Wednesday, February 29, 2012

AGAPP Questionnaires for Partner School

     The following are the Aklat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Questions that they required to every interested and applying school for them to be qualified as recipient of Silid Pangarap Program, a classroom donation project spearheaded by Presidential Sisters Balsy Aquino-Cruz and Pinky Aquino-Abellada. Maduya Elementary School tried its best to apply but unfortunately it was declined for not enough classroom  site.
  Silid Pangarap is the component of the program that provides the physical space and material resources. This involves the design, construction and furnishing of the school-community library and preschool classrooms  

1. Tell us about your school’s vision for the community that you serve.
The school head, teachers and various stakeholders labor and collaborate to develop and produce Filipino youth who are proactive, vibrant, civic-spirited, forward-looking, globally-competitive and God loving who actively participate in and contribute toward the building  of humane, healthy and productive community and will serve as catalysts of Carmona’s epithet as Center for Investment and Sports.

2. What do you know about the situation of children aged 0 to 8 in the community and specifically about the situation and needs of the families and children already served by your school?

            Carmona nowadays is one of the melting pot of migration of laborers and their families in the province of Cavite because of the municipality’s continuously increasing numbers of locators and investors who create jobs and productions. Brgy. Maduya is the biggest barangay of this municipality with geographical size of 4,255 sq.m. Maduya is also a gateway from the South Superhighway when one exits to Carmona, Cavite. It is imperative to note that its Kindergarten pupils’ population continuously increases as years go by as migrant workers flock in this barangay since it cradles two big business subdivisions: the Golden Mile Business Park and the Paseo de Carmona.
            At present, Maduya Elementary School has five (5) Kindergarten classes with total population of 136. It has only one allotted Kindergarten classroom so the remaining 3 classes use the school’s ancillary buildings like the Guidance Center and the School Library.
            Additionally, two buildings of the school, the Bagong Lipunan School Building and LSB Building  are already dilapidated and  continuously deteriorating. These buildings were established in 1974 and 1983 respectively.

3. Why do you want to participate in the AGAPP School Partnership Program? What do you think are your responsibilities as project partner and how do you plan to fulfill those?

            As a bridging leader, one must be an optimist in every situation, concern and problem in the school. And this AGAPP School Partnership Program is a blessing and an opportunity for us to grab. It will remedy our school’s classroom insufficiency and will give hope and happiness to our Kindergarten pupils who are the beneficiaries of this program. It will also concretize the DepEd’s Universalization of Kindergarten in the country. My responsibilities and my plans to fulfill as project partner are just simple A E I O U: Accept the project willingly and whole-heartedly, Educate the teachers and stakeholders about this project; Include parents and external stakeholders in planning for its sustainability; Oblige everyone on their part and role they can share for its smooth implementation and Unite all the linkages for additional support for its improvement and further development.

4. What will you do to ensure that “Silid-Pangarap” will be maximized for children’s benefits?

            I do believe that every facility in the school should be maintained, loved and utilized to its fullest to ensure maximum benefits. The “Silid-Pangarap” in my school, if ever it will be granted and blessed to our school will not only become a mere classroom but a classhome which is suitable for the readying-to-school toddlers. As a school head, my usual way of tapping tolerant supporters to help for the maintenance, improvement of our “Silid-Pangarap” will be done.

5. What do you plan to do to ensure that the activities and programs linked to “Silid-Pangarap” will be sustained and will continue to improve.

            One of the Key Reform Thrusts of the BESRA is the Continuous School Improvement so I will be planning to create a core group headed of course by the Kindergarten Teachers which will manage the smooth flow of the operation. It is also my responsibility to supervise and guide them toward the path to its sustainability and great improvement. We can make Silid Pangarap sustainable and improved through the support of internal and external stakeholders which our community has plenty of. It is only through our tantamount initiative and resourcefulness that we could find credible and best school partners.

Nutritious Food Advocate Chef Stephanie Zubiri shares cooking expertice with Caviteno teachers, pupils

Chef Stephanie Zubiri, a natural and nutritious food advocate, visited Cavite to share her expertise in cooking to some home economics teachers and elementary pupils, February 2, 2011 at Imus Pilot Elementary School PTA Hall, Imus, Cavite.

Chef Zubiri while self introducing and explaining her recipe.
She is starting to cook.

The meatball with saluyot leaf.

Frying the meatballs

Sharing experiences and cooking tips.
With the curious Grade 5 and 6 pupils from different districts in Cavite.

Tasting time.

