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Request Letter for Funding

Request Letter for Funding

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16 Calamba St. Corner Halcon, La Loma, Quezon City 1114 Philippines
Tel Nos: 740-4415 (res) / 726-7763 (direct line, ofc) / 721-8677 (telefax)
Cellphone No: 0919-6164868 E-mail: jofti@yahoo.comApril 25, 2003

Mr. Buenaventura M. Maata, Jr.
Executive Director, PhilGerFund
Philippine \u2013 German Development
Foundation, Inc.

Dear Mr. Maata:

I am Maria Fatima \u201cJofti\u201d A. Villena, a graduate student at Asian Institute of Journalism and
Communication (AIJC). Currently, I am in my last year of finishing my MA degree in

This year, I am to accomplish my graduate thesis. For this project, I have thought of not just an ordinary endeavor but one, which can result to practical applications in the future especially in carrying out development and empowerment among marginalized people. Title of project is:

An Inquiry to the Role of the Communication Systems
of the Agusanon Manobos in their Social Development
As a communication student, I would like to make this project as my contribution to the social
development of the ethnic group, which I will work with very closely in this project.

I indeed believe that communication has a vital role in the social development of marginalized
people especially the indigenous, which is often the neglected part of most researches conducted
even by the professional anthropologists, sociologists, academicians and practitioners of
communication here in the Philippines. I intend to use culture and the arts to bring social
awareness to the would be audience/readers of this production thesis.

It is a challenge of this project to create a positive tone and image of Mindanao amidst all the
negative events brought about by violence, injustice and poverty just recently.
Progress of the project as of this time includes: gathering of materials, which provided me with
basic knowledge on the Agusanon Manobos \u2013 way of life and social conditions (one of the major
ethnic groups in Mindanao \u2013 the third major island in the Philippines), the theoretical concepts
and perspectives to start with. These are the primary content of Chapters 1-3, which I have

already accomplished. I have also established a good network within the area to accommodate
me during my 3-month immersion period on the latter part of this year. Official organizations
(NGOs / POs) and government offices responsible for the area have already approved my study
and agreed to help in the fieldwork. Thus, giving me the necessary permits. Generally, I am now
beginning to prepare for my immersion.

However due to my limited capacities as student and employee of a religious congregation, I am bound to seek support from funding institutions. My work alone cannot sustain the expenses I am about to spend for this project, though, I do not want this limitation to stop me from realizing my dream of helping these indigenous people to realize their potential as citizens of this country.

It is in this light that I wrote this letter to you to appeal to the generosity of your organization and
be assured of the following:
\ue000endeavor will be a joint effort of the indigenous community and researcher rather than the
researcher monopolizing the project; will be done thru continuous consultation and I will
be there only to facilitate, initiate, be a mentor and organizer of the project
\ue000guiding concepts, principles and framework used are those, which permit participation
and training of the indigenous community
\ue000concepts to be developed thru the project is to be used by the community for practical
application particularly in resolving social problems and conflicts
\ue000proper credit will be given to your organization especially in the output of this project
\ue000comprehensive reports will be submitted to update the organization of the project\u2019s
The project proposal has been submitted also to other funding agencies and is still awaiting for a

I fervently pray that your organization will give my project due consideration, find time to
evaluate it and sincerely hope to here a positive response. If its not too much to ask, please
inform me whatever your decision will be, at least before the month of August comes so that I
would be able to make the necessary adjustments.

Please find enclosed papers, which contains: abstract, project description, significance, guiding
concepts/principles, timetable, budget and short curriculum vitae for your guidance and

Thank you very much and more power!
In Christ,
Maria Fatima \u201cJofti\u201d A.Villena
MA student, AIJC
(in case there is a need for copies of my permits and approval of the graduate school, I am more than happy to
send them to you)


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