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32 kids finish Cagayan PLRC, USL summer literacy program

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Some 32 pupils graduated from the 1st Summer Literacy Program of Cagayan Provincial Learning and Resource Center (CPLRC) in partnership of the University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao (USLT) on Thursday, May 24.

Student-teachers of USLT taught children aged four to eight years in the program which started last April 22.

The free summer program was also initiated through the help of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Tuguegarao Ybanag.

PLRC Head Librarian Michael Pinto proudly said the program ran without asking for funds from the province because of the “value and the power of collaboration,” crediting the support of their partners USL and JCI Tuguegarao Ybanag.

“You must know how to collaborate…Laway lang po ang puhunan. And I am very thankful kasi may mga taong naniniwala at sumusuporta sa ganitong projects,” Pinto said.

Pinto added that they have seen development in the children in terms of behavior and attitude towards learning.

One of the parents of the pupils, Doctor Annabelle Paguirigan shared that she was able to see her child’s improvement in their reading skills.

“Actually, tuwang-tuwa kaming parents, just like me, I am a working mom. I was able to appreciate the improvements of my child. Kahit na napapagod ako sa trabaho, I was able to see the good thing that my child has learned here at PLRC,” Paguirigan said.

Meanwhile, Alfred Iringan, one of the librarians in PLRC, noted in his opening remarks that their office has great value in community learning and to child development.

“Life is not just about learning, to read and write are important but [these are] just as important as love and friendship. This is a life-long skill that helps us all flourish,” Iringan said.

Vice Governor Melvin “Boy” Vargas Jr who leads the PLRC said children learning how to read in their early years is a “welcome development” especially during the heavy use of gadgets and technology nowadays.

Vargas said he still believes in traditional methods of learning such as reading, saying that this is still an efficient way.

Board Member Maila Ting-Que share the same insights with Vargas, noting that a lot of young learners today no longer have the habit of reading.

Ting-Que thanked the parents who despite their busy schedules did not limit their responsibilities in helping their children in their further educational growth.

“This is you showing us that you want your children to really learn at yung kanilang time o oras nila habang bata pa sila ay ma-spend sa makabuluhang bagay because everything starts with reading…Reading makes them more receptive in learning, and reading makes them adjustable and learned,” she said.

The board member urged the parents to continue their interest in supporting their children’s learning and development.

Vice Governor Vargas said this is the purpose why they will maintain the PLRC and keep it open for the youth.

Meanwhile, Board Member Perla Tumaliuan told parents to celebrate their children’s acquisition of knowledge.

Tumaliuan called the summer program “priceless,” adding that the best gift parents can ever give to their children is education.

In his speech, USL Vice President for Academic Emmanuel James Pattaguan renewed the university’s commitment to programs such as literacy development and other extension services.

Pattaguan reminded parents to be with their children in their education and told the pupils to read.

“Good parents contribute to the full education of children. If parents are present in the education of their children, I am sure that their children will succeed in life. It cannot be that you are present only during the opening day and end up not attending to your children.” Pattaguan said.

“Good parenting is always present in the midst of your children, every moment as much as possible,” he added.

Despite the debacle over the jurisdiction of PLRC, Vice Governor Vargas said the PLRC will “never stop” serving the public and conduct programs.

“Marami po tayong programa, marami po tayong adhikain dito. Tuluy-tuloy lang yung ginagawa natin,” Vargas said.

“Regardless of whatever the issue the PLRC is encountering as of now, being the father of the three offices [VGO, SP, and PLRC], nandirito lang ako sa tabi ninyo sumusuporta. Kahit anong program ang ibibigay natin sa mga kababayan because this is not for us, this is for the people, our constituents,” Vargas told PLRC staff. Northernforum.net

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