Posing time with me.
After her short introduction, Ms. Zubiri cheerfully, kindly and gladly shared her time cooking a special recipe she called 'Albondigas in Tomato Sauce'. After her cooking, she let all the pupils cook the same recipe she showed and guide them until they were done. Pupils enjoyably cooked the recipe to the delight of their respective HE teachers.

My niece, who is a Grade 6 pupil of Carmona Elem. School tries to cook the Albondigas recipe.

(From right) The CHETA President, Mrs. Cely Lucero and Division HE Supervisor, Dr. Melinda Manlangit
with other pupils while  cooking the recipe.

The Albondigas in a pan.

After the demonstration, Chef Zubiri is awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.
Chef Zubiri (center) with other principals,teachers and other participants in Cavite.
  Her Albondigas in Tomato Sauce recipe is shown below:


500g pounds ground pork
2 eggs
1 cup plain diced bread
100g saluyot leaves
½ cup tablespoons chopped garlic
½ cup fresh milk
1 small onion, minced1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Tomato Sauce recipe follows


Place ground pork into a large mixing bowl, making sure to break meat into smaller pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix by hand until all the ingredients are well blended. Don’t overwork or the meatballs will be mealy. Form into 1-ounce balls, about 1 ½ inches in diameter and place them closely together on the sheet pan. Heat the pan with oil and cook until the meatballs are just firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and drop into the Tomato Sauce. Simmer 5 minutes and serve.

Tomato Sauce:

250g tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
1 teaspoon Cayenne powder (optional)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder (optional)
3 teaspoon onion sliced
1 teaspoon garlic minced
Salt and black pepper
The Albondigas cooked by the Grade 5 pupils.

Put the tomato sauce and the rest of the ingredients into a large, heavy bottomed saucepan. SStir well and place over high heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, being sure to stir every 10 to 15 minutes so it doesn’t burn.

Early Registration Day for Kindergarten and Grade I at MADES

The Department of Education released the DepED Order No. 4, s. 2012 entitled “Declaring January 28, 2012 as the Early Registration Day for SY 2012-2013 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Objectives of Education For All (EFA)”.

I and the Grade 1 teachers.
With the theme: “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista Ngayong Enero”, it aims to achieve universal participation among all five –year old and six year-old children to ensure their enrolment to Kindergarten and Grade 1 next school year and the completion of their schooling. It also targets all the incoming first year high school to enroll in public secondary schools and all the out-of-school youth from the disadvantaged groups of the indigenous peoples (IPs) and street children ages 5 to 18 years old in their preferred education delivery system, either formal through alternative delivery mode (ADM) or alternative learning system (ALS).

It can be remembered that the DepEd has started the implementation of  the universal public kindergarten program in the school year 2010-2011 to prepare children about to enter primary school.
According to DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro, achieving the universal preschool education otherwise known as kindergarten will prepare physically, socially, emotionally and mentally all the five-year old children for formal schooling, hence, increasing the children’s chance of surviving and completing formal schooling, reducing drop-out incidence, and ensuring better school performance.

It was learned that around a million drop-out of school before reaching grade three and most of them don’t have the opportunity or did not undergo kindergarten or any sound preschool or early childhood education.

With the special participation of local and barangay officials, a massive advocacy campaign for the early registration of the out-of-school children and youth with difficulties, and the regular pupils and students was undertaken at all levels since last January 2, 2012.


Maduya Elementary School did it share to follow the abovementioned memorandum. Early as January 27, the day before the set date of the early registration, the school principal, Mr. Noel S. Ortega has talked with the PTA Officers headed by Mrs. Rosalie Papa and requested the barangay captain Hon. Danilo Tenedero for support like the provision of service vehicle and a generator to be used by the assigned teachers for the public address during the registration day.
Mrs. Lilia Ortiz, the guidance counselor is read for the public address in the community.
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Furthermore other core group were assigned to make other important tasks.

Kindergarten Teachers: Accept and register possible and legitimate kindergarten entrants.

Grade 1 Teachers: Accept and register possible and legitimate Grade 1 entrants.

Grade 2 Teachers: Prepare tables and chairs in the covered court to accommodate parents and their children for registration.

Grade 3 Teachers: Review their respective pupils for the upcoming National Achievement Test.
The Grade 3 pupils of Mrs. Marilyn Abad during the review for NAT.

Grade 4 Teachers: Do the ‘public address’ for information dissemination and advocacy in the community.

Grade  5 Teachers: Prepare the lunch of the teachers during that day in the canteen.

Lunch time for free courtesy of the canteen.
Grade 6 Teachers: Review their respective pupils for the upcoming National Achievement Test.

