Collectively recognized as an essential building block for human progress and development, education is also considered as one of the most effective tool in easing out poverty. An educated individual can plan his own purpose, manage his own resources and consequently shape himself with confidence and certainty.
CY 2012 witnessed the soaring of DepEd TAPAT as it continued to get through peak performance through the initiatives of the local government and other stakeholders.
Since the implementation of School Based Management in all public elementary and secondary schools, efforts to improve basic education outcomes are undertaken by schools and their stakeholders highlighting a wide diversity of initiatives and reforms.
The Division of Taguig City and Pateros has its thrust, ”ILT” to guide through its mission and vision. I – Internal Efficiency anchored on K to 12 and EFA Goals, L – Learners’ Enhancement with support of all stakeholders specially the local government, T – Trust and Confidence of a growing and learning community.
As we all move towards the attainment of EFA 2015, the Division of Taguig City and Pateros is one with whole education system in its thrust of delivering the basic learning needs of every child, youth and adult.
As of August 1, 2007 Census, Taguig City is home to 613,343 people with mixed cultural backgrounds. Its population density of approximately 8,000-person/sq. km. in 1999 is believed to grow by 4.45% annually, mostly by the tremendous in-migration. The native Taguigeños is now a minority with only 30% of the population and the new settlers comprise the majority at 70% of the population.
Considered as one of the premier cities in Metro Manila, Taguig City has 2 Legislative Districts and 28 Barangays. As highly urbanized city, Taguig is home to Fort Bonifacio Global City where high rising condo residential units, international schools, malls and other businesses are located. It is also home to five (5) thriving industrial centers – (1) the Mañalac Estate in Bagumbayan; 2) the Food Terminal, Inc., the nation’s food center, is situated in Western Bicutan. Now under the care of the Ayala Land Corporation, it will soon have a major business district and the Metro Manila Integrated Transport System that seeks to decongest traffic in Metro Manila; (3) the Veteran’s Center and the (4) RSBS in Western Bicutan are also home to industrial companies. (5) The Napindan-Elizalde Industrial compound houses a variety of businesses which help employ local residents.
The very accessible C-6 road can also be located at the eastern part of Taguig where it connects the province of Rizal to Taguig through the Pasig River.
Pateros which is famous for its balut, salted egg-making and alfombra industry is approximately 13 kilometers southeast of Manila and north of the Pasig River. It lies between 1210° 03′ 35″ and 1210° 04′ 40″ longitude and 140° 32′ 20″ and 140° 33′ 20″ latitude. It is bounded by Pasig City on the northeast, the City of Taguig on the south, and Makati City on the northwest and the Pateros River on the west. Total population of Pateros as of August 1, 2007 is 61,940.
In the beginning it was MUNTAPAT Division, from Muntinlupa, Taguig and Pateros. On August 16, 1995, Muntinlupa cut off ties with Taguig and Pateros, each with a Superintendent/ OIC. Dr. Aquilina S. Rivas was the first Superintendent of TAPAT, with its Division Office in Taguig. Miss Virginia Peñafuerte stayed in Muntinlupa as Officer-in-Charge.
After a year, Dr. Rivas was reassigned to Quezon City Division, leaving TAPAT to a succession of four Officers-in-Charge. Miss Virginia Peñafuerte and Dr. Eden C. Diaz both stayed for three months, Dr. Melba Dayao for almost two years, and Mrs. Jovita O. Calixihan for four years. It was Mrs. Jovita O. Calixihan who succeeded in working for the separation of Taguig and Pateros from Munitinlupa Division, at the same time acquiring items for a full-pledged Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent plus a Planning Officer and a Clerk. On December 21, 2001, TAPAT officially became a separate Division.
From the original line-up of MUNTAPAT Division Supervisors, five (5) chose to be assigned to TAPAT in 1995 – Mr. Eduardo S.M. Bruno (T.L.E), Dr. Michael Sta. Juana (NFE), Mrs. Lily Cariño (PEHM), Mrs. Josefina Eustaquio (Science) and Mr. Restituto Lomeda (English). There were also five (5) non-teaching personnel – Susana N. Dayanghirang, Marilyn O. Soriano, George B. Romano, Dante Hilapo, and Gloria D.V. Espina.
