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๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น-๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…, ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ด๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฟ, ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜, ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ.

To visit the school, one must take an arduous three-hour boat ride from Talacogon proper to Sabang Gibong. There is a shorter two-hour boat ride from La Flora, Talacogon. However, this shortcut route requires riding a motorcycle along a muddy and bumpy road. The motor boat has no lateral support floats or “katig” to prevent it from getting stuck with the water lilies and hyacinths. Traversing the river means seeing floating houses, migratory birds, flying raptors, and witnessing sustainable fishing activities and the local’s ways of life.

On September 15, 2022, as I arrived at the school for the regional onsite inspection of SHS-TVL tools and equipment, I immediately saw the concrete pillars supporting the main building. I also observed that the makeshift classrooms have floating foundations to keep them buoyed during floods. Then I met the school head, Sir Joram Balinton, who served the school for almost a decade. Many of the teachers assigned to the said school have transferred to the mainland, but he stayed as a living witness to the school’s history.

Balinton shared some features in their school not seen in many other schools, such as the following:

1. The ground improvement is limited to flower pots and classrooms’ facades.

2. The TVL equipment and workshop are located on the most elevated part of the school instead of the ground floor.

3. Classroom structuring only includes the essentials.

4. Classrooms and teachers’ cottages are made of light materials and tied to the edifices anticipating the floods.

5. Classrooms are not defined by their four walls but rather as places for teacher-learner interaction – even if there is only a roof to shelter the learners and protect them from the sun.

Despite the situation, I saw plenty of SLMs, textbooks, and other learning materials. Each classroom has a television, and printers are available for teacher use. Grass cutters, water reservoirs, and other tools are also available. The teachers in this school are so blessed with courteous, kind, humble, and diligent learners. The local government unit of the Barangay maintains its strong affinity to the school by offering the main facade of its building as an extended classroom during floods.

When I shared the challenges of improving students’ learning outcomes, Sir Joram added that his only wish for the school is to help it survive, knowing that recurring floods slowly ravage their school facilities.

Despite the school’s location and circumstances, he is proud to say that the school has produced graduates who finished education programs in nearby colleges. He hopes their graduates will soon serve the community to model how education can change one’s life. Thinking over the situation, I left the school in awe of its marvels, resiliency, and perseverance.

๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ณ

NB. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’๐’๐’-๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’, ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’‰๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’†๐’˜๐’”, ๐’‡๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’“๐’†๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‘๐’–๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‘๐‘ฌ๐’… ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚โ€™๐’” ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’ƒ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’”. ๐‘จ๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’• (๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”) ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’—๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† (๐‘ท๐‘ด) ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜‚_๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ@๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ.๐—ฝ๐—ต