Let’s have our own MLE TRAINING CENTERS in the Philippines

An Open Letter to Pres. Aquino, Congress, DepEd, FAPE, local and international businesses/organizations:

Ched Arzadon

In the aftermath of DepEd Order #74 s. 2009, the ongoing deliberation on the various MLE bills now pending in Congress, and most importantly, the herein attached mail from Ched Arzadon, I have a suggestion, which is probably not my original idea, but something some or all of you might have thought of before: LET’S BAND TOGETHER AND HAVE THE NEEDED MOTHER TONGUE-BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — PREFERABLY SOMEWHERE CENTRALLY LOCATED IN METRO MANILA AND IN LANGUAGE-SPECIFIC REGIONAL AREAS. Say, one each for the Bicol Region, Cebuano Region, Hiligaynon (Ilongo) Region, Ilocano Region, Kapampangan Region, Pangasinense Region, Tagalog Region, Waray Region, etc.

We certainly have a surfeit of personnel resources who are extremely capable to provide the training. Additionally, the local MLE TRAINING CENTERS will provide us the opportunity to tailor each one to the language-specific requirements of each regional training center.

I simply am hopeful that we can break the disappointing trend of having students from Thailand avail of the training in rice research at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines (starting from when IRRI was established in the 1960s) and then we go ahead and import rice from Thailand anyway.

I am, therefore, recommending here that DepEd and FAPE under the leadership of Executive Director Carolina C. Porio and under the auspices of Philippine Education Research Journal (PERJ), and perhaps with assistance from local and international businesses/organizations, organize these local MLE Training Centers and develop the financial resources to adequately back them up. We need them especially at this critical time that we’re just starting up. It is possible that the funding could come in part from fee-paid training — at reasonable and affordable rates less onerous than the $25,000 required to attend a similar MLE course in Thailand as in the example below.


Joe Padre
Philippine Education Research Journal

— On Wed, 9/29/10, ched arzadon wrote:
From: ched arzadon
Subject: a small support for a teacher in Kalinga
To: “‘Joe Padre’”
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 2:28 AM

Dear Manong Joe,

I would like to appeal for a small financial support for Ms. Linda Owar, a teacher from Tinglayan, Kalinga as she attends a month-long training at Payap University, Chang Mai Thailand. She is highly recommended by her district supervisor due to Ms. Owar’s own initiatives to implement MLE.

Our partnership with Tinglayan District began when few months ago we received an invitation from Ms. Balawan to conduct a lecture forum in their district. Dr. Nolasco, Dr. Datar and I, along with my MA students made the long difficult 18 hour trip to reach their place (farther and more remote than Lubuagan). We were well received and all the teachers came mostly on foot because of a landslide. They later expressed their eagerness to learn more about MLE so they can apply it in their district.

Originally we lobbied that Linda Owar to be included in the list of teachers to be sent to the MLE training in Tagaytay. Unfortunately for some unknown reasons the regional supervisor did not heed our request (unlike in other regions where the supervisors concerned easily included the names of our recommendees). Linda was so eager to attend that she travelled all the way from Tinglayan to Tagaytay only to be sent home by the supervisor. And so I thought of inviting Ms. Owar to attend the MLE training in Payap University from Oct 12- November 5, 2010. I believe that it is a strategic move to ensure that teachers from far flung and hard to access places like Tinglayan get quality training because it would be very difficult for me to travel for 18 hours to conduct training and monitoring in that place.

Linda Owar’s training needs are the following:

Tuition – P 7,000
Board and Lodging – P10,000
Plane fare (Manila – Bangkok – Chang Mai and back)– P25,000

At this time, I have received pledges to cover 40% of her needs. Please consider sharing some amount to cover a part of her remaining needs. Linda is scheduled to leave on the 9th and I did the leap of faith by booking her ticket.

In return, I will do my best to ensure that Linda uses her training well. I will also continue to do my best to keep on expanding our advocacy for MLE.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.


2 thoughts on “Let’s have our own MLE TRAINING CENTERS in the Philippines

  1. We can raise support for one teacher, but the big problem being addressed by the MTB language education will not be solved by this type of initiative. We need the support of institutions with at least two kinds of resources: one with money and another with trained personnel. I suggest eliciting a sustained involvement of colleges and universities. Let the private colleges invest to develop properly developed workers and later let them earn from it. If they also gain from giving training, there will be a chance that their involvement will be sustained. Let us encourage that rather than make them feel that that is selfish or evil. Of course, the SCU are a big resource to tap. With the new government policy of encouraging them to raise income from sources other than tuition, they could be treated the same way as the private sector. You can continue to regard corporations and foundations as sources of funds.


  2. I am not sure if DepEd, CHED, FAPE, etc., would be the ones to dangle the potential to “gain from giving [MLE] training” motivation to elicit “sustained involvement of colleges and universities” in MLE training, but I sure would like to see some local entity(ies) started it rather than have some external source [like Thailand] seize that crucial function away from us. The well-heeled may not mind the junket, but the Linda Owars surely will benefit from the local MLE training flavor.

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