Sr. Marietta B. Banayo, m.a. is the 7th President of the Assumption College of Davao (ACD) since the position was institutionalized in 1995 and the 13th Head of the School since ACD’s establishment in 1958. By virtue of the decision of the Coordinating Body of her Apostolic Society – the Missionaries of the Assumption (m.a.), this is her coming back as she was also appointed President from 2004 to 2009.
Sr. Etta, as she is commonly called, was born in San Agustin, Sagay, Negros Occidental on November 21, 1954. She entered the Daughters of Mary of the Assumption (f.m.a.) on April 15, 1979 and became one of the founding members that established the Missionaries of the Assumption (m.a.) after separating from their mother congregation, the f.m.a., on April 1, 1989. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Mindanao State University in Marawi in 1978 and her Master of Arts in Educational Administration at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City in 1993. Sr. Etta is also a Registered Guidance Counselor (RGC) commissioned to her in 2008.
Before entering the Catholic religious life, she worked for an industrial company in Iligan as Chemist honing her scientific interest. As an f.m.a. Sister, she was commissioned to teach in the High School department and was Operations Supervisor of the Assumption Academy of Compostela from 1986 to 1987. Her outstanding performance, commitment, and educational leadership led to her assignment as Principal of the High School department of the Assumption College of Nabunturan from 1987 to 1989.
Together with the Filipino Sisters as they established the new congregation of the m.a., she was then sent to take the leadership of the Immaculate Conception High School in Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur as its Director in 1992-95. She was also assigned in Malabog as the Coordinator of the Indigenous People’s Apostolate in 1996-97. It was in 1998-2001 that she was sent in a foreign mission in the Solomon Islands, a country located in the east of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia in the South Pacific, to take the task as Coordinator of the Diocesan Family Life Apostolate. After her stint as President of ACD in 2004-2009, she also became the Formator of m.a. aspirants and novices in Tacunan in 2010-12. She was sent to Malabang Parish in Lanao del Sur and was assigned as its Worker and Formator of the Vic Ong Peace Learning Center and of the Our Lady of Peace High School in 2012-15. From 2015 until recently she was the Congregation’s Vocation in-charge. Currently, she also serves as a member of the Coordinating Body of their Congregation and acts as its Personnel Coordinator.
Her educational profession, experiences, and involvement molded her to become a genuine missionary. Sr. Etta is known for her dynamism, for being action-oriented and a beautiful person. She is gifted with a high degree of commitment for raising social consciousness, a sense of being for God’s creation, and a heart for the poor and the marginalized especially of the Lumad and the Bangsamoro peoples. She is also actively involved with people’s movements for peace, and in the fight against unjust structures, support for disaster victims and for the prevention of its negative impacts. She is an active Convenor of several socially oriented organizations such as BALSA Mindanao and the People’s Movement for Change (PAGABABAGO).
In her entire mission as educator, Sr. Etta is known for her action-oriented, heart-filled and listening type of leadership. Her beautiful personhood molded her conviction for a quality transformative education, community-driven partnerships and involvements, and Creation-centered spirituality. She dreams of an ACD that is to become true to her VISION MISSION GOALS and as an agent of genuine social transformation. As a Community of Disciples, like Christ, ACD must be an instrument of COMMUNION, SERVICE and PEACEMAKING. She encourages everybody to be like Mary, a beacon of hope and joy to all humanity and Creation.
Office of the President
Queen of the Universe Building
Assumption College of Davao
J.P. Cabaguio Avenue, 8000 Davao City
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