Posts Tagged ‘Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation’


Through the Eyes of my Deaf Teacher

August 31, 2017

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Foreground: my Deaf teacher Rey Alfred Lee. Behind him are members of the Silent Steps, Faculty staff of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, as well as GMEFI and UPSEC officers. Also in the photo is PULE film scorer Tumtum Mendoza [in white t-shirt with eyeglasses], a Person with Autism, standing between GMEFI President and me. 

Last August 25, PULE: UTAK ng REBOLUSYON, a documentary on our hero, APOLINARIO MABINI was shown for the benefit of the scholars of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI]. The film participants include Deaf students and members of the Deaf playgroup, SILENT STEPS. They interpreted in Filipino Sign Language for the first time after 1898, one of the popular writings of the docu’s subject entitled El Verdadero Decalogo/The True Decalogue.  It was voiced by a man paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome who read Mabini’s writings. The film was scored by a twice-exceptional Person with Autism, his first time to do  so.

The screening was held at the UP Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City. Members of the Deaf community from DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies where I studied Filipino Sign Language came to attend the screening. One of them was my Deaf teachers, Rey Alfred Lee, former President of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf. Below are some of the photos he took.


Searching for Blind and Deaf Scholars

April 4, 2017

Went last week to scout for scholars from the Philippine National School for the Blind [PNSB] and the Philippine School for the Deaf [PSD]. With the help of Jun Sevilla, husband of my interpreter-buddy Febe Sevilla who currently teaches at PSD, I passed on the intent of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] where I am a volunteer to support a couple or so number of students. Though I live near the two schools, it was my first time to roam a little at the PNSB. I shot some footage and interviewed the principal of PSD for a feature-length docu on Deaf Filipinos ten years back, so, I am a little more familiar with the latter’s school setup.

At the Board meeting yesterday of GMEFI, I reported about my meeting with PSD teacher Jun and the PNSB Social Worker and Guidance Advocate Ms. Ma. Elena Rances-Carino.

Will be back after the Holy Week to get the requirements.



2017 Call for Proposals_Gawad Metronian Community Educational Program Fund Assistance

December 16, 2016

This is the 2017 Call for Proposals by the Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. under its Community Educational Program Fund Assistance


GMEFI’s First Three Recipients

The following are the Implementing Guidelines on the P30K Fund Assistance To be Granted to Community Organizations:

Scope and Coverage:

These guidelines shall apply to interested community-based organizations implementing educational programs for poor and indigent individuals. The applicants may avail of the fund grants offered by Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. (GMEFI) based on the following guidelines and requirements:

General Guidelines

The Community Educational Program Assistance Fund is intended to supplement the educational and technical-vocational scholarships that GMEFI provides. Consistent with the thrusts of the foundation, the fund’s ultimate aim is to support community-based education projects that contribute to GMEFI’s vision of developing individuals to become productive and service-driven citizens.

The following broad categories of projects and activities may be supported by the fund:

– Basic Literacy Classes
– Functional Literacy Classes
– Computer Literacy
– Others

Technical Skills Development
– Livelihood Skills Training
– Food & Beverage
– Housekeeping
– Front Office
– Bartending
– Bookkeeping
– Others

School Readiness and Tutorials
– College Entrance Exam Review
– Underachievers
– Remedial Class Math, Science
– Tutorials
– Others

Enrichment Classes
– Sports Clinic
– Dance Classes
– Music and Arts Class
– Theater Class
– Others

Application Requirements

    1. A formal application addressed to the Executive Director of GMEFI. All requests must be signed by the board members of the community organization
    2. Certificate of Registration with DSWD, SEC or CDA (if available) or Endorsement from Local Government Unit (Barangay or City/Municipality) on the existence and operation of the organization in the community
    3.  A Project Proposal that includes the following:

i.. Title
ii. Rationale and Objectives

  • Description of the education-related need the project wants to address
  • The needs assessment tool / process used in identifying the education-related need
  • Description and evidence of poverty or indigence of the target community / beneficiaries
  • Learning outcomes of the educational project and the evaluation tool that will be used to assess achievement of the learning outcome

iii. Curriculum, Module and/or Learning Plan]

iv. Venue(s) of the Activity

v. CVs of the invited speakers or resource persons (if any)

vi. Budget Breakdown with at least 10% counterpart provided by the organization

vii. Proposed Terms of Reference with Resource Persons(s)

Approval and Criteria

All the applications received by the Executive Director shall be reported and/or submitted to GMEFI Board members for study, evaluation and approval. The grantee shall be chosen based on how the proponent’s project could actually help the members of their respective community. The project must be in line with GMEFI’s vision to help the NGO applicant in developing self-driven, productive, independent and useful members of their group in particular, and as citizens of the society in general.

Allowable Cost Items

A maximum grant amount of P 30,000.00 may be approved for qualified organizations per year. This amount may be used to fund the following cost items:

  1. Learning Resources and Equipment(if necessary) – This item includes handouts, materials, and other learning-related tools and equipment
  2. Training supplies – must identify office/schools supplies to be used including certificates to be given to participants;
  3. Venue –rental or improvement costs for the facility / venue to ensure a conducive space for learning
  4. Stipend/Honorarium/Professional Fee – must indicate the expected number of resource persons for the formation activity, must also indicate estimated stipend/honorarium/fees to be given to the resource person/s; must not exceed 20% of the total budget being requested.The proposed professional fee should consider the following factors: the expertise and background of the speaker, expected output, length of the program or activity (half day, whole day, overnight etc.) and the number of expected participants.
  5. Meals – must include number of expected participants and the reasonable amount per participant;
  6. Other related expenses – to be justified by the applicant.

