Meat for bond paper: Barter trade initiative in North Cotabato for modular learning

Published September 18, 2020, 3:42 PM

by Keith Bacongco

DAVAO CITY — An official of North Cotabato province has launched a barter trade initiative to augment the need for bond papers that will be used in modular learning in public schools in Aleosan town.

Staff of Board Member Rosalie Cabaya hands over few kilos of pork meat in exhange for several reams of bond paper in Barangay Katalicanan in Aleosan, North Cotabato. ( BM Cabaya Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Staff of Board Member Rosalie Cabaya hands over few kilos of pork meat in exhange for several reams of bond paper in Barangay Katalicanan in Aleosan, North Cotabato. ( BM Cabaya Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Calling it “ Karne at Papel Para sa Kinbukasan,” Board Member Rosalie Cabaya initiated the program to initially provide at least five reams of bond paper for selected schools.

“In this new normal education, one of the modalities which will be commonly used in public school will be modular learning. Teachers in public schools sought help, especially on the production of the modules to be used by the learners,” Cabaya said. 

As a response, she explained that through the barter scheme, kind-hearted individuals got 1.25 kilograms of pork meat in exchange for every ream of bond paper.            

The board member, whose family is engaged in livestock farming, said that she understood the need of public school teachers, saying that the allotted budget might not be sufficient to cover all the expenditures for the production of learning modules.

Cabaya bared that her office was able to gather at least 85 reams of bond paper out of bartered 106.25 kilograms of pork meat.

The bond papers will go to at least 10 elementary schools and five high schools in Aleosan.

Her husband Loreto said that they were planning to expand the initiative to other towns. “Slowly, we’ll be able to initiate barter system to other areas,” said the former mayor of Aleosan.

The initiative came with about three weeks before the schedule resumption of classes under the new normal, which will be using different modalities such as online learning, broadcast and modular system.

 
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