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Gift-giving at Brgy. P.D. Galima, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

December 11, 2021

Sorting of goods for the GSSO Outreach Program at Brgy. P.D. Galima

Giving of sorted gifts at Brgy. P.D. Galima Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

BSE Alumna: Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines 2016

Dr. Katherine Faith Adalem Maddela-Bustos, an alumna of Aldersgate College from pre-school to college, bagged the award for the Search for Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines 2016 by the Metrobank Foundation, Incorporated.

Dr. Bustos, a graduate of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education, the First Honors of the ACES, the AC High School Batch ’97 salutatorian, a part-time professor of Aldersgate College Graduate School and currently an English teacher (Master Teacher 1) at the Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, is named by MBFI as one of the 10 awardees of the Search for Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines after undergoing rigorous teaching demonstrations and panel interviews before the final board of judges, which was chaired by Senator Emmanuel Joel Villanueva and co-chaired by Rep. Romero Federico “Miro” S. Quimbo (2nd District, Marikina City) and members: Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. De La Peña; Court of Appeals presiding Justice Roman G. Del Rosario; Cebu Governor Hilario “Jun-jun” P. Davide III; the Ambassador of India to the Philippines, His Excellency Lalduhthlana Ralte, the New Era University President, Dr. Nilo L. Rosas; and, Editor-in-Chief and Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Editor and senior journalist John Nery.

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The 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awardees of 2016 are comprised of four elementary teachers, four high school teachers and two college teachers. They were presented together with the 2016 awardees of the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service and Soldiers collectively known as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos in a formal awarding ceremony on September 5, 2016 as part of Metrobank’s 54th anniversary celebration. They received cash award amounting to Php 500,000.00, a medal and a trophy and were awarded plaque of recognition during the recognition rites led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Malacañang Palace last September 12.

“The series of screenings were very rigid and tough but at long last with God’s help, I survived and prevailed,” said Kathy in her speech during the program in recognition of her achievements held at the AC grounds.

She is an advocate of combining vital teaching skills with technology to better engage the 21st century learners. In line with this, she pioneered the development of the NVGCHS English online Facebook page which promotes continued academic discussion online resulting in better performance of her students. DepEd has likewise tapped her as trainer for its Computerization Program.

For more than 30 years, Search for Outstanding Teachers has shown respect and esteem to the teaching profession, acknowledging those who exhibit competence, remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational leadership, as well as their various community involvements. It is implemented by MBFI in partnership with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.#cdp

Intramural wobbles AC ground

With raging spirit  and soaring enthusiasm, students, and employees of Aldersgate College gathered at the AC quadrangle to memorialize  the opening of Intramurals 2012  with the theme” Defining who we were, Defining who we are and who we wish to be “, last September 24.

Despite the scorching heat of the sun,  ACians unified in a  parade around the town  at 8:00 a.m. led by the Solano PNP Force followed by all athletic contingents, Midget, Junior, and Senior Division and the Elementary as well as the High School band.

The opening ceremonies focused on the raising of contingent banners by the captain ball and muse of  each team, the  oath of amateurism by  all athletes, the ceremonial tossing of the ball,  the      relay and lighting of the torch of sportsmanship by the team managers, the Athletic Director, Mr. Emerson Castañeto and the AC president Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan.

The quadrangle soon resounded with the loud cheers of the throng when the cheer dance competition started with the  four teams of the college participating;  the SERPENTS of the of the School of Medical Sciences(SMS) and the College of Engineering and Technology (CET); the RAPTORS of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) with the School of Criminology  (SC); the TYCOONS of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) and the PHOENIX of the School of Informatics and Hospitality Management (SIHM). The competition ended as the Raptors settled as champion gaining them a shrilling applause from the spectators.

The Arnis and Taekwondo Clubs of the elementary and high school astounded the crowd with their sizzling and awesome exhibition that showed their prowess in poomse and self defense. The participants in taekwondo who started their training last summer are currently enrolled in the school’s taekwondo program under the initiative of the elementary school principal Mr. Rommel Alejos. Though considered greenhorn in the field, most of them were medalist in the Luzon Taekwondo Championship held recently at Solano.

The unfailing weather favored the athletic competition that lasted for four days. It concluded with the Closing and Awarding Ceremony with the Raptors as the overall champion of the Senior Division, the Stallions of the Junior Division and the Tigers of the Midget Division. /Mjjt/

The Tycoons

The Serpents

The Raptors

The Raptors

The Taekwondo Club

K+12 POLICY FRAMEWORK: Pessimistic, Optimistic or Realistic?

