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Two National High Schools in Region I Qualify for PNSQ

Two National High Schools in Region I Qualify for PNSQ

San Fernando City, La Union – Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco of the Department of Education Regional Office I (DepEd-ROI) expressed zestfulness as two National High Schools in the Region qualify for this year’s Philippine Nuclear Science Quiz (PNSQ) to be held at the Diamond Hotel, Manila in December 2015.

The Sinait National High School (SNHS) in Sinait, Ilocos Sur and the Dingras National High School (DNHS) in Dingras, Ilocos Norte were announced as winners after they were included in the top four among the 37 participating schools (public and private) in the Cluster Level Elimination Round held at the Vigan Central School covered court in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur last September 2.

The Northern Luzon cluster participants came from Region I (Ilocos Region), Region II (Cagayan Region) and CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region). They underwent a one hour quiz composed of 50 items.

Ms. Abigail D. Clemente, Science Research Specialist of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), said that the scope of the exam include Nuclear Science, Basic Nuclear Physics and Radiation Safety Principles. The examination committee considered these topics to promote Nuclear Science and Technology.

In line with the celebration of the 3rd Philippine Nuclear Congress slated also in December, the PNRI in coordination with the DepEd-RO1 and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), conducted the examination to determine qualifiers in the National level.

When asked about their assessment, some of the examinees said that they find the exam very hard and tricky but challenging. Others said the questions are reasonable as they commensurate with what they have learned in class.

Other qualifiers include Philippine Science High School (PSHS), CAR Campus, Baguio City and Cagayan National High School (CNHS).

 

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K to 3 Teachers Advances for the Literacy and Numeracy Program of DepEd Region I

K to 3 Teachers Advances for the Literacy and Numeracy Program of DepEd Region I

City of San Fernando (La Union) – To further enhance the knowledge, skills and attitude of primary school teachers and instructional leaders in early literacy and numeracy program, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I conducted a ten day training on Multi-literacy and Numeracy held last August 17-26, 2015 at the Cozy Place Resort, Rosales, Pangasinan for Batch I and August 21-30, 2015 at the Presidents Hotel, Lingayen, Pangasinan for Batch 2.

The training aimed to improve reading and numeracy skills of Kinder to Grade 3 pupils, following K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum and establish a sustainable and cost-effective professional development system for teachers. It is also in line with one of the President’s Ten Point Basic Agenda which states that “every child should be a reader by Grade 1”.

Participants to this regional training were K to 3 teachers, School Heads, District and Division Supervisors from the 100 priority schools in Region I selected by the DepEd Central Office. The trainers were nationally trained on the specific program and they gave lectures and workshops on specific dates scheduled to them.

At the end of the training, trainees were able to assess their skills and their capacity on teaching early literacy and numeracy. They were able to come up with strategies on how to improve their skills as a result of the sharing and networking of ideas during the training.

Dir. Teresita M. Velasco continues to support and supervise the development of the program, giving attention to the trainees who will be in charge of mentoring the learning and experiences in their specific schools. Dir. Velasco lauded the trainers and trainees for making a big leap towards improving the capacity and the ability of educators in the region.

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DepEd R-I Enhances Regional and Divisions’ Administrative Workforce

DepEd R-I Enhances Regional and Divisions’ Administrative Workforce

City of San Fernando (La Union) – In conformity with the new structure of Rationalization Program of the Department of Education (DepEd), the administrative workforce of DepEd Region I and Schools Division Offices participated in the 3-day Regional Training on Enhancing and Strengthening Regional and Division Administrative Services held last August 26-28, 2015 at the Regional Educators Learning Center (RELC), City of San Fernando, La Union.

There were 50 participants to this activity composed of Administrative Officers, Human Resource Management Officers and Administrative Assistantsfrom different schools division offices in region I. The participants were able to develop their learning through the individual and group activities, question and answer opportunities, and presentation to each style of participant learning. The sessions were interactive and left the participants with a personal development plan on how they will use the learnings taught in the training.

Resource speakers were Dr. Cecilia P. Rosido, Chief of Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD), Mrs. Rosario D. Estimo, Teacher Credentials Evaluator II of the Personnel Section, Ms. Georgina N. Nerida, Administrative Officer II of PPRD, Ms. Marina G. Cabanero, HRMO and Mr. Romulo V. Nabua, HRD Chief of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) RO1, Mr. Ramon O. Caniezo, AO IV of the Personnel Section and Abraham M. Mendoza, Auditor of the Commission on Audit (COA) Region I.

