1. Description of Our Community
Zamboanga del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Zamboanga Peninsula region in Mindanao. Dubbed as the “Twin-City Province,” the province has been made famous by the beauty and charm of the Orchid City of Dipolog and the historical, rustic charm of the Shrine City of Dapitan.
Its capital is Dipolog City and the province borders Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south and Misamis Occidental to the east. The Sulu Sea lies to the northwest of Zamboanga del Norte. It is the largest province of Zamboanga Peninsula in terms of land area.
The province occupies a total land area of 6,618 square kilometers. It has an average elevation of 243.8 meters, with Mt. Dabiak in Katipunan as the highest peak at 2,600 meters. Other parts, near the coastlines, are plains. The province’s irregular coastline runs 400 kilometers from north to south. About half of the province's land area is devoted to agriculture. Corn, coconut, and rice are major crops. The province being rich in marine and mineral sources, its fish production has accelerated through the development of fishponds. Commercial fishing has likewise steadily increased through the years, with the yellow fin tuna as the primary species. Zamboanga del Norte has a population of 823,130 according to the 2000 census. Its population density is 124/km². It is ranked 27th among the provinces both in terms of population and population density. The main dialect spoken is Cebuano. Zamboangueño/Chavacano, English and Tagalog are also spoken, indicative of a high level of literacy. The original and native Subanon dialect lives on, especially in the highlands. The province is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities. These are further subdivided into 691 barangays, and clustered into 3 congressional districts.
2. Summary of Our Project
This project intends to foster among the youth a greater sense of awareness and consequently encourage their active participation in responsible leadership that sustains a global and democratic society. The project aims to instill among the youth the need to become the agents of social change that will not only impact the community in the present, but also changes their attitudes and behaviors for the future as youth see themselves, and their peers, as leaders. Governor Rolando E. Yebes whom many Zanorteans fondly call Lando is absolutely a strong icon of leadership in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. The project which showcases the many facets of his dynamic leadership as governor will hopefully encourage the youth to become leaders themselves. The project shows that: Leadership is a process of getting things done through people. It is best learned by working with people. There are no strict rules for leadership. But there are certain skills that every good leader seems to have. Leadership means responsibility. A good leader learns how to get the job done and still keep the group together.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
On Campus: Internet access (DSL) allows ease for data searching, communication and printing.
At Home: Team members have access to the Internet at home. Yahoo messenger is the usual mode of communication.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
On Webpage-making Techniques: Only the basic elements of webpage-making and designing are covered in the school curriculum. Basically the students have acquired webpage-making skills on their own through Internet tutorials, from books, from interview with those who studied about webpage development in college and mostly through trial-and-error experiences of trying to develop their own WebPages.
Schedule Arrangement: The school implements the “no disruption of classes” policy and so it was totally difficult for the team to meet regularly. Information Collection: Months before the 2009 Cyberfair was opened for registration, the team had already decided to submit an entry under the Local Leaders Category and that the project will focus on the exemplary leadership of the provincial governor. The team was so confident that it will be able to secure permission from the governor that even before the consent was given, it has already started conducting research on the governor’s personal profile, program of government, plans and activities and projects as well as the achievements and recognition accorded him. Data collection is basically by way of Internet research, interview of the governor’s executive assistant, and that of the local Philippine Information Agency (PIA) files.
Schedule Management: Although the team conceptualized the project idea long before the opening of the 2009 Cyberfair, it failed to progress at a pace that would have let them finish the entire project early. But with the team’s determination and the encouragement of the adviser the members were able to accomplish their assigned tasks.
Transportation: The team members live in separate barangays (communities) in the city. One member lives outside of the city and has to travel more than an hour from school to reach his place. Transportation was never considered a hindrance in completing the project. The team is fortunate that the provincial capitol is accessible.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project is anchored on the belief that the very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. This is exactly what the team envisions to develop and inculcate among the younger generation who are considered the future leaders of our community. We hope to inspire the youth to take active roles in nation-building and to effect in their consciousness the responsibility that comes with becoming a leader. The team believes in the following: Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future. – Edwin H. Friedman If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1. Development of a sense of social awareness and social responsibility. The project helps us to realize and understand some facets of leadership. That in choosing and becoming leaders we have to be aware first of the responsibilities and the challenges ahead. The youth needs to develop that consciousness that the future may be defined by the kind of leaders they have and the kind of leaders that they will be. 2. The use of appropriate technology and the Internet in research works. The team acknowledges the fact that research skills coupled with computer technology and Internet when appropriately used can be an effective approach to provide the public a sense of awareness and knowledge about people virtually everything one can imagine. In this project the use of these resources allows the team to inform the public about the leadership of the provincial governor.
3. Collaboration and Team Work. The project enables the team members to value the importance of collaboration and unity. Having a common goal and fulfilling one’s responsibility in the realization of that goal is indeed very important. Fulfilling the task assigned to you is but a determining element for the collective success of the group.
4. E-learning. This is a very important approach to learning. Learning using the Internet not only allows access to many important resources but it is also fast and convenient. E-learning adjunct to the traditional learning modalities or vice versa facilitates learning the fun and entertaining way.