Monday, July 7, 2014

Reach out! Millions out there thirst for Functional Knowledge.

Reach out!  Millions out there thirst for Functional Knowledge.
Set aside one to ten minutes of your time a day to touch a less fortunate one - not with pity, but with a spark of knowledge and hope. Functional knowledge is like binhi or seed that germinates and grows organically, in the system, in the person. This is the missing heart of the computer, the missing inner person in a Television or Screen. This is the missing mission of technology, the missing conscience of science. The missing link of humanity.
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Profile of pageviews from June 28 to July 5, 2014. Published comments 531; post or lessons 2974; pageview today yesterday and today July 5, 2014. Latest data incomplete, taken at 6 am, cutoff is 8 a.m.  

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PBS Stations in the Philippines

PBS AM Stations

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)Location
Radyo ng BayanDZRB738 kHz50 kWMetro Manila/Luzon-Wide Region
(with nationwide propagation popularization broadcast)
Sports RadioDZSR918 kHz50 kWMetro Manila
Radyo MagasinDZRM1278 kHz10 kWMetro Manila
Radyo ng Bayan BaguioDZEQ999 kHz5 kWBaguio
Radyo ng Bayan TabukDZRK1323 kHz1 kWTabuk, Kalinga
Radyo ng Bayan BontocDWFR972 kHz5 kWBontoc, Mountain Province
Radyo ng Bayan LaoagDWFB954 kHz10 kWLaoag/Ilocos Region
Radyo ng Bayan AgooDZAG1224 kHz1 kWAgoo, La Union
Radyo ng Bayan DagupanDZMQ576 kHz10 kWDagupan
Radyo ng Bayan TayugDWRS-AM756 kHz1 kWTayug, Pangasinan
Radyo ng Bayan BatanesDWBT1134 kHz1 kWBasco, Batanes
Radyo ng Bayan TuguegaraoDWPE729 kHz10 kWTuguegarao
Radyo ng Bayan LucenaDWLC1017 kHz10 kWLucena/Southern Luzon Region
Radyo ng Bayan PalawanDWRM567 kHz10 kWPuerto Princesa
Radyo ng Bayan NagaDWRB-AM549 kHz10 kWNaga
Radyo ng Bayan LegaspiDWJS621 kHz25 kWLegaspi
Radyo ng Bayan IloiloDYLL585 kHz1 kWIloilo/Panay Region
Radyo ng Bayan CebuDYMR576 kHz10 kWCebu/Central Visayas Region
Radyo ng Bayan TaclobanDYMP1566 kHz1 kWTacloban
Radyo ng Bayan SogodDYSL1359 kHz1 kWSogod, Southern Leyte
Radyo ng Bayan CalbayogDYOG882 kHz10 kWCalbayog
Radyo ng Bayan BoronganDYES657 kHz5 kWBorongan, Eastern Samar
Radyo ng Bayan ZamboangaDXMR1170 kHz10 kWZamboanga
Radyo ng Bayan Cagayan de OroDXIM936 kHz10 kWCagayan De Oro/Northern Mindanao Area
Radyo ng Bayan GingoogDXRG-AM1242 kHz10 kWGingoog/Northern Mindanao Area
Radyo ng Bayan TangubDXJT954 kHz1 kWTangub
Radyo ng Bayan DavaoDXRP675 kHz10 kWDavao and General Santos/Southern Mindanao Region
Radyo ng Bayan ButuanDXBN792 kHz10 kWButuan/Caraga Region
Radyo ng Bayan TandagDXJS837 kHz5 kWTandag, Surigao del Sur/Caraga Region
Radyo ng Bayan MarawiDXSO774 kHz10 kWMarawi
Radyo ng Bayan JoloDXSM1224 kHz1 kWJolo, Sulu

PBS FM Stations[edit]

BrandingCall-SignFrequency (Channel)Power (kW)Location
104.3 Business RadioDWBR104.3 MHz (Channel 282)25 kWMetro Manila
89.5 Bay FMDWSB89.5 MHz (Channel 208)10 kWSubic Bay
Radyo ng Bayan ViracDZVC-FM94.3 MHz (Channel 232)1 kWVirac, Catanduanes
Radyo ng Bayan TaclobanDYCT104.3 MHz (Channel 282)5 kWTacloban
94.9 Kool FMDXVL94.9 MHz (Channel 235)1 kWKabacan, Cotabato
105.5 Upi for PeaceDXUP105.5 MHz (Channel 288)3 kWUpi, Maguindanao
Radyo ng Bayan Tawi-TawiDXDC-FM104.7 MHz (Channel 284)1 kWTawi-Tawi
There is good reason to be happy about - all of us followers and viewers of this blog, and all those whose lives we have touched in one way or the other - and to Google for its support to this outreach program.

