In line with Pahinungod’s mission to provide selfless service and empower people especially the underserved, five volunteers participated in the Mangyan Day 2014.
With the theme “Mangyan, pahigpitin ang pagkakaisa at suporta para sa pakikibaka sa lupang ninuno at sariling pagpapasya!” the annual event was held on April 10-12 at Sitio Duongan, Barangay Bambanin, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. It was attended by almost 800 Mangyans from the seven different tribes present in Mindoro Island and approximately 200 volunteers from different sectors and organizations.
Exhibit on Education
An exhibit about education was launched to be viewed by UPLB students, faculty, and staff as a part of the UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod's 20th anniversary celebration. Two panels were allotted to give an overview on the educational status and issues faced by the country like K+12 and Reading. While the two other panels showcased the different programs conducted by Pahinungod that integrated volunteerism to the enhancement of education such as Reading Enhancement and Appreciation Development Program (READ), Environmental Awareness Program (EAP), Affirmative Action Program (AAP), Immersion-Mission (IM) program, and Teachers' Training Program (TTP).
Dr. Oscar Zamora, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, delivered the opening remarks during the short program. While Engr. Clyde Angelo Bisares gave notes on the exhibit and Pahinungod Director Prof. Katrina Ross Tan gave the closing remarks. Deans and chairs from different colleges were also present in the event.
Brownbag Series on Volunteering for Disaster Response-Relief and Rehab
As a part of the UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod's 20th anniversary celebration, the third Brownbag session was held last February 27. With the theme "Volunteering for Disaster Response-Relief and Rehab", it was attended by 30 participants consisted by UPLB students and Pahinungod volunteers and alumni.
Cherrys O. Abrigo, a Pahinungod alumna, and John Cynex R. Sollorano, a UPLB student, served as the resource speakers for the event. The speakers asked the participants to introduce themselves, set their expectations, and share their experiences on volunteerism. Sollorano mostly shared how one can volunteer as students while Abrigo focused on where and how to volunteer while working. Abrigo also highlighted the importance of starting helping in one's vicinity and having the determination, passion, and time to pursue volunteer work.
A sports fest which aims to develop camaraderie and sportsmanship among the volunteers and staff and engage volunteers to sports and physical activities was conducted. The opening of the sportsfest was held on Friday, 4-7pm and the sports fest proper was held on Saturday, 8-1pm. Philippine games, novelty games, and major sports were played during the said event.
A whole-day storytelling training was conducted specifically for the student volunteers who want to be involved in the READ Program. Lectures on basic reading techniques, followed by storytelling activities wherein the participant’s skills on facilitating and reading big book and short stories were improved. The training is in line with READ Program’s activities to develop volunteers that can facilitate storytelling sessions in primary classroom setting. A total of seventeen students and volunteers attended the event.