Dr. Rosido discussed on creating the learning environment and the different strategies on HRMD while Mrs. Rosario D. Estimo dealt on the Reclassification of Position Conversion of Position and the Equivalents Record Form (ERF) Application Procedures for Teachers and Ms. Georgina N. Nerida gave updates on the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and the Filled and Unfilled Positions. Mr. Caniezo also gave updates on PSIPOP, Guidelines on the employee Welfare and Benefit (Retirement, Terminal Leave, Loyalty Pay) and Mr. Abraham Mendoza discussed on Auditing Rules and Regulations.

Anchored on DepEd’s Vision, the training aimed to further enhance participants’ personal effectiveness and working practices, build stronger relationships, broaden their contribution to the workforce and achieve excellence in the service they provide and aid the agency in attaining one common goal.

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DepEd Region I joins PNP’s National Crime Prevention Week Celebration

DepEd Region I joins PNP’s National Crime Prevention Week Celebration

City of San Fernando (La Union) –The Department of Education (DepEd) Region I participated in the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s National Crime Prevention Week Celebration from September 1-7, 2015 with the theme “Krimen ay tuldukan, karapatan ay igalang.”

Part of the lined-up activities for the weeklong celebration was the exhibit of the PNP’s programs and accomplishments at the CSI Mall ground floor, City of San Fernando, La Union on September 3, 2015. DepEd was one among the different agencies invited to take part in the exhibit. Brochures and leaflets were handed out to the walk-in clients who came to visit and inquire on DepEd’s current programs and activities. Content of the brochure include K to 12 general information, DepEd Citizen’s Charter, Senior High School Voucher Program and other priority programs of DepEd. DepEd Region I Personnel in charge were able to assist clients with their queries.

One of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was more on the Senior High School Voucher Program. For the record and information, the SHS voucher program is a way to support public school Grade 10 completers who are enrolling in private senior high school wherein a certain amount will be subsidized by DepEd to private SHS to offset the cost of the tuition. On the other hand, those who graduate from public junior high schools are qualified to receive the full voucher program. Private junior high school completers who are on Education Service Contracting (ESC) grants will receive 80% of the full voucher value.

DepEd Region I will continuously support other activities of the PNP especially in promoting respect on human rights which certainly helps in crime prevention in the region.

 

 

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NCAE tests Anew the Skills of Grade 9 Students in Region I

NCAE tests Anew the Skills of Grade 9 Students in Region I

More than 70,000 Grade 9 students from the public and private schools in Region I took the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) on Aug. 26, 2015.

The exam was administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) through the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC).

The students answered 590 items in span of seven hours and 30 minutes.

The exam include, Reading Comprehension (RC); Mathematical Ability (MA); Verbal Ability (VA); Scientific Ability (SA); Logical Reasoning Ability (LRA); Occupational Interest Inventory for Students in Secondary Schools (OIISSS); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM); Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); and Technical-Vocational Aptitude (TVA).

Dr. Vivian Luz Pagatpatan, Chief of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division, said that the exam is aimed to determine the student’s field of specialization in preparation for Senior High School. It will also guide students as to what course are they going to take after finishing their secondary education.

According to the examinees, the hardest part of the exam is math and science. They expressed confidence however, that they can make it, as they themselves reviewed their lessons in preparation for the exams.

The result of the exam will be handed to the students for evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses.

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DepEd Region I readies K to 12 Graduates through the CGA Program

DepEd Region I readies K to 12 Graduates through the CGA Program

City of San Fernando (La Union) – To further strengthen the goal of K to 12 Program in producing graduates ready for higher education, employment and entrepreneurship, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I chaired by Dir. Teresita M. Velasco, actively participated in the 2015 Regional Career Guidance Info Blitz involving selected  4th year high school students of Pangasinan at the Consuelo Hotel Grand Ballroom, Lingayen, Pangasinan on August 11, 2015.

