EDC partnered with the University of the Philippines Los Baños – College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC) in conducting the Most Significant Change (MSC) analysis in our CSR activities. The program is qualitative participatory research that gathers significant change stories from select 43 SIKAT scholars from Bicol, Leyte, Negros, and Mt. Apo.
In the study, the UPLB-CDC reported the most significant impacts of the SIKAT program on the students. In addition, the Mt. Apo Foundation Inc. (MAFI) lEDC provided scholarship grants to over 300 students since the program started in 1993, wherein 79% were from Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities. From 2020 to 2021, EDC supported 18 MAFI scholars who received stipends, mentoring, and assistance for licensure exam preparations. As a result, four MAFI scholars passed the licensure exams for their chosen programs.
EDC further empowered its scholars with the Palayan Binary community-based technical skills training. In partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Sorsogon, First Balfour Inc, the city government of Sorsogon, and the Keitech Foundation, a training program was held for students, and the trainees will be absorbed by First Balfour, Inc. after completing the on-the-job experience.