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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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DepEd Director: “Let’s do our best to render Good Service”

DepEd Director: “Let’s do our best to render Good Service”

San Fernando City, La Union – Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco underscored the role of an employee of the Department of Education Regional Office 1 (DepEd-RO1)for the continued implementation of the department’s Vision, Mission and Core Values during the Second Monday Flag Raising ceremony held at the DepEd grounds on Aug. 10, 2015.

Director Velasco reminded that part of the DepEd’sMission is to protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education where students learn in a child-friendly, gender-sensitive, safe and motivating environment, and, where teachers facilitate learning and constantly nurture every learner.

“Every one of us must find a way on how we can connect to the DepEd’sMission. Even if we are not teaching, we should provide technical assistance for the teachers and keep the central office informed regarding our activities that contributed to the development of the students,” Director Velasco said in her statement.

Director Velasco expressed optimism that teachers will be motivated if they can feel the support coming from the office. The assistance would make them realize how the DepEd treasures them, and the inspiration they obtained will redound tomore efficient learning opportunities to the students.

Since educating the children is not the sole responsibility of the teachers, Director Velasco encouraged the employees to staywith their active participation in developing life-long learners and in ensuring supportive environment for effective learning opportunities. These are part of the DepEd’s Mission according to Director Velasco.

Director Velasco, stressed also the DepEd’s Core Values which include, “Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan, andMakabansa.”She urged the employees to do their best in rendering public service, not only to the teachers but also to whoever needs their services.

“We must have to do our job very well if we want to provide for the best public service, even if we are not an administrator, whether we don’t have with us the chief ofour office, or we are not in the watchful eye of anybody who possesses the higher position,” Director Velasco added.

 

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DepEd R-I to upgrade HRMD Practices

DepEd R-I to upgrade HRMD Practices

City of San Fernando (La Union) – The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) in coordination with the National Educators Association of the Philippines (NEAP) conducted a Human Resource Management and Development effectiveness survey to the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I personnel on August 5-6, 2015 at the regional and division offices. The activity aims to further enhance HRMD practices in the regional office.

Target respondents coming from the regional and division offices were randomly selected in different levels starting from the top management down to the rank and file employees. In the survey questionnaire, respondents rated the level of competencies in terms of HR Planning and Job Design, Recruitment Selection and Induction, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Results-Based Performance Management System, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Welfare and Wellness, Employee Relations, Monitoring and Evaluation, HRMD Strategy, HRMD Organization Structure and Decision-Making.Over-all, there were 403 respondents for the HRMD Survey. Once administered by the PMAP team, results of the survey will be coursed through the regional office for assessment and guide in improving HRMD practices.

There were also Focus Group Discussions attended by ten participants composed of Division Superintendents, principals, teachers, Chief of the Administrative Division, and HRMD staff. The topic is about the importance of having an appropriate career path for personal growth and development.Ms. Bettina D. Aquino, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) also served as the key informant interviewee of the regional office.

Dir. Teresita M. Velasco supports this undertaking for this will help the top management as well as the HRDD in understanding the employees better and provide them a better working experience and environment. The HRDD of DepEd R-I will take action in response to the survey to boost productivity, employee morale and work satisfaction among DepEd personnel.

 

 

 

 

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HEART Program Reinforces Homeroom Advisers in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Region I

HEART Program Reinforces Homeroom Advisers in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Region I

City of San Fernando (La Union) – To further strengthen the Homeroom Guidance Program, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region I chaired by Dir. Teresita M. Velasco, formally launched its Holistically Engaging Activities for Responsive Teaching (HEART) Program during the Regional Trainers Training on August 6-7, 2015 at the Regional Educators Learning Center (RELC), San Fernando City, La Union.

The HEART Program aims to prepare a pool of trainers in the divisions who will take charge of orienting and helping the teachers understand their role in the over-all development of the students under the Homeroom Guidance Program which was re-activated through the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The Homeroom guidance program is a curriculum that addresses or guides the learner’s need in making sound decisions that match his/her aptitude and interests.

The trainees were 14 Elementary Public School (EPS) in-charge of Guidance and Counseling and Values Education and 34 Principals in Region I. The trainers from the regional office were Education Program Supervisors (EPS) Daisy G. Tello and Cecilia Bautista, of the Quality Assurance Division (QUAD); Arlene A. Niroof the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD); and Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) Chief Dinah C. Bonao.

The trainers discussed on the importance of the inclusion of the homeroom period to perform their vital role as the class adviser and as a second parent to the students who are at an age where proper guidance is needed during transition to adulthood. The HEART Program encourages teacher-advisers to craft doable and efficient guidance program activities that allow wholesome interactions among classmates and between the adviser and the class. The HEART program is envisioned to foster peaceful co-existence, brotherhood, responsibility and self-esteem in the student’s journey through life.

Director Velasco lays her full support to this program for it nurtures an environment that is expected to have positive effects in the children’s lifelong learning, and also to lessen the number of students who are at risk of dropping out. She also urged the trainers to conductmore  seminar-workshops on Homeroom Guidance Program to ensure the effectiveness and functionality of the program in their respective divisions.

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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.