As a Salesian School, we believe that:
Education is the major key to the liberation and development of man to attain a quality of life and to create a transformed improved society.
Liberation and development should be hand and hand. We liberate him from ignorance, sin, exploitation, poverty, and modern forms of slavery such as media manipulation, consumerism, and hedonism.
Education is an ongoing process by which one seeks the fullness of life with his fellowmen. And its ultimate goal – salvation.
Education is life-long and should be a personal responsibility. The school must develop the attitude of a “yearning for learning” and the skills for life-long learning.
Education draws out the best of man’s giftedness, developing him as a total person. The human person’s physical, affective, intellectual, spiritual, and social capabilities should be harmoniously developed.
Education requires the Educative Pastoral Community which creates a family atmosphere conducive to the growth of educators and students. The EPC is composed of the Salesians, teachers, parents, the young, and other collaborators. The family atmosphere is characterized by joy and optimism, acceptance, trust and confidence, interest for the common good, devotion to duty, mutual respect, order, leadership, and collaboration.
We educate by evangelizing. And we evangelize by educating.
PREVENTIVE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION
THE SALESIAN EDUCATION
The essential characteristics and basic options of Salesian education:
Salesian education is realized by the Educative-Pastoral Community (EPC) in a family atmosphere. (GC 24, 39)
Salesian education believes that the youth is the preeminent context for the EPC in which to meet God. (GC 23, 95)
Salesian education forms the youth as servant-leaders, creating an environment for them to be empowered and to be responsible for themselves and others. (Congress 2000 Statement, 5)
Salesian education makes its work with the poor and marginalized people evident as a sign of its prophetic presence in the locality. (IPP 2000, 3) 1.5 Salesian education enables the young to use their power of choice and develop their giftedness towards their involvement in the Church of the Poor. (IPP 2000, 4)
Salesian education offers the Preventive System, “based entirely on reason, religion, and loving kindness,” as its main original contribution to the cause of education. (GC 24, 99-100)
Salesian education pursues excellence in its works and commits itself to perpetual learning. (IPP 2000, 6)
Salesian education thinks of its presence, the community as well as the work, in a ‘network’ form communicating like a transmitter. (Acts 370)
The niche of Salesian education in the Philippines is technical education. We educate young people to become “industry benchmarks” that orient technology to the service of man and his integral development. (Primer to the Vision-Mission, 8.9)
DON BOSCO EDUCATIONAL CENTERS (DBEC) - PHILIPPINES
“Don Bosco’s Organization is a Family of Nations.” The revered Fr. Quaranta was being more than just prophetic when he had this done more than 55 years ago. In the early 60s, the Salesians of Don Bosco were among the fastest growing congregations for men in the Church, making their youthful presence felt in many countries all over the world. The Salesians of Don Bosco, or SDB for short, are now working in 131 countries in the world, with Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Malaysia and Mongolia as among the latest in the growing list. Don Bosco became a household name all over. In a very real sense, Don Bosco was among the first global brands the world has known, along the lines of FIAT and Colgate. As of latest count, there are now more than 3,200 schools and more than 592 stand-alone Training Centers the world over.
All the TVET centers throughout the country, more than twenty strong, are now known as the Don Bosco One TVET. All of them, including the DB One TVET, are now collectively known as the Don Bosco Educational Centers-Philippines, Inc., or simply DBEC.
The DBEC is now the authorized brand and standard-bearer of all Don Bosco schools and training centers in the Philippines. Although the regular members, for the meantime, are all those found in the Northern Province based in Manila, all others are generally considered putative members and all, without exception, share in the branding and visibility as legitimate Salesian owned schools. Regular members share in the duties, responsibilities and privileges as full-fledged members and they share in the Association’s Positioning in addition to branding and visibility.