by: Noel Ferrer Junio

JSES History In A Nutshell

                        Started as M. dela Cruz Elementary School in 1947 in the municipality of Pasay Province of Rizal, it was renamed to Juan Sumulong Elementary School in 1951. It started with a single-story wooden structure for primary pupils at M. dela Cruz Street, Pasay in a 5,491.21 square meter lot with Pasay Local Government as indicated registered owner. Through Republic Act No. 183 approved on 21 June 1947, Pasay became Rizal City.  Through RA 437 approved on 07 June 1950, Rizal City was changed to Pasay City. The Department of Education under the superintendentship of Zacarias G. De Vera (1949-1954) renamed the former institution in 1951 as tribute to Juan Marquez Sumulong Sr. (December 27, 1874 – January 9, 1942), a former revolutionary, journalist, lawyer, judge, educator,  and politician from Antipolo City, Rizal Province. He is the grandfather and great-grandfather of both former President of the Philippines Corazon C. Aquino and Benigno C. Aquino III respectively. On 07 November 1975, Metro Manila was formally established through Presidential Decree No. 824. It was the date when JSES Pasay City separated from Department of Education and Culture (DECS) Division of Rizal. One of the notable graduates in JSES is former Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. in 1960.

                      Three other schools were named after this great statesman: Juan Sumulong High School in Cubao, Quezon City, Juan Sumulong Elementary School in Antipolo City and Juan Sumulong Elementary School in Manila City.

                                                                           HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PHILIPPINE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
                    In 1947, by virtue of Executive Order No. 94, the Department of Instruction was changed to Department of Education. During this period, the regulation and supervision of public and private schools belonged to the Bureau of Public and Private Schools.

                       In 1972, it became the Department of Education and Culture by virtue of Proclamation 1081 and the Ministry of Education and Culture in 1978 by virtue of P.D. No. 1397. Thirteen regional offices were created, and major organizational changes were implemented in the educational system.

                     The Education Act of 1982 created the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports which later became the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in 1987 by virtue of Executive Order No. 117. The structure of DECS as embodied in EO No. 117 has practically remained unchanged until 1994 when the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and 1995 when the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were established to supervise tertiary degree programs and non-degree technical-vocational programs, respectively.

                       The Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) report provided the impetus for Congress to pass RA 7722 and RA 7796 in 1994 creating the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), respectively.

                       The trifocal education system refocused DECS’ mandate to basic education which covers elementary, secondary and non-formal education, including culture and sports. TESDA now administers the post-secondary, middle-level manpower training and development while CHED is responsible for higher education.

                         In August 2001, Republic Act 9155, otherwise called the Governance of Basic Education Act, was passed transforming the name of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) to the Department of Education (DepEd) and redefining the role of field offices (regional offices, division offices, district offices and schools). RA 9155 provides the overall framework for (i) school head empowerment by strengthening their leadership roles and (ii) school-based management within the context of transparency and local accountability. The goal of basic education is to provide the school age population and young adults with skills, knowledge, and values to become caring, self-reliant, productive and patriotic citizens (retrieved 10/23/2021                   


Official Name: Juan Sumulong Elementary School

Communicative Name: JSES

Colloquial Name of Learners: Juan/Juana

Colloquial Name of Alumni: JSESian

Foundation Day:

District: East (composed of ACES, JSES, MMES, PZES, TPES)

Cluster: 2 (composed of JSES, PBES, PZES)

Regional Clustering: JSES Pasay City belongs to NCR-Fourth District

National and Local Elections: JSES caters electors from District 2

Full Address: 2474 M. Dela Cruz Street, Barangay 132, Zone 13, Pasay City

Lot Area and TCT Nos: 5,491.21 square meter lot with TCT numbers 3416, 3414, 3415, and 4051 with Pasay City Local Government as indicated registered owner.





It caters both formal and non-formal education:

Pre-elementary Education – Kindergarten

Elementary Education – Grades 1-6

Elementary Education – Alternative Learning System (ALS)

Junior High School Education – ALS

                        During face-to-face learning, the kindergarten, grades 1, 3, and 6 pupils are scheduled in the morning shift from 5:45 a.m. to 12:00 pm., while grades 2, 4, and 5 pupils are scheduled in the afternoon shift from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday.  ALS learners, however, are scheduled on Saturdays. The school opens about 5:30 in the morning and closes about 6:30 in the evening. Office hours is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

                    Started in March 2020, most school activities were conducted virtually. The first ever virtual graduation was held on July 13, 2020 (but indicated as April 12, 2020 in the Katibayan). On October 5, 2020, JSES learning delivery modality shifted from Face-to-Face to Distance Learning Education due to COVID-19 pandemic.

                      For School Year 2021-2022, the preferred delivery modality is Distance Learning in Blended Learning Approach: Modular Distance Learning – Printed and Digitized and Online Learning.


                       Last End Of School Year (EOSY) 2021 report, there were 2018 learners but as of October 2021, there are 2,263 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and ALS Learners.

