In its bid to be at par with other divisions in the field of research, Schools Division of Cavite City through the ingenuity of Celedonio B. Balderas, Schools Division Superintendent, initiated a remarkable feat with the Division PTA Forum that explores research empowering parents against common social problems besetting the youth at Maranatha Christian Academy, Cavite City on March 21.

The advocacy program is a local initiative of the division that bridged the gap between parents and children on cultural difference, awaken senses of each side on neglected roles and responsibilities, formed a bond of support and jointly confront issues and addressing them at the same time, analyzed the inadequacies of understanding of both sides and build a strong bond of support and learned from the situations researched and presented by the students in C2First or Cavite City Festival of Integrative Research for Students.

The research served as a milieu to showcase the multitudinal talent of Senior High School researchers of STEM and ABM strand under the academic track with a one-day research festival last with the theme: Exploring Research to Empower Parents against Social Problems Besetting Youth.”

Senior High School Students of STEM and ABM participated in the activities and gallantly exhibited their research before an audience of 150 PTA/SGC members.

A total of five research outputs were presented that covered teenage pregnancy, depression among SHS students, homosexuality, 4P’s and “PAGPAG” (hunger problem) having the most talked about research presentation was on the Level of Awareness of SHS Students on Eating ‘Pagpag’ and the Impact of 4Ps to selected beneficiaries in Cavite City.

Reactions were drawn from parents, school officials, teachers, professionals and students who attended the forum.

The panelists consisting of Social Worker, Psychologist, Religious sector representatives, PTA and LGU rep, engaged the student researchers to a very productive Q & A time, where opinions, views and other interests were exchanged which paved way for commitment of support through offers of college scholarship grants and employment from private individuals and government agencies and financial assistance for the furtherance of the program.

As this is the first act of a continuing research program of the division, it envisioned new advocacies and interests of research enthusiasts looming across the horizon. (By Estrella G. Gonzales Senior Education Program Specialist)