Department of Education-Division of Cavite, through its School-to-School Partnership Program (SSP) Team, conducted the first Gawad Tulong Ugnayan last February 2 at the Auditorium of Lyceum of the Philippines, Cavite.

Attended by around 200 leader and partner school heads, SSP focal persons, Education Program Supervisors, Public Schools District Supervisors, and guests from the Provincial Government of Cavite and the Regional Field and Technical Assistance Division of Region IV-A CALABARZON, the event served as the highlight of the Division’s SSP Program.

The gathering featured exhibits, action research presentation, one-minute film contest, and the awarding ceremony. For the SSP Exhibit, which showcased the outputs and benefits reaped by the schools during the implementation of the division program, Carmona bagged the Best Exhibit, People’s Choice, Happy Che’s Choice, and Director’s Choice awards with its Sorteo-embellished exhibit. Moreover, Carmona’s Gintong Ani ng SSP entry from Maduya Elementary School and Milagrosa West Elementary School won as Best One-Minute Film, People’s Choice Award, Happy Che’s Choice Award, and the Director’s Choice Award.

Meanwhile, Lapidario Elementary School and Southville Elementary School’s Project ReFUN, Kaytitinga Elementary School and Sulsugin Elementary School’s Project STAR, and Osorio Elementary School and Conchu Elementary School’s Project TEACH were recognized as the Best Action Researches while Aguado Elementary School and Bagong Pook Elementary School’s Regional Awardee for Best Action Research, Implementation of SSP Program: Contributing Factors to the Reading Ability was given a special citation.

The Division SSP Team also selected three best documentation outputs among the 29 program implementers. Noveleta Elementary School and Gahak Marulas Elementary School placed first in the Best SSP Documentation contest, followed by Trece Martires City Elementary School and Kanggahan Elementary School (Second Place) and Kaytitinga Elementary School and Sulsugin Elementary School (Third Place).

Ms. Norielyn C. Narciso, school head, Halang Banaybanay National High School, was hailed SSP Outstanding School Head Leader (School Category) while Ms. Basilisa R. Digma, school head, Bagong Pook Elementary School, was recognized as SSP Outstanding School Head  Partner (School Category),

For the Best SSP Implementer Category, five partnerships were also given recognition for their exemplary achievements in ensuring the quality of instruction and support to curriculum implementation. Aguado Elementary School and Bagong Pook Elementary School won the First Place followed by San Gabriel Elementary School and San Jose Elementary School (Second Place); Trece Martires City Elementary School and Kanggahan Elementary School (Third Place); Balsahan Elementary School and Bucana Sasahan Elementary School (Fourth Place); and Kaytitinga Elementary School and Sulsugin Elementary School  (Fifth Place).

ReachSearch, an action research journal which features 24 action researches on School-to-School Partnership Program initiated and conducted by the SSP Implementers, was also launched during the event.

Division SSP Team Chairperson Eduarda M. Zapanta, stressed that the purpose of the event is more than just giving awards but a creative and innovative leap towards excellence in the service for batang Caviteño.

Dr. Elpidia B. Bergado, Curriculum Implementation Division chief, said that through the Gawad, more school heads and stakeholders will join the march towards excellence. She recognized the school heads’ contribution in making the unit the Most Efficient Unit in the 2016 Gawad Bandila. She also encouraged the participants to elevate their performance one step higher to sustain the good standing of CID.

Meanwhile, OIC Schools Division Superintendent Cherrylou D. De Mesa,   emphasized that it takes a village to educate a child. She believes that Gawad Tulong Ugnayan is a manifestation of a bolder and brighter DepEd Cavite and encouraged the participants to always be true to their calling as learning leaders and teachers by adhering to the following tenets: ‘maglingkod ng walang kapaguran, rumespeto nang walang paghuhusga, at magmahal nang parang walang bukas’, all of which are for the Batang Caviteño.

Regional Field and Technical Assistance Division (RFTAD) Chief Agnes Rolle, in behalf of DepEd CALABARZON Regional Director Diosdado M. San Antonio, congratulated the Division of Cavite for conducting this type of activity. She emphasized that the very essence of SSP is making a difference in the school community and improving the learning performance of the students. (Jonathan S. Jimenez)