                                                                    PHYSICAL FACILITIES

                     Started with a single-story wooden structure, nowadays, JSES has 4 classroom buildings (with 52 classrooms), 1 administration building (3-storey, with 9 ancillary rooms), 1 ancillary service building (with 12 ancillary rooms: canteen, H.E. HE Model Room, Clinic, 2 Property Rooms, LR Room, Library, GSP Room, DRRM Room, School Forms Room, and BSP Room), 1 covered court, 3 detached comfort rooms, 1 electrical room, and 1 on-going construction of 4 storey-16 classroom building. Seventeen (17) classrooms are fully airconditioned. There are three (3) wash area with ten faucets for group handwashing and at least 100 individual wash basins inside the classroom buildings which is enough for the student: faucet ratio.

                                                                                                                STANDARD COLOR CLASSIFICATION

                      Since December 2019, the school allowed to use standard color classification for its school seal background in all its communication. When JSES seal uses background color, the most preferred color is bright green. The communicative name JSES or the official name Juan Sumulong Elementary School when presented through Word Art or other application via PowerPoint presentation, the most preferred color other than black is green – RGB 0-176-80 Hex #00B050.

                                                                                                                  POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM

                    Since March 2021, school environmental concerns were managed by a teacher who is an Accredited Pollution Control Officer and assisted by three (3) designated Pollution Control Members (Assistant to the PCO).




            BE Steering Committee, BE TWG, Continuous Improvement Project Team, ELECOM, e-QATAME, GAD Focal Point System, School-Based Management Committee, School-Based PRAISE Committee, School Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), School Building Inventory Committee. School Checking Committee, School Child Protection Committee, School Governing Council, School Grievance Committee, School Inspectorate Team, School Performance Management Team, School Project Management Team, School Research Committee, School Screening Committee, School Sports Club, SDRRM Committee, SLAC Committee, and SMEA Team


JSESTNTPA, Senior Citizen Club, Master Teachers Club, Grade Level Club, Subject Area Club


Homeroom PTA, School PTA


Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD), Batang Empowered and Resilient Team (BERT), BSP, GSP, Junior Red Cross Youth (JRCY) Council, School Sports Club, SPG, and YES-O


                The Rotary Club of Pasay West Chartered on 25 May 1993 is part of an International Organization composed of professional and business leaders whose purpose is to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill worldwide. Under Rotary Club District 3810 headed by its Governor, Robert G. Koa, the Rotary Club of Pasay West is represented by its current Life Changing President, Nelben A. Monterubio (2021). The organization is committed in taking actions to create change. The RCPW manages its passion, energy, and resources to enhance learning opportunities for basic education. As its adopted school for its programs and projects, Juan Sumulong Elementary School assessed its needs and the Club focused on the utilization of technology to enhance language literacy among Grades 3 and 4 learners for School Year 2019-2020. Seven LED television sets were donated on 31 October 2019 and installed in classrooms shared by Grades 3 and 4 pupils. The television sets as tools in the classroom impacted the delivery of instructions and affected the learning of six hundred learners. The Rotary Club of Pasay West – Rotary Club District 3810 is a great partner of Juan Sumulong Elementary School. The school is very grateful for the club’s continued support and humanitarian services to make a difference in the lives of the learners and to the community where they adopted. Among other stakeholders are:

Bethany Baptist Church, BINHI English Literacy Foundation Inc., Brgy 132, Pasay City, Coca-Cola Beverages Phils., JCI Perlas, JSES-SPTA, MMDA, Rebisco Company, Rotary Club Cyber City, Rotary Club Pasay West/Rotary Club Manila Crown, Hon. Mayor Emilda Calixto-Rubiano, Hon. District Representative Antonino G. Calixto, Hon. Councilor Joey Calixto-Isidro, Hon. Brgy, Captain Roberto Saldo, Mrs. Soledad Decena, et al. (provide information)


The following former schoolteachers of JSES became school administrator in the Schools Division of Pasay City. To wit:

Aquilina San Juan, Remedios M. Bal’ Oro, Erna R. Doctor, Librado F. Torres, Nunilon L. Moreno, Romy P. Socao


The following former schoolteachers that became EPS in the Schools Division of Pasay City:
Aquilina San Juan, (provide information)


                          The following school heads led Juan Sumulong Elementary School. The first school head in 1947 was (provide information). Mr. Librado F. Torres, who was then a schoolteacher from 1989-1994 became school head from 2005-2007 of this institution and has become the Chief Education Supervisor in the Curriculum and Implementation Division, SDO Pasay City since 2015 up to the present.
At present, the school is headed by Noel F. Junio, School Principal IV, former OIC-Office of the Education Program Supervisor – School Governance and Operations Division – SDO Pasay City (SY 2014-2015).



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  2. Senator Profile – Juan Sumulong (Retrieved 10/23/2021)
  3. File: Juan Sumulong historical marker 02 (cropped).jpg (Carlo Joseph Moskito, 2018). (Retrieved 10/23/2021)
  4. Juan Sumulong: The statesman who wears many hats by Lino C. Soriano (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  5. Historical Perspective of The Philippine Educational System (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  6. Pasay (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  7. Rizal (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  8. Historical Development Of Education In The Division Of Rizal (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  9. DepEd Order No. 028, s. 2019 (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  10. DepEd Memorandum No. 048, s. 2021 (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  11. Republic Act No. 437: An Act Changing the Name of Rizal City to Pasay City (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  12. Presidential Decree No. 824 Creating the Metropolitan Manila And The Metropolitan Manila Commission: (retrieved 10/23/2021)
  13. Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. (Retrieved 10/23/2021)