Issue of June 10, 2018
Mt. Province

70th Courier Anniversary Issue
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One cause of accidents is hurrying. We hurry for many reasons without considering the consequences that perhaps may be more harmful than beneficial.

In one instance, I had to take a round trip back home when I came to the city to accomplish some tasks. This is so because no one would look after our house and feed the chickens, dogs, and the cats because my niece attended a wedding party in another town. Besides, I feel more comfortable at home with a rustic environment than spending a night in our house near the city. I arrived in the city at 9 a.m. The trip I targeted to take for home leaves at noon.

I had to race against time. From the bus terminal, I hastily proceeded to the taxi loading area so I can board one for the hospital. I failed to notice a vendor carrying a basket and I bumped her. I apologized. The time lost to the heavy traffic pushed me to a speedier movement that when I got off the cab, I forgot to close the door and forgot to hand in my fare. My attention was called by the driver resulting in my embarrassment. I rushed up the stairs of the hospital and my shoulder bag accidentally swept against the head of a sleeping baby cuddled by her mother. This awakened her and she cried in indignation. The mother looked at me bitterly. I apologized then entered the ward where my eyes were met by my healthy-looking niece smiling at me. I gave encouraging words, advised her to be faithful to the doctor’s instructions, and I made mention of a loving and caring God before I left for the bank.

In my hurry to enter the bank, I stepped on the slippery floor and my right footwear slipped. I almost tumbled. The queue was rather long and this claimed another unbearable time for one of the three tasks to accomplish. With the little money I had, I dropped by a supermarket. Time was getting shorter. I looked at the items in my list and cancelled those I hardly found at the shelves. At the queue, I requested another customer if she can allow me to go ahead of her. I told her that I am catching up a ride back home. My request was granted. I thanked her then rushed to the bus station. I noticed that the vehicle is waiting. Almost full. Again, my attention was focused to it, that I was almost hit by a vehicle had not for the dispatcher who pushed me to safety. My heart throbbed in fright. I deposited the baggage on a vacant seat then told the conductor that I had to go to the market to buy some stuff. Back at the terminal, I saw the bus and heard the engine signalling a start. I got in, sat down, relieved. I was fulfilled for having accomplished my tasks.

During the ride, I looked back on how I was able to meet my targets in three hours. Guilt-stricken, my mind is bothered as I imagined the scene of my hurried actions that inflicted pain on others as in the case of the vendor I bumped into and the sleeping baby that I accidentally hit with my bag. I deprived two people of their convenience at the bank and in the supermart respectively when I bargained to go ahead of them, an act which both portrayed my being inconsiderate. From this experience, I have learned that caution must be exercised even as we hurry. Hurrying is indispensable but we need to be careful and be wise. Hurrying without being cautious is risky.


The spirit of volunteerism

Society needs people who are united and willing to partake for its development and preservation.

In the community, we observe that there are individuals or organizations that are sensitive enough and eager to devote their time for charity and volunteerism. They are helping their barangays without any reservations.

Shepherding “Clean and green,” “Clean-up drive,” and “Tree planting” is an example. Cleanliness or sanitation and beautification are the main objectives of such activities. There are people who continuously serve their community. They are inspirations and models that we should follow. The welfare of environment is in our hands. We should go out and extend our assistance.

The school is also a place where you can find the spirit of volunteerism. Prior to the opening of classes, Brigada Eskwela is implemented. This is to prepare the schools for the incoming school year. It also aims to strengthen the partnership between the school and community.

During the said activity, you see the commitment of teachers, students, and parents for the good of the school. There are volunteers also from the community who are coming and offering their services. Some are from other government agencies and private sectors.

They perform different nature of works such as cleaning, plumbing, painting, landscaping, carpentry and masonry. This is a great help to the schools since they will be cleaned, beautified and fixed in time for the opening of classes.

Brigada Eskwela is an activity that should be supported by all citizens. It is an avenue that can unite us as one for the betterment of our country.

However, there are individuals who are reacting negatively. According to them, Brigada Eskwela no longer serves its purpose. Parents and other stakeholders are just being obliged to join the activity. Likewise, they are also being forced to donate either cash or materials.

I really wonder why there are issues such as these. Stakeholders should understand that their contributions are beneficial to the learners. They are the primary reason why the activity is being conducted. School administrators desire the best for them. Learning is more meaningful and enjoyable in a safe, conducive and relaxing atmosphere.

There are no problems to arise if only we will open our minds and hearts. Greater opportunities await us if we will support such activity in schools. We are helping to build the youth for their brighter futures. Our efforts and concerns will inspire them to reflect, aim, and act to become fruitful and responsible citizens.

Let us ignite the spirit of volunteerism for the progress, peace, and harmony of our country.


Indigenous Peoples face challenges of the 21st Century

Last year, the Department of Education adopted the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED) Curriculum Framework, which was formulated in consultation with community elders, leaders, and implementers of community-based IPEd initiatives. The framework provides guidelines in contextualizing the K to 12 Curriculum based on the indigenous community’s educational and social background.

Sustainable development defined as “a development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” is one of the thrusts the ASEAN Integration and a major feature that the educational system of our country has to address. Looking at the K to 12 curriculum, it centers more on the idea that learning should be culture-based and the applicability of the skills to be learned are based on the community where these learners have been nurtured. This concept leads to great debates among educators, politicians, and other individuals since this includes the use of mother tongue as a primary medium of instruction in the early years of a child’s education.

Studies have shown that the use of mother tongue inside the classroom produce better and faster learners. It makes them adept at learning a second and third language as well. Teaching the learners based on the facts of their community will surely make them more competitive in a sense that they can easily assimilate external concepts to that of what they have already learned.

DepEd is doing its best to make our learners meet the needs of the ASEAN Integration by equipping the learners with the skills they need to be competitive in the ASEAN Community. As a matter of fact, the integration of the K to 12 is already an indication that our educational system is ready to face the opportunities and challenges that the ASEAN Integration will bring.

The IPED is one facet that the department is strengthening since in this manner, learners can fully understand the facts of life by which they were anchored upon. It will enable them to recognize their roles as members of society that eventually will help them come up with ideas of having a sustainable development in their community.

Another thing to consider is the fact that IPED is indeed cultivating the minds of the learners to be more patriotic since according to studies done locally and abroad, a nation with great sense of belongingness will surely top the world of its own unseen force.

As our country is at its peak of getting ready for the full ASEAN Integration, how is DepEd-Cordillera doing?

DepEd Assistant Regional Director Soraya T. Faculo said in terms of the Cordilleran learner’s readiness and confidence to compete in the ASEAN Community, we can say that in general, they are ready.

DepEd-Cordillera is making sure that the skills in the curriculum needed by the learners are delivered thoroughly. The spiral curriculum focuses on making the Filipino an “empowered individual” that is armed with the requirements to face the realities of our modern world.

Aside from monitoring the implementation of the curriculum, DepEd-Cordillera is also strengthening the competencies of its employees by empowering the teachers, school heads and even the learners to be competitive in their own level. Through its Human Resource Development Division, it is continuously taking measures to improve the performance and quality service to make the learners ready to meet the standards of the ASEAN Integration.

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