UNTV CEO Daniel Razon understands that poverty has stricken the country because of the low rate of literacy. History of our skirmish against poverty recorded that the country has undergone several changes in the educational system. Yet the number of students dropping out of school is continually increasing. Their reason being that they cannot afford the expenses of going to school and educational facilities are unavailable in their areas.
That is why, Razon brought together a plan to address the problem of illiteracy by making education available to even the poorest and most remote areas of the country. The project started back in 2010 when UNTV’s Dunong Gulong inaugurated as a means for bringing the school to the students. Education Secretary Armin Luistro accepted the Dunong Gulong buses during the UNTV 2010 anniversary celebration. The memorandum of agreement between the Department of Education and UNTV gave Deped a way to bring the school to the students, rather than wait for them to risk perils of long travels to schools.
The concept of the Dunong Gulong bus was developed by Daniel Razon and Bro. Eli Soriano, the presiding minister of the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI). These two are the brains behind the many public service offerings of the UNTV 37 and its subsidiaries. Equipped with complete learning tools that are up to standards with the current Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education, these mobile schools traverse the whole archipelago in search for areas not normally reached by our school system.
The full size bus converts into an outdoor classroom with electronic gadgets to provide the most modern skills training to out of school youths. It has its own computer systems, high contrast projector, mini-library, foldable chairs, easily retractable tent, white board, learning kits, and a fully operational kitchen to provide food to students while they learn.
Dunong Gulong is part of UNTV’s grand scheme to help our countrymen alleviate their present situation and hence, become self-sustaining citizens. The Dunong Gulong project has reached learners from the countryside, and is still rolling to bring hope to millions of families. To date, the project has earned the recognition of local government units in different areas and has become an icon for people in depressed areas that serve as an inspiration.