Five years seemed days and the time has come for our second father to leave us into the hands of another man. June 19, 2014 will mark another chapter for Suawan High School (SHS) – Annex of Lower Tamugan National High School as we welcome the new principal Mr. Raul Cabilogan, a former school head of Tambobong National High School as the replacement of Mr. Rodrigo J. Cayanong.
The welcome program will take place at the Ungab Gymnasium at 10 o’clock in the morning which comprise numerous talks from the community leaders, the PTA president, the Punong Barangay, principals from the mother school and among others. It will also be accompanied by presentations of students from various sections including an intermission prepared by the faculty and staff of SHS.
It will surely be a moment to remember as it is a testament to the unsurmountable development that was brought about by Sir Cayanong to the school. Several physical improvements were implemented as academic performance was made priority. NAT achievement was raised from nearly bottom to the top 10 not only once but twice.
Not only that he was a good administrator, he was also a superb community convener for when he speaks to the community, he can always get their affirmation. With a population nearly consisting of IP’s, he was able to solicit and solidify the support of the people to participate and take part of many projects initiated in the school. He was the school’s foremost builder and he has constructed numerous facilities such as ceilings, lavatories, fences, furnitures and classrooms by himself with the help of paid labors.
As a person, he was like the father to us and the students. Even parents have developed more than an acquaintance to “Sir Rody” as what he is fondly called. The local officials can also attest to his kindness, patience and humility. He is remembered as always with pockets full of wisdom and funny jokes. His advices are simple but direct and moving.
“Buotan kaayo si Sir Rody ug dili gyud namo siya malimtan” (Sir Rody is really very kind and we will not forget him), exclaimed one Grade 8 student when asked about his reaction to Sir Cayanong’s transfer. All teachers also felt saddened by his reassignment to Dacudao National High School. This meant that he will possibly and hopefully be promoted to a higher position.
Mrs. Ann Christine T. Amoy shared, “The school has become what it is now because of Sir Rody and we will forever be grateful for that.” Truly, there can never be no other man to replace him or shall be his equal. We are very lucky to have been under him for a short period of time. Yet, his journey signals another pathway for us, the students, the school and the community to claim new lands and conquer new fields. Kudos Sir Rody! Thank you and may God protect you wherever you may be.