ABS-CBN brings Dualtech Center to adopted Community in Batangas
The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation through its Integrated Public Service (IPS) office has adopted Looc, Balete, Batangas as a pilot Barangay for a program called Building Sustainable and Caring Communities (BSCC) which started in 2015. This community development project was formalized with the creation of the Looc Balete Development Association, Inc., which helps provide livelihood to its members.
As the community realized the need for employment for its youth, the association, in coordination with the Balete, Batangas Local Government Unit (LGU) requested ABS-CBN IPS to refer its partner institutions, Dualtech Center and Punlaan School, to conduct career orientation. Both schools offer the dual training system program which give students the opportunity to be trained by industry partners leading towards immediate employment. This training program now forms part of the Sustainable Livelihood Program for young beneficiaries in Looc and nearby communities.
Ms. Liezl Maya, mother of 7, talked about her daughter who recently graduated from Punlaan School. “Malaki ang tulong sa amin. Makakapagtrabaho na ang aking anak sa isang restaurant.” As she valued most the character formation provided by the school, she wants to send her son to Dualtech. “Hindi lang basta basta ang training. Pinakamahalaga ang values formation”
Steffany Redison, Community Development Officer of ABS-CBN, who helps with the community projects says “Our division (IPS) in ABS-CBN is trying to build sustainable and caring communities at hindi puro dole out. Naniniwala kami na dapat ang community, nagtutulungan. You dont necessary help people kasi mayroon naman silang kakayahan, you will only need to identify yung needs and strength nila.”. Their projects in the community also include health and skills training. “ABS-CBN looks for rural communities because efforts are already concentrated in the city. The LGU in Batangas is very receptive which is a factor in choosing the community in Looc, Balete, Batangas. In ABS-CBN, we use our core in partnering with institutions like Dualtech, Punlaan, private companies, and other national agencies para mapabilis ang pagtulong” she added.
Interested partners and donors who may wish to help the community in Batangas and provide assistance to deserving scholars may contact Mr. Okeek Sta Ana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 09363796976.