Kalookan City: The Second Largest Area in Metro Manila

Topics: Elementary school, Quezon City, Caloocan City Pages: 8 (2164 words) Published: March 21, 2014
Kalookan City is one of the 17 cities and municipalities in National Capital Region. It is the second largest area in Metro Manila and the third most populous city in the Philippines. It has 188 barangays which were divided into two districts – the North (upper) with 24 barangays and South (lower) with 164. The northern part has less number of barangays but it is larger in terms of land area. In the last 20 years, migrants from different cities in Metro Manila and provinces in Visayas and Mindanao came and settled in the city. Population has been rapidly increasing due to immigration and resettlements of families (informal settlers and average/middle class) in agricultural and idle lands. These villages continue to expand and spread in different locations. In terms of education, the city has 49 public and 17 private elementary schools of which more of these are situated in the southern part. Teacher to student population ratio in the elementary level was posted at 1:40. However, in schools in the northern part of the city, the teacher-student ratio was posted 1:50 which signifies the scarcity of teaching manpower of public schools. Thus, the students’ learning are affected. There are likewise classroom deficiencies and a need for improved facilities to maintain an atmosphere conductive to learning. While educational services are fair, they are hampered by less adequate buildings and as well as instructional materials, equipment and facilities. Tala and Amparo Elementary Schools are two of the public schools in northern Kalookan with combined enrolment population of about 6,000. To accommodate the number students, the schools with the limited number of classroom facilities have to divide the class sessions into two batches. Most of the students in the morning batch have to cope with the schedules as early as 5 o’clock am and those in the afternoon have to finish their last class at 7pm. Professors of FEU-EAC NSTP conducted an ocular survey and coordination meeting with the principals and teachers last January 2014. This is to explore partnership programs that the NSTP unit can have with the schools. Among the needs identified and requested by the principals and teachers were: •School supplies for students from poor families. Most of them cannot afford to buy their own bags, notebooks, pencils and uniforms. •Educational materials, visuals, media learning equipment for the libraries. •Construction materials to fence portion of the campus. This is to prevent outsiders from entering the premises and protect the students from possible outside threats.

There are two target beneficiaries of this project, the 1,000 students who belong to the poor families and administration of two public schools. 1.The students who will receive school bags and supplies are identified and prioritized by the teachers and principals because their parents belong to low income earners and hardly afford to buy school stuff for their children. Most of these parents are laborers and construction workers who receive meager daily wages. 2.The administrations of these two public schools who are committed to deliver educational services to their students are considered beneficiaries. The assistance for the library (for Tala Elementary School) and construction materials (for Amparo Elementary School) will be directly turned-over to their respective administration for proper care and management (although this assistance will financial allotment from the Department of Education, local government and private groups. However, these financial supports could not cover all the need of the institution.

“Maagang Alay saPasukan 2014” is a cooperative project of various NSTP203 groups which aims to provide assistance to two public schools in Kalookan City – Tala and Amparo Elementary Schools. Resources to be generated by about 75 groups from their respective...
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