LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Sitio Talingguroy is no ordinary place. One of the farthest and poorest community, home to no more than 300 households also lies a school that grooms 60 pupils from kinder to sixth grade. Teachers go home once a week because one has to hike through slippery and muddy pathways to reach the school and teachers wanted to start their lessons on time.
In the pursuit of promoting awareness, reaching underprivileged communities and with the aim to involve the young to appreciate the importance of libraries and information as a source of lifelong knowledge and learning, the Department of the Interior and Local Government – CAR conducts a story-telling contest to second graders in Talingguroy Elementary School on November 6, 2019. Five (5) selected grade 2 students rendered different stories using the kankana-ey dialect related to the first and second graders, who served as audience during the activity together with section advisers. La Trinidad Municipal Information Officer George T. Babsa-ay, Jr., DILG-CAR LGOO IV Sherwin Ray O. Daep and Information Officer III Jaemie deCastro Ruiz-Chua served as judges during the contest.
Ms. Quenie L. Tico won the competition for the original story related entitled “Nuwang ken Kabayo” (The Horse and the Carabao), a fable depicting the roles of the horse and the carabao in the farm until their importance is being neglected due to the influx of technology in farming. Second place goes to Ms. Roselyn A. Santiago and Ms. Xyrylle Joy G. Jose for third place. All five contestants were given Certificates of Recognition and tokens. After the activity, the participants were given tokens and free story books from Book Ends Manager Maricar A. Docyogen. Story books of each kind were given to entice their young minds and encourage them to read more and learn new things.
Apart from the story-telling activity, Ms. Fredalyn Lardizabal of the Kalinga State University contributed a vlog about the importance of library despite the wide use of the internet. The vlog is uploaded and for public viewing and access at the DILG-CAR’s facebook page.
These activities conducted by the agency is in support to the celebration of the 2019 Library and Information Month Services Celebration, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 837 s. 1991, with the theme “Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected."