©Photo Credit: Doreen G. Artiza –Municipal Monitor (San Francisco, Agusan del Sur)
©Photo Credit: Doreen G. Artiza –Municipal Monitor (San Francisco, Agusan del Sur)

Barangay officials and volunteers of Sitio Durian, Barangay Lucac, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur join hands as they start their groundbreaking ceremony with a Manobo ritual called “Pangusab” for the construction of their primary school building sub-project.  The Pangusab also known as Panawagtawag is one of the myriad of rituals of Manobos performed during any undertakings to call upon auspicious cosmic forces for blessings and protection.

The 1 unit 2-classroom sub-project, amounting to Php1,680,333, is just one of the 198 classrooms that will be built and placed strategically in barangays/sitios to accommodate and address the needs of lumad children in Caraga. The construction of classrooms is implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Classroom Construction for Lumad (formerly known as Whole of the Nation Initiative) program in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).