LAOAG CITY, April 28 (PIA) – – The municipal government of Vintar in the province of Ilocos Norte is using a three-wheeled bike to deliver modules to Special Education (SPED) Learners.
Called “Tribike Module Delivery”, this aims to cater to the needs of these learners who are enrolled under the Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education Schools Division of Ilocos Norte.
About 42 enrollees with different disabilities are enrolled under the SPED program.
A tribike is seen on duty regularly at the Florentino Camaquin Integrated School (FCIS) in Vintar town.
According to Eric Castro, FCIS-SPED Coordinator, the local government of Vintar headed by Mayor Larisa Foronda, provides support to their goal of promoting quality education and services to learners with disabilities (LWDs) especially in this time of pandemic brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“The LGU here has provided us sufficient annual budget amounting to Php 300,000.00. Provision of educational supplies, materials, equipment, and facilities for SPED at FCIS, appropriated under education, culture, and sports/manpower development, special purpose, and appropriations fund,” Castro said.
Moreover, the fund is also utilized in extending its support to the ongoing programs of the said school specifically the Community Based-Rehabilitation Program, in partnership with the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, by purchasing needed materials and equipment such as gym ball, trampoline, dumbbells, balancers, stationary bikes, and walkers.
Interestingly, each SPED learner is given a monthly allowance of P500.00 for which the parents of the learners are grateful for the financial assistance from the local government.
Apart from the learners, Castro said that teachers of FCIS led by School Principal Arnel Sabuco commend the continuous support of LGU-Vintar in ensuring no student, especially learners with disabilities, are left behind in distance learning. (JCR/VHS/MJTAB PIA ILOCOS NORTE)