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COCOPEA North Luzon Consultation
November 27, 2010  at the University of Baguio, Baguio City


The formulation of Policy for the K+12 Education System requires rigorous systems analysis. Many patchwork of issues, opinions and statistical analysis have already been presented by so many sectors in so many meetings and consultations.  But what is more important to see now is the entire picture, the whole tapestry of Cause-Effects and Costs-Benefits that the policy, if adopted, will create.

Actually we did this partially today. But it seems we also need the help of Education Economists to prepare a comprehensive policy impact analysis and simulate varying policy options under different policy assumptions and conditions.


Different conditions generate different assumptions, which in turn create different policies. The success of any policy depends on the correctness of its policy assumptions.

Taking this fact into consideration, should we make policy assumptions based on current realities? Or should policy be based on policy conditions we would want to happen, but which may not exist by the time we start implementing the policy? Continue reading

Christmas comes early to 400 children of Solano

Dr. Leopoldo A. Valdez, Dean, Graduate School of Management, hands in the gifts to the children as Hon. Doretea S. Guillermo, Barangay Captain of Curifang, looks on.

As part of its outreach program, the Aldersgate College Graduate School (ACGS), through its Aldersgate College Graduate School Extension (AC-GraSE) Project, brought to more than 400 indigent children of Solano, ages 3-8 years old, an early Christmas present by conducting fun-filled children’s games, feeding and gift-giving activities on December 11, 2010, in the community centers of barangays Bagahabag and Curifang.

Dr. Nimfa Norie A. Aquino, District Supervisor of the Department of Education in the municipality of Quezon, in her keynote speech during the opening program in both barangays, challenged the community leaders, the parents, the students, the faculty and the staff of the Graduate School of Aldersgate College to strengthen further their partnership in attending to the needs of the children especially during the most crucial stage of their development so as to fully prepare them to their task as the pillars of our nation.

Hon. Dolores Binwag, President of the Councilor’s League of the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, graced also the outreach program in Bagahabag and delivered a short talk lauding the generosity and love of both the faculty and students of Aldersgate College in organizing the said activities for the children as they truly are the embodiment of the spirit of this joyous occasion. Hon. Binwag, an alumna of Aldersgate College herself, also encouraged the officials of the barangay to continue their unselfish support to the programs and activities of Aldersgate College in their community. She likewise intimated her office’s readiness to extend assistance to both the community and the school’s programs.

Mr. Daton Jonathan B. Palitayan, Jr., Director of AC’s Center for International Education and Project Coordinator of AC-GraSE Project, coordinated the said activities to the officials of the beneficiary barangays.

The daylong activities were facilitated by the members and officers of the Aldersgate College Graduate School Student Organization (ACGSSO) led by Mrs. Virginia B. Aroco, ACGSSO President and a second year Master of Arts in Educational Management student. The students themselves dug deep into their pockets to be able to provide the prizes for the games, the school supplies for the gift-giving and the food for the feeding program.

Jollibee, one of the municipality’s fast-food chains, donated snacks for the facilitators.#

Hon. Jose B. Corpuz, Sr., Barangay Captain of Bagahabag, welcomed and expressed his deepest gratitude to the ACGS faculty and staff for their early Christmas gift to the children in their community.

Dr. Nimfa Norie A. Aquino is flanked on the left by Dr. Elizabeth R. Pascual, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, and on the right by Hon. Doretea Guillermo, Barangay Captain of Curifang, after she received her Certificate of Appreciation being the Guest Speaker during the Outreach Program of the ACGS.

Hon. Dolores Binwag extends her felicitations to the community leaders and parents of Barangay Bagahabag and to the faculty and students of ACGS in her short talk during the Opening Program of the ACGS's outreach activities at barangay Bagahabag.

Barangay Bagahabag children.

Barangay Curifang children.

The Missionaries – ACGS faculty and students.

Barangay Curifang Officials and ACGS faculty and staff.

ACGS levels up

The Aldesrgate College Graduate School dean, faculty members and students attended the two-day Philippine Association of Graduate Educators (PAGE) Regional Assembly Cum Workshop enthemed “Fostering Quality Research in Graduate Education” at the Center for Professional Development, University of La Salette, Santiago City, last October 28-29.

The ACGS delegation headed by Dr. Elizabeth R. Pascual, Dean and Treasurer of PAGE Region 02 for CY 2010-2011, composed of faculty members: Dr. Romeo Yarcia Jr., Jonathan Daton Palitayan, Debora B. Sampaga, Rizalyn L. Esquivel, Jenifer Raymond R. Tallungan; and graduate students.

