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As Lumads Lose School, Senate Bears Gifts to Itself?
The following are two stories, almost occurring simultaneously in the Philippines:
Lumads Lose School to Typhoon Pablo
OriginallyPublished on YouTube Jan 7, 2013
Salugpungan Ta' Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center is a community based school run by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Southern Mindanao Region in cooperation with the Matigsalog Manobo lumads. They have 4 volunteer teachers and approximately 60-100 preschool to grade 4 students who attend classes regularly. The school aims to enhance the life skills and knowledge of the Manobo tribe and teaches the basics of writing, reading and arithmetic. It also envisions to sustain and value their culture and traditions towards a unified defense of their ancestral domain and right to self-determination.
The school is located in a remote sitio of Brgy. Mangayon. It is in a small upland community populated mostly by Matigsalog, Manobo lumads who settled in this part of the Diwalwal mountain range since the 1980's.
Sound, Editing: Kiri Dalena Photography: John Javellana Additional Sound: KJ Dumapit Additional Photography: Max Baluyot Santiago "Hangin" (Music from Tungkung Langit): Datu Arellano Acknowledgements: Canon Philippines, Antonni Cuesta, Jerome Mendoza, Michael Reyes, Goethe Institute, UP Film Institute, Jing Racelis, William Pedrosa, Iligan City Mayor's Office, Lawrence Lluch Cruz, Balsa Mindanao SMR, Panalipdan SMR, Dayang Yraola, Adjani Arumpac, Julius Matibag and Tudla Productions
It was Santiago who clarified in an interview with Radyo Inquirer Wednesday that the P250,000 in cash gift that Enrile gave to all senators for Christmas was different from the P1.6 million given to each of the 18 senators.
They were Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto, Panfilo Lacson, Manuel Villar, Joker Arroyo, Edgardo Angara, Franklin Drilon, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Sergio Osmeña III, Teofisto Guingona III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Ramon Revilla Jr., Francis Pangilinan, Gregorio Honasan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Santiago said this meant that the 18 got “nearly P2 million each as Christmas gift, ha? Sarap ng senador!”
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
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