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New high school opens in Alaminos City

New high school opens in Alaminos City

A new high school, the Ildefonso Quimson Community High School (IQCHS) opened in Brgy. Tawin-tawin, Alaminos City to provide free secondary education to the children of financially challenged families in the area.

Top city government and division DepEd officials, barangay leaders, teachers, parents and other stakeholders attended the blessing and formal opening ceremony of the eighth public high school in the City Schools Division of Alaminos in the morning of June 6.

The opening of IQCHS is hailed by many as the fulfillment of the city’s dream of ensuring that Alaminians have access to secondary education. This is seen as a solution to the difficulty of many families from the cluster C barangays in Alaminos in sending their children to high school due to distance and financial reasons.

In the past, a number of children from a predominantly farming community were out of school because their families could not afford to pay six to eight thousand pesos a year for transportation of every child.

On its first years of operation, IQCHS which is initially opened for first year students will be supported and maintained by the city government until it is granted a nationalized status by the DepEd. It is expected to expand in the coming years when it is ready to admit second to fourth year enrollees to serve the community better.

Among the other barangays that will benefit from the IQCHS are Brgy. Amangbangan, Brgy. Sta. Maria, Brgy. Landoc, and Brgy. Dulacac.


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Dr. Orlanda retires; Dr. Pagatpatan is OIC

Dr. Orlanda retires; Dr. Pagatpatan is OIC

Dr. Elva Lois T. Maglaya-Orlanda, chief of the Elementary Education Division (EED) of DepEd Region I retired last July 15.

Asked about her message to all educators during her last audience with the Division Communications Officers of Region 1, she cited Psalms 20-21 and threw the challenge of these lines to all: “Go with confidence in the name of the Lord.  When you pray to the Lord and have the assurance that He hears and will answer, then you can go with confidence – regardless of the outcome.” In short, she has this to say: “Go with confidence in the name of the Lord and, get ready for the showdown,” which is self-explanatory.

Likewise, she stressed the value of humility which every public servant and official must have.  She said, “It always pays to be humble.  When you are holding a key position, make sure that your feet are rooted to the ground.”

Dr. Orlanda rose from the ranks, starting as Elementary Grades Teacher for six years, Division Music Coordinator for three years, Head Teacher for one year, Education Supervisor 1 for Music, Division of La Union, for one year, Private Schools Area Supervisor of the Higher Education Division for nine years, Assistant EED Chief for seven years, Education Supervisor for Physical Education School and Sports Division (PESSD) for six years, and finally as Chief of the EED for nine years.

She finished her Doctor of Education at Baguio Central University, Master of Arts in Education major in Administration and Supervision at Lyceum of Baguio, Baguio City, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of the East, Manila.

She is an educator whose passion for music has greatly inspired her to achieve at all means. Thus, she was granted a Certificate in Music Education at the University of the Philippine Conservatory of Music at Diliman,  Quezon City.  She subsequently produced a work text titled Music Teaching Made Easy, widely used by college students of music and as a reference book for secondary and elementary school teachers.

She attended the 3rd Sub-Regional Southeast Asian Teacher Training Workshop on Using Art to Teach about World Heritage held in Penang, Malaysia in January 2006.

She also presented a paper on the Use of Lingua Franca in Public Schools during the NAKEM International Conference held at the University of Hawaii, USA in November 2006.

In a related development, Dr. Vivian Pagatpatan, Assistant Chief, has been designated as Officer-in-Charge of the division. Pagatpatan earlier took over the post left by Dr.  Bartolome Teneza, who has been recently appointed as Chief of the Office of the School Sports Program and Events (OSSPE) of Region 1.

Pagatpatan, 41, is one of the youngest to be appointed to the position. She comes from a family of educators.   Her parents Samson G. Pagatpatan and the late Carlita A. Sanidad, are both retired public school administrators.  She joined the Department of Education in 1989 as Manager of the Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC).  In 1993, she was promoted as Human Resource Management Officer III, in charge of training, then as Education Supervisor II in 2000. In 2008, she became the Assistant  Chief of the Alternative Learning System of Region 1.

She finished Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, San Fernando City, La Union and her Master of Business Administration at Adamson University, Manila and Master of Public Administration at Saint Louis College, San Fernando City, La Union. In 2009, she also completed a Basic Management Course at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as a scholar of the Department of Education.  In 2010, she studied at Hiroshima University, Japan, with actual field immersion at Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand as a scholar of Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA)  on Non-formal and Informal Education in Asia: Solution Generation. She completed this course third among 17 scholars representing various Asian countries.

