Military trucks converted to classrooms in Davao
The Manila Times
FIRST Lt. Lowell Bagaipo, CivilMilitary Operations chief in Davao de Oro, said the Philippine Army’s 125th Infantry Battalion (125IB) launched military flagship project dubbed “KM Learning” at Bukal Elementary School in the province to help students in Nabunturan and Monkayo towns continue their education. “You could just imagine its impact on the students where they can expand their learning horizons and will be able to enrich their knowledge to be more relevant to the community,” said Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, commander of the 125IB. With the theme “Katropa Mobile Learning Experiences About Raising Nurturing and Inspiring Nationalism and Patriotism in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas,” the project seeks to inspire students in remote communities that used to be lairs of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Aquino said they initiated the community flagship program as a shining example of their commitment to not only protect the communities but also enhance the learning experiences of children. “We endeavor to encourage children to enjoy learning while fostering determination and perseverance to fulfill their dreams,” Aquino said. “While presenting soldiers as agents of peace, it uplifts our hearts to see the priceless reactions of parents, teachers and children,” he said. Since its launching, KM Learning has reached more than 1,000 pupils in various schools in far-flung barangay (villages) of this province, most of them former NPA bases — Pagsabangan ES, Manurigao Integrated School and Uduan ES in Manurigao in New Bataan; Madrasah School in Maco; Boringot ES and Piasusuhan ES in Napnapan in Pantukan. Soldiers initiated a creative transformation of army KM trucks to colorful mobile classrooms, incorporating peace education and innovative methods. Adhering to the Department of Education’s (DepEd) learning standards, the project intends to provide engaging activities beyond the classroom while strictly following protocols to avoid interfering with established schedules.