CyberFair Project ID: 5940

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: LANDO - Leadership in Action Nurturing Developemnt and Oneness
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: DepEd - Zamboanga del Norte National High School
    Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Philippines

6 students, ages 13 - 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 24, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005, 2008

Classes and Teachers: Zyhrine P. Mayormita, Joel P. Ogoc, and Erwin J. Etoc

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Project Overview

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.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Equipment: Desktop and lap top computers for creating the web pages and in saving information. Digital Camera for pictorial and recording of interview. Printer for printing researched materials. Cellular phones as means of communication.

Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS3, Microsoft Publisher, 3Ds MAX, Microsoft Office 2007, Notepad, Mozilla Firefox, Yahoo messenger (for communication purposes)

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Having been given the permission by the governor himself to conduct a research and develop a website about him - the highest official in the province, is something which the team is very proud of. Not all students of our age will have that privilege. The team believes that they become ambassador both on-line and in person because the research works they did on this Cyber fair project will forever mark something in the history of our school and in the province. The materials that the project provides will always be part of the bulk of knowledge our province has. People will know who the governor is, his political career, and his administration of the province, his leadership styles and much other information.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The people of Zanorte will learn many things about how the provincial government is managed by the governor. The website showcases the goings-on of the province through the activities initiated by the office of the governor. Hopefully the public is encouraged to become active members of the community and not just passive elements of the society. People will acquire understand of their roles in the development of the province and will make decisive moves as to how and where should they get involved. The team provides a positive impression on local residents, teachers and students as to how the team managed to collect such information about the governor and how the team managed to present his leadership in the province.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The making of this project allowed us to work closely with the staff of the governor – his executive assistant who generously provided us materials necessary for our research works. The executive assistant and other members of the office of the provincial governor helped us collect data that we need especially the facts and figures required and the soft copies of the pictures to support the various information covered in the project. We also worked with other agencies like the local Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office for the research works, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for the records compiled about the program and projects and achievements of the governor, the local tourism office. Interviews were conducted with local residents and those public officials in the province. Assistance was also sought from the school IT experts to help us out in the appropriate use of computer technology. We appreciate the efforts and support of all individuals who assisted us in the making of this project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Our research offers a lot of surprises not only for us but for many people of Zamboanga del Norte especially the youth. Many of the youth are just passive members of the society. They do not really care about government, about how the elected leaders are running the province. To that effect, many are not aware of the programs, projects, activities of the province. The project fills that void so that everyone will be provided the necessary awareness and knowledge about what is happening in the province through the leadership of the governor.


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