Palawan State University president Dr. Ramon Docto had signed a memorandum of understanding with the donors of learning materials Debra Pritchard and Palawan Pawnshop owner Bobby Castro and witnessed by city vice mayor Nancy Socrates on Wednesday.

The Palawan State University (PSU) is planning to offer a new degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Special Education (BEEd- SPED).

University president Dr. Ramon Docto said Wednesday their College of Teachers Education (CTE) is conducting a feasibility study on this.

“Yong teachers na ma-train sila yong magiging teachers na magtuturo sa SPED, hinhintay ko yong College of Teachers’ Education na sila ang gagawa ng feasibility study. They will submit it to me and then I will take that up to the board,” Docto said.

Palawan Pawnshop proprietor Bobby Castro, whose firm has donated educational materials for SPED students, expressed support to PSU’s plan.

Bobby Castro of Palawan Pawnshop

“Natuwa nga ako na binanggit ni Dr. Ramon Docto na they’re planning to have a degree na special education sa kanilang education program so magkakaroon ng specialization. Naturally kailangan ng library, equipment, kailangan ng teacher training kasi mag-uumpisa yan sa mga teacher na magtuturo sa special children dapat trained,” Castro said.

PSU recently opened a special education library for the neurodevelopmental disorder, with donations of learning materials from Palawan Pawnshop and US national Debra Pritchard.

Castro said that Pritchard who donated the learning materials tapped Palawan Pawnshop to donate for learning equipment needed in the library allocated for those with special needs.

L-R Debra Pritchard, Bobby Castro, Dr. Ramon Docto and Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates

Pritchard is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer and a consultant of the Palawan Pawnshop.

“Her passion is helping special children. Dahil nga consultant siya ng Palawan Pawnshop, hiningi niya na mag-donate ang Palawan Pawnshop. Of course, gusto rin namin tumulong,” he said.

Pritchard, along with Castro, had signed a memorandum of understanding with PSU to formalize their partnership.

Docto said the donated learning materials by Palawan Pawnshop and Pritchard would be accessed even by learners and educators outside the PSU.

“Kailangan din ito kasi marami tayong teachers na magtuturo ng SPED pero kulang tayo sa materials. Actually, kahit yong ibang mga bagay na specialized materials, wala sa common library so we can have these materials if there are some people who will donate. Especially bago lang siya at wala pa masyadong sumusulat,” Docto said.

Docto said that the materials and equipment for special education library had been added to the materials earlier donated by Susan Evangelista and his husband.

Docto added they will transfer the materials once the university offers the curriculum program and they will have another room for them.