Aside from the public address conducted by the assigned teachers while the registration is ongoing, the officers of the PTA also did the house-to-house campaign which really was able to make the community cooperative and responsive.

Opening Remarks during Cavite Province Journalists' Day 2012

Let me say a best morning to all of you!!! Why best? Because it is a Journalist Day.
Dr. Elpidia B. Bergado, Division Supervisor in Secondary Filipino
and OIC in Educational Media  during her opening remarks during
the Journalists' Day 2012 and Post Valentine Party in Tagaytay City.
If happiness has a face, it would be that of a Cavite school paper adviser. Yes, a Cavite school paper adviser with big delighted eyes and  an ear-to-ear smile, beaming at his/her young journalists and hugging and shouting with co school paper advisers and everyone around. For six years – and counting!- the joyful face of everyone in every awarding ceremony, served as a landmark in the map of regional and national schools press conferences and Cavite as an oasis of abundant winners in CALABARZON..

The audience while listening to the opening remarks.
Behind these, of course, is a legendary enterprise of trustful, high-caliber, dedicated, intelligent and united school paper advisers of the Division of Cavite. Of course, there is no “Hall of Fame Award for Being A Champion for Six Consecutive Years”. Or “International Schools Press Conference”. Or “Division With Most Number of School Paper Advisers to Win as Outstanding School Paper Adviser of the Philippines Award. Or “ School Paper Advisers in a Division who have Camaraderie to Make the Division a Perennial Champion Award”. But if there were, Cavite Province would win them all.
Worthy of a celebration, we are now here at the stadium of Tagaytay Science National High School to reap what we sow. We are convened here to give significant recognition for your winnings in the Division Schools Press Conferences Group Contest results.  My dear school paper advisers, my greatest congratulations to all of you. You are the champions of our division. For without you, the winnings won’t be in our hands.

I and my friend Ms. Rhea Angeles,
a principal in Imus, Cavite.
As the number 1 division in CALABARZON, we should not rest on these laurels and accolades, we should rather continuously spread our wings higher and keep soar to a greater and farther heights.

My dear champion school paper advisers of great power and camaraderie, it’s difficult to be a number one. And since we are now Number one, it’s also very saddening and shameful to become number 2 next year. Let us always be ready and on my part, I do always know that you are very much ready and cannot wait for the next year to compete. And I thank you for that. But although we had reaped numerous and significant achievements, it is still a long way to prepare for more victories in the future. Thank you for your unwavering commitment of  always being with me in my vision of making Cavite Province par excellence in educational media. Thank you, my dear school paper advises for inspiring me to the highest level and for always making me very, very happy every after schools press conference. The experiences that we had and we will always have will be indelible memories in my mind.

Again, continue spreading joy and happiness in your young student journalists through making them winners. Through their victories, we become champions. A champion division which is unbeatable and enviable to others. Let the other divisions be jealous, as long as they do not know the secret ingredients in our recipe to this success.

Thank you is not enough but still I am saying this. Thanks for all your love, support and enthusiasm. I know that through this, God is also happy for our perennial victories. Again, Happy Journalists’ Day and belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Let’s stay to be happy and continue spreading happiness everyday!
Good Morning!

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DepEd Cavite Province, Soaring So High!

Cavite is synonymous with triumph. The letter V in its name stands for victory.

The Province of Cavite was hailed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as 8th Placer Top Performing Province in the Philippines last year. This was a result of its leaders’ good governance, progress-oriented orientation and high-performance in its programs and development.
DepEd Cavite on the other hand was not left behind and did not let itself be like a sitting duck waiting for its eggs to be hatched.
The brilliant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Yolanda V. Carpina.
Cavite division envisioned its schools as a seat of culture and excellence made possible by school heads, teachers and other stakeholders.

       In its desire to address the needs of all the clienteles, serve and provide basic services of education, Cavite Division has done its best. As education cradle, DepEd Cavite has achieved various international, national and regional recognitions. Truly it is always raining and pouring for this division. After it was chosen last year by the regional office as the cornerstone of national growth in educational media as Center for the Special Program in Journalism, this school year 2011-2012, Cavite has paved the way for soaring higher in terms of latest technological advancement in educational system, as 91 public elementary school were recipients of the DepEd Computerization Program or DCP.
School Heads and teachers from Cavite are attending the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP)  Orientation at Tagaytay International Convention Center  (TICC), Tagaytay City July 2011
            In line with its vision and mission, several measures have been implemented to give due considerations and address the urgent needs of the division.  These were composed of implementation of school projects based on the priority needs of each school through the assistance of the school governing council and other private sectors; strategic analysis; ocular inspection; contingency plans; and capacity building for teachers, school heads and non-teaching personnel.  Likewise, it includes preparation of school improvement plan, annual implementation plan, school report card and school operating budget by the school heads.

