In attendance during the simple ceremonial turnover of the printed modules by GBP for the implementation of the Bulig-Basa project were (from left): Mr. Roel F. Bermejo, PhD, CESO V – Schools Division Superintendent for Division of Iloilo; Mr. Eugenio L. Mallorca, PhD – PSDS, Division English Coordinator and Project Leader; Ms. Lilibeth E. Larupay – Education Program Supervisor in charge of Learning Resource Management System; and Mr. Michael S. Guanco – Community Relations Officer of GBP Panay Site
Global Business Power Corporation (GBP), through its subsidiaries Panay Energy Development Corporation (PEDC) and Panay Power Corporation (PPC), provided assistance to the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of (SDO) Iloilo’s literacy drive dubbed as the ‘Bulig-Basa project’. GBP sponsored the printing of over 100 modules needed for the implementation of the program, aimed to upskill and re-skill teachers and facilitate learning for students amidst the ongoing pandemic.
‘Bulig-Basa’, which correspondingly translates to ‘help’ and ‘read’ in Ilonggo, is a COVID-19 response initiative developed by SDO-Iloilo to enable learners to read with understanding and appreciation. To do this, teachers will be provided with ‘Reading Links’ – a self-learning module specifically created by education experts to train for the enforcement of beginning and remediation reading during this period of remote and distance schooling.
“The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for our schools that warrant new and innovative solutions, especially for those that are in the far-flung areas”, said Petronilo R. Madrid, FVP for GBP Panay Operations. “We hope that through this collaboration of GBP, via PEDC and PPC, and DepEd SDO-Iloilo in producing the required modules, both teachers and students will be assisted on the conduct of reading remediation”, he added.
The Bulig-Basa project is the regional contextualized version of the nationwide Brigada Pagbasa movement – an after-school reading program that is part of DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela, bringing together education partners and experts to help learners read and become functionally literate. The SDO-Iloilo endeavor pleads for a collective effort of every stakeholder to aid the Ilonggo youth in achieving all levels of reading and many more.
GBP is a wholly owned subsidiary of MERALCO PowerGen (MGen). As a member of the ONE MERALCO Group, GBP unites in powering the good life of the Filipino by supporting timely and relevant programs that aim to make meaningful impact and lasting value for the present and future generation.