Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines
The Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) is an organization formed by the consolidation of the former Future Farmers of the Philippines (FFP), Future Homemakers of the Philippines (FHP) and Future Agricultural Homemakers of the Philippines (FAHP) organizations. Its membership is composed mainly of high school students and out-of-school-youth (OSY).
During one of the conferences and trainings conducted for the implementation of the Youth Entrepreneurship and Cooperativism in Schools (YECS) Program, the Regional TEPP Supervisors and the Center for Students and Co‑Curricular Affairs (CSCA), headed by Executive Director Joey G. Pelaez, reviewed the different existing organizations in the then Technology and Home Economics (THE), such as the Future Farmers of the Philippines (FFP), Future Homemakers of the Philippines (FHP) and the Future Agricultural Homemakers of the Philippines (FAHP), to assess the viability of their revival and revitalization. This was in pursuance of DECS Order No. 54, s. 2000 entitled "Revitalizing the FHP, FFP, and FAHP Organizations", dated 1 September 2000 and signed by Secretary Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, and DECS Memorandum No. 65, s. 2001 entitled "Significant Matters for the FFP, FAHP and FHP," dated 8 February 2001 and signed by Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacani. The main consideration for the revival and revitalization was to recognize the value and significance of the various skills and activities of the organizations concerned in enhancing and complementing the learning competencies of the work education and skills training program of the curriculum, more than recognizing the continued existence of the chapter organizations in the school, division and regional levels, although the same national organizations are wanting in legal existence due to its continued non‑operation for years in the national level for which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued suspension orders of their respective Certificate of Registration, dated 27 October 1988 and 14 August 1990 pursuant to PD 902‑A as amended.
However, the proponents of the project decided not to revive the organizations. Instead, they opted to establish a new national organization to give a new lease and a clean slate on the initiatives being undertaken to strengthen the then THE subject area, which, until then, did not have a significant venue for showcasing students' skills and talents, and an organization that will propel and support its initiatives. Thus, pursuant to DECS Order No. 44, s. 2001, dated 14 August 2001 and signed by Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacani, the Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) was created under the auspices of the Center for Students and Co‑Curricular Affairs of the Department of Education, unifying the FFP, FHP, FAHP and all other existing THE organizations, except the Youth Entrepreneurship and Cooperativism in Schools (YECS), into just one organization. All high schools, public and private, as well as schools with secondary program under the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were mandated to establish the STEP as a co‑curricular organization to enhance life‑long skills and support the learning competencies of the technical education and skills training program in the curriculum.
The first division and regional skills competitions and conferences were conducted immediately in the same school year following the issuance of the Department Order. Under the leadership of Secretary Edilberto C. de Jesus in the Department of Education and the support of Dr. Fe A. Hidalgo, Undersecretary for Programs and Projects, the First STEP National Skills Competition and Conference on January 29 to February 1, 2003 at the DepEd Ecotech Center, Cebu City, with DepEd Region VII, in cooperation with the DepEd Division of Cebu City and Abellana National School, as host was conducted in compliance with DepEd Memorandum No. 288, s. 2002 dated 13 December 2002.
The STEP logo bears the encompassing words "STUDENT TECHNOLOGISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS OF THE PHILLIPPINES'.
Its components symbolize the following:
- The figure 2001 represents the year when the organization was established.
- The torch represents the light that illumines the minds of the member.
- The three (3) stars represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao enclosed in an equilateral triangle, which unifies the members to achieve the goals/objectives of the organization.
- The sun signifies the bright future of the members, who are formed with the knowledge and skills learned and acquired in the four (4) major component areas in Technology and Livelihood Education or any other, technology related programs/projects advocating any of the four component areas.
- The sixteen (16) rays radiating from the torch represent the 16 regions whose members are working together towards the common goals, ideals and belief of the STEP organization.
- The wheel with spokes represents the skills being taught and acquired by the members in the sub-component areas of STEP.
- The encompassing green color implies that all technological programs/ projects shall conserve, protect, rehabilitate and promote a clean and healthy environment.
The banner symbolizes peace, love and unity for all. The color of the national banner is white, while the regional banner will represent the color of the respective region with the STEP emblem at the center.
The national uniform of the STEP members shall be maong pants and white T-shirt with collar bearing the STEP logo on the pocket. For the regional uniform, the T-shirt shall be the same color as the banner.
With the new Basic Education Curriculum, the STEP is recognized as a laboratory of the Teknolohiya, Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (TEPP) component of the MAKABAYAN subject.
- Advocacy and Membership Campaigns
- Organization of school Based STEP Organizations
- Planning on School Based STEP Projects and Activities
July - November
- TLE Capability - Building/STEP Skills Development
- School Based Skills Training and Competition
- STEP School Awards
- Division Level STEP Skills Training and Competition
- STEP Division Awards
- Regional Level STEP Skills Training and Competition
- STEP Regional Awards
- STEP - National Skills Development and Conpetition
- STEP National Awards
December (Education Week)
- TLE/STEP Holiday Showcase and Fair
January - March
- STEP Monitoring (By TLE Division and Regional Supervisors)
- Submission of Compliance Reports Based on the STEP Thrust and activties to the CSCA
- STEP Annual National Evaluation and Planning Conference
- Regional Management Committee Meeting
- Division Management Committee Meeting
- Regional/Divison TLE Supevisors, Head Teachers and Moderators Training and Conference
- STEP website (accessed December 19, 2007)