Dr. Evelyn L. Pascua, CESO III, Director IV, Commission on Higher Education R02, urged the participants to foster quality and excellence as a day-to-day commitment, in her keynote speech during the opening program.

“If there’s quality, there’s satisfaction whose locus should be the student staisfaction. In this way, graduate education can take the lead role in enhancing quality towards global competetiveness.”  Pascua further explained.

The first day was capped by the lectures delivered by Dr. Ramil S. Rodriguez, NVSU, and DR. Nenita Capili, CSU-Lallo, on Quantitative and Qualitative Researches followed by the discussion of the National Higher Education Research Agenda by Dr. Nestor Calvan, ES II, and workshop mechanics by Dr. Antonio P. Pascual, CEPS.

The CHED Director briefly talked on choosing and narrowing down of topics as well as the writing of titles following requisites for quality researches that should cover priority areas like program or curricular studies, policy-oriented studies, accreditation, quality assurance mechanisms, among others.

On the second day, Dr. Dante Aquino, Director CHED of the Zonal Research Center addressed the yearning of the participants on how to come up with manuscripts deserving of publication not only in local research jornals but also in national and international circulations, as he lectured on Refereeing Journals.

Outputs of the workshop were presented for criritiquing by a panel composed of reasearch experts and PAGE regional officers: Dr. Jack Cabalonga, Dr. Rustico Santos, Dr. Gloria Yco, Dr. Pascual and Dr. Calvan.

Before the assembly closed, Tallungan of the AC delegation delivered his impressions and the synthesis of the activities.#

Graduate School Students Oriented

To enlighten the MPA, MBA, MAED, MAEM and MAE students with the existing policies, student services and development programs of the college, the Graduate School of Aldersgate College conducted an orientation program on July 17, 2010, 9:00am at the EZE Rooftop.
In her welcome address, Mrs. Prescilla A. Soriano, Senior Executive Assistant for Education (SEXAE) welcomed the students with appreciation behalf of the school administration. Quoting from a modern day author, she said that “the illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who can not read and write, but those who can not learn, re-learn and unlearn”  the misconceptions, biases, prejudices and habits that are caused by culture.
It was followed by the presentation of the Graduate School faculty members and administrative staff by Dr. Elizabeth R. Pascual, ACGS Dean. Mrs. Florida N. Natividad of the Office of the College Registrar discussed the policies on completion of grades and issuance of Transcript of Records. Moreover, Dr. Divina Gracia Apolonio, Faculty Member and ACSHS Principal discussed the revised grading system and the responsibility of the students in the evaluation of teacher’s competencies.
Dr. Romeo M. Bicad, GS Faculty and SIHM Dean introduced the brief history of the college, the mission and vision and the Institutional Goals and Objectives. Moreover, Mrs. Emerson Castañeto, GS Faculty and Discipline Committee, discussed the school rules, regulations, proper attire and decorum in the campus.
The student involvement in the Professional Paragon and Graduate Research Journal were discussed by Dr. Romeo Yarcia, GS Faculty, in which he welcomes the students to submit their articles. Mrs. Rizalyn L. Esquivel, Head of the Research and Development Center, as well encouraged the students to undertake research works on the different facets of study and development.
The other services of the school which include the new cafeteria were discussed by Miss Anne Bernadette Dela Cruz, HRM Coordinator and towards the end, Mrs. Debora B. Sampaga, GS Faculty and AC Global Outsourcing Center Head, discussed all together the different development programs. In the afternoon, the different departments held the election of officers and first business meetings.
The program was hosted by Mr. Aurelio F. Polonio, GS Faculty and AC PIO.

