The 29th National and 14th International SPC Educator’s Congress was held last 16-18 May 2018 at St. Paul College Pasig with the theme “Mainstreaming Interculturality in Paulinian Education: Solidarity Begins where Individualism Ends.”
In her perspective setting, Sr. Ma. Nilda Masirag, SPC, Assistant Provincial for Education and President of SPUQC underscored the achievements of the St. Paul Education Ministry in relation to its three-year strategic plan, and the challenges that lie ahead in Catholic religious education programs.
Likewise, she encouraged Paulinian educators to mainstream interculturality in their systems, instruction, research, and other services. Sr. Lilia Therese Tolentino, SPC, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, Philippine Province, delivered the keynote address where she stressed the need to promote and practice inclusive education through interculturality.
Delegates from Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, St. Paul University Philippines, Sto. Nino High School (Gitagum), St. Joseph Institute (Candon City), St. Paul School Barotac Nuevo, and St. Paul School (Buug), shared their experiences and practices of interculturality in their campuses. The first day ended with a keynote address on interculturality in the age of globalization by Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, and a panel discussion facilitated by Ms. Mariz Umali of GMA 7, an alumna of SPUQC.
The second day was allotted for the presentation of the Paulinian Formation Framework by Sr. Jesusa Taccad, SPC, and the Paulinian Graduate Outcome Framework by Sr. Felicitas Bernardo, SPC. This was followed by concurrent sessions on the OBE and Paulinian Formation Program facilitated by Sr. Rosanne Mallillin, SPC, SPUS Chancellor (for Tertiary Group), and Sr. Aileen Bonfiacio, SPC (for Basic Education Group), and Sr. Jesusa Taccad, SPC for the ANTS and Non-teaching personnel.
The third day was spent for professional updating and research presentations. Fr. Jonathan Bitoy, CMF, gave a talk on the prevailing cultures of the 21st century, followed by interculturality research presentations. The paper of Ms. Milky Mae Tungcul, 4th year ABRE student of SPUQC was adjudged best research. In the afternoon, an orientation on the data privacy act compliance was given by Deputy Commissioner Leandro Angelo Y. Aguirre of the National Privacy Commission. Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, Chairperson, Board for Professional Teachers, also gave a talk on the professional standards for teachers.
The Educators’ Congress is an annual gathering of Paulinian educators from all over the Philippines and around the world to exchange experiences and knowledge and to enkindle the fire of charity and service in the Paulinian education ministry.