Fostering the Department of Education’s thrust on Inclusive Education, almost a hundred Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) pupils under the Madrasah Education Program (MEP) from Julian B. Meliton Elementary School (JBMES) and Sta. Cruz Elementary School (SCES) gathered at the Robinsons Place Naga Atrium on April 11, 2019 for the 4th Annual MEP Recognition Ceremonies centered on the theme: Pagkakaisa sa Pagkakaiba-iba: Kalidad na Edukasyon para sa lahat”.

Several officials graced the event with their presence including Schools Division Superintendent William E. Gando, CESO VI, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Sueno S. Luzada Jr., CESO VI and EPS for Araling Panlipunan and Division ALIVE Coordinator Jarme D. Taumatorgo. The two principals of the delivering schools, Luis P. Marasigan and Juliet P. Favia, were also present during the ceremonies.

The program commenced with a Dua and Qur’an Reading Prayer which were led by Alinor H.I. Magondaya and Abdul Fatah Talib of JBMES and SCES, respectively.

The DepEd Officials gave their compliments to the pupils and their parents. They focused their messages on the Division’s effort to improve the quality of ALIVE Education through the continuous upgrade of facilities that the teachers and learners can use in the classroom.

The ALIVE teachers invited Ms. Fatima A. Ontawan as this year’s guest speaker. She was a DILG scholar and used to work as an instructional manager of the Alternative Learning System at Beguito Nuevo, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. She is currently a Teacher I and Edukasyon sa Pagpapahalaga Coordinator at Tinalmud Elementary School in Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

In her message, she recounted her struggles of being a Muslim student along with her determination to finish her studies. Likewise, she encouraged the pupils to express their gratitude to their parents for their hard work and resolve.

The pupils were awarded with Special and Academic Awards. Those who won in the Solidarity Games and Division and Regional ALIVE Musabaqah were also acknowledged. Moreover, the ALIVE teachers were also recognized for their service and punctuality.

Furthermore, the pupils rendered several intermission numbers including song and dance presentations accompanied by Arabic Music.

The program ends with a closing remarks given by Cayaranao O. Minodar, the ALIVE Teachers’ Association President.