To strengthen the bond between parents and teachers, Schools Division Office of Tanauan City held the Division Election for General PTA officers SY 2017-2018. As stated by Mrs. Apolonia M. Landicho, EPS-SGOD, this program aimed to support DepEd Order 77, 2009 in recognizing and seeking qualified officers of Division PTA Federation. Participants of the said occasion were the elected officers from the different clusters of the 4 districts of the city – East, West, South and North. Candidates gave their campaign speeches and points to consider why they should be elected. The relevant positions that were filled during the division election were president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, auditor, peace officer and public information officer. The event was graced by OIC-Schools Division Superintendent of Tanauan City Edna Faura-Agustin, PSDSs of the ten clusters, and staff from the SGOD. SDS Agustin stressed the important role of parents as partners in educating the youth. She also said that the successes of the division’s objectives are primarily influenced by the intensive support coming from the parents. Furthermore, she expressed her gratefulness in seeing the support of parents to DepEd’s programs and projects. While the secret balloting was ongoing, Xander Castillo, JEPS-SocMob, the focal person of the event presided an open forum regarding the concerns and issues of schools. Parents asked questions that were answered by division personnel and clarifications were also given. He emphasized that teachers and schools should strictly observe the ‘No Collection Policy’. He also encouraged parents to become more visible in the school and to continue the strong partnership with the teachers especially in shaping the minds and values of young Tanaueños. Newly elected president, Marlon Malaluan gave his acceptance speech and called on every parent to become more active advocates of education, stressing that “more heads are better than one.” He said that intensive participation and contribution of ideas from parents will help the Division of Tanauan in serving its youth and in helping them to perform excellently in different fields. “Being PTA President is not only an obligation but a responsibility with a heart and dedication. It is something you can’t ignore. Para po kasi ito sa kinabukasan ng ating mga bagong bayani. Sa lahat po ng mga magulang, guro at bagong halal na opisyales, sama-sama po tayong susulong at haharapin ang bagong bukas!”, Malaluan, the newly elect PTA President exclaimed. (Ybette Pasahol-Quine, Teacher III, DepEd-Tanauan City NHS)