//UPDATE: The School Building was finished sometime in the last quarter of 2016//
Let me introduce you to Sir Ruel Lugatiman. He is a teacher at Tibucag Integrated School. His school is located at Sitio Tibucag, Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte. For those not familiar with Talaingod, it’s the Lumad Capital of Davao Region and home to the Ata Manobos. From the national highway at Sitio JBL, the school is around 31 kilometers of rough terrain. Sir Ruel is able to go to school after traveling for at least an hour using his reliable motorcycle.
In May 4, Sir Ruel, posted this in his wall:
This post was then referred to us by another officer who happens to be a friend with Sir Ruel. And we got in touch. We asked him to come up with a proposal for his concerns. In June 3, we invited him to present his proposal to the attendees of the Arrozcaldo at Pandesal held at UCCP Davao Main.
From there, everybody started to pool their resources in order to help Tibucag Integrated School. From the original proposal of just constructing a makeshift classroom, it seems now that more can be done, all because of the overwhelming response of helpful people from everywhere. All because of an honest intention of school teacher who wanted to make a difference to the children he was teaching.
The ceremonial turn-over of different support for the school will be held at the next Arrozcaldo at Pandesal in July 8 and on July 22, will be the formal ribbon cutting of the school project in Sitio Tibucag.
(The Arrozcaldo at Pandesal is a dialogue among Government Agencies, Non Government Organizations and Civil Society Groups held every other Friday. It is a forum intended to harness the spirit of convergence and helping one another in order to address issues that affect society. The 10thCMO Kalinaw Battalion acts as the secretariat of the said activity)