Upholding inclusive education, the e-hub launching highlighted the benefit of UgwAd not only to the students in the remote areas but also to the Sakada and community of indigenous peoples (IP) on Friday, November 6 at Col. Ruperto Abellon National School (CRANS).
The UgwAd e-hub project aims to help students who have problems with gadgets and connectivity in the municipality of Laua-an to have access in online learning with free transportation service which is also sponsored by the Local Government Unit(LGU) of the municipality.
It was reported earlier that the Laua-an LGU led by Mayor Capt. Francisco G. Baladjay Jr. provided 10 desktop computers with University of Antique(UA) pledged to donate five more computers and IT services as a partner in making the project possible.
“Ang ugwad ay isang matulis na salita kung saan iyan ang pangarap, hindi lang pangarap ko kaya ako naging pulitiko, kundi pangarap ng lahat ng mga magulang lalo na sa mga anak… lahat ng problema, may sagot dahil tayo ay may ugwad, may ugwad sa pamilya (at) sa sarili. Kaya blessing in disguise ang partnership ito… ay naisakatuparan dahil diyan ang University of Antique (Ugwad is a sharp word which is a dream, not just mine being a politician, but a dream to all parents and their children…all their problems have solutions because we have ugwad, ugwad in family [and] self. This is why this partnership is a blessing in disguise… it materialized because University of Antique is here),” Capt. Baladjay said in his speech.
Meanwhile, university president Pablo S. Crespo Jr., PhD, encouraged the barangay captains of Laua-an who attended the launching program to tell the students in their barangay that if they have problems with connectivity and gadgets, the e-hub is there to serve them.
“I am grateful nga gin patukod ang program ni Mayor Baladjay dya sa CRANS ang UgwAd E-hub kung sa diin hindi run kami mayawan nga mga estudyante ka panagap ka signal kag magastusan ka load kag amo man ang amun ginikanan… (I am grateful that this program of Mayor Baladjay was implemented here at CRANS since students will no longer struggle finding a good reception and parents would not have to spend for internet load anymore),” Rose Alma P. Samillano, an IP member and student said.
Among the guests in the event were Laua-an District Supervisor Ma. Wilnah Gindap, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Atty. Emmanuel Palacios, Dr. Celestino Dalumpines IV as representatives of Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Felisa Beriong, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, and DepEd-VI Regional Director Ma. Gemma Ledesma, CESO IV who delivered their speeches along Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda who greeted Mayor Baladjay through phone call.
The UgwAd e-hub is the first e-hub in the province of Antique that the university eyes to have another e-hub partnership project with the municipality of Culasi.
Written by Jorielyn Martizano