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Title: "Rainscaping: A State of the Art Work of Love for Social Change"
Introduction:

“Let it pour”. Now that the ongoing project is nearly finished, everyone in the CNHS
could say “let the rain pour.”

The Senior High School Building has no more worries when big rain comes, because of
the Rainscaping Project headed by the Senior High School Empowerment Technology
students.

Rainscaping is a rain garden, a low-maintenance option for managing storm water


runoff in our yard. It is the right landscaping in the right places which help make
drainage problems go away.

Rainscaping conserve soil, enhance mental well-being, reduce watering needs, reduce
air pollution and provide educational opportunities.

This project is not successful without the support of well-meaning individuals.

Stakeholders:

LGU Loboc for the SEF allocation budget to counterpart our DepEd /Maintenance and
Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) Fund, Hon. German T. Palapar for the 20 sacks of
cement, Larry Maceren for the canal design and structure for Phase 1 of 3 of the
project, Ariel Jimenez for his genuine advise on the choice of plants suitable for our
climate and location, Dr. Marietta D.Biliran, PhD for the creative sample rainscape
designs as points of reference for the teachers and students, the parents of the Grade
12 students who willingly gave their consent to send their students to school to work on
Saturdays, the School Parent-Teacher Association for the P14,000.00 budget for the
labor cost of the project and the CNHS Teaching and Non-Teaching Force for the moral
support.

Most of all, acknowledgement and special gratitude to the 83 Grade 12 Students


enrolled in the Empowerment Technology and in Organization and Management
subjects namely: Carl John Ansing,Junrey Bagarinao, Joshua Bantugan, Julieto
Barrete,Joel Bioyo, Jestoni Budiongan, Ruben Bulibuli, John Gil Calipusan, Reynald
Cañedo, John Carlo Dizon, Alvin Rey Estoque, Nico Jun Evalle, Kenneth Dave Ganzon,
Zosimo Gonzaga Jr., Delio Gonzal, Chesuel Hermano, Marvin Imboy, Demetrio Inte Jr.,
Hansolo Lagang, Jessie Malig-on, Ivin Kim Macadaeg, Angelito Managuing, Edryan
Andrew Ondap, Vincent Patayon, Jimmy Ponte, Christian Pontiano, Carlo Revuelto,
John Christian Salado, Jimmy Santos, Bernabe Saraspe Jr., Dexter Jay Sarigumba,
Ryan Sepe, Oliver John Sevillejo, Leomel Simborio, Jovencio Tablon Jr., Jefferson
Tuba, Ramil Villamor Jr.,Darlyn Acuña, Michelle Acuña, Hazel Adorable, Hannie Jean
Avelino, Rosell Ayop, Kristine Balaba, Filomina Jane Baliwis, Flordeliz Ann Balog, Mary
Grace Balucan, Mae Ann Berenguer, Jane Budiongan, Ana Marie Bulibuli, Mia Angeline
Cabel, Jesiela Marie Cosip, Jessica Curambao, Kyla Dalagan, Ereca Jane Estoque,
Jolina Hortezuela, Girlie Isi-os, Nesle Mae Labuan,Juliet Luib, Robeiline Macarayan,
Mary Guadalou Maquindang, Mary Ann Matildo, Michelle Matildo, Eve Londra Odal,
Kristine Joy Olaer, Shaira Ortiz, Vanessa Palomo, Liezelbeth Pasoc, Florence Peliño,
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Melanie Primor, Lady Ann Quito, Ma. Christine Requierme, Haide Saguirel, Mhabel
Pearl Salisid, Irene Taculod, Laika Mae Tagalogon, Jeny Taldo, Juvelyn Tanasas,

Le Ann Camille Tecson, Regine Torotoro, Mikayla Tulang, Jessica Lou Tumanda, Jiezel
Tutor and Cherry Mae Vale.

Guided by the Subject Teacher: Mrs. Francisca A. Rabon and assisted by the CNHS
Rainscape Mentor Teacher: Miss. Melinda A. Abitona , and supported by the CNHS
Principal: Mrs. Mia Marie J. Biliran.

Rationale:

The subject teacher decided to let the students identify recent school problems
as an ICT Project for Social Change. The groups presented the problems in a video
presentation form. Then, the class has to decide which among of the identified
problems should be addressed based on its importance and urgency.

The subject teacher decided on the project- based learning activity as an


expected outcome/output of the Empowerment Technology subject in the semester.
The content standard of this ICT Project for Social Change is for the learners to
demonstrate an understanding on how to work with peers and external public partners
for the development of an ICT project that advocates specific social change or cause.

The learning objectives of this project are: 1. Identify and gather art ideas and
materials available in the community; 2. Organize materials reflective of the group’s
content, theme and purpose; 3. Develop an appropriate design based on the previous
knowledge acquired in the course and: 4. Identify possible items in the website which
may be considered as invasion of privacy, items that could affect community norms and
mores.

The class decided/chose “Rainscaping: A State-of-The-Art-Work-of-Love for


Social Change" as an ICT project for social change because of the occurrence of flood
of some classrooms in the Senior High School Building during heavy rains and cause to
disrupt classes. The teacher noticed some school problems but prefer students to
discover and find solutions in order for them to connect their learning with the changing
environment into a livable environment.

