Pasali turns-over 1 Primary school building, 2 Day Care centers to Manobo communities in Palimbang
To maximize education opportunities of selected far-flung areas in Sitio Biao, Brgy. Napnapon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, Pasali Philippines Foundation turned-over to Kanipaan Elementary School administration the CORDAID-funded projects of one (1) primary building and two (2) Day Care Centers last August 28, 2014.
Biao is a community of Manobo people, an hour route riding motorcycle and about fourteen (14) kilometres from the national highway of Milbuk, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. To pursue education for the Biao children, they have to walk four (4) hours before reaching the nearest primary school. Through the Pasali multi-strategies intervention in the area and financial assistance from its funding agencies like CORDAID, agriculture and education programs and projects were launched that yield sustainable community development. The two (2) day care centers were built in Kamantis and Kaluplup, Biao.
Representatives from the Manobo tribal communities, Pasali and Department of Education attended the Turn-over ceremonies held in Kanipaan Elementary School. Among them were Mr. Duma Bonifacio, Manobo Dulangan Tribal Chieftain who rendered the words of welcome; Mr. Mokamad Kussain, Pasali representative for the Turn-over Message; Mr. Gene Casipe, DepEd representative and teacher who graced the event with the Acceptance Message. School children and their parents also attended the ceremonies and were able to personally express their deepest gratitude to Pasali.
“We are very happy that this school buildings were built for our children. Our communities must help each other for this.”, says Guiambangan, a father from Ragandang, also in Biao. All stakeholders of the project remained hopeful that it could somehow bring about positive changes to this native communities as education is treated a focal point for their next generations’ quest for community development that will further uplift their living conditions.