Ibaba Elementary School (IES) started as an extension of Paete Elementary School in 1960. The first two-school building was put up through Mr. Faustino Adefuin, former Paete District Supervisor supported by then Mayor, Dr. Severino Villarin, Baranagy Captain Pablo Aguinaldo, and civic-spirited leaders, Mr. Vicente Afurong, Mr. Amber Adefuin, Mr. Gervasio Marcelo and Mr. Teofilo Aguinaldo. Its first teachers were Mrs. Dolores Acu, Mrs. Zenaida Navarro and Mrs. Lourdes Q. Carolino. More buildings were constructed and the number of teachers increased under a teacher in-charge, Mr. Rustico Rasalan. In 1969, IES became a separate school under its first Principal, Mr. Eduardo S. Palatino with ten teachers: Mrs. Salud M. Villamayor, Mrs. Necitas F. Pacunayen, Mrs. Victorina B. Limlengco, Mrs. Fe B. Astronimo, Mrs. Fe Afuang-Roque, Mr. Rustico Rasalan, Mr. Ramon C. Angeles, Mrs. Maria S. Afunggol, Mrs Erlinda V. Baldemor and Mrs. Nelly Cagayan-Veluz. Past Principals were Mrs. Josefina A. Fadriquela, Mrs. Ana A. Castillo, Miss Maura C. Cadapan, Mrs. Azucena A. Ansay and Mrs. Carmen A. Afuang.


            In 1996, Mrs. Victorina B. Limlengco took charge of the school. Improvements and innovations were made and in 2002, the school was chosen as Unit IV’s Most Outstanding and Effective Non-Central School, Most Outstanding Non-Central School canteen and Functional Feeding Center. In Campus Journalism, school papers in English and Filipino were published and received awards in the division/regional/national levels since 1998-2003.



            The school is still under the supervision and administration of Mrs. Victorina Bonsol Limlengco, Principal I. Its teachers and personnel are: Mrs. Matilde A. Inawat, Mrs. Aida B. Acala, Mrs. Benita M. Angeles, Mrs. Coronacion M. Adea, Mrs. Dalisay P. Madriñan, Mrs. Shiela D. Cabisidan, Ms. Erly A. Evangelista, Mrs. Melba D. Buenviaje, Mrs. Ma. Grace R. Dacsil, Mrs. Iryn C. Lacbay, Mrs. Nimfa B. Peñamante, Mrs. Violeta C. Pillas, Mrs. Jocelyn C. Baldemor, Pre-school Teacher and Mr. Virgilio A. Mendoza, Administrative Aide. It has well ventilated classhomes, a covered court, comport rooms in every room, television sets for educational programs, a spacious School Canteen, a Feeding Center, a Library and Science Resource Center.


            IES is a beneficiary of Alay Computer sa Batang Paete, a project of Paetenian Alliance for Education and Technology (PAETECH) organized in 2002 through Mrs. Anne Lan Kagahastian-Candelaria, chairman, supported by its officers and board members: Mr. Raul C. Roque, Engineer/Mayor Emmanuel B. Cadayona, Engr. Noel Viray, Mr. Cornelio Africano and Mrs. Carmen A. Afuang;honorary board members, Mr. Angel C. de Dios and Mr. Reynaldo Q. Carolino.


            A two-storey Computer Laboratory was constructed in 2003 to 2005 out of love for Batang Ibaba through civic-minded Paetenians abroad: Paetenians International Southern California Chapter, Mrs. Sonia Adea-Paelmo, President; Northeast California Chapter, Mr. Alfredo Cagayat, President; Dr. Angel C. de Dios, Washington D.C.; Mr. Reynaldo Q. Carolino, Canada; Mr. Ananias & Mrs. Evelyn Cruz, Baltimore, Maryland and Dr. Zosimo and Dr. Pacita Adefuin; IES Parents-Teachers Association, Mr. Ramon C. Angeles, President; IES Alumni Association, Mrs. Mylene Samonte-Capco, President; and IES Teachers Club, Mrs. Dalisay P. Madriñan, President.