There were 27 high schools of Pangasinan selected for the Career Guidance Info Blitz. The selected high schools were Buenlag NHS, Doyong-Malabago NHS, and Lasip NHS in Calasiao; Banaoang NHS and Matic-Matic NHS in Sta. Barbara; Bonuan Boquig NHS, Federico N. Ceralde IS and Judge Jose de Venecia, Sr. MNHS in Dagupan City; Domalandan Center IS, Estanza NHS and Malawa IS in Lingayen; Bugallon IS, Portic IS and Salomague NHS in Bugallon; Real NHS and Galarin NHS in Urbiztondo; Labrador NHS and Ramon Magsaysay IS in Labrador; Camaley NHS, Dulag NHS and Parayao NHS in Binmaley; Sanlibo NHS and Tococ NHS in Bayambang; Guelew IS, Libas NHS, Bacnar NHS, and Lilimasan NHS in San Carlos.

Invited to give a talk on the topic “Channeling Students Toward Productive Careers with the K to 12 Program”, Dr. Arlene A. Niro, Education Program Supervisor (EPS) of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD)emphasized on the benefits of the K to 12 program in the pursuit of career advancement and opportunities. Dr. Niro cited that the K to 12 basic education curriculum will be sufficient to prepare students for work and slowly erase the common weak thinking that college is the best route for success and gainful employment. She added that through the program, students are given opportunity to acquire Certificates of Competency (COC’s) and National Certificates (NC’s) in accordance with TESDA training regulations allowing graduates to have middle level skills which will offer them better opportunities to be gainfully employed. Dr. Niro also mentioned that there will be school-industry partnership for technological and vocational (techvoc) tracks to allow students to gain work experience while studying and offer opportunity to be absorbed by the companies.

The activity is part of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP) which aims to provide students with relevant labor market information and career guidance to assist them in choosing their career path. The CGAP is composed of technical working groups – the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary as the Chair, and the DepEd, Department Of Science and Technology (DOST), CHED, Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as members.

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In Region I, ESC Recipients are 100% Compliant in Updating of School Fees

In Region I, ESC Recipients are 100% Compliant in Updating of School Fees

San Fernando City, La Union – The implementation of the Education Service Contracting (ESC) scheme – regular and Open High School Program (OHSP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) once again met its purpose as the participating schools in the entire Region I are 100% compliant in relation to the submission of documentary requirements.

According to Mr. Oscar P. Flores, Chief Education Supervisor, Quality Assurance Division (QUAD), record shows that the recipient private schools from the nine cities and five provincial schools divisions complied before the August 15 deadline set forth by the guidelines.

Supporting documents that need to be submitted include DepEd received copy of school tuition fee and other fees; form 3 for ESC (Certification of tuition fee and other school fees); list of qualified Teacher Salary Subsidy (TSS) teachers; Copy of latest PRC license for first time participating teachers; and TSS payroll of the preceding school year.

The ESC is in line with the DepEd Order No. 6 series 2015 which provides for the policies and guidelines in the implementation of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program. Its main objective is to decongest public secondary schools by contracting the excess capacities of private high schools through the provision of subsidies for students who, otherwise, would have gone to the public high schools.

The DepEd central office has allocated more than P374 Million subsidy for the 216 recipient schools in the region.

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PGCB partner schools in La Union to receive teaching Materials

PGCB partner schools in La Union to receive teaching Materials

San Fernando City, La Union –Three Elementary Schools (ES) in Bacnotan, La Union are expected to receive teaching equipment and materials from Temasek Foundation (a non-profit philanthropic organization established by Temasek Holdings based in Singapore) through the Ateneo de Manila University in a turn-over ceremony slated on Aug. 28 – 30, 2015.

This is in line with the Ateneo’s Policy, Governance & Capacity Building (PGCB) program for Philippine Leaders and Educators.

After undergoing a cascading training for Math and English, representatives from Mabanengbeng, Zaragoza and Guinabang Elementary Schools are set to accept LCD projector, lesson study guidelines and bulletin board, number equalizer balance, math flash card, wooden geometric puzzle, linking base ten and books.

Mr. Edwin O. Cardinez, Master Teacher I of the Mabanengbeng Elementary School, said the school is so blessed as the learning materials will be of great help not only to the teachers but also to the pupils.

The cascading training focuses on pedagogical approaches with the use of content materials in the different subject areas to help highlight the procedures of lesson delivery, assessment of learning and monitoring of student learning progress.

 

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