16 Cristel Viola, Angel Viola, Klaine Ocacla, Kaylene Ocacla, John Carl Bermejo, Justin Bermejo, Jesus Bermejo, Rochelle
Regondola, Brixlord Regondola, Greedy Regondola, Maryjane Magallon, Stephanie Magallon, Annalyn Magallon, Jeffery Magallon,
Princess Pomario, John Person Pomario

11 Xian Pomario, Sean Pomario, Maja Pomairo, John Carlo Pomairo, Jeormel Evardo, John Michael Bermejo, Juniella Calog, William
calog, Romella Regondola, Greedy Regondola, Kayth Ocasla
Contact email jlatecki@yahoo.com
Updates
see who is helping
Helping in the
Meal
Price/Ingredients
# of Children
Eggs, hotdogs, and rice
120p 30 eggs
100p 1 kilo hotdogs
20p cooking oil

Total 240p ($5.85)
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Feeding Program October 16
Wednesday October 15-16
Mary Midose's Rice bank
These feedings were paid for by Dave Belanger and the rice came from Mary Midose's rice bank   
124 kilos
3 kilos used for feeding program
121 kilos left
Meal
Price/Ingredients
# of Children
Macaroni soup
90p 1.5 kilos macaroni
10p chicken cubes
48p 2 cans evaporated milk
28p 1 cabbage
19p 4 carrots
67p half kilo hotdogs
6p 2 onion
3p 1 garlic
6p magic sarap spice

total 287p $7.00)
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Feeding Program october 15
16 Cristel Viola, Angel Viola, Klaine Ocacla, Kaylene Ocacla, John Carl Bermejo, Justin Bermejo, Jesus Bermejo, Rochelle
Regondola, Brixlord Regondola, Greedy Regondola, Maryjane Magallon, Stephanie Magallon, Annalyn Magallon, Jeffery Magallon,
Princess Pomario, John Person Pomario

10 Sean Pomario, John Carlo Pomairo, Jeormel Evardo, Jeffery Evardo, John Michael Bermejo, Juniella Calog, William calog,
Romella Regondola, Greedy Regondola, Kayth Ocasla
People here in the Philippines often ask me about life in America and people in the America ask me
about life in the Philippines. Over the next few updates I will go over some of the biggest differences
between the two countries.

Today we will start with Education
In America education is very structured. Here there is little structure when it comes to public
education. Kids don’t get out of school the same time each day. Students are often sent home
because their teacher is sick, has a meeting, or something else to do. There are no substitute
teachers in public schools. One class missed a whole week because their teacher had chicken
poxs. If a relative in the providence dies a teacher may gone for several days and that means no
class for the students.

The class sizes are large and many rooms lack basics such as fans and light bulbs. In Sampaguita
public schools they have two shifts. Morning shift is from 6:00am to 12:00pm and afternoon runs
from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Some nearby schools have so many students they have three shifts for 4
hours each.  

Recently 5 volunteers and I visited the Elementary and High school in Sampaguita. The volunteers
are all 3rd year college students studying an education degree to become teachers. I wanted to look
around and see some of the conditions in the school and how we might be able to help. The
principal at the elementary would not let us look around without writing a letter and submitting it for
approval. So we walked 100 meters to the high school and the principal there was very
accommodating. We told him what we wanted to do and he summonsed a guy who took us where
ever we wanted to go. What we really wanted to do was talk to teachers and see the school and we
did not have a lot of time because afternoon classes were starting soon.

We visited four class rooms and found about the situation in all. Every class was lacking fans, one
room only had 1 working fan in the room. Also many of the lights were burned out. Two rooms had
70 plus students, one room had over 80 students and the last class had 94 students, but that would
go down to 54 by the end of October when another part of the school opened up. Some of the
children had classes outside. All in all it seemed the school did the best with what they have.
Private schools are much better. For example they have substitute teachers and many schools
serve lunches; there are no lunches in public schools. You don’t need the same 4 year college
degree to teach in a private school. I don’t see the logic in making it so hard to be a teacher
especially when there is a big shortage to start with. To be a teacher in a public school you need a
4 year education degree, even for teaching elementary. The education degree is very difficult. We
have a college student studying education who uses the action center homework program. She
spends more time doing assignments than anyone else. If you are going to teach 1st grade all you
really need to know is the 1st grade curriculum, right? For as desperate as they are for teachers
you would think they would not set the bar so high.

Here is a short video of the volunteers talking to a teacher at school and a quick look
inside a classroom
Volunteers helping at the school
They also helped with the feeding program  
The class rooms are very crowded and hot with only a few small fans to keep the air moving