In 2005, her anti-corruption essay entry “Honesty: From a Timid Pinch to a Knockout Punch” won the second prize for the Office of the Ombudsman’s campaign against corruption. In the same competition, her anti-corruption slogan entry won the first prize.  Her slogan says it all: “Nations fall. Governments disappear. Corruption. Take it out before it takes us out.” All these competitions are national in scope. Her essay “Capturing the Moment” was included in the top 15 entries on The Filipino as a Liberal: Selected Essays on Liberalism and the Philippine Condition which was subsequently published  in 2006. She was also a presenter of a paper titled “The Ilokano Women in Philippine Politics” during the 2007 Nakem International Conference at the University of Hawaii, USA.

Pagatpatan believes in seizing the moment Carpe diem. With strong support and encouragement from her family, she is determined to pursue the highest level of achievement that she can possibly accomplish.


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‘State-Of-The-Art’ Classrooms Greet Preschoolers

‘State-Of-The-Art’ Classrooms Greet Preschoolers

A “state-of-the-art” seven–classroom school building welcomed North Central preschoolers this school year. The project came to fruition through the support of philanthropist Milagros Ong-How, businesswoman, and Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim.

The blessing and inauguration of the building on April 26 was graced by the City Mayor; Ong-How; DepEd officials led by Dr. Alma Ruby C. Torio, schools division superintendent; barangay officials led by Brgy. Capt. Rico C. Mejia; PTA officials; parents; and pupils.

The benefactor stressed that “to harvest a good crop, one must plant good seeds.”

Mayor Lim presented voluminous school learning kits and called a Jollibee Mascot who brought hamburgers and drinks.

Turnover of the second wave of kindergarten supplies was held on May 27, with the City Mayor handing them to the Superintendent and Mrs. Alicia Quimboy, North Central School Principal.

Lim informed that the project is just the beginning. He said East Central Integrated School will be the next recipient of the same.


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Candon Gr.1 Pupils Get Bags, Raincoats

Candon Gr.1 Pupils Get Bags, Raincoats

In 2005, the Candon City government started giving school bags with school materials such as notebooks, papers, pencils, scissors and erasers to Grade One pupils in public schools in the city.

This school year, the school children were also given raincoats.

The bags are made by members of a non-government organization in Candon, the Alay sa Hanap Buhay,  whose members are mostly housewives.

“We will continue distributing bags and school supplies because it is one way of encouraging pupils to pursue  their  education  especially  at  the  start of their educational climb,”   Mayor Allen Singson says.


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Imee Gives School Repair Materials, Financial Assistance To Students

Imee Gives School Repair Materials, Financial Assistance To Students

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos  has donated school repair materials and financial aids to needy schools and students in her efforts to realize the EFA Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of providing universal education and eradicating poverty recently.

The recipients of the said repair materials were chosen after the visits of designated engineers from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to all the schools of the province last year.  The granting of assistance for school repair is just one of the numerous projects of the present administration to address education concerns of the province.   It is worthy to note that two sections in the provincial organization have been added to address the MDG-the  MDG Council and the Education Department-specifically  for the attainment of universal education and the eradication of poverty.

Forty one schools were given the said repair materials in separate schedules before the start of the school year with Governor Imee Marcos literally bringing the materials to the schools. The turn-over programs were attended by the officials of the Local Government Units (LGU), Department of Education and PTA and parents.  In these programs, she pledged her all-out support to all schools and urged the cooperation of all those present as she stressed, “Education of the young is a primary concern of my administration. I appeal to you, teachers and parents, to see that we provide our children quality education to prepare them for this highly competitive world.”

The materials were in the forms of cement, galvanized iron sheets, plywood, wood, etc. depending on the need of each school.   Along this line, the principals and PTA officers of the school recipients thanked the Governor for the donations, with the latter offering self-help in actualizing the repairs which followed immediately.  To this writing, the schools are through with the repairs in time for the opening of classes.

In an interview with Dr. Aris Reynold  V.  Cajigal, consultant for Special Projects in Education and instructor of MMSU-College of Teacher Education, he disclosed, “The next schedule for the distribution of school repair materials is coming.”  Moreover,  Gov.  Marcos has assured the school   and municipal officials that she will attend to all the requests that reach her office in due time.

