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Invaluable Commitment and Support

January 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

“If you support the community, the community will support you”. This old cliché emphasizes the importance of building proper and good relationship or rapport among the people of community.
The BLGU of Brgy. East Patadon visibly supports the cause of the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement for Moro Children in Mindanao Project (iREAD).
The entrance of the project intervention in Patadon would not be possible without their invaluable commitment and support. In fact, they offered the BLGU Hall and the covered court for our off school intervention which is the Alternative Delivery Mode class conducted every Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the recent ADM class first year intervention, they also lend their mega phone because they saw and observe the need for it since children do not listen if destructed and so that the lessons and topic will be delivered well and the community facilitators will have much easier way of teaching and delivering without shouting.
They are always present in every activities, meetings and consultations conducted in support for the project. If there are trainings or meetings in their place they make sure to give counterpart and if the Brgy. Captain is not around, He always make sure Barangay Councilors are there as the representatives.
Moreover, The mantra of the Barangay Local Government Unit of East Patadon is working hand in hand in order to achieve success and share success in order to achieve fulfillment for the development of the Barangay and this has been visible up to now.

Wash governance project in Datu Montawal officially launched

October 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives officially launched its newest project uported by its long-term partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at Datu Montawal Municipal Hall last October 13, 2016. The project entitled “ Water, Sanitation, governance in Mindanao” also known as WASH.
The said event were attended by the Executive Director Mike P. Alon, DAtu Montawal Mayor Vicman Montawal, Vice mayor Datu Ohto Montawal, MLGU officials, Barangay Captains, Representative from other Health agencies, WASH Project Manager Lucille ISnani, CRS and IMAN staffs.
WASH is a four-year project covering the 11 Barangays of Datu MOntawal in using phrase-approach. The project aims to contribute to the development and improved WASH-related outcomes in targeted conflict-affected and disaster prone communities in DAtu Montawal through sustainable WASH intervention. The project also seeks to effectively integrate WASH service improvements and provision into governance functions of DAtu Montawal, MAguindanao. Ts primary goal id to announce the said Municipality as the first Zero Open Defecation.
Hon. Vice Mayor Datu Ohto Montawal state that he will give his 100% support to the project accordingly. District Supervisor Delhia Daniel, also commit her support to the project. ABC President Datu Jasmerudin Mangadad shareds his appreciation to the IMAN for the help it has given Pagagawan since 2010. Ma’am Dolly S. Corro of CRS also emphasizes that CRS DATU MONTAL and IMAN has shared vision in developing Datu Montawal Municipality. Thus, she also stated that everybody should work hand in hand to make this dream come true.
Other health agencies and 11 BArangay Captains also show their support through signing the wall of commitment and support provided.
The program was closed in an inspiring message by the Provincial Planning Development Officer Mr. Utto, according to him, “Together let us make this Municipality, the first Municipality in MAguindanao declare as ZOD or Zero Open Defecation.”

IMAN-GRF conducts “Annual Project Review and Planning”

August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives conducts 2 days Activity on “Annual Project Review and Planning” on August 19-20, 2016 in Fernandez Beach Resort, Samal Island. The activity is attended by 30 community facilitators, 10 teachers, 5 parents, 5 BLGU and 10 IMAN staff.
The activity is intended to assess the first year project implementation. Emphasis will be given to the issues, concerns and challenges encountered during the project implementation and document the lesson learn from it. Facilitating factors and hindering factors towards the achievement of the target accomplishment will also serve as basis for the IREAD team together with the stakeholders to craft or develop an action plan for the year 2 project implementation
The remaining period of the activity will be utilized for solidarity and team building activities that will enable to bind the group, so that they get to know each other better and strengthen the sense of team and establish a positive team culture, beliefs and values.
During the Assessment and Planning, Ma’am Amerah Mantawil- Community Facilitator of Barangay Pedtad shared her gratitude and appreciation to the project. According to her, “Because of the seminar and trainings offered by the project my knowledge and skills in handling children and teaching them was developed and improved, I learned many strategies that I am now applying in the teaching world.”
The Principal of Pedtad Elmentary School said Sir Habby Balayanan“I am thankful for yet again choosing our school to be Beneficiary of the Project this would be of great help in helping our teachers and our students in the course of education. Also, we hope that the proper project implementation will start immediately.”
PTA President of Pagagawan Elementary School Mr. Mama Mangadad also expresses his thanks and gratefulness towards the new project. “On behalf of the Parents Teachers Association of Pagagawan Elementary School, we look forward to the proper implementation of the project and on our part we promise to lend our hand in trhe course of implementation” he said.
Different activities was performed to promote and strengthen good working relationship with the stakeholders. Overall the phrase “Unlad iREAD” was created as sign of unity and harmony among them.

