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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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DepEd R-1 PMOs Advances Training in GAD Mainstreaming

DepEd R-1 PMOs Advances Training in GAD Mainstreaming

City of San Fernando, La Union – Project Monitoring Officers (PMOs) of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I attended the five-day training on Gender Mainstreaming in Project Development, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation on October 12-16 at Hotel Ariana, Paringao, Bauang, La Union.

The training was organized in cooperation with the Regional Development Council (RDC) and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). It aimed to provide monitoring officers of line agencies, state universities and colleges and Local Government Units (LGUs) with a common set of analytical concepts and tools on integrating gender and development concerns in the implementation of programs and projects to ensure the attainment of GAD goals.

Gender Specialist Dr. Florida P. Faculo of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) served as the resource speaker for the training. Dr. Faculo shared her expertise in GAD concepts and gender mainstreaming.

During the workshops, participants addressed gender-related challenges with a particular focus on gender-responsive and gender disaggregated statistics as relatively new areas of gender equality promotion.

They were also briefed on the application of gender-mainstreaming principles and importance of gender analysis in developing a GAD Framework in their respective agencies where they belong.

With the sharing of best practices among different agencies that implement gender-responsive programs and projects, DepEd reassures that programs and projects implemented are gender-responsive and that gender equality gaps are addressed.

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New DepEd-RO1 RD Gets Warm Welcome, USEC Pledges Support

New DepEd-RO1 RD Gets Warm Welcome, USEC Pledges Support

City of San Fernando, La Union – Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio, newly appointed Regional Director (RD) of the Department of Education Regional Office 1 (DepEd-RO1) received a warm welcome as she delivered her acceptance message in a turnover of responsibility held at the National Educational Academy of the Philippines Region 1 (NEAP R-1), San Vicente, San Fernando City, La Union on Oct. 2, 2015.

Director Torio succeeded RD Teresita M. Velasco who retired from the service on October 4. Velasco served as an educator for 38 years.

In her message, Director Torio expressed readiness in upholding the responsibility to serve the school children with utmost diligence and to take good care of the Elementary and Secondary Education in Region 1. She assured to continue the programs started by Director Velasco and the former directors. She is thankful to Atty. Alberto T. Muyot, Undersecretary (USEC) for Legal and Legislative Affairs, former RD’s, Schools Division Superintendents (SDS) and their Assistants, as well as the teaching and non-teaching staff of the DepEd-RO1 and Region II for their presence and for gracing the event which she considers the most significant part of her life.

Atty. Muyot on the other hand, appreciated Director Torio’s commitment and dedication in the delivery of high quality education. He said that her meritorious achievements and contributions in educating the school children when she was still the SDS of Pangasinan I and Dagupan City should be cherished and nurtured.

He expressed optimism that with the new RD’s impressive expertise, better learning opportunities will be provided to the students. As a manifestation of his support, USEC Muyot pledged willingness to help in times of confusion and difficulties.

USEC Muyot also congratulated Director Velasco for the job well done.

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DepEd R-I Conducts WFD Mosaic Poster Making Contest Tilt

DepEd R-I Conducts WFD Mosaic Poster Making Contest Tilt

City of San Fernando, La Union – In support of the 2015 World Food Day (WFD) Celebration on October 16, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I conducted the On the Spot Mosaic Poster Making Contest on September 28, 2015 at the National Educational Academy of the Philippines Region 1 (NEAP R-1), San Vicente, San Fernando City, La Union.

The activity aimed to raise public awareness about hunger challenges and encourage people to take action in the fight against hunger and poverty. This is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, National Nutrition Council (NNC), Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and the Philippine Council for Agricultural and Fishery (PCAF).

The contest featured illustrations using any art medium except oil and water color, and a combination of agricultural and fishery products like palay grains, mongo, squash seeds, corn kernels/ husks, sea shells, dried sea weeds and others.

Among the participants, Kristine Sheyne Obillo of Maburac Elementary School in Villasis, Pangasinan emerged as the regional winner. Danessa Faye Caracas of Alaminos Central School in Alaminos City, Pangasinan and Lyndzie Amor Taroma of Banna Central ES in Ilocos Norte garnered second and third prize, respectively.

The regional winner received cash prize and will be competing at the national level on October 10, 2015 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Convention Hall, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. Awarding of the Best Mosaic Posters on the national level will be on October 16, 2015 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City.

The annual WFD mosaic poster making contest conducted by DA and DepEd, is open to all Grades 4-6 learners, not older than 12 years old enrolled in any public and DepEd accredited or recognized private elementary schools and certified by the school head or principal.

According to the World Farmer’s Organization, this year’s theme, “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty” has been chosen to highlight the importance in poverty reduction and granting access to food.

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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.