USTP CHD, CSTE sign MOA with Talaandig Tribe for food security and literacy projects

By Kristine Jane M. Laid, USTP System STRATCOMM

The University of Science and Technology of the Southern Philippines (USTP) is taking proactive steps toward community empowerment led by its Center for Human Development (CHD) and the College of Science and Technology Education (CSTE), forging a collaboration and spearheading initiatives aimed at enhancing food security and literacy among the Talaandig Community in Talakag, Bukidnon.

Datu Delboy Sabunutan Parente, the tribal leader, represented the Talaandig Tribe residing in Tagbak, Talakag, in signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on April 1, 2024. The Talaandig is one of Bukidnon’s indigenous peoples/indigenous cultural communities (IP/ICC).

Representing USTP were Ms. Angelie Azcuna-Collera, EnP, Head of the Center for Human Development; Dr. Grace S. Pimentel, CSTE Dean; Dr. Lorena Taglucop, Chairperson of the Department of Teaching Languages; Dr. Ronnie Besagas, Chairperson of the Department of Science Education; CSTE faculty members and extension office personnel.

Transplanting of lettuce for their hydroponics growhouse after the MOA signing

The CSTE of USTP CDO and the CHD will provide training, programs, and activities for sustainable food security measures and functional literacy to improve the quality of life of the Talaandig Community in Tagbak, Talakag. The MOA covers the calendar year 2024-2026.

Through these initiatives, the USTP, together with the Talaandig Community, strives to foster collaboration for sustainable projects and the overall improvement of the quality of life of the Talaandig Community.