Aiming to strengthen partnership with LGU Sabtang, some members of the executive management of Batanes State College (BSC) have ironed out a community training program and inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on flexible learning strategies today.
The BSC team, led by President Alfonso R. Simon, met with Sabtang Mayor Marcial Armando Alavado. Simon and Alavado signed a MOA on the implementation of the flexible learning strategies.
Mayor Alavado has pledged his support to the BSC’s flexible learning by maintaining the delivery and pick-up points of modules in the island.
After the ceremonial MOA signing, President Simon handed in the certificate of appreciation to Mayor Alavado in recognition of the LGU’s support to BSC’s flexible learning delivery, especially during the pandemic.
Witnessing the MOA signing were Dr. Angelita Vargas (Director for Instruction), Dr. Ferdinand Bulusan (Director for Research, Development, Extension, and Training), and Prof. Daryl Alva Batin (Chair, HTM Department and College Extension Coordinator).
Also in the pipeline is the financial literacy training for unbanked fisher folks and farmers of Sabtang.
The training is a partnership program of BSC and Land Bank of the Philippines Development, Inc.
Running through the second week of May, the training aims to upscale the financial management awareness of the local farmers and fishermen.
According to Batin, the financial literacy trainers will come from BSC. To ensure complete attendance of the target participants, the training will be conducted after work hours.
Alavado capped off the meeting by giving an appreciation to BSC’s “innovative ideas”.
“We thank BSC for continuously implementing innovative ideas for the community members in Batanes,” Alavado said.
The BSC team also conducted home visitations to college students in Sabtang.
During the home visitations, the team interviewed parents and students to gather feedback on the conduct of modular instruction through flexible learning of the College.
“Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic, we will ensure that no student is left behind. Also, forging ties with LGUs is truly essential to implement programs that will uplift the lives of the Ivatan community,” Simon disclosed.