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Usec Muyot leads RO1 Brigada kick-off in Vigan City

Undersecretary Alberto Muyot,  Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education led the Region 1 kick-off program of the 2013 Brigada Eskwela at Ilocos Sur National High School (ISNHS), Vigan City, May 20.

With USEC Muyot were Dir. Teresita Velasco, Regional Director; Saula Jomaya, Education Program Supervisor II and Regional Brigada Eskwela Coordinator; officials of the Division of Vigan City, headed by Mr. Jorge Reinante, Schools Division Superintendent; and the faculty and non-teaching personnel of ISNHS headed by the school principal, Dr. Giovanni V. Velasco.

The kick-off program started with a kalesacade around Vigan City and town proper of Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. An opening program attended by provincial, city and barangay officials led by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Jerry Singson, Sangguniang Panlungsod Member George Villanueva and the barangay Captains of Brgy. IV, VII and Ayusan Norte followed.

Atty. Muyot said in his inspiration message, “I am  surprised to see the massive participation of stakeholders and volunteers to the Brigada Eskwela. It’s so overwhelming to see such a very big crowd as this.” He also underscored the importance of accepting the current innovation on the Philippine educational system particularly on the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

Usec. Muyot led everyone in the initial painting of the Radio Room inside the ISNHS gymnasium and tree planting at the ISNHS Tree Park.

Representatives of the different stakehoders Mr. Nolito Ragunjan (ISNHS PTA President), Dr. Ruth Judith Cristobal (Rotary Club of Vigan President), Dr. Esperanza Lahoz (Ilocos Sur Medical Society President), Engr. Reynaldo Ablog (Chief, Construction Section – DPWH 1st Ilocos Sur Engineering Dist.), Engr. Nestor Pajaro (Phil. Institute of Civil Engineers – Ilocos Sur President), Mrs. Maricon Decena (ISNHS Class 1988), Ms. Maxima Alconcel (Church of Latter Day Saints) and Mia Sharlotte Florendo (ISNHS SSG President) expressed their commitment in continuously supporting the Brigada Eskwela.

Prior to the hosting of regional kick-off program, ISNHS was awarded as one the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementers (Big School category) for 2 consecutive years (SY. 2011-2012 and SY 2012-2013).

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Lions Club donates book to Alaminos Central School

Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) thru Mr. Jimmy Boton donated books for the pupils of Alaminos Central School (ACS), June 6, 2013.

This is part of the LCIF’s book donation drive that is geared towards promoting literacy not only in the city but also in other nearby municipalities by creating reading and learning opportunities.

Some 1500 books in English were given. These books are mixture of fiction, non-fiction, religious, historical, general knowledge, curriculum books, novels, pocket books and manuals.

Dr. Angelina R. Rapatalo, Principal II of the said school received the materials.

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DepEd ROI gears up for RSPC 2013

To ensure a successful conduct of the 2013 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) on February 13-15 at Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office I (ROI) under the leadership of Director Teresita M. Velasco prepared for it through planning conferences.

The first meeting was conducted at the Regional Education Learning Center (RELC), Dr. Vivian Luz S. Pagatpatan, Chief of Elementary Education Division (EED), Mrs. Dinah Bonao, Education Program Supervisor (EPS) I Incharge of Journalism and all EPS I of the 13 divisions of Region 1 attended the training.

Other participants were officers of the Association of Secondary School Paper Advisers of Region I (ASSPAR I) headed by Mr. Jacinto Pascua and officers of the Association of Elementary School Paper Advisers Region I (AESPAR I) headed by Mr. Joel Remigio, both from the Division of Laoag City (LC).

Moreover, the other meeting was held at the DepEd ROI Library, January 4. Dr. Pagatpatan; Dr. Marceli Macob, Assistant Chief of EED; Mrs.Dinah Bonao, Dr. Arlene Niro, Mrs. Rica Perez, Mr. Oscar Flores, Mr. Pascua, Mr. Remigio and the all EPS I of the 13 divisions of Region 1 attended the said planning conference.

The categories to be contested are: Individual Contests (News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Sports Writing, Photojournalism, and Copyreading and Headline Writing, both in English and Filipino and Editorial Writing and News Writing for Iloko); Group Contests (Collaborative Publishing, Scriptwriting and Radio Broadcasting, English and Filipino).

