Revitalized PROJECT GEM Plus – Responding to the needs of the Out of School Youth in Navotas City

By: Evangeline S. Trinidad

            With the theme: Paglingap sa mga Kabataang Hiyas ng Bayan,  SDO Navotas conducted the Project GEM+ Kumustahan last November 22, 2019 at Kapitbahayan Elementary School led by its Alternative Learning System Team.

Supported by the City Government of Navotas through Mayor Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco, Project GEM has 323 beneficiaries whereas87 are handled by ALS teachers, 113 in  Elementary, 46 in Junior High School, 37 in Senior High School and 40 in College.The project aims to increaseparticipation/enrolment rate through the adoption of Out-of-School Youths (OSY); promote sense of volunteerism and caring for others among the teaching and non-teaching personnel of SDO Navotas and other internal and external stakeholders; and develop sense of community and shared responsibility over the Out-of-School Youths among the citizens of Navotas and make a difference in the lives of the out-of-school youths of Navotas City.

            This project promotes fostering as a way to help learners in difficult circumstances. Foster parents may opt to choose from learners of Alternative Learning System, or any OSY in the community. They may coordinate with the barangay to look for his/her adoptee and shall not only strive to help the OSY academically; they shall also inspire them to go back to school.

Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent, CID Chief Loida O. Balasa, Public Schools District Supervisors, Dr. Zenaida SD.Singsonand Evangeline R. Avendaño and Elementary School Principal Dr. Floretta M. Quijano (DDES)and Melinda M. Davadilla (BES), GEM Focal Person/Coordinators, Assistant Principals, GEM’s and their foster parents attended the activity. They were graciously accommodated Dr. Sonia M. Padernal, principal of Kapitbahayan Elementary School.

Expanding and improving Project GEM mechanisms to help ALS learners, SDO Navotas ALS teamis composed of Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent, Mrs. Loida O. Balasa, Chief CID, Evangeline S. Trinidad, PSDS/ALS Focal Person, Cindy F. Obiena and Luisa E. Elipan Education Program Specialist II in ALS, together with Merylou C. Recamara and Shalimar G. Tamayao and mobile teachers.

            Project GEM+ activity, initial feedback and trends appear to be very positive with well-documented success stories that will ensure continuous implementation of the project for the service of ALS learners.