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Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas, one of the biggest secondary schools in General Santos City in terms of population, is strategically located at the heart of the city. It is a former annex of Lagao National High School.
In the school year 1991-1992, when its mother school transferred to its site at Purok Malakas, General Santos City, this school was left to continuously operate at the Dadiangas East Elementary School for first and second year students under the leadership of Mrs. Rafaelina Hitalia, the designated Teacher-in-charge.
The influx of enrollees to this school in the succeeding years of its operation prompted its constituents and the local government to work out for its independence from the mother school and be permanently put up within Metro Dadiangas to serve the high school students of Barangay East, West, North, and South. The four Barangay Captains of these barangays, together with their councilors, agreed and passed a resolution to the Sangguniang Panlunsod to convert the Irineo L. Santiago Elementary School to a secondary school. It was proposed that the elementary pupils of the said school be accommodated to its adjoining Dadiangas South Central Elementary School and neighboring Dadiangas East Elementary School which had lesser enrolment rate.
In response to this, the Sangguniang Panlunsod under the leadership of Mayor Adelbert W. Antonio passed Resolution No. 75 requesting Congresswoman Luwalhati Antonino, the mayor’s wife and the representative of the 1st District of South Cotabato, for the establishment of Metro Dadiangas National High School.
The ever active and supportive lady solon did not fail her constituents. On June 1, 1994, DECS Secretary, Armand Fabella, issued a memorandum, approving the establishment of Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas.
But the conversion of the Irineo L. Santiago Elementary School to the newly approved secondary school was strongly protested by its constituents, including some political figures. The tug of war lasted for several years, prolonging the agony of the students, who had to content themselves with dilapidated and overcrowded makeshift classrooms and lack of books, school facilities, and equipment.
The enrolment of the school continuously soared high and the school was forced to borrow classrooms from the Dadiangas South Central Elementary School and Irineo L. Santiago Elementary School.
Just when the waiting seemed so long and unbearable, DECS Secretary Andrew Gonzales, issued Memorandum No. 17653, dated December 1, 1999, approving the request of the school constituents headed by Mrs. Veronica C. Punsalan, the school principal and Mr. Benjamin Cruz, the PTCA president, with the recommendation of Mayor Adelbert W. Antonio, to finally award the site of Irineo L. Santiago Elementary School as the permanent site for the Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas.
The approval of the school site was immediately followed by the construction of the P25 million worth of four-storey building, making ILSNHSMD the first public school in the city to have very prominent edifice.
Barely one year and a half after the occupation of the Metrians to their school site, Mrs. Punsalan was promoted and transferred to General Santos City High School.
At present, the school is headed by Mrs. Ellana A. Abedin. Her challenge to the Metrian teachers: “Let us cater not only the best, but also the worst students, for if we don’t, then we are not worthy to be in the teaching profession.”
Mrs. Abedin is the brainchild of many school developments like the opening of Night Class for working students, Special Education (SPED) for differently abled students and those with learning disabilities, Arabic Language and Islamic Education (ALIVE) for Muslim students, Open High School to cater the potential dropouts in the community, Strengthened Technical-Vocational Education Program (STVEP) for those who want to specialized in dressmaking, baking, information and communication technology, plumbing and cosmetology; and Special Program in Journalism (SPJ) for those who want to polish their communication skills in the field of journalism.
Like any other secondary schools in the country, Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas is continuously besieged by voluminous inadequacies like lack of classrooms, books, and facilities. But with the nonpareil tenacity brought about by those nerve-breaking storms that the constituents have successfully braced and surmounted in the past, the future will still be all uphill for the Metrians.
MISSION AND VISION
To provide conducive and wholesome learning environment, with competent, committed teachers and supportive community.
Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas envisioned to become a school of Pro-God, discipline and academically competent and highly productive citizens.
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(Updated as of Jun 01, 2018)