About 169 classrooms are set to be built for the indigenous people this year.
The project is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Kalahi-CIDSS program and in cooperation with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the Department of Education (DepEd).
The project is intended to uplift the education system and extend it to the Lumad children most especially those living in the far-flung areas.
The reason why we need to have this project to improve the education system of our indigenous people especially those living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,” said DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS Social Marketing Officer Julie Ace Brandon Ramos.
Ramos said they have identified the sites in Davao Region where these classrooms will be built.
The classrooms will be distributed in the municipalities of Compostela, Monkayo and New Bataan in the province of Compostela Valley while in Davao City are the areas in Marilog and Baguio District.
Other classrooms will be built in Kapalong and Talaingod in Davao del Norte, Digos City, Sta. Cruz, Matanao in Davao del Sur, Malita, and Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental, and Baganga, Boston, Caraga, Cateel, Lupon, Manay and Mati in Davao Oriental.
Ramos said before the implementation of the project, an Indigenous People Summit was held in Tagum last March.
“The conference is intended to consult the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives and tribal leaders before building the classrooms as it should adhere to the culture, design and needs of the area,” said Ramos.
Ramos said this is a gesture of respect to the cultural rights of the Lumads before a development be realized in their communities.
The project has an estimated budget of 895,000 pesos per classroom and it set to begin June this year.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Soon to rise: classroom for IPs, May 16, 2016