University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:06

OSA-CTD continues promotion of talents, skills, values on 12th year of Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program

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A Gabay volunteer facilitates a values formation workshop during the 2017 Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program.

 

The year 2017 marks the 12th year after the Counseling and Testing Division’s (CTD) of the Office of Students Affairs (OSA) started conducting the Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program. What began as a small program with only 30 beneficiaries has since then touched the lives of not only thousands of children, but of parents and teachers in Los Baños, as well.

The program started in 2005 through the efforts of CTD, KAIROS, and the UPLB Gabay Volunteer Corps to empower street children and instill in them the importance of education. Since then, CTD has conducted the program every year.

The holding of the 12th Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program took place on 11 December 2017at the Student Union Building. Various activities were simultaneously conducted as part of the program. While the UPLB Filipiniana Dance Troupe facilitated a workshop on Filipino dances for elementary and high school students, the UNESCO Club UPLB taught parents and teachers how to make vases and other items by folding used paper and magazines as part of its livelihood program.

The UPLB Gabay volunteers also conducted a values formation workshop and distributed grocery items to indigent children.

The Sayaw ng Lahi and Tulong Dunong Dance Competitions concluded this year’s Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program. Students and members of the Parents-Teachers Associations of Paciano Rizal Elementary School from Putho, Mayondon Elementary School, and Bambang Elementary School took part in the competitions.

The Paciano Rizal Elementary Schoo land the Mayondon Elementary School delegations went home with many wins in the Sayaw Lahi, namely: Overall Winner in the student and PTA categories and Best Female Dancer category for the former; and Overall Winner in the PTA category and Best Male Dancer in the student and PTA categories for the latter.

Meanwhile, in the Tulong Dunong, the Overall Winner went to the Monarch Dance Crew while the G Force Kids bagged both the Best Male and Best Female Dancer prizes.

Other activities under the Off-the-Street, On-to-School Program are the distribution of school supplies to students from public elementary schools and high schools and to young street vendors, awarding of cash gifts to top-performing pupils of each grade level in the recipient schools, and assistance to calamity victims.

Acknowledging the impact of the program to the Los Baños community, the Office of Student Affairs, gave a recognition to CTD for the program on Dec. 15, 2017 at the Makiling Hall, 2/F SU Building. (Erick Vernon Y. Dy)