Enhanced Kabataang Aetas of LAKAS High School Sambales through Hay Ba-yon Hiko Program

CHRISTINE JOY C. CORDEL1*, KHAREN J. DECANO1, RACHELLE L. GIDAYA1, LIZELLE ANNE
MARIE O. MANABAT1, PAMELA M. NATALIO1, JEMABEL G. SIDAYEN 1
1 University of the East Manila
*Corresponding Author: Christine Joy C. Cordel; Email: christinejoycordel1990@gmail.com
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ABSTRACT
Aetas are one of the minority groups in the Philippines and are known for their
physical features of kinky black hair, snub nose, short stature, and darker skin
color. These characteristics oftentimes differentiate them from other community
members affecting their self-concept. This study was undertaken to determine if
the Hay Ba-yon Hiko Program, implemented among the Aeta youth of LAKAS
Highschool Sambales, has assisted in enhancing their self-concept. Embedded
Experimental Mixed Method Design Two-Phase Approach which consists of
both quantitative and qualitative research designs was applied. Quasiexperimental design was used to gather quantitative data in which 21 kabataang
Aetas (Aeta youth) participated in the Hay Ba-yon Hiko program. Additional
qualitative data were gathered through audio-recorded interviews with seven
Aeta young people. Results indicated an increase in self-concept as measured
from the pre-test and post program assessment. This shows that the Hay Ba-yon
Hiko Program affected the participants’ different areas of self-concept such as
personal, academic, and social aspects. Continuous guidance and training
activities among the Aeta youth is recommended.

Keywords: Aetas, intervention program, LAKAS High School Sambales,
self-concept