Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 479 s. 1994 declaring November of every year as Filipino Values Month, the Division of City Schools, Navotas City conducted various activities promoting the cultivation of Filipino values. This year’s theme was “Pamilyang Pilipino Patatagin: Susi saPaghubog ng KabataangMaka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa” which emphasized the importance and critical role of the family in strengthening Filipino values and developing individuals who are pro-God, pro-people, pro-nature and pro-country as stated on the memorandum issued by Education Secretary Mam Leonor Briones.

            The celebration was observed with an Opening Program held on November 29, 2019 at the Kapitbahayan Elementary School. It was graced by distinguished guests namely Hon. Councilor ArnelS.Lupisan, City Councilor and Chairman of Committee on Education; Dr. Loida O. Balasa, Chief Education Supervisor,Curriculum Implementation Division who delivered the Opening Remarks and Dr. Gemma Villaluna, SGOD who gave inspiring message to the participants.

            Also present during the program are Dr. Sonia M. Padernal, Principal of the host school Kapitbahayan Elementary School who welcomed the guests and participants as well as the Department Heads and Coordinators from Elementary and Secondary Schools. Various contests such as Sayawit for the Secondary level, Song Interpretation for Elementary, Poster-Making Contest (High School), Slogan Writing (Elementary), Spoken Poetry (High School), Bible-Quiz Bee (High School), and Tagis-Talino Contest (both Elementary and High School level) were simultaneously conducted at Kapitbahayan Elem. School and nearby Kaunlaran High School. EsP Heads and Coordinators, together with the EsP OIC/PSDS Eloisa S. Sanchez monitored and observed the conduct of the contests.

            The next day – November 30, 2019, a Closing Program and Awarding Ceremony were held, wherein students who won were recognized and awarded with medals and certificates. To formally close the program, EsP OIC/PSDS Eloisa S. Sanchez gave a message of gratitude for all the participants, parents, teachers, judges and guests who graced the event. As quoted from her, “There are numerous factors why the youthsvalues are deteriorating. That is why I am appealing to all EsP teachers to do their best us in helping us to advocate character formation among students across all the learning areas, as others will also greatly benefit once we succeed in this endeavor. I believe that if we are able to develop even at least one good person, it would be easier for them to internalize what they have learned.”