There has been a significant increase in overall participation based on our daily pageviews, and very encouraging feedback. The top ten countries availing of our more than two thousand (2000) lessons/posts are the following, in decreasing order.

This list however varies daily or weekly with many other countries. From this macro view, it is but important to translate the lessons into functional literacy to millions of people who have very little access to the institutions of learning, those who have not used a telephone, more so a computer. It is estimated that half of the world's population of more than seven billion, have little in life - not so much because they have little food, little money little home, but because they have very little opportunity to learn - learn to earn, learn to live life and therefore miss the many opportunities it can bring.

How we wish we can reach more less developed countries, the remote communities, in particular. Maybe It's time to move out of the campus and go to the community, laboratory to the field. Maybe from Google we do the barefoot work. From this blog we become teachers in our own right and regard reach out as an obligation of humanity. Reach out for the dying child in a desert closely followed by a vulture. Reach out for the flood victims of Thailand and South China, or the drought stricken communities in the Sahel. Reach out for the out-of-school youth, the marginal communities around cities, the orphans of war, the infirmed, the very old.

Even with our own meager resources we can do our share. Have one minute to ten minutes of your time a day to touch a less fortunate one - not with pity, but with a spark of knowledge and hope. Functional knowledge is like binhi or a seed that germinates and grows organically, in the system, in the person. This is the missing heart of the computer, the missing inner person in a Television or Screen. This is the missing mission of technology, the missing conscience of science. The missing link of humanity Let's not call it legacy. Or heritage. It's just a little deed which we do casually, unconditionally, a little goodness here, a little goodness there, that make us feel happy, that unburdens us, that brightens our outlook in life, that make us sleep well and dream sweet dreams.

Here are some things we can all do.

Here are some things we can all do.

  • Visit/open the Blog. Refer to the latest posts or lessons for the day. These are also the lessons to be taken up under Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid. It is a simulcast of radio broadcast and Internet-Blog posts. Learning is enhanced by reading and listening, among other senses that may be stimulated in the process. Take down notes. You may electronically record the broadcast, download the posts and print them, too. Use these for your Reach Out Program 
  • Prepare a simple lesson like a teacher should. Don't go out and teach if you have not done your assignment. Refer to the lessons in the Blog. Search for the keyword, open the article, read and understand, and practice (dry run). Download and print those you need. Supplement your knowledge with reliable materials and sources. 
  • Don't be all-knowing. One at a time, one lesson after another at proper pacing. If you are accepted by the community, go for collective approach. Take advantage of snowball effect, but be careful of its cascading effect. Don't overload, do not rush. And don't build a tower of Babel either. Don't talk about religion. Don't talk about politics. There is no end to debate. There are many good things to talk about life. How to live life. 
  • Reach out. This means extension, not education. The teacher goes to his pupil. This is the opposite of the university. Be simple, be warm, be friendly but sincere to people. "Live with the people" (social immersion), not to be taken literally. Consider first their felt needs , not the needs the book says, or the bank says. 
  • Use all tools and methods of teaching from chalk and blackboard to multi-media that are appropriate. Adopt Ka Efren's kariton school model. Use recycled paper. For visual aids use re-usable discarded materials, recycle them. Don't spend for something you can avail free. Innovate, renovate before you modernize. 
  • Multiplier effect. Anything people perceived to be good to them is treasured by them. More than that, they share to and with others. There is no mathematical law in sharing. The more you divide and share a good thing, the more it will multiply. Take advantage of this echo effect, chain reaction, the gaya gaya culture. 
  • Don't disturb your pupils, don't interrupt their work, don't be their guest, special guest. Don't introduce change that changes their culture. Change their attitude to life that is positive to themselves and to others. And to their environment, principally nature. You are an agent of change but change takes time to develop and ripen. 
  • Keep low with advertisements and promotions. There's too much consumerism, especially among the young - and they are easy victims, systemic victims. It is because capitalism thrives on over consumption of goods and services, of growing affluence, of luxury. Of extending our children. Teach your pupils to become producers instead, not consumers. Efficient farmers, fisher folk, homemakers, entrepreneur. Don't lead them unwittingly to the tender trap of abusive capitalism. 
  • Learn from lessons in Occupy Wall Street (US), Arab Spring (North African and Middle East), European Recession (European Union), three widespread revolutions - people's revolutions. Then there is trouble in Ukraine, the resurgence of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel-Palestine Gaza Strip, local conflicts notwithstanding. All these are shaking the world today. Why can’t we offer functional literary as a way to peace?

    NOTE: Reach Out is purely a voluntary project. If you wish to help, please write, or contact though the Comment box of this blog. Or contact:

    Dr Abercio V Rotor
    Blk 61, Lot 55 Lagro Subdivision
    Lam-ang and Kudyapi Streets, Quezon City
    Metro Manila, Philippines

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