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INTEX HELPS FIVE MANGYAN SCHOLARS THRU HIGH SCHOOL Thursday, 04 April 2013 Five Mangyan scholars of Intex Resources Philippines Inc. joined the growing number of indigenous peoples (IPs) of Mindoro island who have completed their high school education in the hope of improving the lot of their families and indigenous cultural communities. One of the scholars, Janet Garcia, was cited for academic excellence while the other two, Adidas Macapuno and Meyor Kasabing, received special awards during the recent commencement exercises of Lakeside Institute in San Isidro, Victoria. Scholars Milagros Arroyo and Sunshine Butoy also hurdled their secondary level course in the presence of their proud parents, most of whom did not have the opportunity to finish elementary school. Intex, which is in the last stages of mining feasibility for its Mindoro Nickel Project, has been implementing formal and non-formal as well as basic literacy education programs — including scholarship grants — to qualified Mangyan and non-Mangyan individuals. The company undertakes these programs in coordination with the traditional leaders and Indigenous Peoples Organizations within the Mangyan Alangan, Bangon and Tadyawan tribal communities.  These tribes host the Mindoro Nickel Project area, which straddles the municipalities of Victoria in Oriental Mindoro and of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro.  “We’re so happy that our children were able to finish high school,” Antonio, Janet’s father and a Mangyan elder, remarked in behalf of the scholars’ parents. “We are thankful to the management of Intex for sending our children to school.  We ask them to continue their programs that aim to provide a bright future for Mangyan IPs,” he said. Andy Pestaño, Intex manager for Community Relations and Development (CReDO), explains:  “One of the demands of our Mangyan partners is to claim their right to education. Most of them do not have access to education because of lack of school facilities in remote areas, poverty and to some extent, belief from some tribesmen that education will spoil their culture.  “We at Intex believe that education itself will not have a negative effect on cultures if it is tailor-fit to the needs of those who will be educated,” he said.  “The accumulated knowledge of modern civilization should not be kept from IPs like the Mangyan.  Education, if it will serve the Mangyan, can be an instrument for their liberation from illiteracy and, ultimately, poverty. What is necessary is education that is attuned to the particular needs of the Mangyan; one that will enhance their culture and help them in combating prejudice, discrimination, injustice and ethnocentrism.  Education will help the Mangyan in maintaining their uniquenessas a people and in asserting their rights as human beings,” he added. To ensure the relevance of its education programs and sensitivity to the Mangyan culture, Intex collaborates with local government units, the Department of Education, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. Since 2008 when it signed a memorandum of agreement with its host Mangyan indigenous cultural communities, Intex has sponsored a total of 214 students (72 in pre-school, 114 elementary, 28 high school).  Including the five recent graduates, there are already 17 scholars who have completed their high school education.  http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/business/item/12429-intex-helps-five-mangyan-scholars-thru-high-school
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