On September 20, 2022 (Tuesday), the University of Santo Tomas was named partner of the City Government of Pasig and the Department of Education Schools Division of Pasig for a ten-month post-baccalaureate program that will allow 162 teacher-scholars to earn a Certificate in Science Teaching. The program is fully funded by the City Government of Pasig.
During the ten-month program, there will be a twenty-seven (27)-unit program delivered to the teachers in hybrid format. Among the outputs are capstone projects from the Pasig City teachers, who will be mentored by faculty experts from the UST College of Education and the College of Science.
The Memorandum of Agreement among UST, the City Government of Pasig, and DepEd Schools Division of Pasig was signed by the Rector of UST, Very Rev. fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., PhD (represented by Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH); the Pasig City Mayor, the Hon. Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto; and the Pasig City Schools Division Superintendent, Ms. Ma. Evalou Concepcion A. Agustin.
In his message, Mayor Sotto expressed delight at the partnership, which bolster the capacity of the local government’s Science teachers. Councilor Corazon Raymundo, in-charge of Education in the City Council, in her message, also thanked UST for helping them achieve the city’s vision of former “Batang Pasig” who are “matino, mahusay, at magiting.” The investment of the local government in teachers is a step in the right direction, according to Ms. Shalani Soledad-Romulo, representing Congressman Roman T. Romulo, as this will redound to the benefit of the students later on.
The University Rector expressed hope that the collaboration will be the first of many avenues opened for partnerships between UST and the local government of Pasig City. The Rector expressed the University’s commitment to help prepare the teachers “to take on leadership roles and nurture their abilities to work cross-culturally if we really have to make an impact on the kind of education we give to our students.” College of Education Dean Pilar I. Romero, PhD assured the city government of UST’s formation of Science teachers who will have a heart that will allow them not just be technocrats but people of service to society.
Gracing the event were VRAA Peralta, Dean Romero, College of Science Dean Rey Donne S. Papa, PhD, Department of Secondary Education Chair John Christian C. Valeroso, PhD, Education High School Science Supervising Teacher Louie B. Dasas, PhD, as well as officials from Pasig City and DepEd. Councilor Raymundo, Ms. Soledad-Romulo, and Hon. Robert Vincent Jude B. Jaworski, Jr., Vice-Mayor, joined Mayor Sotto in the event.
Photos by Hans Lawrence V. Malgapu