The Schools Division Office (SDO) of Biñan City, through their Social Mobilization & Networking (SocMoNet) Section, introduced the use of the newly-developed School Partnerships Data Sheet or SPDS to all school heads and Adopt-a-School Program (ASP) Coordinators of the 36 public schools in Biñan City on March 15.

Developed by the External Partnerships Service of the Central Office, the SPDS aimed to help schools simplify data gathering and reporting tools of all partnership initiatives. The tool intends to help the partnership focal persons to easily manage and organize their ASP data.

Schools Division Superintendent Hereberto Jose D. Miranda shared during the roll-out that the concept of partnership has existed since the Spanish colonial period. He added that the SPDS will strengthen the partnership initiatives of DepEd such as the ASP, Brigada Eskwela, and other external activities such as donation drive, trainings, and scholarship opportunities.

As the new partnership monitoring tool, the SPDS requires two major data. First is the information on partners’ contributions such as the type of contribution, the unit / quantity contributed, and the number of beneficiaries. The second portion involves details on partnership agreements, which will highlight the status of the project and relevant data that may affect the partnership.

The said activity included hands-on workshop on the step-by-step function of the tool facilitated by Leonora M. Ogania, Senior Education Program Specialist of SocMoNe. Information Technology Officer I Francis Jordan R. Arbo conducted hands-on experience on analyzing, reporting, and consolidating the SPDS.

“It is important that we monitor the entry of external services and support extended to us by our stakeholders. Through the SPDS, we will be able to provide feedback to our partners, which can help us in generating continuous support from them,” said Ogania.

The awarding of the winners of the Division contest on Brigada Eskwela 2017 Jingle Making Contest was also held during the orientation. The entry of Biñan City Senior High School – San Antonio Campus won first place in the division and notched the 10th rank in the regional level.

Schools are expected to fully utilize the SPDS as the new reporting tool starting April 2017, or the start of the 2nd quarter coverage of ASP report.

ASP or the RA 8525 of 1998 allows private entities to assist public schools in support to providing quality and relevant education to the Filipino youth. (Dionisio T. Pobar III, EPS-II, SMN)