Cavite Province’s Munting Ilog National High School (MINHS) hosted the first two-day Inter-Senior High School Congress themed “Gearing towards a Sustained, Empowered, Innovative Mind and Skill through Research and Actual Participation”, February 27- 28.

The event aimed to showcase conducted research studies, provide academic discussion towards the improvement of students’ research writing skills, and exhibit outputs of Grade 12 students.

It also provided support to the graduating G12 students’ choice of curriculum exit in the form of job opportunities and scholarship offerings from different colleges, universities and local government units.

More than 500 delegates participated in the event which was initiated by Munting Ilog National High School Integrated Senior School (MINHS), General Vito L. Belarmino National High School Integrated Senior School (GVBNHS), and Lumil National High School Integrated Senior School (LNHS).

Principals and research advisers of the three Silang secondary public schools offering Senior High School led the planning and conduct of the Inter-SHS Congress.

MINHS Principal Cristina M. Austria spearheaded the SHS Congress together with GVB NHS Principal Flordeliza A. Dela Rosa, LNHS Principal Cecil Papa, and Senior High School Coordinators. The event was also held successfully through the support of SHS Conference Director Noel D. Anciado, SHS Guidance Councilor Shella B. Javier, and teachers for inviting skilled and impressive resource speakers.

A research conference was conducted to present studies whereas it aimed to process their studies to give further comments, suggestions and recommendations by the panel members for the improvement of their researches.

Ivan Brian Inductivo, Officer-in-Charge of Schools Governance and Operations Division (SGOD), shared his knowledge and experience to students and he emphasized to take research as a challenge because it would lead them to more opportunities.

“Nowadays, students are more afraid in Practical Research than Math,” he added. However, he said they should not be because it could discover different possibilities.

A Scholarship Expo followed which gathered De Lasalle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), National College of Science and Technology-Main (NCST), Rogationist College (RC), National College of Science and Technology-Institute of Indistrial Research Training (NCST-IIRT), Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL), Cavite State University-Indang (CavSU) representatives who offered scholarship to help students in achieving their goals and financial aid to pursue their education.

Moreover, DLSU Dasmariñas, headed by Dr. Myrna Ramos, Vice Chancellor for Mission, External Affairs and Advancement, proposed 50 % scholarship and the remaining 50% would be subsidized by the Local Government Unit of Silang and Carmona.

OIC-ASDS Diana Topacio, SGOD represented by Ms. Teresita Bautista and Ms. Marlene Panganiban, Silang Secondary School Heads joined the round table discussion reagarding DLSU’s proposal.

The following day, Municipality of Silang Public Employment Service Office’s (PESO) Lotus Sardido and Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Ruth Arevalo conducted a special job fair in the form of speed dating for companies and job seekers to assist as many qualified individuals as possible in finding employment.

Meanwhile, public and private schools participated in the SHS Bazaar which exhibited students’ outputs promoting awareness on choosing the right track and school among Grade 10 students.

According to Hon. Dahlia Loyola, Municipal Mayor of Carmona, students should “be vigilant when choosing the track and school because most of the students were returning to schools for the reason they were overcrowded.”

“Tanging edukasyon ang papanday sa ating kinabukasan,” Hon. Aidel Paul G. Belamide added. (Edith B. Velazco, SPA, The Flow)