DOÑA PILAR C. GONZAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was once a part of Eulogio Rodriguez Elementary School. Due to the increase of enrolment, the school site and facilities needed expansion and improvement, which made the administrator and parents, sought the help of civic-spirited Doña Pilar C. Gonzaga. Because of the bayanihan spirit, good rapport and camaraderie between parents, teachers, pupils and community, it opens its doors to pupils in 1975 which people readily accepted the new school.

It all started with few rooms and teachers, who through the years have provided pupils quality education in the best way they can. The first building, the Bagong Lipunan Building with six sections for Grade IV pupils. An 18-classroom Rodriguez-Type Building was built next. This was occupied by grades one, three and five. In the year 1995, it has Neptali A. Gonzales building with eight classrooms and special room. Now, The Marcos Type building was demolished to give way to SSES New Academic Building.

The school has undergone a lot of renovations and improvements through the efforts of the past and present school administrators, with the aid of the national and local government. The general PTA also took its part in minor improvements.

Due to the combined efforts of teaching and non-teaching personnel, pupils and parents, DPCGES was adjudged “The Cleanest and Most Beautiful School” by the Division of City Schools of Quezon City for three consecutive years.

In 2008, Doña Pilar has been qualified as one of the pilot implementers of Special Science Elementary Schools due to high performance level.

On March 2, 2009, DPCGES was granted Level 1 Accreditation for SY 2008-2010 by Accreditation Program for Public Elementary Schools (APPES). An evaluation system to identify and improve school effectiveness and foster excellence in the school, division, region and national levels of the educational system.

Now, three decades after opening its doors the school had its share from outstanding alumni who in return continue their full-pledge support for their Alma mater.

There are in-service trainings, Learning Action Cell, monthly meeting and seminars for teachers to achieve quality education for the benefit of the pupils. Also, the school sees to it that pupils excel in different field, mainly academic, literary and sports.

Through the years, the school has undergone changes. From its former few and limited facilities, it has now three-storey Neptali A. Gonzales Building, a four-storey Neptali A. Gonzales II Building, a four-storey Administrative Building, and a four-storey 12 classroom Science Building. Today, it has 55 classrooms and 10 special rooms namely the Science Laboratory, Computer Laboratory, Speech Laboratory, Home Economics Room, Library, SDRRM Room, Clinic, Guidance Office, Conference Room, SBM and Mathematics Room.

In the coming years, DPCGES will continue to provide quality education for the pupils from the different barangays in Mandaluyong City.


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