POVEDA gears up for school
The summer break is about to end and school year 2016-2017
is just around the bend. It is once again the time to
prepare the school to welcome back the students. The
POVEDAN teachers and staff gathered on May 18, 2016
to formally open the school year with the celebration
of the Holy Eucharist.
The Eucharistic celebration was presided
by Fr. Jose "Bong" Tupino III. Fr. Bong's
homily expounded on the readings from the book of James
from which the readings at the Masses of the past days
were taken. He emphasized on the importance of gaining
wisdom and aptly cautioned the congregation of the dangers
of cultivating jealousy and selfish ambition in one's
heart. He underscored the value of working for unity
Right after the Mass, the College President,
Dr. Azucena L. Camagan, delivered her welcome address.
She started by reiterating the Vision-Mission of a Povedan
educator and encouraged each one to be guided by it
in each task performed everyday. She emphasized on the
three Povedan educator hallmarks, namely, competence,
spirituality and innovation.
She made reference to the words of Fr.
Poveda, "Show me someone with a vocation to educate
and I will give you a school." She added that being
called to be a Povedan educator is a blessing and that
an educator "who humanizes, who continues to learn
(is a life-long learner), a warm and helpful educator
and an educator who lives what she or he professes"
is a great need.
She then invited the community to review the Five-year
(2014-2019) Strategic Plan and to consider the Key Result
Areas in pursuing plans and activities so that they
dovetail towards the realization of the institutional
goal, "That every Povedan be rooted in her/his
Filipino heritage, grounded in the Povedan Core Values,
and globally competent."
She updated the community about various developments,
namely, the on-going construction of the POVEDA Bldg.
Annex which will hopefully be completed within the first
two weeks of June; the reorganization of the school's
corporation, the Institución Teresiana Educación
y Cultura (ITEC) which led into the streamlining of
personnel; the first year-implementation of the Performance
Management System (PMS); the revised organizational
structure in transition and the creation of the Institutional
Services Council and Academic Support Services Committee.
She also shared the news of the linkages established
with other schools in Asia such as the Gakuen High School
of Kyoto, Japan and the upcoming travel of Mr. Anthony
Aperin to Japan to share POVEDA's experience on the
Talaban Program. She further stated that POVEDA is looking
forward to developing more partnerships with schools
in the ASEAN and North Asia regions.
She invited the community to "accept with joy"
the new call of the Teresian Association which is "trust
as a vital experience in the life of every person and
every group" and introduced the invocation for
this Academic Year in English, Spanish and Filipino,
- "Lord, we place our trust in You so we may
recognize the signs of the times."
- "Señor, en Ti ponemos nuestra confianza
para reconocer los signos de los tiempos."
- "Panginoon, sa Iyo ipinagkakaloob namin ang
lubos na pagtitiwala upang aming makilala ang mga
palatandaan ng panahon."
In closing, she challenged the community "to begin
by doing, to see and experience that the POVEDA community
can integrate generative, creative, innovative educators
be open to new life, new ways"
to live up to the tagline, "Leading through Commitment,
Innovation and Service."