Its leaders were responsible for the successful delivery of educational services and the implementation of diverse programs and projects created in an effort to achieve the standards and targets set by the division in line with the students/pupils, staff, curriculum and physical development, as well as management and supervision of schools.  The application of participatory and consultative decision making process, and the employment of data-based, research and evaluation as bases in creating initiatives and making decisions ensure the successful implementation of the monitoring and evaluation scheme set by Cavite Division. 
(From left). Dr. Yolanda V. Carpina, schools division superintendent; Dr. Manuela S. Tolentino,  education program supervisor in pre-elementary and special education and Dr. Rommel Bautista, assistant schools division superintendent.

DepEd Cavite is changing at its best to challenge the world. It will never stop nor despair. Its leaders will breath new spirit into it from time to time. It will continuously illuminate and succeed to the future years and will cling to its pedestal as top performing division not only in the Region IV-CALABARZON but in the whole world as well.
Selected principals and district and education program supervisors of Cavite pose with the regional director (eighth from left) Dr. Lorna Dig Dino during the Regional Mancom at Manila Southwoods Main Ballroom.
Though having made great achievements in the previous year, DepEd Cavite still has a long way to go so that it can adapt itself continuously to the new social and economic development trends, and meet the new needs in cultivating talents. In the coming future, DepEd Cavite will continue to take the development of education as the strategic priority, and in line with the requirements of the K + 12 Program, take reform and innovation as the strong force for development, take the improvement of education quality as the strategic key point of reform and development, and take the promotion of fairness as the essential education policy, so as to realize sound and fast development, and to win people’s satisfaction with it. This is the goal we shall pursue and shall make unswerving efforts for more TRIUMPHS and VICTORIES for our beloved DepED CAVITE..

Saturday, February 4, 2012

MADES' Ang Grinfilds, champion best school paper in CALABARZON

Our school organ in Filipino, Ang Grinfilds truly made us blissful and ecstatic during the Regional Schools Press Conference Group Contest Awarding Day held at Lucena West 1 Central school, Lucena City last Feb 3, 2012  for winning as FIRST PLACE, BEST SCHOOL PAPER, Filipino category in Region IV-A CALABARZON for gaining the victories in the following: Second Place, Sports Page; Fourth Place, Newspage; Fourth Place, Ediitorial Page and Sixth in Layout Design. 

On the other hand, our school paper in English, The Greenfields , won First Place in Layout Design.

 I and our school paper advisers Mrs. Mariquit Bayas and Ms. Arreane Mamauag would like to express our deepest thanks to all the people who have inspired us in making this "masterpiece". Dr. Yolanda Carpina, our mother star, Dr. Elpie Bersamina Bergado , our guiding star; Dr. Editha Atendido , our charming star; Mrs. Florpina B. Galay, our mega star. 

We would like also to share this great moment to all the school paper advisers of Carmona who are also winning stars and our co-Starbucks stars namely- Nemirose Balisi De Capia, Shella Lloyd, Vicky Muelle, Princess Cherryl Amores-Cacatihan, Ligaya Hernandez, Corazon Cells, Mary Jane Cells and of course the Matapobres: Julie Anne Vertudes, Heidee Luna, Carmina W. Dones and the vilest of them all Michael Leuterio aka PUGO. 

Also we would like to thanks Pixelport, our excellent printing press managed by the Sleepless Stars Rodney Egonio and Millete Olaivar. Really we are so blessed to have you especially during the roughest moment of beating the deadline of entry submission. 

Also to all the school paper advisers of Cavite Province who are also cheering with us during the exhilarating moments when our school papers' name were being called as winners. We share this to all of you, our co-stars in putting our Division of Cavite in her unsurpassable glory. Most importantly, we also edify all our talented pupil-writers and cooperative parents in Maduya Elementary School for always being with us through thick and thin. THESE WINNINGS WON'T BE OURS WITHOUT YOUR UNPARALLELLED SUPPORT. 

And of course, we highly share and offer this victory to our ALMIGHTY GOD Who is the fountain and source of all the wisdom and wonderful things which affected in the realization of these blessings. Thanks GOD for this great pleasure we will truly treasure from You. Without You, our knowledge which is also from You will not work out for many positive ideas and come out with excellent results. We adore, glorify and love You, oh Almighty God. :D