Reyhana Endigay Proves Disability is not a Hindrance in Learning

August 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

Verbal communication is neither a hindrance nor a barrier to achieve learning, once you are determined for it. One who truly wants to attain his goal will do every possible way to achieve it even if it means hardship, labor and accepting discrimination from his environment.
A concrete example of this situation is one of student beneficiary of the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement Project for Moro Children in Mindanao, Rehanna Endigay. Reyhana is a 10 year old resident of Brgy. Patadon, Kidapawan City. Reyhana, is deaf and mute. She is not enrolled in formal education, not because she doesn’t want to but because her parents choose not to as they are worried that her classmates might just bully her.
When her parents heard the news about the newest project to be implemented in their community which is the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement Project for Moro Children in Mindanao, specifically it’s intervention on the out of School Children. They were very happy because they see it as a great opportunity for Reyhana to learn especially in the field of numeracy and literacy.
During the early goings of the class, Reyhana is having difficulty mingling with her classmates and her teacher but because she is determined to learn, day by day she adjusted. The Community facilitators are doing their best to communicate to Rehanna using sign language so that she can cope-up with the lessons.
Her participation and eagerness in learning caught the Community Facilitators attention.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

ADM Students Underwent Reading Capability Evaluation

August 9, 2016 at 1:28 am

A total of 156 children beneficiary of the Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) Literacy under IREAD “Off-school” intervention were assessed through Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (PHIL-IRI). Phil-IRI is an assessment tool that evaluates the reading proficiency of elementary level pupils and gives quantitative information about the pupil’s reading capabilities.

Each of the 156 children were asked to read a passage with 131 words, record the reading time of each student and given time to answer 7 questions to test their comprehension ability.

As a result, of the 156 students who took the post test evaluation, 33% are considered as Independent readers or students who reads fast and comprehend well what he read, 37% are instructional readers or have moderate or average reading speed and an average reading comprehension level while the remaining 29% are frustrated readers or students who showed very reading speed level and low or poor reading comprehension level.

Results of the evaluation showed that the community based literacy program for out-of-school children significantly contribute to promotion of literacy in Bangsamoro communities.

This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

Reaching the Unreached: A Challenge for Children’s Education

August 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

The most stumbling blocks in the way to peace and development in Bangsamoro communities is undoubtedly the illiteracy. Being literate improves individuals’ capabilities and resilience, and leads towards achievement of economic growth and social development.
However, literacy is somehow an impossible dream for the people in conflict affected areas. Living in a conflict affected communities increases the likelihood of not becoming literate or of not gaining access to education. This is true to the Bangsamoro Children who have difficulty in attaining basic education and basic social services due to many factors such as but not limited to; distance from and to school, economic difficulties, and armed-conflict.
The Literary Program thru Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM) for the out-of-school children is among the initiatives of IMAN supported by the USAID to combat the realities on Bangsamoro Children literacy. The program paved way to reach out to the Bangsamoro Children who were deprived of their right to be literate due to various factors.
Behind this initiative is the very active Community Facilitators who allotted their time to reach the unreached children. The Community Facilitators are individuals from the community who are mobilized to help in teaching the out-of-school children with basic literacy.
For the second batch of implementation, the Community Facilitators are very energetic, patient and persistent of searching out-of-school children in each community and encourage them including their parents to send them to the literacy program thru ADM offered by IMAN in their community. House to house visits were done by this people just to persuade the parents of the OSC to value education.
Indeed, attitude and commitment is a vital pre-requisite of being a Community Facilitators since only petty amount is provided for them in return for their invaluable support to the program implementation.
“It is not an easy job, in our area we have to travel kilometers to reach out the children. It is our little way of helping our fellow bangsamoro to be literate for their seld development” according to Amera Mantawil, Community Facilitator in Barangay Pedtad, Kabacan, North Cotabato.
This initiative was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

