The local government of Marilao is eyeing to hold its own series of the Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp in all public schools in their area following the program’s successful launch at the Marilao Central School or MCS last Saturday.
At the sidelines of training workshop on November 15, Marilao City Mayor Juanito “Tito” Santiago disclosed this after observing that Valenzuela City Congressman Win Gatchalian’s parenting program can empower parents to develop academic discipline to their children.
“Medyo kapos man sa budget, gusto kong matulungang lumaganap dito itong programang ipinahiram sa amin ng Valenzuela City kasi malaki talaga ang magagawa nito para mas maging matalino ang mga bata through their parents,” Santiago said.
Santiago also hopes that adopting Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp would serve as a model program that promotes high quality education for other cities and municipalities to help one another, citing a long history of partnership between the Marilao town and Valenzuela City.
But the Marilao mayor said he still needs to consult his city adviser and other concerned local officials about the financial considerations needed to conduct Valenzuela City’s parenting program.
For their part, school principals and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) officers present at the training workshop for parents already signified their willingness to share what they learned from Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp to parents in their respective schools.
Bella De La Cruz, principal of Sta. Rosa Uno Elementary School, committed to conduct the parenting seminar, which they believe could give a big boost to the standard of education they are currently offering their students.
“Kami talaga magco-conduct na ng sarili naming Nanay-Teacher dahil nagustuhan namin ang aim ng program which is palakasin ang ugnayan ng guro at mga magulang para magkakasundo agad sa mga programang ikabubuti ng estudyante,” De La Cruz said.
Almost 260 officials from various PTA in about 18 public elementary schools and two high schools in Marilao attended the four-hour parenting program on November 15.
This is the first time that the program was held outside of Valenzuela City since its inception last August.
Participants joined after Gatchalian’s office met with the PTA presidents of 20 public schools, wherein 15 PTA officials from each school were invited.
During the seminar, parents learned on how to nurture their child’s learning, answering several issues on raising kids under the guidance of parenting specialist and radio broadcaster commentator Blesilda “Mommy Bessie” Rios.
Gatchalian is in on-going talks with five other cities and municipalities to conduct Nanay-Teacher Parenting Camp before the year ends in hopes to raise the quality of education that students receive from public schools nationwide. (Tim Alcantara)