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Manobo Indigenous School Recognized by DepEd & DSWD
Biao is an upland Manobo Indigenous People community of 191 households in Barangay Napnapon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. It sits at 500 meters above sea, has no clean water, no paved roads, and its villagers in dire lack of food. Nearly all inhabitants were illiterate. The tribe applied for a government-recognized daycare and elementary school with help from the Palimbang Pasali staff and Children’s Desk in 2008. DSWD formally recognized the day care center in 2009, and the DepEd recognized the elementary school through annexation to another school in 2011. A concrete classroom is scheduled to be built in 2012. 150 children are enrolled in Grade I for 2012-2013, and 65 children go to the day care. Last March 2011, 10 Manobo students were made honor students by the mother elementary school.
Pasali Palimbang staff and Children’s Desk also assisted the Manobo families with the government program Pantawid Pamilya and intervention brought a local DSWD representative personally to Biao when issues arose.
Day Care for Indigenous Children in San Jose
San Jose's Barangay Council for the Protection of Children raised the issue of an unfinished day care center in Banwalan in 2011. This building was started in 2006 and halted in 2010 due to diminishing support of the community and lack of classroom facilities. With the council’s efforts, restoration and completion began in 2011 and a daycare teacher for the building is designated by the City Social Welfare. The same council also pushed for a daycare school in Maligaya, San Jose. That will be active 2012.
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