CitySavings recognizes Project TeACH Batch 1 NCR teacher - implementers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seventeen (17) public school teachers happily received their certificate of proficiency & merit during the Project TeACH Batch 1 Recognition Ceremony hosted by City Savings Bank last October 08, 2014 at 28/F UnionBank Plaza, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Project TeACH (Teach, Aspire, Challenge, Help) is one the signature Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) education related initiatives by City Savings Bank in collaboration with Coalition for Better Education (CBE) & the Department of Education.

In its pilot run last October 2013, 25 public school teachers from 25 different public schools in the National Capital Region underwent the 5 – day full training scholarship designed to help them integrate technology in the learning environment by weaving it into authentic project based learning (PBL) activities & enhance their Information & Communication Technology competencies.

The projects successfully implemented by the teachers were on the following focus areas: solid waste management (recycling), green, green come again (vegetable gardening), wall of life (vertical gardening), crumpled energy (paper charcoal) & an anti – bullying campaign. The teacher – implementers were Alfonso F. Belmonte (Macario Asistio Sr. HS – Caloocan); Irene C. Agar (Las Piñas East NHS, Las Piñas); Allan F. Vargas (Pitogo HS, Makati); Edwin I. Salviejo (Makati HS); Gerald A. Verbosidad (Malabon ES); Lucelle F. Ferranco (Nueve de Febrero ES, Mandaluyong); Teresita B. Atencio (Highway Hills ES, Mandaluyong); Jovita Consorcia F. Mani (Malanday ES – Marikina); Mona P. Dela Cruz (Fortune ES, Marikina); Rene C. Malto (Parañaque NHS); John Francis L. Octaviano (Pasay West HS); Marietta T. Dadufalza (Pasay East HS); Michael D. Morella (Pinagbuhatan HS, Pasig); Michelle L. Mercado (Rosario ES, Pasig); Regina G. Estorco (Commonwealth ES, Quezon City); Edna L. Lozano (EM’s ES, Taguig City – Pateros); & Joselina F. Halili (Malinta ES, Valenzuela).

Out of the list, Verbosidad, Dela Cruz, Malto & Morella were selected by CBE to partake in the teacher’s camp held last October 20 – 26 in Cebu to join the rest of the CBE – trained teachers from around the country. The four (4) selected Project TeACH implementers are part of the group tasked to develop teaching material on energy conservation.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Catalino Abacan, CitySavings President & COO shared about the “CAP”, an acronym which represents three (3) action words related to any new undertaking or learning. Comprehend – We equip you with new knowledge; Adopt – You adopt what you learned from the classroom, this was proven by the several projects completed by the teachers; & Propagate – Now we can share this to the other teachers; we started with 25 & who knows in the next few months we will be able to conquer the 700,000 teachers in the Philippines.”

During the monitoring report & highlights, Dr. Caridad Labe, CBE VP for Internal Affairs & DepEd MIMAROPA Regional Director emphasized that Project TeACH got a 4.58 (highly effective) rating in terms of the principals & experts’ perception on the effectiveness of PBL implementation. In addition, principals have confidence on CitySavings – trained teachers in designing PBL, & student – teacher interaction are very adequate.

“Over the years that CBE has been doing this kind of program one critical success ingredient is the support of the superiors – the principals, supervisors, superintendents. It is important that you all work together, give a chance to your teachers to improve themselves & to discover where they can be good at”, said Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao, CBE President.

Aside from enhanced skills with new methodologies & approaches to classroom learning, Project TeACH also provides professional development opportunities through credited points as basis for potential promotion under DepEd order No. 66, series of 2007. Students on the other hand are expected to be engaged in learning knowledge & skills through experiential project based learning.

CitySavings seeks to bring Project TeACH to other regions in the Philippines to strengthen PBL implementation in the classrooms. This shows CitySavings’ strong commitment for better teachers who will in turn develop better students for a better nation.

City Savings Bank is the thrift bank subsidiary of Union Bank of the Philippines & a member of the Aboitiz Group. CSR is an integral part of how the Bank & the whole Aboitiz Group does business to being the neighbor of choice by giving back in the areas where the branches are operating in.

Coalition for Better Education (CBE) is a multi - sectoral & membership - based non - stock, non-profit organization committed to initiate & support education development & interventions in the Philippines which envision in creating empowered learning communities.