The Innovation for Rural Education Advancement for Moro Children in Mindanao Project celebrates its ADM 1st commencement Exercise

June 15, 2016 at 3:12 am

In line with its advocacy on improving quality education for young Moro children in conflict affected areas of Bangsamoro, the out of school intervention of the Innovation for Rural Education Advancement program initiated by the Integrated Mndanaons Association for Natives managed by the Gerry Roxas Foundation and funded by USAID successfully conducted its commencement exercise on five covered areas of Mindanao simultaneously. The different areas are Patadon Kidapawan City, Pedtad Kabacan Cotabato, Pagagawan Datu Montawal Maguindanao, Baya Pagalungan Maguindanao and Langkuno Paglat Maguindanao.

Alternative Delivery Mode in the community is a project that aims to improve the literacy and numeracy of the out-of-school youth who is unable to access formal education due to poverty cause of the displacement during the conflict in Mindanao.The said activity were attended by BLGU officials, Community facilitators, PTA representatives together with IMAN staffs last June 2, 2016 at Barangay Pagagawan, Barangay Pedtad, Barangay Baya, Barangay Paglat and Barangay Patadon respectively.

Mr. Daud Maido, Barangay Official of Barangay Pagagawan said that, “We are so grateful to IMAN and other funding agencies that they support this kind of project that benefits the young Moro children. Thus, this also serve as a beginning and motivation for the child to continue their studying in formal education, he added.

According to one of the pupil beneficiary in Patadon who top their class “I am very thankful for my teachers because they taught me how to read because they are giving me extra time and care, I appreciate it very much”.

In a message given by the executive director, Dr. Mike P. Alon, conveyed by the Project officers of different areas “Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself. Education will give you direction and guide throughout your life. Once you are educated you will not be ignorant when you step out of the community. Furthermore, we are also thankful to the community for embracing and accepting us.

The Alternative Delivery Mode will again open its door to another set of pupil beneficiary coming August of the Year.

MPI EXPOSURE in Municipal Hall Datu Montawal Maguindanao

June 5, 2016 at 2:37 am

MPI students with the accompaniment of the Catholic Relief Services and in cooperation with the Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives visit the Municipality of Datu Montawal maguindanao. The visit took place on June 1, 2016 at the Municipal Hall
The said visit aims to expose the students to conflict places and discover what the context and conflict issues of the place are. They tend to get information by doing Focus group discussion and key individual information.
The said visit was attended by IMAN staffs, CRS personnel, MPI students, MLGU staffs and BLGU officials. The said visit is beneficial to the cause of discovering the issues and how the officials handle the cause of the issue.

ADM classes postponed due to Election Warfare

May 24, 2016 at 7:24 am

2016 National Election was the most intriguing election in the Philippine History. It does not only divert public attention in social media but it has also become a major topic nationwide. But it’s not just the case in some areas of the country, specifically in conflict affected areas in Mindanao.

One of the beneficiaries of our project, Kilangan Pagalungan Maguindanao experienced the negative effect of Election. Even before the week of election, conflict among the candidates is already visible which results to firings across the land of Pagalungan. Tension build by the said firing causes the people to evacuate week before the day of Election.

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives in partnership with the Gerry Roxas Foundation project intervention in Baya, Pagalungan Maguindanao was affected by this phenomena. The conduct of the classes for the Out of School Youth, which is one of the project of IMAN namely Innovation for Rural Education Advancement for Moro Children in Mindanao.

According to Mr. Nasser Guiamelil- Principal of Baya Elementary School, many of the families are affected by this armed conflict, they are afraid that they might lost their lives anytime. The pupil beneficiary of the project as well as the community facilitators who handles the class are terrified. This phenomena creates a huge impact on the children, emotional trauma will be planted in their minds and heart.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

GRF-IMAN visit Barangay East Patadon, Kidapawan City

February 28, 2016 at 1:31 am

The Integrated Mindanaons Association for Native Inc. together with the Gerry Roxas Foundation Representative, Regional Monitoring Officer Sir Philbert Yee conducted site visit at Patadon Elementary School and Purok 1, Barangay East Patadon, Kidapawan City to personally witness the room intended for the electronic gadgets for the beneficiaries and the Alternative Delivery Room. The purpose of the visit is to personally hear from the teacher, parents and BLGU their sentiments, suggestions in regardless to sustaining the development of the project.