Former Bastion of NPA in Compostela opens a new DepEd School for Lumads

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley Province – The Philippine National Anthem was played once again as the School Year of 2019 opens in the newly established Mangayon Elementary School, Side Four Extension at Sitio Side Four, Brgy Mangayon, Compostela, CVP. The momentous event transpired during the Turn Over of the DepEd school building spearheaded by the Local Government of Compostela Valley Province together with the 10th Infantry Agila Division, Gawad Kalinga (GK) Foundation and Sumitomo Fruit Corporation (SUMIFRU) last June 03, 2019.

The newly constructed school building has two (2) classrooms with one (1) washing area and comfort rooms for male and female. SUMIFRU and GK Foundation provided books and school supplies for the students. In addition, two (2) licensed teachers took oath to comprise the number of teachers committed to teach in the said area. This is to accommodate the 70 Lumad children who are enrolled for primary and secondary education.

They also opened the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” as a DepEd requisite to promote the feeding program of the local government among students. Caravan of free services were also showcased for the community to enjoy that includes free haircut, free medical and dental check-up and distribution of food packs and clothing package.

Mr. Reynante Solitario, Superintendent of Division of School in Compostela Valley Province hopes that the school will be an independent institution with its own allocated budget to facilitate its expansion in accordance with the increasing number of enrollees from the community.

“The AFP is here to ensure our security; the PNP is here to help resolve our daily challenges; the Department of Education is here to provide what we need for our children to enjoy their rights to education; and the private sector is here to support those endeavors through logistics and voluntary service. The different agencies though with different advocacies conspire to contribute to give our children a good future,” Hon. Jayvee Tyron Uy, Governor of Compostela Valley Province said during the Turn-Over Ceremony.

He added, “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you (the community). Let us support our teachers sacrificed to be away from their own families and risk their lives to serve in the far flung community in order to provide education.”

MGEN JOSE C FAUSTINO JR AFP, Commander of 10th Infantry Agila Division said, “This is a manifestation that development springs out from genuine peace. This is how the Armed Forces of the Philippines work and will continue to toil harder and further until the whole province will be cleared from the leftist infestation and that government services will continue to pour out reaching every Lumad community, who truly deserve to enjoy the richness of their native land and live a generation of genuine peace.”