A fledgling Division before, now soars high!
September 1 is an extra important day for DepEd Division of Malaybalay City yet the Executive Committee during its previous conferences agreed to celebrate the occasion this year simply yet with meaning.
The Division office personnel and staff, together with the school heads as well as officers of the teachers association, and the Division Federated PTA officials joined the celebration at the Division Office with the theme, “Empowered Division of Malaybalay City: Purveyor of 21st Century Skills for Lifelong Learning”.
This year, activities were conducted on September 2 due to DepEd civic obligation. Division officials attended the provincial parade in celebration of the 101 Foundation Celebration of the Province of Bukidnon, day before.
THE DAY was warm and exciting as the members the organized teams arrived individually geared in the color of their team (blue, green, white, red, yellow, and light blue) -ready to compete in the sports events for physical boost and to strengthen camaraderie.
The opening salvo was a mass as offering of praise and worship followed by the tree planting in the untilled premises of the Division Office. Holes were dug the previous week to make planting stress-free.
It proved to be another day to celebrate the growth and successes of the Division. The multi-purpose make-shift building was buzzing with exhilaration as the opening program began.
The Message of the Superintendent
One of the Special features during the opening program was the message of the SDS Edilberto L. Oplenaria whose proactive leadership has ‘enlarged the tent’ in a manner of speaking. He heartily expressed his gratitude to City Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri for the perpetual assistance to DepEd. He also took time to congratulate the mayor for having been chosen and invited as one of the speakers during the incoming eminent National Convention on Literacy in Cebu City.
After sharing few of the milestones, the superintendent announced that the city mayor will be with the teachers during the teachers day celebration this coming December at Bukidnon State University gymnasium as a way of amplifying the inspiration of every participant who were in attendance during the celebration.
The City Mayor’s Message
The city mayor declared that the creation of the Division of Malaybalay City has come to fruition. (Nagbunga na gyud og kaayuhan ang pagmugna sa Dibisyon). He happily announced that in 1998, he was there as a neophyte city councilor when the seed of creating a city division was first planted.
This is the first time that the mayor was able to physically attend the celebration. He assured the participants that he will continue his support to the various programs of education. He recalls that provision of needs for good management will continue as result of consultations.
An impediment of sorts has been experienced in the budget allocation for the local schools board. However, he promised that support will continue as long as we meet the requirement set by the Commission on Audit.
Finally, he thanked DepEd for giving your best for the implementation of the government programs and ended by congratulating everyone.
The Sporting Events
A resounding applause was heard when the city mayor tossed the ceremonial serve after the players have recited their Pledge of Sportsmanship.
The day became action-packed when the teams played with gusto -the Power Blue team, the Yellow Stringers, the Green Ready Team, The Red Lalala team, the Orange Buhay team, and sky blue PTA team. Upbeat sportsmanship was displayed during the conduct of games. Kudos to all the players!
The celebration anniversary was assessed as momentous and remarkable. As said, “It is when we engage ourselves that we can achieve our goals.”