga, Bamban Mayor Jose Antonio Feliciano of Tarlac represented by Chery Pascua and CDC External Affairs Department Assistant Vice President Rommel Narciso signed a memorandum of agreement for the provision of the said program.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jul 29, 2019
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