MCCID College of Technology, in partnership with Bartimaeus Center for Alternative Learning (Bethsaida, Inc.) and Liliane Foundation Philippines will open its first branch in Tiaong, Quezon and will be ready to accept deaf high school graduates starting this school year 2009-2010.
After a series of discussions and viability studies conducted from February to May of this year, the three institutions forged a special agreement to put up a post-secondary school which will offer computer courses similar to the ones being given to Manila campus. MCCID will provide the curriculum, materials and an academic instructor/expert. It also pledged to donate a couple of computer units.
For their part, Bethsaida will provide the venue and prospective deaf students. Their 1,500 sq.m campus is located at 031 Mayo St., Tiaong, Quezon. On the other hand, Liliane Foundation Philippines, their longtime partner institution promised to give scholarship grants to deaf students as well as to fund for other facilities. Liliane provided financial assistance in the purchase of the school\’s property.
Officials from Liliane Foundation led by Sis. Agnetia Naval, National Coordinator, Ms. Ma. Theresa Dela Cruz, National Correspondent and Ms. Joan Galamgam, Administrative Staff together with Mr. Jojo Esposa and Mr. Ervin Reyes representing MCCID met with Pastor Benjamin Hugo, Bethsaida Executive Director and Ms. Loida Alvarez, Coordinator at their school last April 8. The group was very pleased that their goal of providing continuing programs for the deaf in Tiaong will be realized. Their school has been offering elementary and high school education to special children in their area for more than a decade. Most of them are hearing impaired. This year alone, they have four deaf high school graduates.
Last May 28, faculty and staff of Bethsaida led by Ms. Alvarez, visited MCCID. They were warmly welcomed by MCCID President Mr. Remberto Esposa Sr. and the rest of the staff. Further discussions were made and finalized. Mr. Esposa was also delighted at this development. For the first time in nearly sixteen years of its existence, MCCID opens its first branch outside Metro Manila.
Tiaong is a first class municipality of Quezon with 31 barangays. It is 96 kilometers south east of Manila. The Quezon branch will service areas within Region IV-A which includes the municipalities of San Juan in Batangas, Candelaria, Sariaya and Dolores in Quezon as well as the cities of Lucena and San Pablo in Laguna. Deaf people from these places after graduating from high school will either go to Manila to continue their education, attend a mainstream program in Lucena City or stop schooling. There are a few government special education centers in the region which offer up to middle school program.
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