In a recent development, 8,223 Iskolar ni Manang Imee indigent students/pupils were given financial support for school fees.


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DepEd RO-I Bags Red Orchid Award

DepEd RO-I Bags Red Orchid Award

DepEd RO-I, under the watch of Director Ligaya Soledad T. Miguel, is fast becoming an icon for environmental protection and healthy workplace. A special citation called the 2011 Red Orchid Award was recently presented to the Regional Office in recognition of its initiative and active participation in the National Seach for 100% SMOKE FREE GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

DepEd RO-I was among the 91 DOH-recognized Center of Health and Development, a band of ecological warriors made up of LGUs and other government agencies, given special recognition during the celebration of World NO TOBACCO Day last May 31 at the Crown Plaza Galleria Manila, Pasig City for implementing the 100% Smoke-Free Givernment Office initiative.

The Red Orchid Award is a special project of the Department of Health. It is given as a recognition to those who respond positively, install necessary policies, and implement direct action to the call of achieving 100% smoke-free offices, schools, public places, local government units, and other institutions where people converge. A long-time advocate of a clean environment, Director Miguel issued a region-wide memorandum in 2007 imposing a no-smoking rule to be observed in all DepEd offices and school environs to officially stamp a smoke free initiative.

The Red Orchid award criteria are:

  • Monitoring of tobacco use and installation of prevention policies;
  • Initiatives to protect people from the effects of smoking;
  • People-to-People interaction as a strategy to help smokers quit tobacco use;
  • Actions taken to warn people about the dangers of smoking; and
  • Enforcement of bands on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

The Red Orchid is a primus inter pares award, meaning, it is the first among equals. It is the highest award given in this particular search. It is followed by the second highest award, The Pink Orchid, and o the third tier, the White Orchid. The award was received by DepEd RO-I Budget/Finance Chief and Administrative Officer V. Bettina D. Aquino.

In the same month and during the PALARONG PAMBANSA 2011 in Dapitan City, May 8-14, the Ilocos Regional Athletic Association delegation headed by director Miguel was likewise cited as “Environmental Warriors” when it went out of its way to plant more than a thousand bakawan seedlings in a mangrove sanctuary area along the banks of Pajo River in Dapitan City. It was the only athletic delegation who engaged in a “protect our environment” initiative during the 2011 PALARO.

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2010 National Level Science and technology Fest Intel-Phil Schience Fair 2nd Grand Award

2010 National Level Science and technology Fest Intel-Phil Schience Fair 2nd Grand Award

Division of Ilocos Sur

2010 National Literacy Awards

Outstanding Local Government Unit
Category A –  3rd Place
Municipality of Mangaldan under the leadership of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Herminio A. Romero

Outstanding Local Government Unit
Category B – 3rd Place
Municipality of Laoac under the Leadership of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Silverio D. Alarcio Jr.

2010 National Search for Outstanding ALS Implementors

Outstanding ALS Mobile Teacher
5th Place
Ms. Jocelyn Z. Cariño
Urdaneta City Division

Outstanding District ALS Coordinators
6th Place
Ms. Delia D. Ordanza
Agoo East District, La Union Division

National and Regional Youth for Environment Summer Camp Competitions

A. Docu Kalikasan
3rd Place
– Joel Jery Barroga
– Gee Dee Dotines
– Narlo Pascua
Tayug NHS, Pangasinan II
Coach: Mr. Roderick Castillo

B. Kabataang Bayani ng Kalikasan
Leadership Category
1st Place
– Marvee Aquino
Tayug NHS, Pangasinan II
Coach: Mr. Leody Tagulao

Environment Heroism Act Category
2nd Place
– Nikki Estrada
Calasiao CNHS, Pangasinan I
Coach: Ms. Sylvia Romero

3rd Place
– Joshua Raphael Bangasan
Tayug NHS, Pangasinan II
Coach: Mr. Leody Tagulao

Lakambini ng Kalikasan
Best in Talent
– Micah Yadao
Sinait NHS, Ilocos Sur
Coach: Ms. Dianne Krizel Miguel

D. YES-O Spotlight
1st Place
– Bela Garnette Coste
– Hanna Lei Florendo
Solsona NHS, Ilocos Norte
Coach: Mr. John Dee Manuel

