/ 16 May 2024

TO IMPROVE children’s literacy in remote areas of the country, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Social Welfare and Development have formed a partnership to introduce programs for learners’ welfare.

PCG spokesperson, Rear Admiral Armando Balilo, said they would be able to provide ships, manpower, as well as licensed and experienced teachers as part of the partnership.

“We have licensed teachers and experienced educators who could utilize their skills and expertise through the ‘Tara Basa’ tutoring program that we can coincide with the DSWD’s humanitarian missions,” Balilo said.

The partnership with DSWD, he said, will broaden the PCG’s community outreach programs.

“Having the DSWD with us in implementing this literacy program will expand its impact towards community development,” Balilo said.

Balilo added that the PCG Auxiliary will provide teaching assistants, educational equipment, school supplies, and advanced learning materials to the program.

It was learned that a memorandum of agreement would be signed to formalize the partnership.

DSWD Undersecretary Edu Punay welcomed the proposal and noted that the PCG has been the DSWD’s partner, not only in disaster and relief operations but in many other programs.