“The issues affecting education among Dumagat students in the remote communities of Montalban, Rizal are deep and longstanding. But the more I get exposed to their dire situation, the more desperate I become to address disparities, not only in educational opportunities but also across a wider set of inequities,” Teacher Barry of San Rafael Elementary School has this to say when asked what ignites his passion to teach indigenous students in the hard-to-reach community of Sitio Malasya in Rizal.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made learning systems tough for tribal students.

San Rafael Elementary School Principal Richard Zonio, Ph.D awards the Certificate of Appreciation to Operation Blessing staff

“One of the challenges that we face in making education accessible to the students in Sitio Malasya is the lack of resources needed to help them develop their capabilities and confidence… Teaching them through modules also takes extra effort on the part of our teachers, who provide house-to-house tutorials just to make sure the students are learning,” shared San Rafael Elementary School Principal Richard Zonio, Ph.D.

Operation Blessing recently conducted a medical mission for our kababayans in Sitio Malasya. Relief assistance was also provided through food bags, solar panels, and hygiene kits distribution.

But the help did not stop there.


We also turned over a printer and several boxes of bond papers to San Rafael Elementary School to help address their need for modular learning. “Thank you very much, Operation Blessing. Our hearts are full from all the support you have given us!” said Teacher Barry.

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