Tombod Integrated school opens in Villasis

September 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- The Tombod Elementary School of this town will now be known as Tombod Integrated School.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has approved its conversion thru a letter of endorsement dated April 27 signed by OIC-Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco.
The letter said the “establishment of Tombod Integrated School is effective in the School Year 2012-2013 having satisfactorily meet the requirements imposed by DECS Order No. 91-1999 (Guidelines on the Establishment and Operation of Integrated School).
It also stated that the local government unit (LGU) of Villasis will provide financial assistance for the construction of buildings, purchase of desks, boks, etc. until the national government allocation has been provided.
An integrated school is a combination of elementary and secondary schools not operating separately. Teachers are both teaching in the elementary and secondary classes without additional compensation, but have to be trained on teaching integrated classes.
The new integrated school was formally launched last September 5 that was attended by Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica, Vice Mayor Paz Sison-Rafanan and 5th District Board Member Danny C. Uy.
The launching was done in three parts- a tree planting, blessing of the school library which was donated by Engr. Hilario F. Mari and Mrs. Julieta M. Arcalas, and the program proper for the launching.
The cutting of ribbon for the opening of the school library was done by Mrs. Esperanza Mari (representing her son Engr. Mari) , Mrs.Feliza Ordonez (representing her sister Julita Arcalas), Vice Mayor Paz Sison Rafanan, school teachers headed by school head Analiza S. Mones and the Barangay Council headed by village chief Mamerto O. Bulatao, Jr.
Mayor Abrenica said the municipal government of Villasis is committed to support the new integrated school of the town adding that education is always the primary program of the local government.
“Salamat at nagbunga na rin ang efforts ni Kapitan (Bulatao) at ang Principal (Mones) upang maipatayo ang integrated school dito. Sa mga magulang, nabawasan na ang inyong gastusin sa pagpapaaral ng inyong mga anak dahil hindi na sila pupunta sa bayan ( Thank you that the efforts of the village head (Bulatao) and Principal (Mones) have paid off. To the parents, your expenses in sending your children to school have been lessened because they will no longer go to the town),” Mayor Abrenica said.
Abrenica also urged the parents, teachers and barangay officials to be united and cooperate to further develop the school.
Vice Mayor Rafanan said the Sangguniang Bayan members and her office will always give their support. “ We are here to give whatever help this institution may need in the future.”
She further said a school is the spring board for the development of children and all the assistance from parents, community people and teachers will significantly change the lives of the people.
Village head Bulatao thanked all the people who helped in the fruition for the establishment of an integrated school in his village.
He thanked Uy, Abono Partylist Chair Rosendo O. So, residents who donated facilities, the school administration, Abrenica, Rafanan and SB members, the barangay officials and the community people for the help in establishing the integrated school.
“ I did not waver in following up the establishment of the integrated school in our barangay. I was then batting for the re-opening of the defunct national high school here but Board Member Uy recommended an integrated school,” Bulatao said.
He also said, “Dakayo a nagannak, allukuyen yo dagiti annak yo nga ageskwela ditoy. Kayat ko nga maka-produce tayo dagiti estudyante a nasingpet, nalaing ken nagaget nga intay maipannakkel ditoy ili tayo, probinsya ket ti intero a nasyon (To you parents, I urge you to convince your children to study here. I want to see the students of the school as well-behaved, intelligent and industrious who could be our pride in our town, province and the entire nation).”
Uy recalled how the plan for the establishment of an integrated school in the barangay started.
He said it took more than two years before it came into reality after his constant follow up at the DepED regional office in San Fernando City.
“ We have to give credit to Mayor Dita and the members of the SB for their efforts in establishing the integrated school. Let’s give credit also to the teaching force and the barangay officials for their persistence in having an integrated school here in your barangay. Ako ang taga-follow-up lang sa Region I,” Uy said.
Uy also donated two units of computers for the school.
School head Analiza S. Mones expressed her gratitude to the guests and the benefactors of the school.
She said she was lucky that the integrated school was established while she was the administrator of the school.
“ I could not fully express how happy I am this moment. To you all, let’s celebrate the many blessings we have already received and to those we have yet to receive in the future,” Mones said.
The launching of the integrated school was also attended by the following school heads: Marilyn Cabarteja (Bacag Central School), Gloria Diego (Lomboy Elementary School) and Nenita Cenizan (Bacag East Elementary School).

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