Furthermore, the other activities will be Concurrent Sessions; Awarding of the Best School Papers; Noncontestants’ Activities; Awarding of Outstanding School Paper Advisers (SPAs) and Campus Journalists (CJs).

The theme of the conference will be “Campus Journalism: Championing Ethics in Social Media.”

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Grade 2 Teaching Guides, Learning Materials developed

Grade II Teaching Guides (TGs) and Learning Materials (LMs) for the K to 12 Curriculum have been developed by the writing team of DepEd Region I.

Materials for Mother Tongue (Pangasinan and Iloko), Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, Mathematics, Music, Art, P.E. and Health have been made. All TGs are in English or Filipino while the LMs are in Pangasinan and Iloko.

The RO1 team of writers composed of chosen supervisors school heads and teachers came up with the said materials after a series of writeshops was conducted at the Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC) with RD Teresita M. Velasco and Dr. Vivian Luz S. Pagatpatan, Chief of the Elementary Education Division of the Region on the forefront.

To assure quality of the materials, the DepEd Central Office Review Team (CORT) tasked to appraise, evaluate, assess and critique the content, language and format joined the group, Dec. 11-14.

Rebecca Hilario and Marilou Pandino, Education Program Specialists (EPS) , Curriculum Development Division, Bureau of Elem. Division of the Central Office reviewed the content.

Daisy Asuncion Santos, Chief, Instructional Materials Council Secretariat (IMCS) and Monette Luz Dumandan, EPS II, IMCS-EED reviewed the format.

Joselito D. Daguisan, Faculty, Language Dev’t of Pangasinan State University, Bayambang and Elvira Estravo, Chief, Translation Division, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, reviewed the language.

Dr. Brenda Corpuz, a DepEd consultant also provided comments and recommendations.

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Bued ES wins first DepEd national award

Bued Elementary School (BES) of the Alaminos City Division was named as national champion in the Search for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela (BE) Best Implementer under the small school category.

Mrs. Rosemarie E. Sison, BES head, Dr. Arturo R. Viray, BE Coordinator, and Dr. Oscar C. Tadeo, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent personally received the plaque of recognition from DepEd Sec. Bro. Armin A. Luistro,FSC during the Brigada Eskwela National Awards Ceremony 2012 held at the Unilab-Bayanihan Center in Pasig City last November 15.

Asked what made BES the best program implementer this year, Sison said they have not only done ordinary works like repairing and repainting classrooms, building new structures and cleaning-up school surroundings but also in improving the performance indicators of the school including its academic performance.

“We achieved this humble accomplishment because of the tremendous support of various stakeholders that include the national government, business sector and NGO, parents, youth groups, the barangay council and even our religious sector,” said Sison on the first ever national award given to her school.

She extended her gratitude to their partners most especially to Mayor Hernani A. Braganza and the city government of Alaminos and to their DepEdAlaminos City Division family for all the guidance and support extended to their school.

Among the BES’ supporters for this year’s Brigada Eskwela include the Kiwanis Club of Alaminos City, the Alumni Association of BES, big/large and small sectors of stakeholders.

The school head also thanked the whole staff of BES, DepEd, the City Division personnel, Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), and Homeroom PTAs as well as barangay officials and their pupils and other volunteers for their valuable contributions that helped ensure the utmost success of their BrigadaEskwela.

Dr. Tadeo said that the said award speaks much on the presence and continuing promotion of the “bayanihan spirit” among the public schools in Alaminos particularly in Bued Elementary School.

Meanwhile, Mayor Braganza extended his warmest congratulations to Mrs. Sison, the BES teaching force as well as the City Division headed by Dr. Tadeo for a job well done.

“Thank you for bringing pride and honor to our beloved city and the Alaminos City Division,” said the visionary chief executive who himself received two national awards recently from DepEd.

“May this historic feat serve as an added inspiration for you to work even harder in ensuring your school to be more conducive to learning and in the furtherance on the delivery of quality education, he added. Rest assured of our continued support to BES and the entire education sector in our city.”

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Distance Learning Program for Teachers launched

“Teachers are now provided with equal access and opportunities to training programs.” 

