COTABATO City (February 15, 2014) – The Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) Bachelor of Science in Social Work interns to the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) chose the Barangay Limbo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao as their area for field practice in working with community this second semester of the school year 2013-2014. Before they entered the said community, they had first conducted a courtesy call with the Barangay Chairman Datu Pendatun K. Talusan and explained the purpose of their community engagement. The Barangay chairman positively responded to the BSSW interns, namely: Aisa M. Tanoga, Junaima I. Samad, Norahmen M. Sabdullah, Normina G. Aratuc, and Naila D. Lidasan, community immersion.
The Barangay Captain immediately provided a copy of barangay profile to the interns.
Among other activities of the social work interns were to conduct a survey in the area to identify the major needs of the community and for further social investigation. They also conducted interviews and observation in the community to spot potential leaders.
On December 23, 20014, the interns held a General Community Assembly/meeting at Madrasatul Al-Shallawe in Purok Darusallam, Barangay Limbo, Sultan Kudarat. There were 33 persons participated in the meeting. The UNYPAD Secretary General and the agency field supervisor Yusoph S. Lumambas and Tu A. Alfonso, the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the UNYPAD, graced the said activity.
The topics discussed were: The objectives of the internship, the importance of community support and participation to the interns, programs and services of the UNYPAD as a host agency for the CCSPC BSSW interns.
Election of community officers was the main result of the program.
Another activity for the group of Out-of-School Youth (OSY) was conducted on January 8, 2014 at the Day Care Center, Purok Mamadra, Barangay Limbo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. There were 18 OSY that were able to attend the orientation.
The same month, the Seminar on Leadership and Management was conducted at Madrasatul Al- Shallawe attended by selected community leaders as well as the OSY group. The participants learned much about the topics and were able to share their thoughts during the seminar. The UNYPAD national officers and Cotabato City Chapter officers shared their inputs to the participants.
In a related development, on empowering the community, the Values Transformation Training was taught to the community. The resource speaker was Ustands Ali Nadzer Ara from the Bangsamoro Development Agency and also a provincial officer of the UNYPAD. The training was divided into two sessions, the first session was participated by the community residents, and then the second session was allotted to the OSY.
The BS in Social Work interns assigned in the UNYPAD important accomplishment was the renovation of comfort rooms. They asked help from the local government of Sultan Kudarat municipality, non-government organizations to materialize their initiated projects in the community of Barangay Limbo.
Through the help of the Municipal Mayor of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Hon. Shameem Tucao Mastura, the renovation of three comfort rooms were accomplished.
The DPWH-ARMM District 1 and 2, Bureau of Culture and Heritage-ARMM (BCH), Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI) also the UNYPAD gave their donations.
The interns also bought pail/bucket and water dipper from the money they had collected.
Trash cans were also made for proper throwing of garbage with the help of the community according to the interns. The community residents and students were also organized to have a general cleaning in the school with the help of the school principal of Madrasatul Al-shellawe.
The community residents also included in their list of priorities the renovation of the weak bridge, earth filling of pathway, and school facilities, text books of the Madrasatul Al –Shallawe.
The funds to be used for earth filling of pathway were collected with the help of the Barangay Captain Talusan.
Currently, the BSSW interns are facilitating the follow-up of the communication letter of Madrasatul Al-Shellawe requesting for textbooks from the Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM). They have also been looking for budget for the improvement of the community’s weak bridge. (Report from CCSPC BSSW Interns to the UNYPAD)