by Nadeth B. Quinto
Aiming to provide quality Christian education on the Island, Siquijor District of Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission inaugurated the first Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School in the entire Siquijor province on August 10, 2021. Representatives from the DepEd Siquijor Division, School Board members of the Adventist Elementary School–Siquijor (AES-S), and some Adventist members across the Island graced the said event.
Elder Gerry Sumagang, the School Board Chairman of AES-S, said that they praised God for realizing their long-time dream to have an Adventist school on the Island. For four years, the School Board members, with the support of the brethren in the district and even abroad, raised and solicited funds to start building the school. Among those who helped were the Korean team headed by the missionary couple named Elder Han Jong Suk and Koag Sam Nam, Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC), Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission (NSM), and even some of the churches under NSM. They also initiated two fun runs whose proceeds went to the school building.
“We are humbled by how God works to make this school a reality. We praise Him for leading us, guiding us, and touching hearts to support this project. And with that, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed, may it be through their financial help, effort, or prayers,” he further expressed.
Dr. Marina S. Salamanca, CESO VI OIC- Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS), said AES-S was the Province’s 14th DepEd Accredited recognized private institution. In addition, she showed how happy she has been that the mission and vision statements of the school aligned perfectly with the DepEd.
“Since this is a Christ-centered education, what you will be giving to your children is this ‘quality’ Christian education patterned after the teachings of Jesus Christ….” Salamanca added.
Moreover, Randy T. Argote, the Education Program Specialist for Private Schools, also attended the ceremony. Pastor Jovanie Razol, the Siquijor district pastor, said that this Adventist school would surely prosper and become God’s agent in preserving leadership in the church as well as in winning souls in God’s perfect time and purpose.
“For with God, nothing shall be impossible,” he concluded.
Furthermore, Adventist Elementary School – Siquijor still needs prayers and more funds as this school opens this school year. It envisions becoming a Christ-centered institution that is responsive to the nation’s needs. If you wish to be part of the construction of the second floor and other related facilities of the school, you may send your donations through this bank account:
Account Name: Negros Oriental Siquijor Mission of SDA
Account No. 110-3-11050553-2