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DepEd RO1 Lauds Bonuan Boquig ES’s Victory

DepEd RO1 Lauds Bonuan Boquig ES’s Victory

City of San Fernando, La Union – Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio, Regional Director of Department of Education (DepEd) Region 1 commended Bonuan Boquig Elementary School in Dagupan City for bagging two special awards and ranking as third place for over-all category of the 2015 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools. The awarding ceremony was held at the Fisher Mall Events Center, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City on November 23, 2015.

Out of 46 private and 46 public participatory schools nationwide, Bonuan Boquig ES was declared first place on the two special categories, the Nestle Water Leadership Award (NWL) and the Meralco Energy Leadership (MEL) Award. The NWL Award is established in order to recognize and promote solutions, practices and initiatives of schools on water. The MEL Award recognizes schools that promote practices and initiatives in electrical safety, energy efficiency and conservation.

Some of the schools best practices include the creation of Solar Powered library, use of solar powered bulbs and Solar Water pump wherein a solar panel powers a motorized pump that discharges water into the system which floods and then drains the gravel bed to grow vegetables.

It was also recalled that the school emerged as last year’s Best Implementer of the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program. The backyard garden was built two years ago by school Principal Manuel Ferrer. Ferrer crafted on a project to turn the empty spaces of the school yard into a vegetable garden. The school also uses a shredder to cut up dried grass which is fed to vermicast worms. It has also a 60-square-meter greenhouse, where vegetable seedlings are propagated.

These are just some of their innovations which led to the conferment of their special awards. Bonuan Boquig ES garnered third place for Overall Category in the National Search.

Now on its fourth leg since its launch in 2009, the search continues to encourage schools to establish sustainable and eco-friendly schools to give recognition to the environmental initiatives of schools over the country. The promotion of this program has been enshrined as a priority in the ASEAN Environment Year 2015 with a theme “Empowering the Youth into a Clean and Green ASEAN”. The program is in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), DepED, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), SMART Communications, One Meralco Foundation, Inc., Nestle Philippines. Inc., and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

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DepEd-CO to Provide Financial Assistance on Flooded DepEd Schools

DepEd-CO to Provide Financial Assistance on Flooded DepEd Schools

City of San Fernando, La Union – The Department of Education Central Office (DepEd-CO) will provide financial assistance on the flooded DepEd Schools in Pangasinan.

This is to restore the school equipment’s which were destroyed due to flash flood brought by typhoon “Lando” recently.

Regional Director Alma Ruby C. Torio instructed the school heads to assist the Education Support Services Division (ESSD) and the Schools Division Superintendents to conduct immediate assessment to determine the aftermath of the typhoon in the different schools. She led the implementation of speedy solutions to avoid disruption of classes and its effect on the DepEd’s mission of promoting quality education.

Based on the ESSD’s consolidated Rapid Assessment of Damages Report (RADaR), of the 2,926 DepEd Schools in the 14 Schools Divisions of the Region, 60 classrooms were totally damaged. The Schools Divisions of Pangasinan II and Pangasinan I recorded the greatest number of damages with 20 and 12 totally damaged classrooms, respectively.

The Region also recorded more than 300 classrooms with major and minor damages. The Schools Divisions in Laoag City and Vigan City, on the other hand, reported no damages.

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office now have the lists of DepEd schools to be supported. The Regional Office made a validation to justify the release of fund.

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DepEd Region 1 to Upgrade Basic Education Researches

DepEd Region 1 to Upgrade Basic Education Researches

City of San Fernando, La Union – To further improve educational research programs of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 1, Education Program Supervisors (EPS) and selected teachers attended the 1st Luzon Conference of Basic Education Researches at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City on October 26-27, 2015.

The conference aimed to promote culture of research in the education sector particularly among DepEd personnel including teachers which is embedded in its theme, “Fostering a Culture of Research to Improve Educational Outcomes for Global Competitiveness.

It was participated in by qualified researchers for both oral and poster presentations from Regions I-V, National Capital region (NCR) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who passed the initial screening. Oral presenters discussed their research abstracts while poster presenters displayed their researches for a gallery walk on the second day of the forum.

Three teachers from Urdaneta City Division represented Region I. Researches presented include “Reinforcing Basic Grammar Skills Using Students’ Autobiographies”, “Task-Based Instruction for English Writing of Grade 7 Students”, “The Use of I-Speak Technique in Improving the Level of Confidence in Speaking the English Language of teachers of Trinidad S. Perez Elementary School”, “S.C.R.I.B.E Reading Modules as Interventions in Enhancing the Language and Literacy Skills in English of Grade V Pupils at Camanang Elementary School, SY 2014-2015.”

