Diocesan Schools of Bataan St. John Academy - Dinalupihan Bataan Holy Rosary Parochial Institute - Orani Bataan St. Peter of Verona Academy - Hermosa Bataan St. Catherine of Siena Academy - Samal Bataan St. Michael the Archangel Academy - Orion Bataan Blessed Regina Protmann Catholic School - Mariveles Bataan St. Nicholas Catholic School of Mariveles - Mariveles Bataan St. James Catholic School of Morong - Morong Bataan Our Lady of the Pillar Parochial School

History of the Diocesan Schools of Bataan

The establishment of Catholic schools in Bataan goes back to 1959 when the late Fr. Conrado Ma. Quiambao founded St. Catherine of Siena Academy of Samal, St. John Academy of Dinalupihan started by the late Msgr. Florentino Guiao in 1960, St. Peter of Verona (formerly the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School) was established by the late Fr. Joel Pineda in 1960, the Holy Rosary Parochial School of Orani which was started by the late Msgr. Emiliano Santos in 1963, the St. Michael the Archangel Academy (formerly Holy Child Catholic School) of Orion in 1982 and St. Nicholas Catholic School (formerly St. Nicholas Catechetical Center) of Mariveles as founded in 1984 were both started by Msgr. Romeo Banaban.

For the sake of historical objectivity, Catholic Schools in Bataan can be traced back even as far as 1920’s as Escuelas de Caton and Cartilla de Escuela under the late Fr. Salaveria. Yet, in the strictest sense of the word, the DSOB or Diocesan Schools of Bataan as an educational system has been created only recently.

As a historical background, the latter part of the 20th century had been very challenging to private education. With the worsening economic crisis and the gradual implementation of the Free Secondary Education, an exodus of students to government schools left small Catholic Schools fighting for their survival. It was, indeed, a hard time. As a consequence, the school of Sta. Catalina Institute of Bagac and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School in Hermosa sadly had to close down.

One measure to cope up with the situation is to unite and establish linkages. The Diocese, under the leadership of the late Bishop Celso N. Guevarra took an attempt to achieve this by appointing a priest who has the educational background and the expertice in handling schools to act as over-all director to supervise the operation of the three Secondary Schools namely, St. John Academy, Holy Rosary Parochial Institute and St. Catherine of Sienna Academy. This started in SY 1995-1996 under Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo B. Fabros. In line with this move, the parish priest where the schools are situated was appointed to serve as school chaplain.

With the new system and standardization, the Holy Child Catholic School has expanded and admitted elementary and secondary students. When it evolved, it was eventually renamed as St. Michael the Archangel Academy named after their patron saint. On the other hand, re-opening of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School presented legal issues, thus a new name St. Peter of Verona Academy was opened with the SFIC on the administration. SPVA as a school started its operation in 1998 and eventually also opened its doors to pre-school and grade school pupils.

St. Nicholas Catechetical Center in Mariveles with its expanding needs to accommodate more pupils for higher education was renamed St. Nicholas Catholic School of Mariveles. It accepted not only pre-school children but grade school as well.

When Bishop Guevarra retired in 2001, Bp.Honesto Ongtioco took over the diocese and fully supported the parochial schools in Bataan. And in 2004, a new leadership in the person of Bp. Socrates B. Villegas introduced a system in formally uniting all the Catholic schools in Bataan terms of existence, administrative function, quality improvement and standardization, and thus gave birth to the name DSOB, the Diocesan Schools of Bataan.

From thereon, schools started to flourish and slowly improved, and with God’s grace, two new diocesan schools were established namely Blessed Regina Protmann Catholic School in Cabcaben, Mariveles in 2006 and St. James Catholic School in Morong in 2007. Many good things are happening to DSOB today, and yet, the best is yet to come.

Triple Educational Objectives of Diocesan Schools

1. Academic Excellence
2. Character Information
3. Molding of Students

Vision of the Diocesan Schools of Bataan

We envision each school of the Diocese to be an educational Christian community which integrates the gospel of Jesus Christ into the life of its members and which offers quality education that will fully develop their human potentials.

Mission of the Diocesan Schools of Bataan

1. To provide the total Christian formation of the youth that will lead them to a deeper knowledge and to a closer imitation of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
2. To provide those various faith experience that will produce Catholics who understand and practice their religion.
3. To provide communal activities that will enable the faculty and the students to become individuals who can lead, relate, and respond to the needs of the community and environment.
4. to provide competent teachers and instructional facilities that will prepare the students academically for their chosen career/vocation.