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PSD@25: A CELEBRATION OF HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Posted on Monday the 09th of October 2017

Serving as the capstone in the educational structure of the Filipino community in Doha, State of Qatar, Philippine School Doha celebrated its 25th Foundation Day with the official inauguration of its permanent campus in Mesaimeer, Oct. 5. As PSD celebrated its 25th Founding Anniversary, the school had lined up a slew of events which includes the recently concluded Field Demonstration, Employees' Night which showcased "Silver Touch: A Celebration of PSD, Culture and Pride, a four-day "Payanig sa PSD", and a bazaar featuring food and non-food booths.
Dr. Alexander S. Acosta, the School Principal, has given his commitment to providing opportunities that uphold service and excellence for the Filipino students and for the entire Filipino community. "What PSD has achieved for 25 years is a product of a combined effort of the shared responsibilities and of the steady focus of what our school shall become", he proudly uttered as he emotionally thanked the pioneer parents, faculty and staff of the institution. The celebration of the quarter of a century's actuality of the School is made more momentous as the entire PSD community instate the school's permanent and beautiful campus nestled in a 14,375sqm of lot in the new development in Qatar, at Mesaimeer.
The event was made more exceptional with the presence of the school's pioneer parents and former Board of Trustees and embassy officials including the former ambassador to Qatar Crescente R. Relacion, who was involved in fortifying the land where the school sits. The former ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Crescente Relacion acknowledged the people behind the success of the school. He reminisced his five-and-a-half-year tour of duty in Qatar he called "the most memorable and productive assignment in my almost 30 years in the foreign service" having left several legacies including the establishment of the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) and the realization of the grant of the school's land. The plot of land was allocated by the Qatari government following the state visit of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Doha in December 2008. PSD is now the first Philippine school that has its own permanent campus in the history of Philippine Schools Overseas through the generosity of the Qatari government. These will not be possible without the generosity of the host country Qatar, through Father Emir H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for granting the piece of land on which the PSD building is now standing. The community in Qatar is very fortunate to have such a supportive host government which recognizes the valuable contribution of Filipinos in the development of this country.
The current Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, Alan Timbayan urged Filipinos "to continue to work within the established rules and regulations of the host country in order to show our appreciation for this grand gesture," and assured PSD of the Embassy's support in its pursuit for educational excellence for Filipino children here.
Moreover, the day was soiled with sequences of inaugurations of PSD's state-of-the-art facilities named after the school's founders and supporters. These include "The Edgar V.Bondoc Gymnasium", "The Crescente R. Relacion Audio-Visual Room", "The Harry Kieswetter Library", and "The Roberto Abit Science Laboratories". The three-storey building also features 132 classrooms and an Olympic-size swimming pool. In its first year of operation in the new campus, PSD has a total enrollment of 3,969 students, just a few hundred shy of its full capacity of 4,500 students.
PSD's Board of Trustees assured the Filipino community that they will continue to implement compassionate headship and transparency in leading PSD. They are looking forward for more successes in the next 25 years and beyond. The trustees affirm their vision of producing a learner in the 21st century with inherent values of honesty and propriety that is tempered with prudence and divine wisdom.
Jose Z. Molano Jr., former executive director of Commission of Filipinos Overseas and Rawda Safwan Hosni Zidane, Director of the Private Schools Affairs Department at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education were among the guests at the event which also saw the attendance of ASEAN ambassadors and other VIP guests.
Philippine School Doha is now classified as a world-class institution in all fields of instructions. The foundation of PSD's world-class status, aside from the newly acquired building, is its Faculty and Administration composed of leaders in higher education, business and industry, science, engineering, and other professions. The institution takes pride with its accomplishments, traditions, and culture which make the School a pride of the Philippines under its philosophy; "Service and Excellence," as characterized by growth and sustenance of enormous and outstanding scholastic merits.