Written by Jonathan Mongcal
Juvelyn Sardan Lagamon-Jomen,Project Coordinator of Mindanaw Poverty Relief Action, hands over a box of supplies to one of the teachers of St. John Elementary School. Photo courtesy of DSWD FO X.
A group of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office X launched the School Facility Visit Project — an outreach program designed to identify and effectively address school issues within the mandate of DSWD.
This project came out as a support to the CheckMySchool initiative implemented by the Citizen’s Watch for Good Governance (CWGG) in Cagayan de Oro.
CWGG is a member of the coalition along with 24 other non-government, interfaith, women’s, and people’s organizations. They serve as volunteers for Bantay, Gabay, Tulay, at Kaagapay, a framework for anti-poverty and social protection programs of DSWD.
Jonathan Mongcal, executive director of CWGG and area coordinator of CMS, proposed that for the coalition to have an in-depth understanding of the condition the children in their province, they should personally visit the public schools.
Fatima Marquida-Jorolan, DSWD PDO II, answers questions from the GPTA and student council of St. John Elementary School during the consultative dialogue on September 26, 2018.
On September 26, 2018, the group visited one of the schools covered by CMS in CDO, the St. John Elementary School in Barangay Puntod. Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program (4Ps) Coordinator Kenneth Haze G. Sanchez and 4Ps Program Development Officer Fatima Marquida- Jorolan conducted a consultative dialogue with the school authorities, GPTA, and student council.
The lack of school supplies for the children was one of the issues the teachers raised. Children were having a hard a time learning how to write and read because they don’t have the basic supplies such as paper, pens, and books.
On December 14, DSWD and its accredited CSOs turned-over various school supplies to St. John ES. There were also boxes of books, bath soap, and fruits.
DSWD and CSOs with the school principal, Grover Asequia (far right) and the pupils of St. John Elementary School. Photo courtesy of DSWD FO X.
Group Foundation, Mindanaw Poverty Relief Action, Balingasag Farmers Federation, NACPHIL, Philippine Island Kids, Inc., GCAMPI were also present during the outreach.
School Head Grover Asequia was grateful for the donations they received. These will be distributed to 500 pupils before the month ends.
DSWD hopes that through School Facility Visit Project, they could monitor the compliance of the 4Ps beneficiaries, specifically the 85% school attendance rate of the children.