The participants coming from the different livelihood associations of Maria, Siquijor during their Values Formation training at Brgy. Looc on February 23, 2022.

Engr. Mario E. de la Peńa of DOST SIQUIJOR PSTC and LGU-Maria represented by Mayor Meynard R. Asok, Hon. Roselyn T. Asok, and PESO Manager Aldrin Daguman conducted a Values Formation training among members of livelihood associations of Maria, Siquijor with an added incorporation of elements of Gender and Development.

On February 23, 2022 at Brgy. Looc, Maria, Siquijor, Mr. Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, DOST Science Research Analyst, took on the topic MGA MITHI SA KINABUHI: Deciding What Values Are Important In Sustaining A Livelihood Association.

The sharing started with an emphasis that man’s values are inherently good, and among a number of values, man must know how to prioritize them.  It succeeded with short activities asking the participants to list their values according to priority.  Importantly, Mr. Arbon reminded the participants on three indispensable truths:  (1) Every person is unique; (2) Every person has gifts and talents from God; and, (3) Every person is important.

At a juncture, Mr. Arbon instilled the value of women among the participants.  He said:  “You must remember, you are next closer to God.  Your dignity is precious.”

The session capped with a challenge in a form of a question thrown to the members:  “What personal values, talents and gifts you can share with other members in order for your association to grow and to sustain in the long run?”

Collectively, all the participants realized that though they are diverse, their association can be united if they share the “same purpose, same mind, same heart, and same act.”

One member said:  “Maayo kaayo siya mopasabot og migamit pa siya og mga pasumbingay aron makasabot jud pag-ayo sa iyang ipasabot.  Thank you, daghan kaayo mi nakat-unan.”  (He [Mr. Arbon] has been effective in making us understand about the topic and he has used stories to fasten lessons for us to understand more.  We have learned so many things from the training.)

By: Jose Aldous R. Arbon II

The topic that Mr. Jose Aldous R. Arbon II shared with the members of livelihood associations in Maria, Siquijor at Brgy. Looc on February 23, 2022.