The 58th Infantry Battalion and 403rd Infantry Brigade of 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army in partnership with Local Government Unit of Balingasag, Technical Education and Skills Development Misamis Oriental (TESDA), Department of Education Alternative Learning System conducted Computer Literacy Training.
This training aimed to provide basic computer literacy for the Indigenous Peoples or lumads of rural areas in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental.
The month long training equipped the participants to acquire basic computer skills, its usage and applications. After a period of 31 days of lectures and practical exercises, 46 members of Higaonon tribe from different barangays of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental completed the program of instruction of Mobile Computer Literacy. The graduation programs was conducted last April 29, 2017 at Balingasag Covered Court.
Datu Cesar G. Asapon, Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Balingasag expressed his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the agencies responsible for the conduct of the training. “Kini nagpamatuod lamang nga ang atong kasundaluhan uban ang mga ahensya sa atong gobyerno naglantaw sa malambuong kaugmaon sa atong mga igsoong lumad” (This shows our soldiers with these agencies are serving for a better future for the lumads).
Meanwhile, town Mayor Marrietta R. Abogado, as guest speaker during the ceremony, emphasized that her administration’s top priority is the peace and order. Lumads in the municipality are the most vulnerable sector, hence educating and empowering the Indigenous People is one of the goals in achieving lasting peace’’ she said.
“Karong panahuna nipuyo nata nga nga tanan gikinahanglan mugamit ug teknolohiya busa sa unang pagbasa, pagsulat ug pag-ihap ra ang gitudlo sa mga igsuon natong lumad didto sa kadaplinan pero karun niabot na ang panahon nga makakat-on na sila ug hawid computer. Makabalo na sila muhawid ug mouse ug mugamit ug nagkalainlain nga aplikasyun sa computer nga magamit nila puhon (Nowadays, everyone needs to use technology, however reading, writing and counting were only taught to the lumads. Now, the time has come for them to learn about using a computer. They know now how to use mouse and various applications in the computer that they could use in the future),’’ says Col Royland M Orquia, deputy Brigade Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade as he undescored the importance of computer literacy.