the Olpp learning center
Like any community, the Our Lady of the Poor Parish Learning Center shares its bountiful blessing which every pupil should be proud of.
Vision and Mission
We envisioned Our Lady of the Poor Parish Learning Center as a God-oriented learning center in which the children are equipped with Christian values, academic skills, and social awareness that builds a solid foundation necessary for physical, mental, social, and spiritual upliftment.
We commit ourselves to provide Christian and high quality education and produce a morallu upright, healthy, peaceful, and God-loving children, reposible to the needs of the community.
On December 29, 1993, the church was declared an independent parish called the Our Lady of the Poor Parish with Fr. Nicanor "Nick" Blanquisco as the first parish priest. In his third year of stay in the parish, he pioneered the establishment of a learning center at the second floor of the OLPP office as a response to the lack of catholic schools in the community.
Fr. Nick sought the help of Sis. Lorenza Batan, then-president of the Mother Butler Guild, who then collaborated with Mrs. Jovita Baranda, a teacher in an elementary school in Cubao at that time. Mrs. Baranda conducted a research on how to open an effective learning center. She consulted with several Principals, Supervisors, and Directors of nearby schools. As a requirement in putting up a pre-school, the learning center affiliated itself with the Pre-Elementary Educators of the Philippines, Inc. (PEP). PEP is a cooperative effort of retired pricipals, supervisors, and teachers.
The learning center was officially opened on June 1996 with Fr. Nick as the first School Director, Mrs. Baranda as the head teacher, and Ms. Erlinda Batan as the teacher aide. The pilot class consisted of 27 students who were divided into three levels: Nursery (5), Kindergarten (8), and Preparatory (14). With such a small number of students, the learning center was able to accommodate all of them in one session. But in the succeeding years, an increase in the number of enrollees called for a proper and more effective division of classes.
In 1999, Fr. Nick was transferred to the Our Lady of Fatima in Mandaluyong and Fr. Joselito "Lito" Jopson became the new parish priest and school director. Ms. Erlinda Batan was assigned to work in the Paish office and was replaced by Mrs. Pearly Carrera.
Improvements were made in the classrooms to better the learning center: they are now fully air-conditioned with bright and clean surroundings; an audiovisual corner was installed complete with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and great sound system; state-of-the-art playground equipment were also added.
To further enhance the quality of education, two new teachers were added to the staff, namely Mrs. Mira Batan and Mrs. Ana Vi Baranda. The teachers also attend quarterly seminars being held in UP Diliman, Quezon City. The school also hired Mrs. Lori Barbuena who does both security and administrative works.
During the second half of 2005, Fr. Lito left the country to study in Rome. A new parish priest was assigned to the OLPP -- Fr. Simplicio "Sim" Roxas. He became the third director of the Our Lady of the Poor Learning Center.
The learning center is now in its tenth year and this would not be possible if not for the intervention of the Father Almighty and the Blessed Mother Mary.