HomeArellano University Graduate School Journalvol. 10 no. 1 (2012)

Needs Assessment of The Pupils’ Parents at Masalipit Elementary School

Federico C. Castillo

Discipline: Education, Cognitive Learning



Getting to know a community is a very complex and tedious tasks. One has to do a lot of research as to its history, and the various aspects of life and culture related to its people. The following is just a simple brief account of the community in focus. Masalipit is one of the 49 barangays of San Miguel, Bulacan. It is bounded on the North by Barangay Tartaro, West of Barangay Sta. Ines, on the South by Barangay Balaong and on the East by Barangay Sibol. During the Spanish regime in the Philippines two tribal leaders, Datu Mariano de Dios of Barangay Tartaro and Datu Eusebio Rubio of Barangay Balaong fought to get ownership of Masalipit. To avoid more conflicts between the two barangays, Rajah Catalino Tecson, the known Rajah of the town decided to make Masalipit a sitio under the leadership of Datu Mariano de Dios. The name Masalipit was derived from the word MASA which means people, LIPI which means tribe and IPIT which means in between the rivers. Thus, Masalipit is a community of tribes people who live in between the two rivers (Manga and Ansula 2010). Masalipit is an agricultural community of about 2,701 inhabitants who belong to 532 households. The main source of income among the males are farming, vegetable production, livestock and poultry raising. The working females mostly engaged in managing mini consumer stores, dress making, teaching and serving as OFW. The people spent their recreation and leisure time playing basketball, playing cards, dancing, listening to radios, televiewing, jueteng, videoke and playing the guitar (Bunagan et al 2009). Masalipit is a barangay of simple people yet full of dreams and aspirations that in the near future there will be a better quality of life for their children and the community as a whole.