The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. (DCCFI) for the implementation of the hospital-bound educational program, February 15 at the House of Hope, SPMC Compound, J. P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City.
The hospital-bound educational program for long staying patients at House of Hope aimed at giving children undergoing treatment a chance to keep a sense of identity and hope for the future. These children will receive educational interventions from student-teachers coming from USeP. The partners believe that bringing the school in the healing environment will give the children a feeling of being in step with the outside world.
Signatories to the MOA are Dr. Perfecto Alibin, USeP president; Dr. Mae Concepcion J. Dolendo, DCCFI founding president; and Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, SPMC chief of hospital. The signing of the MOA was witnessed by Dr. Bonifacio G. Gabales, Jr., USeP College of Education dean; Dr. Arlene Paredes, DCCFI admin operation head; and, Dr. Ma. Elinore Alba Concha, SPMC head training officer.
Under the MOA, USeP shall develop educational programs so that long-staying patients and siblings accompanying them may continue normal educational activities. The SPMC shall provide space and infrastructure, utilities and other services necessary to maintain the school, and provide continued medical and psycho-social care to students. The DCCFI will determine the House of Hope patients who may join the educational program taking into consideration their medical treatment, therapy and other needs for educational purposes.
On the part of USeP, this is a real challenge, another milestone. The University, through the College of Education that was named by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence for Teacher Education, continues to find ways on how it can help lighten the sufferings of the people in the community. This endeavor, an extension service offered by the University, is a manifestation that the faculty members imbibe the mission of the university. This is a kind of education that opens it doors to anyone and everyone who wishes to learn and live a meaningful life. This was made possible by the effort of Dr. Edna H. Jalotjot, coordinator of the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Master of Education in Special Education (SPEd) who initiated the sending of the graduate students to teach the children at the House of Hope. (VSLabad with MCPagkaliwagan, PIO)