From a lean staff of eleven (11), TAPAT Division Office Staff has grown to the present sixty seven (67) nationally funded non-teaching items.
And the family is still growing. On July 26, 1999, two (2) secondary schools were created, Tipas National High School and Bagumbayan National High School, through the initiative of then Congressman, Alan Peter S. Cayetano. Two (2) elementary school annexes have been made independent. Tenement ES Annex is now Kap. Eddie T. Reyes Memorial Elementary School and Signal Village ES Annex, now Kap. Jose Cardones Memorial Elementary School, both legislated by then Congressman Alan Peter S. Cayetano on July 24, 2000.
Three schools were added in 2004: Taguig Science High School – which was given permit to operate as an independent school in September 2004, Taguig National High School-Upper Bicutan Annex (now, Maria Asuncion Rodriguez Tiñga High School), and Kapt. Eddie T. Reyes Memorial Elementary School-Palar Annex. All three schools were put up through the initiative of then Mayor Sigfrido R. Tiñga.
June 2005 witnessed the dawning of two secondary schools, the Taguig-Pateros Science and Technology High School and the Upper Bicutan National High School. Situated at Pamayanang Diego Silang, Taguig –Pateros Science and Technology High School was given approval to operate as a science and technology high school by the Department of Education in September 2004. In November 3, 2005, Taguig-Pateros Science and Technology High School was renamed as Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCCMSTHS) upon approval of DepEd-NCR to the letter request of its Officer-in-Charge. SRCCMSTHS was established in recognition of the selfless service that the late Senator Rene “Compañero” Cayetano has accomplished during his term. Upper Bicutan National High School on the other hand was given approval for establishment in November 7, 2005.
Through the initiative of then Congresswoman Ma. Laarni Lopez Cayetano and Mayor Joey C. Medina, a new public school was established in Barangay Aguho, Pateros, Metro Manila. With BEIS School ID 320607, Agripino Manalo National High School (Mayor Simplicio Manalo NHS) opened its door for first year to fourth year high school students last December 2, 2010.
From its original count of thirty six (36) schools, TAPAT grew to forty four (44) schools. The elementary level has twenty nine (29) schools – twenty (20) independent schools, four (4) mother schools and five (5) annexes. Fifteen (15) schools belong to the secondary schools – twelve (12) independent schools, one (1) mother school and (two) 2 annex schools.
DepED-TAPAT keeps on soaring high to achieve its goals. Like a butterfly that has developed from a cocoon, TAPAT has already spread its wings in quest of fulfillment not only in the region but in the whole country. It has won in regional, national and international contests. It also has innovative programs both for student and teacher development which cater to the demands of the era.
STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS OF UNITS CONSTITUTING THE DIVISION OFFICE
The Division Office is responsible for the general supervision, direction, evaluation and coordination of the operations and activities of the Department within the Division; implements laws, policies, plans, programs, rules and regulations of the Department within the division area.
The Administrative Section develops a well-planned, directed and coordinated personnel and administrative programs. Its Personnel Unit develops and administers a personnel program, which includes selection and placement, classification and pay, career and employee development and advises management on personnel policy and administration.
The (Promotional Staff) – Education Supervisors and Division Coordinators Unit, prepares and evaluates plans and programs on pre-€elementary, elementary and secondary education for the division based on policies and programs set by the Department and recommends proposals for improvement.
The Alternative Learning System Section provides literacy training for out-of-school youths and adults towards eradication of illiteracy. It provides the employed or underemployed with appropriate technical and vocational skills to enable them to become more productive and effective citizens.
The School Health and Nutrition Unit takes the lead in the implementation of health and nutrition programs, facilitates the establishment of intra / inter sectoral linkages with government and non-government agencies.
The Planning Unit, under the direction of the Schools Division Superintendent and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, prepares workable, effective and economical division educational plans based on the district and school plans. It provides policy and decision makers, planners and other interested parties with achievable objectives and up-to-date data information.
The Budget and Accounting Division develops and sets budgetary ceilings, fund estimates in support of the division’s plans and assists in the execution and control of the approved budget of the division.
The Cash Section receives payments for fees and other obligations, prepares reports for disbursements and statements of cash accountability.
The Supply Unit updates property records and accounts for the property, and is also responsible for the property and supply management of the division.
We dream of Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose competencies and values enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.
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