AC GSSO Induction and Acquaintance Program Held

The Aldersgate College Graduate School Students Organization held its induction of officers and acquaintance program on August 7, 2010; 1:00 P.M. at the EZE Rooftop. It was attended by the GS students, faculty and the school administration.
The program’s theme “Developing Effective Professional Leaders” has motivated the students as President Junifen F. Gauuan, PhD gave his inspirational message. He pointed out the importance of Information and Communication Technology in the graduate education system where the students could develop competencies to be able to download, upload information and to be able to communicate with the professors through the internet using the on-line facility of the school. He also stressed that these skills are advantages for graduate education to develop professional leaders who are globally and multi-culturally competitive.
In the opening program, the officers of the organization were installed into office by Board Member. Epifanio LD. Galima, Jr. who was also the guest speaker of the program. In his message, he stressed that the students are in the school to devote themselves in the academe so that they will be better prepared to meet the challenges of their work. Furthermore, he challenged the students to become effective professional leaders by being effective P.O.L.I.C.E. which stands for Planning or drawing the task to be performed; Organizing the people; Leading the people to do the task; Integrating everything that they do to become a whole; Coordinating the task; and Evaluating in order to know if the plan was successfully implemented or not..
The Graduate School Student Organization Officers are:  Virginia Aroco, President; Major Joseph dela Cruz, Vice President; Genevieve Santos, Board Secretary; Cynthia Yasay, Table Secretary; Jenny Castillo, Treasurer; Augusto Cipriano, Auditor; Jerson Solomon, PIO; Engr. Leonardo Cabauatan and Marvin Dangpalew, Business Managers; SPO2 Enrique Esquivel, PO2 Mervin Beadoy and Major Peter Cambri, Marshalls and Atty. Remelie Lim, Legal Adviser. The MBA/MPA Officers are Ann Bernadette dela Cruz, President; Augusto Cipriano, Vice President; Mary Jane Balaya, Board Secretary; Hadaza Grace Natividad, Table Secretary; Jenny Castillo, Treasurer; Jerson Solomon, Auditor; Rhailey Tenenan and Cristina Mendoza, PIOs; Engr. Leonardo Cabauatan and Jerico Nafuran, Business Managers. The MAED/MAEM/MAE elected officers were Virgina Aroco, President; Marcelo Calia, Vice President; Mylene C. Mercado, Board Secretary; Geralda Balanti, Table Secretary; Maricar Bautista, Treasurer; Genevieve Santos, Auditor; Marvin Dangpalew, PIO; Rubelyne Vicente and Marites Dugyon, Business Managers.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Virgina Aroco, GSSO President expressed her gratitude to everyone for making the program successful.
Following the opening program was the acquaintance party which had given the students a chance to come together through dining, singing and dancing.



Learning Thorugh Play (LTP) is an international parenting project of Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a center for mental health service for infants, children, youth and their

Mrs. Soriano with Andrew Reesor MacDowell, the LTP International Director, and Esperanza Macoto, another delegate from the Philippines

families, based in 1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Downsview, Ontario, Canada.

LTP is anchored on the research findng which suggest that 75% of human brain development comes after birth. Humans have brains that are dependent on environmentinput, and though brain development starts in the womb, the early years of life have a huge impact on how the brain will grow and absorb information. Babies are born with the need for human contact and stimulation. At birth, a baby’s brain has about 100 billion brain cells, called neurons and each neuron connects to as many as 15, 000,000 other neurons, forming a network of connections and pathways which are essential in order to think, feel or move. Connections, “called brain wiring” are formed as the child uses his senses, relates to, and has experiences with his world and the people in it. If this networking breaks or lapses, then the pattern is lost and there may be delays or uneven development.

Making parents and other child care-givers aware of this information will help them understand the importance they can play in their child’s life from birth.

The Hincks Dellcrest Centre developed ” calendars” which serve to guide parents in the developmental stages of the child, suggesting appropriate activities they can do for each stage of the first six years of life. These play-based activities help in the healthy growth of the child in his sense of self, his physical component, his relationship, understanding and communication. The calendars were translated into Tagalog, Ilocano and Visayan dailects to be better understood by local folks.

The LTP Program in the Philippines

LTP was introduced in the Philippines, through Aldersgate College, by Azucena “Susie” Dulay Kurz, a Filipino-Canadian nurse. Suzie trained Prescilla A. Soriano, Director of the AC Integrated Child Development Center(ICDC), to become a Master LTP Trainer, along with other stakeholders of child development.

Soriano had an interesting interactive discussion with other delegates on parenting practices in different cultures.

By Virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement made between Aldersgate College and Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, through President Junifen F. Gauuan, PhD and Andrew Reesor-McDowell, LTP International Director, LTP in the Philippines will be implemented by Aldersgate College. An initial grant of Can$P15,000.00 from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was appropriated for the LTP program in the Philippines for three years (2004-2007), and an extension of another 3 years with a grant of Can$11,000.00 a year was likewise approved.

The program is now implemented among parents of 0-6 yearold children who were trained through the ICDC, in the municipalities of Solano, Quezon, Bayombong, Laguna, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga, as well as in Metro Manila.