As much as possible, all expenses must be supported by corresponding official receipts. For purchases done in stores or suppliers with no official receipts, an acknowledgment receipt that includes the name of the store, address, contact number and the name and signature of the person receiving the payment should be indicated in the acknowledgment. This should however be done in exceptional cases and should not serve as the general rule.

Project Completion Requirements
The completion and liquidation report must be submitted to GMEFI not more than fifteen (30) calendar days from the completion of the project.

A. The project completion report, must include the following:

  1. An executive summary of the activity
  2. Learning Evaluation
  • Targeted Learning Outcomes vs. Actual Learning Outcomes
  • Summary of Results on the Learning Outcome Evaluation Tool
  • Accomplished Learning Outcome Evaluation Tool per Learner
  • Summary of reflections from participants and organizers
  • Signed Attendance Sheets

3. Financial report (budgeted vs. actual spent) with supporting official receipts

4. Recommendations and possible future directions

5. Photos (hard and digital copies) with brief description

B. GMEFI must be acknowledged as sponsor/co-sponsor in all printed materials, i.e. newspapers, magazines, etc.; or in social media articles to be released whether in the grantee’s own website, facebook page, tarps and/or in any other announcements concerning the approved project.

C. GMEFI must also be allowed to publicly to release articles about the partnership and the approved proponent’s project in GMEFI’s own brochure, press releases — printed or online, including the final report to be submitted by the grantee after the grant’s implementation.

Deadline for the submission of proposals is on or before March 31, 2017. Project implementation must be done and completed within the year 2017.

Though preference is given to applications from Persons with Disability [PWDs] and Indigenous Peoples [IPs] – led organizations, significant and equally important project proposals from other NGOs shall be considered.

We are going to choose based on relevance, uniqueness, and should undoubtedly be of advantage to the proponent’s target beneficiaries in their respective sector or community. Most importantly, is the possibility that the proposed project be replicated in the future, or may be continued by the trained participants for continuity purposes because of its importance.

[A repost from]


Remembering the UP Film Center

September 30, 2016

Tree planting ritual was part and parcel of celebrating important events at the UP Film Center, then headed by its co-founder, first Director, and my Humanities Professor, Ms. Virginia R. Moreno. I worked there as an artist-researcher, and was later sent as scholar to the Film and Television Institute of India.

Now, as Board Member and Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation Inc.’s [GMEFI] Community and Educational Fund Assistance Program Head, I thought of adopting the tree planting idea for GMEFI as part of Metro Manila College Foundation Day Celebrations. GMEFI is MMC’s Community Social Responsibility arm. Since a tree is one of the major design elements of GMEFI’s logo, it has become more than just replicating the UP Film Center’s activity. GMEFI scholars, I thought could be likened to a young plant which has to be nurtured to be able grow properly, and become productive in the future.


The mango seed that I planted and tended was sent to MMC to grow within the compound where the centennial-old Katipunan tree is located. Above are some of the Gawad Metronian scholars. The activity was held last September 27.



PFD to Teach FSL to Hearing Parents of Deaf Students in Novaliches

December 19, 2015

[L] GMEFI President Dr. Evelyne Dominguez, and PFD Vice-President Yvette Apurado [R] during the MOA Signing held last Thursday, December 17

To address the communication and language barriers in the family of Deaf children, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf [PFD] submitted a proposal to Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] under their Educational Fund Assistance Program. PFD’s proposal is titled, “Communication Skills Training to Hearing Parents of Deaf Students.” The Filipino Sign Language [FSL] will be explained and taught to  target beneficiaries who are parents of Deaf students in a public elementary [Susano Elementary School], and a public high school [Novaliches High School] in Novaliches City. GMEFI is based inside the campus of Metro Manila College in Novaliches City.

GMEFI PFD Signing2

[R-L]: Dr. Menandro Magculang, Yvette Apurado, Evelyne Dominguez, Jemuel Japson [hearing interpreter], Dr. Ramon Garcia, Thelma Jadaque

Yvette Apurado, Vice-President of PFD with Jemuel Japson, a hearing interpreter met Dr. Evelyne  Dominguez and some of the Board of Trustees of GMEFI last Thursday. Ms Apurado signed the MOA in behalf of PFD. Because of my busy-ness to finish my educational docu on Apolinario Mabini [Filipino version with FSL interpretation] entitled “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon” at DLS-CSB SDEAS, I wasn’t able to witness the MOA signing between GMEFI and PFD.

Executive Officer, Annalissa Penullar said that some members of the Board of Trustees got so interested on the project that they too would like to sit-in when the seminar starts in summer. The exact date is yet to be determined.

We hope that awareness will be elicited on the linguistic rights needs of the Deaf in the area of Novaliches. And that both hearing parents, and their Deaf children build self-esteem in the process when they come to know clearly about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [Part of my repost from]