A 21st-century educator, Vincent J. Celeste is the Media and Information Literacy (MIL), Empowerment Technology, Philosophy, and World Religion subjects teacher for Senior High School learners at Bukay Pait National High School (BPNHS) of the Tantangan South District of the Schools Division of South Cotabato, Region XII, Philippines.
He is tasked as the school ICT Coordinator, facilitating information and communication technology subjects for the learners and teachers as well.
It was in the year 1970 when the barangay high school in Bukay Pait, Tantangan, South Cotabato came into existence. Perceived for several years before the idea was brought into realization by the prime movers Ceferino P. Ignacio the then PTA President of Bukay Pait Elementary School and Barangay Captain Francisco Acosta.
The barangay school started its operation on June l970 in the elementary campus headed by the elementary school principal Mr. Celso P. Abrea. It was composed of three classes, two first years and a second year. Unfortunately, the high school lasted only for two school years. It was forced to close due to meager support from the local officials and lack of allocation budget for teachers’ salary from the national government.
For more than thirty years thereafter, the Barangay Council of Bukay Pait together with Mrs. Daisy I. Darroca, Teacher In-Charge of Bukay Pait Elementary School initiated for the reopening of a high school.
The formal opening for the TANTANGAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL – BUKAY PAIT CAMPUS was done on June 17, 2002 at its approximately 2.0 hectare land area at Bukay Pait, Tantangan, South Cotabato with Mr. Renato M. Ignacio as the installed Officer In-Charge by the then Schools Division Superintendent Cesar B. Ollosa.
Three years soon after, Bukay Pait National High School was separated from the mother school onJanuary 5, 2005. The separation was approved by Estrella Abid-Babano CESO III, the then DepED Regional Director thus, BUKAY PAIT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL withstood independently.
House Bill No. 5333 of the 12th Congress, House Bill No. 508 of the 13th Congress and House Bill No. 721. of the 14th Congress were pushed by Congressman Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. and was substituted by HB No. 5141 acted by the Philippine Congress on October 7, 2008. Fortunately, the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives had enacted the Republic Act 9818 for the Separation and Conversion of Tantangan National High School – Bukay Pait Campus into an independent Bukay Pait National High School. The R.A. 9818 was approved by President Gloria M. Arroyo on November 26, 2009.
Subsequently, the school has successfully produced five batches of graduates since 2005 and was recognized by the DepED Regional Office XII as a TECHVOC School last May 28, 2010 under the untiring and constant leadership of Renato M. Ignacio, Principal I.
Bukay Pait National High School had pursued and embraced the General Curriculum under the Restructured Basic Education since its first year of operation in 2002 and had offered a complete secondary education in 2005.
It had started tracking and implementing the Strengthened Technical Vocational Curriculum since 2008 and was duly recognized as Technical-Vocational School in 2010.
Bukay Pait National High School is a complete Secondary School and it is one of the recognised Technical-Vocational High Schools in Region XII. Thus, it embraces the prescribed curriculum under the Strengthened Technical Vocational Education Program (STVEP). For the school year 2010-2011, the Technical-Vocational Education Curriculum had been fully implemented in the first year to third year levels with Vegetable Production, Household Electricity, and Food Processing as the major subjects being offered.
With the full implementation of the K to 12 Program, the BPNHS is gearing up for a successful implementation of the Senior High School for School Year 2016-2017 offering Academic Track-HUMSS and TVL- EIM and Food Processing.