Learning Through Play is also integrated in the curriculum of the BSN, BSED/BEED and MAED courses of Aldersgate College.

Networking Conferences

Mrs. Soriano, the Senior Executive Assitant for Education, who is concurrently the Director of the Integrated Child Development Center (ICDC) has attended International conferences and trainings on LTP. She was in Canada in May 24-31, 2006 together with delegates from India, Pakistan, Kenya, Burikina Faso, Ghana, Haiti, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Mexico, the Philippines and Canada. The conference focused on training, sharing and contributing information on how LTP is implemented in the countries represented.

In the LTP Southeast Asian Conference attended by Mrs. Soriano on March 7-12, 2007 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, she represented the Philippines to report on the progress of LTP in the country, and to observe its implementation in India, one of the first countries outside Canada, to implement the program.

Another international conference was held in Toronto on August 12-18, 2009. In the conference, Mrs. Soriano was among seventeen (17) delegates from elevel (11) countries that implement the LTP program. These countries are Uganda, El Salvador, MExico, Peru, Canada, Ethiopia, Peru, the Philippines, Jamaica, Pakistan and India. Each Country representative was pleased to report the LTP impact to the beneficiaries, among which are: the breakdown in negative practices; LTP becoming an alternative to traditional parenting practices; change in the perception of adults; child’s right advocacy; reduction of domestiv violence and contributing to a culture of peace ( there is a connection of LTP and the reduction of violence because; LTP handles behavior properly); the development of new relationships; reduction of negative attitudes; and gender balance, among others.

Some of the lessons learned from the experience of the project implementers are: ” You are the mirror. Think of how you behave in front of the child. When a child Sees a father hitting his wife, he learns to believe that that is how love is expressed.”

Aside from the reports given by the delegates, lecturers who are experts on issues relevant to parenting, were likewise invited. Angelique Jenney of the Child Development Institute of Canada made a presentation directly influences the quality of Parental care. This care influences the development of the brainand in particular, alters the development of particular genes which are largely responsible for stress/danger responses.”

Other issues discussed were Traumatic Bonding, Working with Parents of Children in Crisis, the Role of the Father in Parenting, and Stimulation and Nutrition.

The delegates had the chance to visit several sites of the Ontario Early Years Center, to observe how teachers and parents deal with Children under six.

LTP Southeast Asian Conference, September 26-29, 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Mrs. Soriano Again networked with forty-two (42) other educators in the Learning Through Play Southeast Asian Conference on September 27-29, 2010, held at the Harrison Hotel, Chennai, Canda, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Northern and Southern provinces of India. The Conference focused on the Theme “How Children Learn: Windows Into Parenting.” The remarkable experiences on Learning Through Play (LTP) were discussed by the presenters from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines and from northern and southern India. The interactive discussions that followed each presetation were opportunitites for the participants to learn about the practices is rearing children in different cultures and communities. Mrs. Soriano was accompanied by Esperanza Macoto, an LTP Trainer from the Philippines.

After presenting the Philippines Report, Soriano answers questions from the other participants from different Southeast Asian countries that implement LTP.

ACGS Revisits AC’s Mission/Vision and Institutional Goals & Objectives

Dr. Leopoldo Valdez, new Graduate School Dean of Management, (standing) discusses with the graduate school students AC’s Mission/vision and Institutional Goals & Objectives.

To ensure student’s awareness of Aldersgate College’s Mission/Vision and Institutional Goals & Objectives, the Aldersgate College Graduate School (ACGS), through its new Graduate School Dean of Management, Dr. Leopoldo A. Valdez, conducted an orientation for its new graduate school students on October 16, 2010 at Rm. 304, 3rd/fl. EZE Bldg., Aldersgate College, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

Dr. Valdez, being new himself in the AC family, discussed with the graduate students the significance of AC’s Mission/Vision and their relevance to the realization of the student’s objectives in enrolling in this prestigious institution of learning. Likewise, he explained to them the three-pronged Goals and Objectives of the school which are: Academic Excellence; Social Relevance; and Spiritual Nurture.

In relation to Social Relevance, Mr. Daton Jonathan B. Palitayan, Jr., ACGS faculty and AC-Graduate School Extension (AC-GraSE) Project Coordinator, discussed ACGS’s programs as contained in the ACGraSE Project’s Annual Work Plan.

Likewise, Mrs. Virginia B. Aroco, President, Aldersgate College Graduate School Student Organization, outlined the activities set for their organization to accomplish for the school year 2010-2011.