“If you have time or opportunity, do it, grab it, don’t lose it. Because it will not come back again. It will be back but it will be different than before. In other words, you will be late.” Yan po ang salitang sinasabi sa akin ng aking ama noong ako ay high school pa lang. Noon ay binalewala ko lang ang kanyang sinabi, pero ngayon ko lang naisip na tama pala ito. Kailangan nating kumilos bago mahuli ang lahat. -- Floro P. Sanchez Jr. Awardee, Merit, In-School Performance Tagbilaran City, Bohol Trainee, Philippine Manufacturing Co. of Murata, Inc.
ABS- CBN News Center (ANC) featured Dualtech Center last Decemeber 01, 2019. in an article, titled “This vocational school brings its underpriviledged students close to future employers,” presenting two scholars, Radin Celeste and Christian Rosas, from Negros Occidental and Quezon respectively.
The story of Basilan scholars
The island province of Basilan is located just off the southern coast of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is the largest island of the Sulu Archipelago. Basilan is a third-class province in terms of gross provincial income. And, ranked 20 among the Philippines’ 80 provinces in terms of incidences of poverty.
True to its word to “serve the fringes of society”, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) visited Basilan to campaign for students for scholarship and presented Dualtech as an option. It was quite easy to convince young men to enrol at Dualtech; to escape from poverty. Financial problems being the cause for dropping out of school is repeated often in Basilan.
How the Scholars of Lao Foundation are contributing to the enrichment of their community
Unlike most students their age, Leo and Isaiah have already mapped a vision of the future in their heads.
Leo Samarita knew at a very young age that he was destined to become a breadwinner. The eldest son of a sari-sari store owner and a canvasser, Leo has taken to delivering fresh vegetables to the market at the crack of dawn, peddling balut until the late hours of the evening, all while attending classes in the hours between. His weekends are a routine of odd jobs and errands to make ends meet. Leo’s empty hours on the weekends are spent writing homework and studying for exams, and he keeps only a couple of hours for sleep before rising to another day of back-breaking work and rigorous study.
As part of the vision to contribute in alleviating poverty across all regions of the Philippines, Dualtech Center, through the effort of the Community Relations Office and Partners and Programs Office, welcomed about 30 coordinators from Bohol, Cebu, and Davao last November 8-10, 2018.
Participants, majority of whom are affiliated with the Department of Education, had undergone Dualtech 101, a seminar- workshop and immersion specially designed to introduce Dualtech Center and its adopted dual- training system, life skills and work values for Visayas and Mindanao community representatives.
On May 05, Hon. Mayor Mryna Mondejar from the Municipality of Veruela, Agusan Del Sur was the Guest of Honor and Speaker in Dualtech’s Commencement Exercises. This occasion also had guests and donors of the Dualtech Cafeteria which was inaugurated on the same day.
About 100 graduates received their diploma in Electromechanics Technology. Mr. Mark Joelou Catan from Tayabas Quezon represented the batch with his message of asking for God’s perfect time so their dreams may come into reality.