by Marie Cherrie Nagal Yabut
Kalibo Elementary Schooll II is now Kalibo Integrated Special Education Center (KISEC). Since 2009 when it joined Brigada Eskwela until 2012, Elementary School Principal II, Mrs. Remia H. Donguines dreamed of an ideal school. Today, it is a dream comes true year after year all because of Brigada Eskwela.
Brigada Eskwela continuously inspires, challenges and helps the faculty and staff and our school achieve numerous awards and titles. These titles are priceless achievements which can never be equated by any cash or citation of golden trophy. It is the prestige and integrity of the prizes that honor history and legacy that matter. These are recognition of pains, tiredness, shameless efforts that paid off, the efforts made by our energetic principal, Ms. Donguines.
KISEC implements seven thrusts, the formula for the Hall of Fame Awardee in Brigada Eskwela implementation. First, effective leadership style and team building, considered to be the backbone of these thrusts. Without this, there will be no cooperation, solidarity, and determination to make KISEC what it is now.
Second, third and fourth thrusts feature the strong commitments of all staff members and pupils’ welfare, the provision of classrooms, buildings and facilities procurement, secured learning environment and structured teaching.
Fifth and sixth thrusts support and give importance to the commitment to protect Mother Nature and contribute to a call for a green earth. KISEC commits for a clean and green environment and provides the proper segregation and disposal of school and community waste.
The seventh thrust is community involvement and volunteerism. There is our endless gratitude to all our provincial, municipal and barangay officials. Congressman Florencio “Joeben” T. Miraflores, through his effort, KISEC is privileged to be given a two storey building with two classrooms which cost P2,147,000; Governor Carlito S. Marquez, who never say no to any projects we undertook; Vice Gov. Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo and all the Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, Kalibo Mayor William S. Lachica, vice mayor Madeline Regalado and the Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan members, Brgy. Capt. Mary Jane A. Rebaldo and the Brgy. Kagawad and our former mayor Hon. Raymar A. Rebaldo, now member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan.
All the teaching staff, Gen. PTA officials and members headed by PTA president Randy Anthony Acevedo Rebaldo, vice president Rico Magno had supported us. No material prize can match the happiness and thought these people trust us, more so of the openness of the school principal.
KISEC competed for six consecutive years and won the grand slam as Best Implementer of Brigada Eskwela from 2006-2012.
In 2011 and 2012 KISEC captured the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementer, Exceptional Level awards. It was first place, both in Regional and in National levels. Public Schools District Supervisor Mrs. Lucy D. Gomez and the School Principal Mrs. Remia H. Donguines received the Regional Award in Kapiz Mansion, Banica, Roxas City on October 24, 2012. Aklan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse M. Gomez and Brigada Eskwela Coordinator Mrs. Mary Ann S. Lopez, the School Brigada coordinator Johann C. Cawaling were absent during awards ceremonies.
The proud 16 members of the teaching staff were present during the awarding and the author was one of them. She was proud to shout to the whole world, we have made KISEC a beautiful institution for our Special Children. A million thanks to everybody most especially to our beloved and industrious principal, you have made and became KISEC, a beautiful KISEC.
The National Award Program will be held in Pasig City, Metro Manila on November 15, 2012. /MP