Definition of Terms:

1.      Where did the word SULAD come from?

SULAD is a native word which means “brother”.


2.      What is a LUMAD?

“Lumad” is a native term which which refers to the Indigenous People of Mindanao.


3.      S.U.L.A.D.S. is an acronym.  What does it stand for?

Socio-economic Uplift, Literacy, Anthropological, and Developmental Services.


4.      What is a Para Teacher?

Para-teachers are the volunteer teachers sent to the various people groups who live with them for (1) one year, teaching them how to read, write, and math.  Para-teachers also educate them in proper hygiene and sanitation, agriculture, as well as assist with civic dues.


5.      What is a Manobo?

Manobo refers to a member or the name of one of tribes in Mindanao (Indigenous People).


More about the SULADS


1.      Why the need to reach these people?

These people groups are mostly ignored and taken for granted due to their illiteracy, and economic status.  Most of them do not know how to read and write.  Poverty and disease as well are common among these people.  If nobody dare reach them, who will?


2.      What is the relationship of SULADS with the Philippine Government

It is a non-government, non-profit organization while it is a duly Accredited Literacy Service with DepED (Department of Education) Region X under the ALS (Alternative Learning System) program which is in cooperation with the Government’s thrust in Education “Literacy For All”.


3.      What are the qualifications to join the SULADS?

If you have a heart for service, willing to endure hardship and sacrifices, and want to experience real JOY and SATISFACTION in life, you are welcome for Training. Many of the SULADS volunteers are students of Mountain View College, who take a year off of school for unselfish service.


4.      What are the sacrifices a SULAD volunteer may faces?

A SULADS volunteer may experience sleepless nights, hunger, exhaustion, and possibly even death, yet a SULAD knows that it is worth the cost.  It’s about living a life of purpose and  meaning.


5.      I want to BE A PART of the SULADS but I do not have 1 year to spend off

There are many ways to support the SULADS.  You may do this by contributing monetarily through the sponsorship programs, Offsite promotions work, and being part of the Prayer circle.


6.      What is the SULADS scope and manpower?

SULADS operate in 11 Provinces and 22 Municipalities.  With 10 Staff and 108 Volunteers, the SULADS operate 35 Literacy Centers and 4 High Schools.


7.      How Many Tribes are the SULADS serving?

The SULADS serve 19 People Groups (Tribes).  They are the:

    1. Tausog
    2. Maranao
    3. Samal (Badjao)
    4. Higaonon
    5. Talaandig
    6. B’ Laan
    7. Kaulo
    8. T’ Boli
    9. Tasaday
    10. Subanen
    11. Iranon
    12. Camayo
    13. Mangyan
    14. Surigaonon Manobo
    15. Agusanon Manobo
    16. Matigsalug Manobo
    17. Tigwahanon Manobo
    18. Pulangihon Manobo
    19. Ata Manobo


8.      How many more people groups are unreached in Mindanao?

There are more than 100 Indigenous People groups in the Philippines1.  With SULADS serving 19 of the tribes, there are at least 81 more that are unreached.