Through the conference, participants were updated on the new research techniques and recognized educational research projects conducted which would eventually serve as a tool in improving school outcomes. The forum also served as a start in preparation on the utilization of the revised Basic Education Research Fund of DepEd.

DepEd continues to promote the culture of research that is centered on improving access to education, quality of education and governance.

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DepEd ICT Programs Gears Up to the Next Level

DepEd ICT Programs Gears Up to the Next Level

City of San Fernando, La Union – To effectively implement Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programs and projects of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I, Information Technology Officers (ITO) attended the Capacity Development Training on Database Management and Web Literacy for Information Technology at Coconut Grove, Bauang, La Union on November 4-6, 2015.

The training aimed to equip IT Officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively implement ICT programs and projects in their respective divisions. It was attended by IT Officers from the 14 schools divisions in region 1.

The participants were introduced to the updates and advantages of using the Google Community, web applications, creating database management and relational database. They were also oriented on the Basic Office Protocol under DepEd rationalized structure. The attendees actively participated in the workshops which resulted into positive outputs.

DepEd recognizes the importance of computerized system in the attainment of its goals in improving the services and enhancing the educational system. With the skills and knowledge imparted during the training, DepEd continuously adapt and upgrade current trends in ICT to facilitate the implementation of systems-based integration in curriculum and public service.

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DepEd-RO1 Intensifies Dengue Prevention Campaign

DepEd-RO1 Intensifies Dengue Prevention Campaign

City of San Fernando, La Union –School heads in Region 1 were urged to conduct Brigada Kalinisan and Dengue Prevention Campaign.

This was announced by the Department of Education Regional Office 1 (DepEd-RO1) Regional Director Alma Ruby C. Torio, during the launching of the program held at the Don Eulogio De Guzman Memorial National High School (DEGMNHS) Calumbaya, Bauang, La Union on Nov. 4, 2015.

Director Torio emphasized the necessity of helping one another in cleaning school compound and the surroundings to minimize if not totally eradicate the prevalence of dengue cases. “Sana ‘yong battle cry na dengue prevention ay hindi magtapos sa gawaing ito, ako po ay lalong matutuwa kung wala na pong makakaranas ng dengue, kaya sana sabay-sabay nating labanan ang dengue sa pamamagitan ng paglilinis sa ating kapaligiran, so it’s a challenge,” the director said.

The DepEd together with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Municipality of Bauang launched the program at the DEGMNHS after more than 80 students suffered from dengue. No casualty however, was recorded.

The DOH allocated 30 rolls of Insecticide Treated Nets, purposely to be used as curtain of the school’s 30 classrooms. The mosquitoes will not only be trapped but will die as they touch the screen.

Regional Director Myrna C. Cabotaje of the DOH, on the other hand, advised that anyone who is suffering from fever must not hesitate to undergo consultation. This is to avoid complications that may be brought by dengue like dehydration, bleeding and hemorrhage.

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DepEd Celebrates With the IP Communities, Commitment Reaffirmed

DepEd Celebrates With the IP Communities, Commitment Reaffirmed

City of San Fernando, La Union – To further strengthen multi-sectoral support for the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Program and K to 12, DepEd Region I hosted the 3rd Regional IP Congress at Labayug Central School, Sison, Pangasinan on October 26-27, 2015.
The assembly was attended by Schools Division Superintendents (SDS), Assistant Schools Division Superintendents (ASDS) of DepEd Region I, representatives from civil society/non-government organizations (NGOs) with IPEd Programs, IPEd advocates, and other government agencies taking part of the continuing efforts to make education universal.
Highlights of the congress include the Signing of the Framework and Affirmation of Commitment to IPs; cultural show; Poster Making Contest with emphasis on the IP Month Celebration Theme, “Walang Bibitiw! Sama-sama, tulong-tulong sa pagsulong ng Katutubong Edukasyon”; Begnas Festival, which has the purpose of promoting the identity, heritage and customs and traditions of the indigenous people of the province of Ilocos Sur.
The program also included messages from the Regional Director of DepEd RO1; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Muslim Focal Persons, Pangasinan Tribal Council, Local Government Unit (LGU) Pangasinan, Provincial Government of Pangasinan, civil society, elders, leaders, and youth representing IP communities.
In her inspirational talk, RD Alma Ruby C. Torio stressed the importance of the involvement of IPs in crafting the IPEd Curriculum Framework aligned in the K to 12 program that is culture-based. RD Torio ensures continuous support in achieving the aim of IPEd Program that is responsive and respectful of their skills and culture context.
Mr. Rozanno Rufino, Adviser to the Secretary on IP concerns presented the Words of Challenge to the participants which is centered on responsive community involvement of IPs to achieve the Education for all 2015 targets and Millennium Development Goal set by the United Nations.
The event intends to increase awareness on DepEd’s IPEd Program and the educational vision of K to 12 and strengthen partnership among the various stakeholders towards the achievement of the common vow that no child shall be left behind in education.

