To address the learning needs of the Dumagat community in Sitio Karahume, non-formal education classes were conducted in 2000. Mrs. Mila Duran taught basic literacy to women, children, and out-of-school youth twice a week. There was no available school building in the area, so the classes took place under the shade of trees. This non-formal education intervention let the students realize the importance of education, so they were encouraged to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills. The positive outcomes of the program and the need for basic education prompted the community to request help from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to put up a school there.
NCIP then asked Governor Josefina Dela Cruz’ office to send a provincial paid teacher in Karahume. Thus, in May 2002, Mrs. Thelma Jenabe was sent to conduct classes in the area. This was made possible by Governor Josefina Dela Cruz, DepEd Regional Director Dr. Vilma Labrador and City Schools Superintendent Dr. Edna Zerrudo. From a two-day class per week, the students were taught five days a week in an unused day care building. The non-graded classes were designed to further reinforce the basic literacy programs. The officials of Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) often visited the class to ensure proper implementation of the program and check the current condition and instructions used in the class.
In August 2002, because of the school proposal submitted by Dr. Edna Zerrudo, BNFE Region III visited Karahume to assess the feasibility of constructing a school building. This then prompted the approval of that proposal last September 2002. However, the community could not provide a titled piece of land since their place was part of their ancestral domain. Fortunately, several people expressed their support for the project. Mr. Apolunio Balagtas offered 1000 square meters of land for the school building. Mr. Gregorio Araneta III also donated 1.2 million pesos to build six classrooms and two toilets.
Through the collective efforts of Brgy. Captain Lope Oliveros, Sonia Marie Oliveros, Victoria Del Monte and other barangay officials and supportive entities, the construction of the school building finally started in January 2003. Four months later, the school building was inaugurated and officially named as San IsidroElementary School, leading to its first operation last June 2003. Since its founding 9 years ago, SIES has long been an instrument in providing quality education to its students.
***drafted June 12, 2012