By Mike U. Crismundo
San Miguel, Surigao del Sur – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday launched its mobile education literacy computer program for lumad (native) communities in Caraga region.
The AFP utilized three container vans containing computers, laptop and other school needs for training.
Dubbed as “Gabay aral alang sa kabataang lumad,” the 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade based in Camp Datu Macapandong in Awa New Leyte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade based here launched the program on Tuesday.
Forty-two lumad students (Manobo) formed the first batch which would avail of the one-month mobile literacy computer program.
The program is being supported by the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the local government units (LGUs).
“After this first batch, we intend to bring this program to all lumad communities in Caraga region,” 402nd Brigade Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas told The Manila Bulletin on Tuesday.
Last year, the Army’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division tapped 125 soldiers, who belong to indigenous peoples (IP) groups, for an education program that will be implemented in their home communities.