Steps taken to overcome the challenges:

The Rainscape Design

The measurements of depth and width and incline of the flow of the water canals
are as follows: Depth 8 cm, Width 16 cm, and incline-flow of the water canals is
0.50cm to ensure smooth water flow was computed and executed by the students with
the help of their Physics and Math teachers, namely: Mrs. Maria Nancy L. Tecson and
Mrs. Emalinda O. Maquindang. The students used what they learned from their Physics
and Math classes, as suggested by the rainscape design consultants: Dr. Marietta D.
Biliran, PhD, Mr. Larry Maceren, Mr. Ariel Jimenez and Ms. Melinda A. Abitona.
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The project has three phases:

Phase 1: Digging of the canals for rainscaping to be done by the students of the
Empowerment Technology subject;

Phase 2: Rainscape Designing by the students divided into three groups under
the Organization and Management Class to identify personalities and leadership styles
of students in a given task assigned as team;

Phase 3: Designing and working out for the canal exit passing through the
concrete fence, the barangay road and finally to the ricefield areas to be done again by
the students in Empowerment Technology class.

The garden design under Phase 2 was an output of the Grade 12 class in
Organization and Management and was refined by the rainscape advisers: Dr. Marietta
D. Biliran, PhD and Miss Melinda A. Abitona. The design of the gardens incorporated
the rain water canals to make a holistic rainscape. It was perfectly achieved by the
choice of grass, flowers, pebbles, etc. The grass to be planted should not only consider
one or two types: For ornamental plants, it should be suitable for all seasons so that it
will always look lively and beautiful the whole year round. For flowering plants, it should
be in a variety so that there are flowers to see in any type of season. The choice of
plants should also be suitable for rainy and dry season.

The time spent for this innovative project should not exceed the maximum of 160
hours including Saturdays and study periods to sustain and maintain the project with the
help of two expert masons. The material cost for this three-phased project as computed
is P35, 560.00 to be shared by the LGU Loboc SEF, Hon. German T. Palapar and the
DepEd Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) Fund and the labor cost is
P 14,000.00 and is shouldered by the Parent-Teacher Association.

Results of the project:

With its nearest to completion for social change, personal insights are solicited
and drawn.

To the part of the teachers and students, interdependence and team work are
very necessary to achieve the goal of the project, classroom knowledge must be also
patterned in a real work in a real world.

Robeiline Macarayan: “ I learned to be hardworking in the canal making, appreciate little things
after every tasks being done and feel awesome and grateful seeing I’ve done
something for the school.”

Flordeliz Ann L. Balog: “ I learned that cooperation and team work were needed in the different
aspects of life to make our work easier”.

Le Ann Camille O. Tecson: “ I learned that reuniting makes everything easier and fun”.
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To the school as a whole, it does not only add beauty to its surroundings but it
may serve as a model to other learning institutions in the community.

Teacher Melinda A. Abitona: “

Ang atong trabaho karon


Ginoo gahatag ug panahon
Bisan ra sa kinamot
Basta naay paningkamot

Og tinoud kapoy usahay


Bawi kung kani mahan-ay
Mga batang sa reklamo
Wa mabati namo

Gugma sa palibot
Atong ipaabot
Kay atoa man tanan
Abot ato matagamtaman.

The School Principal, Mrs. Mia Marie J. Biliran

Ug karon pa nahibatlagi
Pagkamadasigon niini
Mga magtutudlo dinhe
Sa labehayng kakugi
Ug ako palihug tuguti
Pagpasalamat pirme
Nabati sa dughan kini
Ilabina sa mga estudyante.

The stakeholder, Mr. Ariel Jimenez

Ma'am Francisca Rabon


Siya atong perming lantawon
Kung unsay iyang kab-uton
Sa uma-abot nga panahon

Iyang mga bata karon


Kamang buntag hangtud hapon
Aron ilang paninduton
Ang yutang sigeng lumpon

Ugma damlag inyong balikon


Inyong kaagi Karon nga panahon
Dili ninyo makalimtan
Maestra nga si Francisca Rabon
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To the part of the family, it may promote holistic/harmonious relationship to be


best achieved in working as a team.

Mrs. Cornelia Tuba: “ Ako isip ginikanan, nalipay ko pag-ayo sa maong gihimong proyekto sa
Grade 12 Batch 2017-2018 kay daku kini ug natabang sa eskwelahan labina sa mga
estudyante nga dili na mapurwesyo kung mag-uwan”.

Felix Bulibuli: “ Ang proyekto nga “Rainscaping” nakadugang ug kanindot sa tulunghaan”.

Alma Baluran: “ Isip ginikanan, ako nalipay gatan-aw sa eskwelahan nga adunay hapsay nga
agi-anan sa tubig panahon sa ting-uwan”.

To the impact of the barangay as to where the school is located, this project may
serve as a springboard for them to initiate like this knowing the real situation of the
place during heavy rains and floods.

Jocelyn Bali-ong: “ Maayo ang proyekto sa “ Rainscaping” aron dili magpondo ang tubig nga
maoy mapuy-an sa lamok nga makaingon sa sakit dengue”.

Cristy Bantugan: “ Hinlo ug nakadugang ug kanindot sa tulungha-an.”

Ricky Escobar: “ Maayo ang gihimo nga proyekto alang sa tulungha-an ug nakadugang kini ug
kapiskay sa ikaduhang puloy-anan sa mga kabataan nga mao ang tulungha-an.”

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks.”

– Thomas Goodwin