/ 6 March 2021

THE MARIANO Marcos State University has rolled out its school-on-air program that targets not just students but almost all members of the community.

The school’s “Tarabay iti Pagtaengan, Pagbiagan, Salun-at, ken Dadduma Pay” aims to teach farmers and fishers, junior and senior high school students, out-of-school youth, budding agri-preneurs and entrepreneurs, young professionals, and interested community members via radio classes.

MMSU said the broadcasts can reach students from the towns of Bacarra, Badoc, Banna, Dingras, San Nicolas, Solsona, Sarrat, Burgos, Currimao, Marcos, Nueva Era, Paoay, Piddig, Pasuquin, and Vintar, and the cities of Batac and Laoag.

“To run for five to six months, the broadcast classes are being aired on DWFB 954 Radyo Pilipinas-Laoag at 12nn-1pm on Wednesdays and Fridays; on DWCI 105.1 Radyo Piddig at 5am-6am on Thursdays and Saturdays; and on DWNI 91.1 Radyo Karruba-Burgos at 11am-12nn every Tuesdays and Thursdays,” the school said.

The programs are anchored by Mercy Gaño, applied communication chief of the university’s Extension Directorate.

Topics are classified into three aspects. The first, “Pagtaengan (home),” include lessons on food safety, crop production and ornamental plants propagation, energy tips, food and nutrition, organic pesticide production, safeguarding the environment, transforming kitchen wastes into compost, waste management including diseases associated with improper waste disposal, women and children’s rights, and waste management for electronic devices.

The second, “Pagbiagan (livelihood),” covers classes on meat processing, fish and sea food processing, fruit processing, business venturing, risks in farming, and free-range chicken production.

The last topic, “Salun-at (health),” tackles Covid19 updates, perennial ailments and diseases of farmers, first aid, occupational safety, mental health during crisis, health education, and herbal plants as medicine.

Some other topics may also be discussed based on the interests of the enrollees.

MMSU said students are expected to complete the pre-test, post-test and other examinations set in the program and to listen or watch the classes to receive a certificate of completion.

An Achiever’s Examination will also be administered to boost healthy competition among the enrollees.

A certificate of participation will be given to those who will not be able to complete all the requirements or tasks.

Enrollment is still open for those who are interested to participate in the program.

Applicants may download the enrolment form at the ED’s Facebook Page or contact SOA staff at 09619721528.