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DepEd-RO1: Oct. 19 – Nov. 13, 2015 is Early Registration for SHS

DepEd-RO1: Oct. 19 – Nov. 13, 2015 is Early Registration for SHS

San Fernando City, La Union – Regional Director Alma Ruby C. Torio of the Department of Education Regional Office 1 (DepEd-RO1) motivated Senior High School Coordinators to disseminate information regarding the Early Registration (ER) for Senior High School (SHS) slated on Oct. 19 – Nov. 13, 2015.

This is in line with DepEd Order (DO) No. 48 series 2015 which amended DO No. 41 series 2015 (Senior High School Career Guidance Program and Early Registration) signed by Br. Armin A. Luistro, DepEd Secretary, where the Department extended the registration to give all SHS entrants ample time to decide on their choice of SHS track.

All Grade 10 students in School Year (SY) 2015-2016 in all Public and Private Secondary Schools, including State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), shall submit to their respective class advisers their choice of school and program. Class advisers shall register the students for SHS and submit their preference through the Learner Information System (LIS) from Nov. 9 – 29, 2015.

All DepEd offices, public and private schools and other stakeholders are encouraged to support the conduct of the SHS Career Guidance Program (CGP) and ER in preparation for the full implementation of SHS in SY 2016-2017.

The DepEd declares October 2015 as the SHS ER Month, to ensure that all Junior High School (JHS) or Grade 10 completers by the end of SY 2015-2016 enter the SHS program. High School graduates, passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination for JHS Level prior to the full implementation of K to 12 Program are encouraged to enroll. Through the ER, relevant information will be gathered to facilitate the optional allocation of required resources such as classrooms, teachers, equipment and facilities.

The K to 12 Basic Education Program is a flagship program of the DepEd, which introduces Grades 11 and 12 where learners are equipped to be holistically developed Filipinos with 21st Century Skills.

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DepEd Cares, Climate Advocates Strengthened

DepEd Cares, Climate Advocates Strengthened

City of San Fernando, La Union – Climate advocates from the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I and division offices, Schools of San Fernando City, Civil Society Organizations in La Union and partner agencies participated in the Summit of Consciences for the Climate on October 12, 2015 at the National Educational Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region I, San Vicente, San Fernando, La Union.

Organized by the Education Support Services Division of DepEd R-1, the summit aimed to bring the climate change issue to a personal level, reminding every individual’s responsibility and commitment to protect and save the planet.

A video entitled “Inspiring the World to Care – Ignite the Will to Act for the Climate” was presented which features the opening statement of Senator Loren Legarda during the Summit of Consciences for the Climate in Paris last July 21, 2015. Senator Legarda is the Chaiperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

Serving as the guest speaker, Mr. Ramon L. Tamayo, Program Head of the Science of Identity Foundation, gave a talk on Climate Change Adaptation which covers environment care, the role of man, climate change facts and adaptation measures.

Divided into groups, attendees actively participated in the workshop session which focused on the theme of personal conscience, moral obligations and ethical foundation as bases of actions in caring for the planet. The participants shared their personal stories and ethical beliefs in answering the question “Why do I care? And How do I show that I care?”

DepEd ensures continuing commitment to this advocacy and in taking the lead in embracing the concept of a simple, sustainable, healthy and resilient lifestyle.

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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. 50 participants to this activity composed of Administrative Officers, Human Resource Management Officers and Administrative Assistantsfrom different schools division offices in region I.
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.
Part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program implementation effort is the development of instructional resources aligned to the goals and objectives of today’s DepEd banner program. To this end, Region 1 pool of K to 12 champions got themselves actively involved in the contextualization of Grade 3 Learners’ Materials (LMs).
City of San Fernando (La Union) – In support with the Department of Education (DepEd)’s drive on ensuring the quality of education in the country, DepEd R-I chaired by Dir. Teresita M. Velasco regulates fast tracking on filling up remaining Teaching Positions in the region.