Benigno V. Aldana National High School


Dr. Benigno Aldana, director of a public school instead, was a prominent educator.

He was born November 19, 1898 in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan and Dionisio Aldana

Magdalena Vera.

He finished high school in Pangasinan High School in 1916 and

enrolled in the Philippine Normal School (now the University Philippine Normal). He was an active

student, regularly participating in school events and the publication of the organ school, the torch. In 1925,

He graduated honors. He continued his studies at the University of

Philippines, in 1931 obtained the Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in English

and in 1933, specializes in a graduate degree in education in educational administration (small,

Public Schools Finance), University of California at Berkeley, where he was

retired government from 1952 to 1953. His thesis was "Development of a Foundation

funding of public schools in the Philippines. "

Dr. Aldana began his successful career in education as a high school in 1916. It

increased rapidly, becoming elementary school principal in three years. He was promoted

high school in 1920 and supervision of teachers in 1921. Subsequently he became

Supervisor 91,926), and the division superintendent of schools (1933), which covers

provinces of Bukidnon and Camarines Sur. He served as a "master of the special touches" on the

Academic Division of the Office of Education and in 1940 was appointed to the Quezon

demand for education. He was technical assistant to the Commission solely on the budget

Before the Second World War broke out. He also worked as a researcher at the General Control


In 1954 he was adviser to the president for education. He had served as

Superintendent of private schools before sworn in as deputy director of public schools by

By President Magsaysay in 1955. In 1957, he took the leadership in public schools

Department, first as interim and later a permanent basis. His supervisor, Director

Venancio Trinidad, was withdrawn in December 1956.

As public schools, CEO, Aldana tried to delegate more tasks

Superintendents to strengthen the administrative work at the provincial level. He gave them more

flexibility in the distribution of posts of teachers, principals or supervisors, not only in an attempt to

decentralizing power, but also the hope of putting an end to corrupt practices and ugly

give thanks to the help of influential officials and politicians, and ultimately improve

The deterioration of public education, since teachers do or qualified and deserving

Heads should be used.

Aldana is facing a host of other problems, all he has tried to solve during his mandate.

Among them were the lack of primary school teachers and textbooks, the lack of funding travel,

and delayed salaries of the teacher. To increase public education, he started an educational program

Provincial schools with funding from the Government of Australia. Under the general title

educational project, he tried to create pilot primary schools from 1959 to 1960, except

continuous operation of the pilot schools that began in 1953, to improve the quality of

instruction. Sensitive to the needs of minorities, which had printed manuals in the native language

languages, such as Samal and Tausog. More importantly, led the aid program

them to acquire training or sending some scholarships abroad. Its

positions of leadership, supervisory and teaching were qualified members of minority groups

groups. He also supported the creation of community colleges across the country.

Aldana In July 1957 he was elected one of five vice-presidents, 20 World

Conference on Public Education, held by the Economic, Social and Cultural

(UNESCO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Only one representative of the Philippines

Paper presented at the state of Philippine public school system and made recommendations

improve public education.

Aldana is also taught in schools like the University of Manila, Arellano University,

and the National Teachers College, and wrote scientific works and extensive teaching and

psychology. His books include: The curriculum of the Philippine Public School: its history and

Development (1935), the educational system of the Philippines (1949), which received

good review by the Office of UNESCO in Paris, and public schools in the Philippines: its

Administration and Finance. He also co-author of textbooks, two of which are in English

Fundamentals of English majors, and the fundamentals of educational psychology. Items

wrote are still relevant today: "The mental health of teachers," "Are we going to liberalize

Our policy on religious education in public schools? "Y" A message to teachers in rural areas. "

Dr. Aldana has been four months of retirement when he died of a heart attack

UST Hospital, July 6, 1963. He gave 47 years of his life to government service. Was

survived by his wife Josefa Salcedo, and their children, Benigno, Jr., Mrs. Virginia Aldana-Rania

Ms. Aurora Aldana-Leyva, Mrs. Evangeline Aldana-Vitug, and Manual.


Cornejo, MR Commonwealth Directory of the Philippines, 1939.

Manila Times, 1963

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