Salle adopts Mangyan school
De La Salle University System President Brother Rolando Dizon,
FSC expressed his support to the Alangan Mangyans after gracing
their cultural presentation sponsored by the College of Science-Social
Action Program held on September 26.
Touched by the Mangyan children’s presentation of their community’s
struggle to free themselves from the bondage of illiteracy,
Brother Roly readily extended his support by pledging to adopt
the San Lorenzo Ruiz Formation and Learning Center in Banilad,
Oriental Mindoro. Founded in 1992, the school seeks to give
young members of the indigenous community with equal opportunities
to study, helping them become productive and responsible citizens
for God and country.
Deeply attuned to St. John Baptist de La Salle’s mission of
providing education for all, the current Mangyan school is
closely similar to the set-up of the first La Salle school
started by our Founder, with its multi-level structure of
education, that is, having a teacher educate groups of students
in different grade levels in one classroom.
To be adopted as a special project by the DLSU System, the
Mangyan school will be provided with academic assistance through
the supervision of DLSU-M’s Lasallian Schools Supervision
Office. Financial assistance will also be extended in terms
of material needs such as books and writing materials, as
well as possible additional honoraria for faculty. The Caucus
on Poverty Reduction, headed by Brother Roly, will provide
livelihood assistance to the Alangan Mangyan community.
Another building may also be set-up to accommodate additional
facilities needed for the school to be recognized by the Department
of Education Culture and Sports. It will include a clinic
and a home economics classroom.
Brother Roly advised Rosalinda Mendres, founder of the Magyan
school, to come up with a three-year development plan which
will be presented to the next System Council meeting.
Dr. Emelina Mandia, Social Action Coordinator of the College
of Science, believes that the assistance to be given to the
Mangyan is truly a blessing. She expressed her gratitude to
those who have made the moving cultural presentation possible
especially the Office of the Dean, as well as the Departments
of Biology, Religious Studies, and Behavioral Science.