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School’s growth

At last, I can now see our school grow.

In my more than three decades in our barangay, I have seen how the only secondary school in our community (which happened to be my alma mater), has grown and I can say it is partly due to the selfless efforts of our local government officials especially our current punong barangay who never ceases exerting efforts and finding ways to extend assistance to our school.

It is still very vivid in my mind how our high school started in 1993 when we literally started from nothing. We had no textbooks, no chairs, no learning resource materials, and worst, no classroom – a reason why the neighboring elementary school had to “adopt” us for some years by offering us its extra classrooms and chairs. Eventually, with the concerted efforts of the PTA and the barangay officials, our school began to acquire its own chairs and makeshift classrooms. I thanked God I did not surrender when we were struggling to learn due to some inconveniences and discomforts. But it was just unfortunate that when I have already left my alma mater, it was when the new building was constructed through the initiative of our barangay officials.

Now that I am back to my alma mater as a teacher, I still witness how supportive our local officials are to our school. Today, with their constant and selfless support and initiatives, our school continues to grow not only in terms of physical improvement but also of academic development. Our school now has a library and a stage where school activities can conveniently be held – things that cannot be provided right away by the Department of Education. Apart from these, our barangay council also allocates funds annually for us to conduct various school activities successfully like the Nutrition Month celebration, and Buwan ng Wika, which truly develop our students’ knowledge and skills while inculcating in them the significance of such activities.

We also owe our barangay officials the triumphs of our students in the extra-curricular activities because of the assistance they extend for their trainings and other things they need for the competitions. In fact, through the endorsement of our barangay, our school has received computers and school building from private entities.

While it’s true that DepEd provides us the maintenance and other operating expenses fund, it’s not enough to cover all expenses for our school activities and needs. Good for big schools that have big population that they receive big MOOE funds so they can improve their schools well. But for our school that only caters to a small number of students, we receive small fund, thus, we really need stakeholders’ help. Of course, I have nothing against the DepEd, but this is the real situation. And this situation is just being addressed by LGUs because they see the problems and that they just want our schools to grow.

I strongly believe the growth of any school cannot be made possible by only one person or one entity since the school is considered as a community that has to be developed harmoniously by different individuals and groups of people regardless of gender, race, and status in life. After all, as what the popular adage says, “In union, there is strength.”


Dress with discipline

People nowadays are fond of wearing tubes, spaghetti straps, mini-skirts, shorts, caps, and jerseys. Women they think they look fabulous and sexy when they wear these clothes. They might have the liberty to wear what they want. But when in church, we should dress appropriately.

Every time we go to church, we just wear clothes that we want to wear not thinking that we should dress more appropriately. Those who go to church should avoid wearing cap, sando, shorts, and those that expose much of our body.

In other places like Vatican City, a dress code is enforced inside the St. Peter’s Basilica. Hats and shorts or skirts that are above the knee are forbidden, as well as sleeveless shirts, those that depict profanity, and excessive jewelry. The use of mobile phones and smoking are also not allowed.

Although St. Peter’s is an architectural and artistic monument, it is foremost, a place of worship and prayer that is why visitors are reminded to wear appropriate clothes.

The Catholic Church does not have a written dress code but there is an unwritten one that demands proper dressing. Those who really feel the presence of the Lord should give importance to self-respect and choose the best for the Lord. People who do not recognize His presence lack self-respect including those who consider attending Holy Mass merely as a social gathering.

There is no rule or law about the proper attire in the church but we should remember we are in the house of the Lord to pray and not to show off our clothes. Remember that you are not in a fashion show or a party. We pray and ask for forgiveness, not to sin more. We must know our limitations and must have discipline.

This Holy week, let us observe those things and respect the sacred place.

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