As an offshoot of the Angat Buhay Summit initiated by the Office of Vice-President of the Philippines (OVP) Her Excellency Leni Robredo, held sometime in October of 2016 where CJFI was able to attend in response to the invitation from the OVP, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baybay City and Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. have forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide more than 2,000 Alternative Learning System (ALS) students from the locality with computer literacy training.
The LGU of Baybay City was among the hundreds of LGUs who participated in the summit. The summit’s primary goal was to generate support and leverage resources in material and financial form from the various groups of business communities in the country to help out in uplifting the status of poor LGUs in the country. It was a very successful event because it was superbly organized where at the end of the day all the LGUs invited have received pledges of financial, technical, and material assistance for the endeavors they presented during the summit.
Mayor Carmen Cari, the Mayor of Baybay City said in vernacular during the interview that “gitubag gyod sa Ginoo ang among pag-ampo ug nalipay kaayo mi” when CJFI presented and offered them the computer program because this is really one of their pressing needs.
“It has been my priority plan to provide our ALS students with computer education to make them more competitive when they finish their education”, said Mayor Cari.
ALS or Alternative Learning System is a DepEd program that targets Filipinos who have stopped schooling and have no more time to go to a formal school due to various circumstances they are facing such as age, nature of work and other personal circumstances that hinder them to continue their studies in a formal school.
Mr. Dennis Murillos, the DepEd School Division Superintendent of Baybay City was very thankful to CJFI for choosing Baybay City for the computer literacy training that benefitted ALS students in his division.
The first batch of the computer literacy training was held from Feb 9, 2017 to Feb 19, 2017. The venue was at the newly completed GAD Center located at Baybay City TechVoc Center. It was culminated with a simple graduation ceremony yet very significant to the participants for their efforts and enthusiasm in the training were individually recognized.
Among the 90 ALS participants, 10 of them emerged as the top performers. The best performers were also given due recognition by giving them medals, awarded by Mayor Cari herself.
The culmination was also joined by Dell Phil. International Services, Inc. headed by Ms. Bernadete Mateo, Dell Senior Sales Advisor in the Philippines. For three years in a row, CJFI and Dell Phils. have been partnering to provide the youth and students in the countryside with computer education.
The second batch ran from March 27 to April 12, 2017, involving more than 100 students. The participants were able to learn all the basic computer applications of MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. The students were grouped into 4 groups based on the screening test given to them to ensure that the group have the level of experience and exposure in terms of computer familiarity, knowledge, and level of skills.
LIST OF TOP PERFORMERS
Batch 1 – Feb 9-19, 2017
1. Jared Flint Villagonza
2. Julius Bastasa
3. Jake Prieto
4. Gleen Jaca
5. Roel Saraosos
6. Sheila Mae Rom
7. Angelica Bengado
8. Zira Mae Sanchez
9. Moises Fil Zalrich
10. Rollie Gorre
Batch 2 March 27-April 12, 2017
1. Joana Cabusas
2. Judylene Habac
3. Kimchan Alforque
1. Mercedita Narra
2. Jehan Montano
3. Melvin Laluna
1. Mark Arthur Mestosa
2. Mark Mendoza
3. Cliren Cruz