1. Description of Our Community
Iligan City is the first class city in the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines, and the province’s former capital. It is approximately 800 kilometers southeast of Manila.
Female population in year 2000 reached 1,349,901.Literacy rate for women is 92 % than their male counter parts.
Women play an integral role in our society. Mostly, they are found only at home taking care of their children. Unfortunately, with the closing of some big industrial plants in Iligan City, many workers who depend on these plants had lost their jobs forcing their wives to take the risks of finding ways to sustain their family needs. Due to economic crisis, they come up to the extent that they engaged in some illegal means of finding money. With this problem, our City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz has made some programs concerned for the welfare of the Iliganon women. These women were united in livelihood activities wherein they can earn money, and at the same time their role as a mother and as a wife will not be affected.
With this action, it will encourage women to be involved in the society. This is to show off their talents and skills. Prove that they are not just for homes but also a worthy and productive citizen that could help in the improvement of our nation. It will help protect their rights as women and be a part of our manpower with what we call ‘work ethics’. But for this time, the struggle begins and the challenge for the women has started with this organization.
2. Summary of Our Project
The project is made to show the women cooperativeness, competitiveness, strength and potential to help the community through their programs and activities with regards to economy, man power, livelihood, environmental care and conservation. These women were trained at Agricultural Training Institute at Hinaplanon, Iligan City. Through our interviews, we had found out that they are not only trained for Abaca weaving but also they have Bigasan Project (Rice Project for farmers) and campaign for Proper Waste Disposal. The project found out the role of the participating women in helping the improvement and development of the community. They said that soon they are exporting their Abaca products and be a part of nation’s income. But of course, the project is dependent to the use of technology we had used for the gathering of information.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Internet access started last June 2005 to provide students, teachers, and school personnel to engage in research, classroom use, online collaboration, digital portfolio and communication through entertainment and news update around the country and around the world. The Out of School Adult also benefits from the computer and internet facilities of the school.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. Though we have sets of computers in our school, still there were days that there was no internet connection. Another problem about computer is that all of us don’t know how to design a website, so we’ve done lots of experimenting and thank God that we have made it!
2. As students we have so many activities in school that we need to accomplish for the fact that all of us belong to the science curriculum program, a special science class. At young age, we still don’t have confidence to interview people who are older than us that’s why we have agreed that all of us must overcome our problem in self-confidence. There were also times that we don’t agreed on our ideas but later we have realized that unity is very important among the members in doing a research project.
It’s so hard to gather the informations that we need because the location of the office of the organization that we are studying is too far from our school. We have to travel for about 30 minutes just to reach the location. There were also times that the people that we need to interview are not available so we have to wait for them, and it took a day that we had the chance to talk with them
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We all feel a sense of achievement and fulfillment in knowing that we have contributed to the awareness that women though classified as weaklings in their physical strengths but when they unite, they can do great things such as to give employment, recreation, and service to women who are not capable of earning for their family’s needs. It also made them unite and cooperate for the improvement of the environmentally friendly abaca products and thus giving an opportunity for the modern Filipino women to be trained in the long been forgotten crafts. This project inspires women to go on with their endeavor in helping not only their family but also their fellow women as well.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
It is the thrust of Philippine Education to develop our technological skills and talents and prepare young minds like us to succeed in the 21st Century. This project also gave us the sense of satisfaction that in our own little way we were able to help this special community: Women Organization in our locality by advertising their products in the most modern way. We really like to share this project globally, to enable us to connect each other around the world make this organization as an inspiration to everyone. And we will be all successful as students, as nations and as citizens of the world.