Mr. Ruben David shared this letter to us from Fr. Saco of the Manga Development Cooperation Network in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Dear Ruben D. David & Hermie Aczon: Shalom!
I want to let you know that I received the funds costing 1, 000 dollars (P43,434.75) from your organization intended for the scholarship advocacy of MDCN. Please find the attached Western Union’s receipt. As of now we have decided to support 2 scholars (Faye Bago and Angel May Maramara) coming from your funds. With regards to tuition payments we could not give the receipts yet since they will still enrolling this end month of May. Hopefully, we can submit the receipts by June.
As we continue to advance the MDCN’s mission, we are very grateful to all our donors/benefactors and stakeholders who have altruistically shared their blessings in support to the network’s development agenda. Your kindness and generosity through financial, material and moral support, as well as your prayers have facilitated the implementation of initiatives and community development interventions that help deserving individuals.
We would like to update you on the progress of MDCN’s concerted efforts and charitable partnerships. MDCN’s modest operation has produced three mechanical engineers. It continues to sustain 10 scholars (8 in college and 2 in high school) and feeding of 20 malnourished students from financially-challenged families in Manga Elementary School during recess time. A rapid community assessment on livelihood skills training needs was conducted to identify and prioritize our target learners for need-based skills development courses. Five skills training courses were conducted at the MDCN Center from November 2012 to April 2013. Two of which were community-based, the Dressmaking Course in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage Course in collaboration with the Department of Education – Alternative Learning System (DepEd-ALS). Three scholarship skills training courses in partnership with TESDA were Food Processing, Bread and Pastry Production and Motorcycle and Small Engine Repair. On April 30 this year, a total of 61 learners have successfully passed the five skills training courses. Fifty two (52) of them took the NC II Assessment Exam and all got their respective TESDA NC II Certificate.
MDCN has given plaques of recognition to academic achievers in Manga Elementary and High Schools per year level last commencement exercises. It also focused its development interventions for children and young people during the summer. These were the Youth Development Forum in April, the Art and Speech Summer Workshops, and Seminar on Teaching Strategies in Reading and Writing Text Book for School Teachers in May. A total of 37 children and youth have participated the summer workshops. The Art and Food Exhibits were open to the public, which showcased the outputs of all workshop participants and as part of MDCN’s accompaniment strategy for the Bread & Pastry Production and Food Processing graduate-learners.
In line with the network’s advocacy on the promotion of human and environmental health, MDCN in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted the Training on Basic Food Safety, Hygiene, and Current Good Manufacturing Practices on Basic Food Safety, Hygiene, and Current Good Manufacturing Practices, participated by 20 restaurant and food vendors, the Bread and Pastry Production and Food Processing graduates. The Entrepreneurial Skills Seminar-Workshop with a total of 27 participants was another development intervention for economic empowerment and social responsibility of community stakeholders. A Vegetable Production Technology Training in partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center was also conducted, to promote urban and backyard gardening in local communities, which is the network’s effort in contributing to families food self-sufficiency, good health and nutrition, and possibility of augmenting household income. We also received nine kinds of vegetable and corn seeds from East West Seed Company in support to such intervention. There will be other skills training courses as well as human and community development interventions on the pipeline for implementation this year and onwards. Soon, MDCN will establish a mini-library at its Skills Development Center.
Part of MDCN’s humanitarian response interventions are networking and facilitation of the Manila Doctors and Metrobank Foundation humanitarian team, and the MDCN Rebuild A House Project (RaHP) in partnerships with the Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (UMSH), BOWACC, and some overseas and local generous donors. To date, fifty seven (57) houses are slotted for RaHP implementation.
What matters most is walking the talk amidst the challenges and opportunities in fulfilling MDCN’s vision and mission, as it continues to stride in touching lives, and making a difference.
The Manga Development Cooperation Network, Inc. has greatly appreciated your generosity for the scholarship program, invaluable support, and partnership for such meaningful development cause.
Very truly yours,
Rev Fr Gerardo F Saco, Jr (Jingboy)