This was stressed by Dr. Vivian Luz S. Pagatpatan, Chief, Elementary Education Division, DepEd Region 1 during the successful launching of the Distance Learning Program (DLP) for public elementary teachers held at the Badoc South Central School, Badoc District, Division of Ilocos Norte, Nov. 6.

The DLP for teachers in the public elementary schools is an alternative training to the face-to-face training delivery which utilizes blended approach modular with face to face (F2F) or online with F2F and a delivery mode where interaction is done through the use of print and nonprint materials and at times online resources. It was conceptualized to support teachers in meeting the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS) and the BEE Comprehensive Teacher Professional Development System (CTPDS). The specific objectives of the DLP are: a) address the specific training needs of teachers; b) improve/upgrade teaching competencies; c) improve teaching practices; and d) improve pupil learning outcomes.

In Region 1, the Badoc District headed by PSDS Jessie D. Apostol was chosen to pilot the said project with eighty six (86) teachers in the eight (8) selected public elementary schools in the district. These teachers were pre-tested to determine their training needs. Successful trainees will be awarded certificate of completion. The Regional Office may also award Certificate of Proficiency to teacher-trainees after the successful conduct of  demo teaching upon the recommendation of their trainers and the Division Office.

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ISNHS bags Best Brigada Implementer award

Ilocos Sur National High School (ISNHS) was awarded for the second time as Best Brigada implementer for school year 2011-2012 by the Department of Education Adopt-a- School National Secretariat during the Brigada Eskwela Awards, national level at the UNILAB Bayanihan Center Main, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City last November 15.

127 other schools nationwide were also awarded. The award accorded was received by Dr. Giovanni V. Velasco, ISNHS Principal and Mr. Anselmo R. Aludino, Education Program Supervisor, Vigan City Division. With them are Mr. Edgar L. Pescador, School Supreme Student Government adviser, Mr. Roel R. Rabago, FEC President and Mr. Renan Y. Soriano, SSG adviser for First Year.

ISNHS was proclaimed last year as Best Brigada Implementer together with 119 school awardees nationwide. “This award was made possible through the concerted efforts of all education stakeholders and the voluntary help extended by the city government officials of Vigan, barangay officials of Brgy. VII, Brgy. IV and AyusanNorte, parents; students; religious, non-government organizations and other civic oriented individuals who helped sustained the accomplishment of the school.” said Dr. Velasco.

According to Mrs. Esperanza R. Rosario, Administrative Officer and Officer-In-Charge during the BrigadaEskwela, donations were used to purchase materials for the cleaning, repair and maintenance.

BrigadaEskwela is a school maintenance program that engages education stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors, to contribute their time, efforts and resources in ensuring that public schools are ready for the June school opening.

Schools in Region I which have sustained their accomplishments in the 2012 Best School Implementers on the three category are: Small School- BUED Elementary School (Alaminos City) and Regional Science High School ( La Union). Big School – Urdaneta Central School (Urdaneta City) and Ilocos Sur National High School ( Vigan City). School-at Large – Exceptional – Sarrat North Central School (IlocosNorte) and Enrico T. Prado National High School (Pangasinan I).

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DEPED RO I bags the 2012 DOH Red Orchid Awards

The Department of Education Regional Office I received the highest honor in the recently concluded 2012 Red Orchid Awards (Government Offices Category) for having garnered a perfect score of 100% based on the DOH set criteria for implementing a 100% Tobacco Free Environment.  The awarding ceremony was held on May 29, 2012 at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC), Roxas Boulevard, Manila.  There were 86 finalists out of 113 nominees from Local Government Units, DOH Hospitals, Center for Health Development and Government Offices.  The trophy and certificate of recognition were received by Madam Teresita M. Velasco, Regional Director assisted by Dr. Rodolfo B. Jucutan.  This award is in recognition of the initiative of the DepED ROI for the best practices and unwavering efforts towards good health and good life free from tobacco smoke in the offices and its premises.  This No-Smoking Policy is closely monitored by the Tobacco Control Program coordinator Mrs. Bettina D. Aquino assisted by the Health and Nutrition Unit as  the secretariat.  The Directorate enjoined all the staff and personnel to observe the No-Smoking Policy as a Way of Life.

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