Only 106 private elementary schools have permits

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

THERE are only 106 private elementary schools offering pre-school and grade school that have permits to operate from the Department of Education (DepEd), the agency confirmed.

DepEd-Davao Regional Director Susana Teresa Estigoy said their legal team has been monitoring private schools in Davao Region to see if any is operating without permits.

"We don't know what schools are operating without permits because what we have in our records are only those that have permits," Estigoy said during Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City.


Based on the latest records from DepEd, there are 106 legitimate private elementary schools in Davao City, 19 in Tagum city, 11 in Digos City, and 11 more in Davao del Sur province.

Estigoy thus called on the media to help raise the public's awareness on possible operations of private schools even without passing standards.

Among the private pre- and elementary schools registered with Deped are Brainworks School Inc., Kurosawa Development Schools Inc., Kurosawa Development School Inc., Chesed School Inc., Philippine Nikkie Jin Kai International School, Heartsworks Learning Center Inc., Exegesis School of Davao, Madre Maria Pia Notari School, San Pedro College on De Guzman St., Proverbs Ville International School in Matina, Mindanao Paul Christian Mission School, Soli Deo Gloria Christian Academy, St. Joseph School of Toril, Amigo School of Calinan, Dr. P. Ocampo College, Al Munawwara Islamic School, Wisdom International School for Higher Education Studies, Davao Central United Methodist Learning Center, San Lorenzo College of Davao, Academy of Multiple Intelligences Education of Davao, Anthony and Mark Cavanis Es, Lamb of God Sped Center, Fr. Justin Russolillo ES of Davao, Holy Spirit Academy of Calinan, Bright Wonders Pre-school, Ebenezer Christian School of Davao City, Harvest Hills Christian Learning Center Inc., Independent Liberty Baptist Academy, Happy Christian Learning Center Inc., Anawim Elementary School, Harvest Road: Life Giver Learning Center Inc., Saint Anne Learning Center of Lasang, and Deaf Ministries International Phil. Inc.

Others on the list of DepEd-Davao are Harvest House Lifegiver Learning Center, Heartworks Learning Center, Kurosawa Development School Inc., Lifestream International College, Light and Life Learning Center, Proverbs Ville International School, Risen Savior International Academy, Shalom Academy of Davao, Saint Mary's Initial Learning Experience, Agro Industrial Foundation College, Angels at Work Montessori, Assumption School of Davao, Ateneo de Davao Grade School, Brokenshire Child Development School Inc. in Lubogan and Madapo campus, Christian Colleges of Southeast Asia, Child of God Learn Center, Colegio de San Ignacio, Davao Central College, Davao Central High School, Davao Christian High School, Davao Christian Learning Center, Davao City SDA Elementary School, Davao Holy Trinity Academy, Davao Jones Academy, Davao School for the blind, Davao Wisdom Academy, and Deeper Life foundation.

Estigoy also bared several other private schools that were able to register with DepEd. These include the following:

Dona Pilar Learning Center, Emar Learning Center, Exegesis Preschool and XJ Kiddie, Fatima de Davao in Ma-a and Sasa campuses, Ford Academy of the Arts, General Baptist Bible College, Holy Child School of Davao in Cabantian and Mintal; Holy Cross of Agdao, Calinan, Davao college, and Mintal; International Christian School of Davao; Jose Maria College; Lamb of God Sped Academy; Little Sunbeam; Living Word Academy; Mandug Christian Development and Learning Center; MATS College of Technology; Modern International Learning Center; Monserrat Camp School of Davao; Our Lady of Fatima Academy; Our Lady of Monserrat Camp School; Paaralang Kaunlaran ng Nayong DDF; Phil Academy of Sakya; Phil. Women's College; Precious International School; Rizal Memorial Colleges; Rizal Sped Learning Center; Rotary Ann of RC Davao Foundation; Royal Valley SDA Elem School; Southpoint School; St Dominic Academy; St Francis Xavier Learning Center; St. Martha's Day care center; St. Patrick Math-Science School; Stella Maris Academy of Davao; Tecarro College Found Inc; Toril UCCP Paaralang PAg-asa Inc; United Methodist School of Davao; University of Immaculate Conception; University of Mindanao; and Values Preschool.

If in case the department will determine that a certain school has no authority to operate, this does not mean that their student's effort will be in vain, Estigoy said.

DepEd, through National Educational Testing and Research Center, will require the students to take an examination to determine if they will be allowed to transfer to another school in the same grade level.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 02, 2011.

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