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KRUS NA LIGAS HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
2010 - 2013
Education in the twenty-first century is considered as the backbone of the society. This is because education is an invariable source of a high degree of civility based on natural law and anchored on the true essence of humanity. With this as a backdrop, it is therefore time for us to go beyond the ordinary in the field of teaching and learning and explore what the latest trend in education could offer to bring about a more effective teaching with the intention of increasing student performance to its maximum.
The utilization of Information Technology like in the case of computer-assisted instruction and on-line learning, the introduction of the concept of School-based Management (SBM), the promotion of home-school-community partnership, and most of all the gradual shift in the curriculum from the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) to Understanding-by-Design (UBD) among others create a different challenge in the school milieu nowadays that necessitate a more creative response from the local school setting. Therefore, we believe that the adoption of the said concepts and practices in our school will make possible the alignment of all the school activities to the objectives set by the Department of Education (DepEd) in its Education First Initiative (EFA) and the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA). However, we would like to emphasize that the implementation of the various programs will be in consonance with the readiness of the school community as well as sensitive to the needs of all its constituents particularly the students.
Finally, we remain to believe that only through quality education can we have authentic transformation which could bring about progress and development in all sectors of society.
II. SCHOOL CONTEXT
1. COMMUNITY PROFILE
Barrio Krus Na Ligas is located next to the University of the Philippines campus at Diliman, Quezon City. Specifically situated within the southwestern skirt of the campus, it has a land area of about 250 square meters, 75% of which are croplands and the rest are residential lots based on a 1974 study.
There are several versions as to how Krus Na Ligas got its name. One of them, according to interviews with some officials of the barrio, reveal that like many places in the Philippines, it got its name from an incident that happened during the Spanish time.
One day, a Spanish soldier who was on a hunting spree asked a villager what the name of that place was. The villager, because of his limited knowledge of Spanish language , thought the Spaniard was asking for the name of a tree, a poison ivy, which he accidentally pointed at and which grew in a “cross formation” . The villager answered “Krus na Ligas”. Since that time the place was called Krus Na ligas and the villagers erected their church right on the very spot where the plant “Ligas” grew.
Barrio Krus Na Ligas had been under different administrative jurisdictions. Originally it was not a part of Quezon City. In her study, Mrs. Leonarda Favila it was said that said before the entire area became part of Quezon City in 1959, the barrio Krus Na Ligas was under the administrative jurisdiction of the towns of Marikina and Caloocan.
The population of Krus Na Ligas is almost 4,000. The residents are engaged in several forms of occupation. They are farmer, shoemakers, barbers, caterers, meat or vegetable vendors, textile mill workers, golf caddies, drivers of all kinds of vehicles, school teachers, laborers etc. Many of them are employed in the University of the Philippines.
No official record is available about the barrio prior to 1948. The census in that year revealed that the barrio had 100 household heads with 590 members. Fifteen years later or in 1063, the number of homes had increased to 200 and the total population is 1,066 including 202 students. In 1972, the barrio census showed a tremendous rise in the population due to the influx of new residents. There are already 650 household heads and 3,908 household members including 659 students and the remaining 60 percent were the original residents.
The only school in the barrio is the Krus Na Ligas Elementary School. It is a stable institution which contributes to the cultural and social progress of the barrio and its residents. It has helped to minimize juvenile delinquency, reduce illiteracy and improve the socio economic conditions of the people not only in the barrio but the surrounding communities as well.
For years the barrio had been claimed by the University of the Philippines as part of its 450 hectare campus. Ownership has been a constant source of friction between the University and the residents. The latter claims that they have been occupying the land long before the University of the Philippines transferred to Diliman and therefore owns the land. The University on the other hand, claims that the National Government awarded them the area when they moved to Quezon City in 1949. The issue was left unsettled. It was only when Dr. Onofre D. corpus assumed the U.P. presidency announced that he will give the residents of the barrio ownership of the land. In a meeting between Dr. Corpuz and Col. Jaime Venago, Administrator of the Presidential Assistance on Housing and Resettlements Administration (PAHRA), the former recommended that the PAHRA received the land and transfer the same in perpetuity to the residents on the basis of communal ownership. Communal ownership, according to Dr. Corpuz, will encourage cooperation in community development. This, too, “will ensure that the residents will never lose their land, except by sale to the government.
It was reported that Dr. Corpuz had already obtained the authority from the Board of Regents to return the land to the National Government so that his recommendation may be implemented. With this move, the future looks bright for the residents. “Leaders in the barrio”, have in fact interpreted the U.P. move as another proof of the government’s sincerity in its policy of welfare for the masses.
2. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF KRUS NA LIGAS HIGH SCHOOL
Krus Na Ligas High School (KNLHS) is located at 45 V. Francisco Street, Brgy. Krus Na Ligas, Diliman, District IV, Quezon City, it occupies a total land area of 1,777.04 sq. m. under lease from the University of the Philippines for 25 years for Php 25, or at cost of Php 1.00 per year under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) executed in SY 1995-1996. It started as an annex of Balara High School way back in June 1982 through the initiative and hard work of barangay officials, civic-minded citizens and residents of Krus Na Ligas.
It started with six pioneering teachers namely: Trinidad R. Aquino, Janeta C. Sumalabe, Miraso T. Titoy, Lydia P. Padullon, Edgardo C. Aribon and Janet P. Layosa under its Officer-In Charge, Mrs. Matrona O. Reyes. Its initial population was 236 both in the first year and second year levels occupying one government owned building.
Administrators who handled the school worked hard for its separation from Balara High School. However, it was term of Dr. Levita Ramos when Krus Na Ligas High School was finally granted its independence on Febuary 12, 1998. She has made a great transformation of its physical facilities to provide the students and teachers a decent environment conductive to teaching and learning.
The school served as a “catchment area” of graduate of nearby elementary schools such as Krus Na Ligas Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School and also residents of UP Amorsolo, White House and Teachers Village.
It has maintained its strong existence and good performance for over 25 years under the able leadership of the following Head Teachers In-Charge and Principals: Mrs. Matrona Reyes (1982-1983); Mr. Ursulino G. Floresca (1983-1990); Mrs. Julieta S. Pereyra (1990-1991); Dr. Pas S. Gemoto (1991-1992); Mrs. Elsa Batalla (1992); Mrs. Lourdes J. Villar (1993-1994); Dr. Jane J. Illustre (1994-1996); Dr. Justina A. Farolan (1997); Mr. Teofilo G. Farin (1997-1998); Dr. Levita U. Ramos (1998-2003); Dr. Cynthia G. Vidad (2003-2006) and Mrs. Lydia S. Ramos (2006-2009). At present, Dr. Melanio P. Austria is the principal of KNLHS since October ,2009.
At present (SY 2010-2011) it has an enrollment of 1,976 divided into 37 advisory classes occupying two buildings only; one (1) two storey, 10 classroom building and the Belmonte 3-storey 8 classroom building constructed in 1995. The school has a spacious covered court donated by Councilor Jesus “Bong” Suntay in 2001. The school boasts of a functional computer laboratory with 12 units of computers donated by GILAS Foundation and 11 units from DepEd this school year. In April 2003, two (2) new rooms were constructed as an extension of the Belmonte Building by Congresswoman Nanette Castelo-Daza. This became the school’s Reading Center, which caters to the special reading and journalism classes.
To date, the school has sixty six (66) teaching personnel, fifty six (56) with regular permanent items and ten (10) contractual items. Among these are four (4) Head Teacher III, three (3) Master Teacher I, two (2) Master Teacher II, six (6) Teacher III, seven (7) Teacher II and forty one (41) Teacher I. Some teachers are enrolled in graduate studies for professional growth.
Likewise, the school has Administrative Assistant II and Administrative Assistant III, one (1) regular city paid, two (2) contractual utility personnel and one (2) utility personnel employed through an agency by the city government. For maintaining peace and order, the school has three peace officers, one contractual officer and two are being paid through the PTCA fund.
The school has a strong, supportive PTCA working hand in hand with the school for the realization of quality basic education. It maintains linkages with the Rotary Club of Diliman (District 3780) and has outreach program with the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University.
Through the years, it’s evident that the school has widened it horizons since its humble beginning. The diligence of teachers and trainers has paved the way in preparing the students to be competitive in academics, athletics and sports and arts. Results of competitions revealed the Krus Na Ligas High School continues to excel on its endeavor employing the holistic approach in developing an individual. It takes pride in its innumerable achievement in terms of its educational facilities and infrastructure as well as students’ and teachers’ exemplary performance. The unwavering faith of both the administration and the teachers as once again proved that no obstacles are insurmountable if, together as a team, would work together. Working hand in hand with the stakeholders, Krus Na Ligas High School is committed in its pursuit of quality education through the structured Basic Education Curriculum while molding responsible and conscientious citizens.
It is a school which is “ONE IN VISION, TOGETHER IN ACTION.”