BSU-SOA Grads thank University for reaching out

By upao - Posted on 20 May 2019


Benguet State University School-On-Air (SOA) graduates show their appreciation to the BSU Office of Extension Services (OES) in partnership with the College of Home Economics and Technology (CHET) team for reaching out to the needs of the community through the SOA Program on April 27, 2019 at the BSU-RSDC Cafeteria.

A total of 320 individuals composed of farmers, mothers, senior citizens and participants of different background from different municipalities enrolled in the SOA program on ‘Meal Planning and Food Preparation’. 195 individuals were awarded a certificate of participation while 96 were awarded a certificate of completion for accomplishing the whole SOA program.

One of the participants, Mercedes Bayec, who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cyst stage 1 testified that with the help of SOA, her ailment was cleared. “Isu nga dakkel unay daytuy pasalamat ku ta nag dengdengeg ta met ti radyo atleast kinkinan ku dagijay inprepprepara isu nga mayat ti health ti bagi isu nga mayat ti operasyon thank you Lord (I am thankful for listening to the radio (SOA) atleast I ate what I prepared (from what SOA taught)”, this is why I had a successful operation, she added.

Bayec also invited her neighbors to listen to the BSU-SOA for them to know how to increase their resistance from illnesses.
Joelorie Daniel, also a participant from Nueva Viscaya expressed that what she learned in the SOA Program on how to plan a healthy diet and the aesthetics of food was very useful for her and her family. “Dakkel nga yaman ku iti panag join ku dituy, habang ag dengdengegak ket iapapply ku ngay nga ilutlutu (I appreciate joining this, while listening to the program, I apply them at the same time)”, she added and thanked BSU for sponsoring such program.

Marcelo Capiato, a farmer from Buguias, likewise enjoys listening and applying what he has learned from the SOA Program. He mentioned that it was what wakes him up in the morning since the program starts from 5:45 in the morning. “Panupanunutem nga ada diyay nga programa masapul nga masapa ak nga bumangun agisagana ti pang bigat tapnu ada met ti pamigsa nga apan ijay opisina win nu ijay garden (You will keep thinking that there is this program telling you to get up and prepare for tomorrow in order for me to have strength to go to the office or to go to the farm)”, Capiato explained referring to the SOA topic he hears about meal planning and food preparation.

Capiato also mentioned that the farther the place is, it would be great that more would be invited because truly the SOA Program can help a lot of people since he is one of many who benefited from it.
Ruth Batani, Director of OES, also stated, “By joining BSU School-on-Air, we are making a school in our own community. . . even though we are not in the four walls of a classroom, there is still learning and sharing taking place and even quizzes every now and then.”

Pelin Belino, CHET Dean, thanked the SOA participants for their feed back on the SOA Program. “Thank you for all your response regarding the project nutrition School-on-Air and because of this Im sure you will continue supporting us in the next SOA project.”

SOA is a tool to reach out to the grassroots identifying and addressing their needs through the use of radio broad casting. SOA started in the year 1997 with a total of 22 years of extending hands to the people.
The program is held twice a year with listeners from different places such as Baguio City, the whole of Benguet Province, Ifugao, Mountain Province, and even reaching Nueva Vizcaya and La Union. //KJDPagada