The University of the East condoles with the family of Mr. Rhodel G. Policarpio, a faculty member of the UE Basic Education Department-Caloocan, who passed away last October 2, 2021 at age 39.
Teacher Policarpio was one of the pioneer teachers when the UE Elementary and High School Department, as UE Basic Ed.-Caloocan was then known, reopened in 2006. He earned his degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Chemistry, from Philippine Normal University in 2002, and his Master of Science in Chemistry Education degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 2016. He was also en route to finishing his Doctorate degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Affectionately known as “Sir Poli” to his students and colleagues, Teacher Policarpio taught Chemistry to the third-year/Grade 9 students of the UE Caloocan Junior High School. He also served as the class adviser of that grade level’s Science-Based Curriculum class from 2006 to 2017. He was the Junior High School Department’s Science Coordinator from 2006 to 2016. From 2017 to 2020, he was UE Basic Ed.-Caloocan’s K to 12 Student Activities Coordinator. In 2020, he was appointed as the K to 10 Academic Coordinator of the Department.
In addition to teaching, Teacher Policarpio also served as team coach and trainer to UE Basic Ed. Caloocan students participating in various Chemistry competitions. He was also a researcher, having presented papers at the 36th Annual Physics Seminar Workshop-Convention held on April 5, 2014, in Maxino College, Dumaguete City, and in the 2nd Biennial CaMaNaVa Studies Conference on February 6, 2015, in UE Caloocan. He was also the Speaker on Different Values Integration Techniques in Science during UE Basic Ed. Caloocan’s In-Service Training for Teachers on December 4, 2015.
Teacher Policarpio was awarded by the Department for Perfect Attendance for school year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. He also was the Coordinator for the Learner Information System and the Focal Person of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program recipients from 2017 to 2020. He also acted as a Facilitator for the Asian Studies Seminar and Cultural Exchange Program for Soka University students in 2019.
Teacher Policarpio is survived by his parents Hilario and Amelita, and his siblings Reynaldo (Ϯ), Rowena, Rhodora, Rheana, Rheina, and Raiven Mark.
Rest in peace, Sir Poli, and thank you for your Warrior service to UE..