E:YES-O Exhibit
1st Place
– Arianne Jubilee Blanco
– Brianne Jovelle Blanco
– Rose Ann Paraga
– Jecca Narvas
– Mark Balbin
Mangaldan NHS, Pangasinan II
Coach: Ms. Jovelyn B. Blanco

2nd Place
Magela Ombac
Elysa Fernandez
Mark Marlon de Vera
Krysanthus David Tandoc
Polong NHS, Pangasinan I
Coach: Mr. Julius Caesar Abalos

National DepEd-Intel Phil Science Fair
UP Diliman, Quezon City

National Finalist:
1. Mary Grace Soriano (Cluster I, Individual)
Coach: Jasmine Campos Jr.
2. Christian Faith de los Santos
Jethro Vincent Espejo
Jhicel Ibañez
Coach: Maricel Remolacio

“Anti Perglycemic Properties of Pandan”
Danica S. Gadaingan (team leader)
Ann Margaret S. Orence (member)
Emmanuel Kenjie D. Abad (member)

Hat Weaving
Fourth Place
– Flordeliza Agustin
Coach: Ganilo Ulep, San Nicolas NHS

Chicken Dressing and Drawing
Fifth Place
– Bernadette Salisipan
Coach: Arnel Sabuco Jr.
Ilocos Norte Agrl. College

Basic Encoding
First Place
– Patrick john Fernandez
Coach: Mr. Henry Tulagan
Mother Goose Special Montessori School

Sales Inventory
4th Place
– Glenn George Bautista
Coach: Ms. Inocencia Rosete
Sinait West Central School – Ilocos Sur

National Schools Press Conference
Tagum City, Davao Del Norte
February 22-27, 2010


Photo Journalism
4th Place
– Patricia Leanne C. Ranoy
Alaminos City

News Page
4th Place
– The Hundred Islands
Alaminos City

Editorial Page
7th Place
– The Hundred Islands
Alaminos City

National Science Quest for Elementary and Secondary Level,
Tabaco NHS, Tabaco City, Albay
February 3-5, 2010

Pupil Category
– Prince Jasper Antonio
Champion – Water Patrol, Sci-Dama
Coach: Dominga Pardo
Sto, Domingo Distrcit

Teacher Category
Roy Lapayan
1st Runner-up, Power Patrol, Sci-Dama
Suyo District

Student Category
Sci-Notation, Sci-Dama
5th Place
Predelson Pascua
Coach: Richard Belo, Banayoyo NHS

Teacher Category
5th Place
Richard Belo, Banayoyo NHS

Parent Category
Sci-Thi, Sci-Dama
Champion – Danilo Quitoriano
Banayoyo NHS

8th National STEP Skills Competition Camarines Sur NHS, Naga City
February 5-10, 2010

Table Setting and Skirting
2nd Place
Ella Monique A. Viray
Alaminos City

International Award

7th Search for SEAMEO Young Scientist
SEAMEO-RECSAM – Penang, Malaysia
March 2-5, 2010

Outstanding Award
Shairaine Nieves O. Catabay
Alaminos National HS

2nd Asean Junior Athletic Competition
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 2010
Silver Medalist
Stephanie Cimatu
Ilocos Norte Division

National Award

7th National Science Quest Tabaco City
National HS, Albay – February 2-5, 2010

On the Spot Painting Contest
(Student Category)
1st Place – Glen Amenamen,
Colegio San Jose de Alaminos

SIM (Chemistry) – (Teacher Category)
1st Place – Mr. Leomar C. Abarra
Alaminos National HS

3rd Place
Ilocos Norte Regional School of Fisheries


Photo Journalism
5th Place – Dagupan City

National Search for Library Hub
2nd Runner-Up
Division of Pangasinan II
Binalonan, Pangasinan

National Search for Outstanding Teacher
3rd Place – Teacher for Mentally Retarded
Ms. Zoraida P. Gonzales
La Union SPED Center, North CS
San Fernando I, San Fernando City

2nd National English Festival
5th Place – Dance Theater
Dagupan City

Outstanding Physical Facilities Coordinator
Mr. Domingo P. Bumanglag
Education Program Supervisor

National Music Competition for Young Artist (NAMCYA)
National Level – Solo Voice Category
Myrone dela Cruz
INNHS, Laoag City

PDA Poster Making Competition
Jonas dela Rosa
INNHS, Laoag City

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