DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – The EMAR Human and Environmental College, Inc. signed recently a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), providing for the education program of children in conflict with the law (CICL) currently under DSWD custody.

“EMAR shall assist in the implementation of the formal education in multi-grade levels to be attended by 68 residents of DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY). For school year 2016-2017, classes will be conducted Mondays to Fridays with Elementary Level conducted in the morning (from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and Secondary Level in the afternoon (1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.),” informed Ma. Lita Montalban, school President.

Stipulated in the MOA are the following roles and responsibilities of EMAR Human and Environmental College –(1) provide two teachers to assist the in-house Instructional Manager (IM) in the conduct of daily classes; (2) conduct regular monitoring and supervision on the implementation of Regular Education Program in RRCY thus ensuring the quality of education provided to the learners; (3) provide technical assistance in the form of trainings/seminars/fora to upgrade the knowledge, attitude, values, skills of the Instructional Manager; (4) provide a copy of the available modules for reproduction to be used in the conduct of classes; (5) facilitate the conduct of the national test registration and administration; and (6) confirm passers by conducting recognition with approval from Department of Education (DepEd).

“The RRCY, on the other hand, shall (1) ensure that resident learners have adequate school uniforms, necessary school supplies/materials including reproduction of modules; (2) provide a venue equipped with fixtures to facilitate a better learning experience; (3) provide library for research; (4) provide a monthly honorarium to the IM at P 2,500/month per teacher for an entire school year; (5) provide venue for the national examination being identified as extension Testing Center of DepEd – Davao City Division; and (6) teacher/trainer assigned at the center shall collaboratively coordinate with the person in charge at EMAR,” explained DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

RRCY residents are cared for under a structured therapeutic environment to help them become socially functioning individuals with the end goal of their reintegration to their family and community.

To prepare them for independent living, youth residents participate in practical skills and productivity projects such as cooking, vegetable production, goat raising, consumer electronics servicing, masonry, dream catcher making, welding, landscaping, among others. RRCY children also actively involve in sports and socio-cultural activities at the center. (DSWD)