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SSC and ALCADEV Renews Partnership and Collaboration

March 16,2019

St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc. or ALCADEV, renewed its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last October 15, 2018. ALCADEV is composed of several Manobo schools in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.  The MOA signing was the highlight of the week-long “Lumad Bakwit School” held in SSC from October 12-18, 2018.

The initial collaboration of St. Scholastica’s College and ALCADEV started in 2006 when SSC, along with the Maharlika Foundation, the Yuchengco and the local government units in Surigao del Sur conducted a Centennial Medical Mission. The medical mission was part of the commemoration of the 100 years of the founding of St. Scholastica’s College.  After the event, the sisters and faculty went to the mountains of Han-ayan and visited the Manobo schools where they had direct experience of the sorry state of the Manobo schools.

The first visit in 2006 was followed by several more forging stronger ties with the Manobo schools. Thus, the first MOA was inked in 2011, under the presidency of Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB. This was to strengthen the collaboration of SSC with the Manobo schools in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur in the hope of improving the education of the indigenous peoples. 

The MOA states that adhering to the indigenous people’s concern and struggle for education, SSC agrees to adopt ALCADEV as its outreach school. Aside from respecting each others’ school thrust and methodology of teaching and culture, SSC will share its resources in the teaching and learning of the teachers and students as well as in the provision of school materials and books. Teacher and student trainings will also be conducted by SSC especially in the area of new trends in teaching and education. Every year too, SSC has been sending school supplies, slippers and rain boots, umbrellas, and raincoats and chalk to ALCADEV. On the other hand, ALCADEV will share its resources and knowledge for the furtherance of SSC’s environmental advocacy. Seedlings of native trees and handicraft of the indigenous communities will be shared with the SSC Community. Teachers and students of ALCADEV regularly visit SSC to share with the community, the plight of the indigenous people. Recently, they brought seedlings of native trees to be planted in the St. Scho. Farm in Batangas.

The most recent MOA was signed by the following people from SSC: Sr. M. Christine Pinto, OSB, School President and Prof. Delia Sarmiento, Chair of the College Faculty Outreach Committee, and from ALCADEV; Ms. Surley Grace Cajandig, Chair, ALCADEV Board of Trustees and Bishop Modesto P. Villasanta, UCCP, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur.