“Kulang ang isang araw para dito. Gusto man namin na lahat kami makasama pero walang sasakyan (One day is not enough for this. We wanted that all of us could be here but there’s no vehicle),” said Eduardo P. Tesorero, Assistant Regional Director for Financial Administrative Services Division, who spoke on behalf of the DOST XI employees.
Sixteen (16) employees were able to participate in the outreach program. They organized games and fun activities for the children. They also taught them how to wash their hands properly. At the end of the program, lunch packs were distributed.
The students and parents are grateful with the outcome of the program.
“Nalipay kami sa inyong gihatag (We are happy with what you have given us),” said Jerry Sulutan, a Grade 5 student.
His 23-year old cousin who accompanied him, Cheryl Langhi, added “Hinaot nga makabalik mo kay may nalang malipay ang mga bata (I am hoping that you could come back so that the children would be happy)”
Likewise, the teachers of the Sitio Upian Elementary School who were present in the activity also expressed their gratitude.
“In my 3 years of teaching diri nga skwelahan, lisod nga magtudlo sa ilaha nga wala’y sulod ilang tiyan. 9 or 10 palang sa buntag, murag nadaot na ilang mga dagway, (In my three years of teaching in this school, it is difficult to teach students with their empty stomachs. As early as 9 or 10 in the morning, they already have wry and dull faces)” said Elmer Garcia, a Grade 4 teacher.
“That’s why kanang gipangbuhat ninyo karon, dako ni siya nga tabang (What you have done today is already a big help), he added.
Every year, DOST XI visits Marilog District to monitor their projects. Aside from monitoring, the department also conducts outreach programs for the Lumad community.
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