Members of the Sector Council
and the Board of Trustees, members of the Teresian
Association, members of the Basic Education Council
and Executive Board, faculty, administrative and
maintenance staff, guests, good afternoon.
Another school year has come to an end and
once again we gather to celebrate and to thank
God and one another for a grace-filled and fruitful
year. We walked through the academic year guided
by our invocation, "Our Father, may Your
Kingdom come." Ms. Maite Uribe, President
of the Teresian Association, invited us to "enter
deeply into prayer, our only strength
that the Kingdom of God will come to our world."
With faith in our hearts, we are certain that
He walked with us and guided us in our daily
life as we patiently yet enthusiastically went
through the challenges of each day.
The theme of "mercy and compassion"
that presided Pope Francis' visit, the declaration
by the CBCP of the year 2015 as Year of the
Poor, Pope Francis' insistent reminder that
we "learn to cry with the poor" and
his warning during this Lenten Season against
the "globalization of indifference"
have touched and challenged us and our school
community to look into where we are called to
reach out and share the blessings we have received.
Father Poveda categorically affirms "No
one represents Christ better than the poor."
Is this not a call for us to identify ourselves
with the materially poor, to look for them and
finding them, respond to their call for love,
care and attention?
This school year is also marked by the beginning
of the 5th birth centenary of our patron saint,
Santa Teresa de Jesus. We take her as our example
of "being fully human yet totally belonging
to God." As an educational institution
inspired by Santa Teresa and Saint Pedro Poveda,
we cannot but honestly and sincerely discharge
our duties and responsibilities as educators.
Moreover, I would like to point to one virtue
of the Saint of Avila about which we can learn
much. She is an exemplar of the virtue of humility.
With Archbishop Socrates Villegas who in an
article on humility, suggested that we live
humility by simply knowing how to say please,
sorry and thank you. The great Saint of Avila
is inviting us this year to put this into practice
as educators of Saint Pedro Poveda College.
Academic year 2014-2015 has been the first year
of implementation of our Five-Year Strategic
Plan which was crafted by representatives from
the student body, parents, alumnae, faculty,
staff and administration. Following this Five-Year
Strategic Plan, we have set our direction and
have prioritized the strategies to attain the
goals for the first two school years. Having
these at the background, we move on to the realization
of our Strategic Plan till the next four years.
Guided by the pedagogical principles of Father
Poveda, we continue to respond to our tagline:
"LEADING THROUGH COMMITMENT, INNOVATION
As regards to the K-12 Program, we made changes
in the organizational structure to hasten its
implementation. I believe, in spite of the challenges
of having one Principal for Basic Education,
a Vice Principal for the Basic Education Curriculum
and one PAASCU Chairperson for Basic Education,
all these have facilitated our effort to unite
the two departments and learn from the best
practices of each one and work towards a full
implementation of the K-12 Program. My gratitude
to Ms. Annie Sanchez, and Ms. Mona Alagar who
have been overseeing the K-12 Program and worked
for the approval of the Senior High School hand
in hand with the Vice Principals, area coordinators,
faculty and staff in assuring that the said
Program be in place. On that note, let me inform
you that right after our series of graduation
rites and other culminating activities, we shall
be embarking on the construction of the POVEDA
Annex Building which will eventually house our
Senior High School. To Ms. Grapes Bugay, thank
you for the service of heading the PAASCU for
The LeaD Office with Ms. Betty Nava at the
helm, has continued to strengthen our Faculty
and Staff Development Program. We have been
sending teachers and administrators to participate
in seminars and conferences here and abroad.
We hope the educational activities of this academic
year have enriched everyone. I wish that at
the end of the day, each of us can truthfully
say, with God's grace I have given my best and
have become a better person than I was before.
I would also like to thank the SCOP officers
under the supervision of Ms. Ria Perez, for
their untiring service to the community holding
AS Day and the Christmas party for the Poveda
and City Service Maintenance with their family
members. As host for the EDSOR Peace Camp, they
worked hard hand in hand with the faculty, guidance
counselors, and staff. My congratulations to
them for the successful turn-out of the camp.
In our endeavor to fight against bullying,
I would like to thank the Guidance Counselors
headed by Ms. Charisse Raagas in strengthening
the campaign for the I Care Program with the
collaboration of the faculty and staff . I hope
the use of the institutional t-shirt with the
Mantra inspires us to do good and work for peace.
It is only when we have inner peace that we
can bring peace to one another.
Again, I would like to recognize the involvement
of each and every member of the POVEDA community,
insignificant as it may be, for I believe success
is attained with the collaboration of each one.
Thank you to the members of the different Committees
or Teams for their significant share in the
realization of our plans and programs. Thank
you so much for selflessly sharing your God-given
gifts to this specific field of mission of the
On this fourth year that we recognize the number
of years of service of our employees, with heart-felt
gratitude we give recognition this school year
to 9 employees who completed service for 10
years, 8 employees for 15 years, 3 employees
for 20 years, 2 employees for 25 years, 2 for
30 years. At this point, it is fitting that,
we also honor our beloved colleague who has
shared with us her life, her achievements in
tireless and noteworthy service and contributions
to the community- our dear retiree, Ms. Edith
Peñano. Congratulations and our heartfelt
thank you to all the 25 service awardees for
your loyalty and commitment to the Institution!
And to those, among you who will tread different
paths next year, we wish you much success and
We trust that Povedan spirituality will be a
guiding light and inspiration as you continue
your life's journey and that the knowledge and
skills you have gained will contribute to happy
memories of self-fulfillment. Thank you for
the gift of your persons and for your sharing
in making our vision-mission a reality.
We will still be back after the Holy Week for
the giving out of cards and the bridging program.
The new academic year, will start on May 4 for
the staff and May 11 for the faculty. The maintenance
personnel have their own skeletal force and
schedule for the summer; may they, too, find
time to take a break for family bonding.
To end with something everyone is anticipating,
on behalf of the Executive Board, I want to
take this occasion to wish the whole POVEDA
family an abundance of God's blessings and a
relaxing summer vacation. It is our desire that
this coming Holy Week will be a quiet and reflective
time for you and your loved ones. For the summer
vacation, take delight in being free from school
routines so we can look forward to seeing everyone
back, energized and healthy for the new school
year. Let us continue to renew our lives with
this inspiring invitation of Pope Francis, "to
think well, feel well and do well."
Thank you so much for your constancy and commitment
to the Institution as well as for your fidelity
to the pedagogical principles of Saint Pedro
Poveda and the Ten Povedan Core Values.
God bless us all.