By: Nathassia Lilli Rence Sabado
Senior High School Faculty Member
Good initiatives are born out of reactions, better initiatives stem from planning, and the best initiatives are those started from a place of genuine concern and willingness to do better.
The OLOPSC Senior High School Afternoon Shift (SHS-AS) is one of the best initiatives that was set into motion prior to the pandemic, the brainchild of incumbent Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro and a tripartite partnership of OLOPSC with the Marikina Local Government Unit (LGU) and DepEd Marikina.
Started with Shoe Tech, Finished with SHS-AS
The initial meetings between the Marikina LGU and OL.OPSC were for the possibility of offering Shoe Technology as a program in the College Department as an aim to further boost the Marikina shoe industry. It was during these meetings when Mayor Marcy, as he is known to his constituents, mentioned that he would like to extend help to the junior high school finishers from public schools. Marikina public schools often struggle with accommodating the overwhelming number of enrollees per school year, particularly Senior High Schools. Thus, his brainchild of opening slots for Senior High School specifically reserved for public school students with a trusted private school here in Marikina was born.
The Humble Beginnings of OLOPSC SHS-AS
Once it was formalized in the 3rd quarter of 2019 that a partnership will be forged to accommodate incoming Grade 11 students from public schools, everyone got to work. DepEd Marikina met with OLOPSC officials to discuss the specifics of the program while the Admissions Team and the School Promotions Committee (SPC) started planning for the expected influx of enrollees.
Word was put out; OLOPSC personnel went to different barangay halls within the city and visited public schools to meet Grade 10 students and parents to explain what the OLOPSC SHS-AS is, repeatedly assuring them that tuition fee is 100% free through the SHS Voucher Program of the government.
To further accommodate enrollees, OLOPSC arranged an on-site enrollment in the Dionisio Salvador, Sr. (DS) Hall where different booths were set up for
each step in the enrollment procedure and the SHS-AS uniform samples were put on display.
When Metro Manila was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), OLOPSC shifted to online admissions, under OLOPSC President Dr. Armida Salvador-Samaniego’s guidance and because of the school’s commitment to continue providing service with a heart. Considerations were given to enrollees struggling to complete their requirements given the lockdown status, assurances were given that they have secured their slot, and follow-ups were quickly entertained as much as possible.
Continuing the Commitment to Build People’s Lives
Enrollees for SY 2021-2022 have already started pouring in; inquiries were already being handled by the External Communications team as early as January 2021 and early enrollment began in March 2021. Whereas the pioneer batch’s target was 500 enrollees, for the subsequent enrollment, no limit was set. This is to honor Mayor Marcy’s request to accommodate all enrollees and OLOPSC’s commitment to provide quality education to the Filipino youth.
The OLOPSC SHS-AS Edge
Currently, the OLOPSC Senior High School Department offers the following tracks/strands:
- Academic Track
- Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM)
- General Academic Strand (GAS)
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)
- Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Arts and Design Track
- Specialization in Media and Visual Arts
- Specialization in Music
- Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL)
- Home Economics
- Information and Communications Technology
The OLOPSC SHS-AS edge, aside from offering quality education for free, is that the academe has already established its strong points and is continuously improving to ensure consistency in providing premium private education to all of its learners.