/ 27 September 2020

PARENTS-Teachers Associations from various regions made initiatives to support distance learning in their respective schools in preparation for the opening of classes.

Cauayan, Isabela GPTA President Edmund Cardona cited the significant role parents played in their community as they established a school radio laboratory Radyo Edukalidad to ensure that 21 far-flung barangays from their hometown can maximize the schools’ radio-based instruction.

Cardona also shared the group participated in the Brigada Eskwela initiative of their schools by contributing in the maintenance and sanitation of school facilities and establishment of Covid19 prevention and mitigation structures.

“Ang pamunuan ng General Parents-Teachers Association ng Cauayan Science and Technology High School ay nagtatag ng konkretong hakbang upang suportahan ang Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan ng Department of Education. Tunay na ang sama-samang pagkilos ng GPTA at iba pang stakeholders ay nakatutulong nang malaki sa pagpapatupad ng Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan, (BE-LCP)” Cardona said.

In Baguio City, Atty. Ronald Perez, FPTA president of Schools Division Office in the country’s Summer Capital, said their association conducted major activities including seminars to capacitate parents with new skills and knowledge to adapt distance learning set up through the parents’ academy.

Meanwhile, the FPTA of SDO Antipolo City highlighted the efforts of their school parents to support the implementation of BE-LCP by assisting in school-based planning and crafting of the LCP as well as the pilot testing and actual distribution self-learning modules, according to Antipolo FPTA President Ma. Bonnie Corañes-Manlunas.

Aside from the initiatives, Manlunas and Perez reminded the major role of parents in instilling values such as honesty to their children in a distance learning set-up.

“Ngayon na kasama natin ang mga bata sa bahay, this is the role of the parents na i-insert or i-assert ‘yung values education sa loob pa lang mismo ng bahay. I do believe na kung properly ang pagpapalaki ng mga magulang, laging naituturo ang mga disiplina, laging naituturo ang values sa loob ng bahay at napa-praktis siya, so definitely, cheating will not prosper,” said Manlunas.

“Ang lagi kong sinasabi sa mga anak ko, at the end of the day, it will be you who will be graded. It will be our effort, so dapat talaga ‘yung values nai-instill sa mga bata.”

“For us, we are really advocating ‘yung GMRC, Good Manners and Right Conduct. We are also training the parents not to meddle on the affairs of the children considering that sila po ang kailangan matuto and tayo naman na parent, partner po tayo as effective learning continuity facilitators,” Perez added.

“And we really would like to advocate yung GMRC. Kung diyan pa lang ay kailangan natin maging honest and we need to have these good morals and right conduct of GMRC.

PTA leaders who graced the press briefing also said they are continuously providing fellow parents with orientations, webinars, and capability building activities to engage and empower them to pursue lifelong learning goals for their children.