True to DepEd’s mission of protecting and promoting the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education, Guitasin Primary School will be converting into Guitasin Elementary School by July 2018.

After more than a decade of being a primary school, Guitasin PS will be offering grades 5 and 6 to its locals as agreed upon during SDS Cherrylou Repia’s visit and meeting with the concerned school head, teachers, parents, and guardians last June 21.

“Kung ano ang tinatamasa ng mga bata sa bayan, dapat tinatamasa rin ng mga bata dito. ‘Yan ang gusto natin,” SDS Repia said.

Parents have expressed their unanimous approval and support in making education more accessible to their children. By the end of June 30, they are expected to have put up an additional classroom using the cheapest, if not free, materials readily available in their locale. This shall house kinder and grade 1 pupils.

At present, Mary Ann Batino, public schools district supervisor of Silang, and Gloria Videña, Kaong Elementary School principal, are processing the upgrade of Guitasin PS into a complete elementary school. They are also mapping out potential students from Guitasin who have either transferred to Inchican or Kaong ES for grades 5 and 6 or those who have quit pursuing their elementary education due to accessibility concerns.

Robert Bisnar, who has been teaching multi-grade level pupils for 11 years already, was assigned as teacher-in-charge. He will be working along three teachers, two of which shall be deployed as soon as the room construction is done and the mapping of pupils is completed.

Mobile teachers shall also be sent to educate potential learners who wish to secure a high school completion certificate through Alternative Learning System (ALS) if mapping results would suggest its necessity.

Meanwhile, PSDS Batino is also currently securing proof of land ownership as preparation for the school’s conversion into an integrated school in the near future. SDS Repia eyes the establishment of additional buildings which would accommodate grades 7 to 12 students, including a middle-level skills development center which would offer training to any interested learners in Guitasin.

Guitasin PS has 17 enrollees and is among the three primary schools in DepEd Cavite, the others being Calubcob PS (Naic) and Bunga PS (Tanza) which has 815 and 188 pupils as of June 2018. DepEd Cavite targets upgrading all these primary schools the soonest possible.

For its formal opening, Guitamis PS will be holding its first flag raising ceremony as a complete elementary school on July 2. (Rey Ann M. Maramag, PDO I/ DIO)