By: Abu Jalil Aiman
COTABATO City (March 16, 2016) – The Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) Bachelor of Science in Social Work student-interns to the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) selected Sittio Kambal, Bagua II, Cotabato City as their field practice area to work with community residents this second semester SY- 2015-2016. The said BSSW students are Mohaimah D. Samporna, Jovelyn M. Nonok, Jenny U. Beling, Jeahara R. Kambal and Jalel A. Mindalano.
Before they started their community work, they paid a courtesy call to Barangay Chairwoman Hon. Olambai Usman and explained the purpose of their community engagement. The barangay chairwoman was elated that the BSSW interns choose her barangay as their internship area.
Part of the activities of the student-interns is to conduct a survey in the area and identify the major needs of the community for further social assessment. They also conducted interviews and field observations to validate the information gathered.
The survey came out with the following: Need for the holding of training that aims to empower the community in socio-economic aspects, updates and discussions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), conduct of Islamic Dawah sessions, skills training on cosmetology, Gender Sensitivity, food processing and financial management and conduct of Leadership and Management Seminar-Workshop.
The BS Social Work student-interns assigned at UNYPAD accomplished infrastructure components by the renovation of Madrasatul Abubakar Kambal Al- Islamie through a financial assistance from the city government of Cotabato, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ARMM, and non-government organizations.
The Vice mayor of Cotabato City Abdullah Andang, OWWA-ARMM as well as some officers of UNYPAD gave donations but refused to be identified.
Trash cans were also made for proper garbage disposal through the help of the community residents, the interns said.
The community residents and students also organized general cleaning activity at the Madrasatul Abubakar Kambal Al- Islamie; held Dawah sessions every Friday for selected mothers to promote good values with the help of the principal/Muder Ustads Suaib Abad and other asatidz namely’ Montasir Hamza, Mohaliden Ebrahim, Talha Abdulgani and Khalid Yusop.
Final presentation of the intern’s accomplishment was done on March 14, 2016 at the UNYPAD’s Secretary General’s office, Purok Pinnen, Rosales street, RH-6, Cotabato City.
Panel members were Ms Eman L Panondi, a Social work field adviser and the secretary general of UNYPAD Yusoph S. Lumambas, MBLP, who is also the supervisor.
The panel was able to identify the areas that need improvements by the interns in the narrative. “This papers must be substantial enough as it give credits to your name, the credibility of UNYPAD and CCSPC and of course this papers could be helpful as reference to other CCSPC students and other institutions in the future,” one Social Work instructor said.
The panel was too concern on the appropriate interventions on the said issues. “Be specific rather than very general,” panel member Panondi.
The sustainability of the project implemented by the interns needs to be assured since they are not permanent residents of the community was also brought up. Appointing a caretaker of the project was among the recommendations.
The interns extended their thanks and gratitude to the leadership of the UNYPAD lead by Ustadz Rahib L. Kudto, PhD, for accepting and accommodating them into the UNYPAD during their internship.
Currently, the BSSW interns are undertaking follow-up activities in the community for continuity of support to their implemented projects.
They are as well looking for funds for the improvement of the community. – (UNYPAD news)