Dualtech visits Davao
A team from Dualtech Center in coordination with Dr. Marcelo O. Roco, Dep-Ed Davao City Division Office, conducted orientation to 17 high school principals and teachers. Majority of the participants came from the outskirts of Davao. Some schools are located at the foot of Mt. Apo. Another school takes 2 hours through a banana plantation. Another school required the team to leave the hotel at 4:30 in the morning to reach it before noon.
The visit coincided with “Brigada Eskwela” of DepEd. It was a two week Bayanihan among students, teachers, parents, NGOs and concerned citizens working together to prepare the schools for the opening of classes. They cleaned the rooms, repaired leaking pipes and roofs, painted the walls, etc. It was a beautiful scene to behold, everybody voluntarily working together to make the school clean and safe for students. On their break times the team would insert promoting the program of Dualtech.
In two of the schools visited were some students from indigenous tribes. Everyday, they would walk back and forth from home to school. They hike three slopes of mountains every time. The sorry state of these boys led the good principal of Lower Tamugan National High School, Marilog District to put up a self-sustaining boarding house for them. On their own the boys raise livestocks and grow vegetables for their food. A number of sponsors would also contribute for their other needs during their stay in the school. These boys showed interest to go to Dualtech after graduation. They just need generous people to sponsor their airfare, and sustenance support (food and boarding house rent).
Davao City as a whole is a sprawling city, with constructions going on all over. The streets are clean and people obey traffic rules. Davao City looks very promising but there are still a lot of OSYs and high school graduates who need decent jobs.
There is a great demand of Dualtech trainees and graduates. Our partners companies appreciate the technical skills our trainees acquire from the program which are matched to their respective requirements. Most especially valued by them is the work attitude of our trainees. Majority of them operate in Calabarzon area, and therefore those boys from the provinces who are a bit adventurous will have greater chances of landing decent jobs after training.
The numerous parents and students in Davao City immediately showed interest. Maturity wise, they are ready, but they do not have enough money. Of all the places visited, not only in Davao, their clamor is how they could afford the plane ticket to Manila, the daily meals, and boarding house rent. This is the only hurdle they see entering the school.
Dualtech goes to far flung and difficult places telling people, especially the young, they can still choose a better life, a better tomorrow if they are courageous enough to cross the seas. If they want change in the way life leads them, Dualtech can be a good option.