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Region 1 pool contextualizes Grade 3 Learners’ Materials

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).

To beat the deadline set by the Central Office, 12 contextualizers for Iloko and 15 for Pangasinan are expected to converge at the Coconut Grove, Bauang, La Union, right on the first week of January , 2014  to finalize their outputs.  They will be headed by the RO1 EED Chief, Dr. Vivian Luz Pagatpatan with Mrs. Dinah C. Bonao, lead person for Iloko and Mrs. Lilibeth A. Magtang, lead person for Pangasinan.

The contextualizers are assigned specific learning areas to work on to facilitate the work.  The Iloko contextualizers include the following: Mother Tongue –  Arabella Soniega (Pangasinan 2),  Vilma Alcayaga (Ilocos Sur), Jenny Jesusa Catubay (Laoag City);  Math – Renato Umipig (Pangasinan 2) and Jackelyn Aguinaldo (Ilocos Norte), Araling Panlipunan – Orlando Guerrero (Alaminos City) and Editha Giron (Vigan City); Science – Edna Ramirez (Pangasinan 1);  EsP – Perlita Quinto (Ilocos Sur); Art – Larry Canor (Ilocos Sur); P.E. – Elvira Alvarez (La Union); and Health – Aidena Nuesca (La Union).

The Pangasinan group has the following contextualizers:  Mother Tongue – Editha Luna (Dagupan City) and Rujealyn Cancino (Pangasinan 1), Math – Wilma Carrera (Pangasinan 1) and Acela Callejo (Dagupan City), Araling Panlipunan – Cheryl De Guzman and Fe Balbin (Pangasinan 1) with Jose Gerardo Garcia (Alaminos City), Science – Erna Nebran (Pangasinan 2) and Jennalyn Datuin (Pangasinan 1), EsP – Renata Rovillos (Dagupan City) and Ellen De Guzman (San Carlos City), Music – Cathleen Viado (Pangasinan 2), Art – Christoper Macasias (San Carlos City), P.E. – Santino De Jesus (San Carlos City), and Health – Jaime Mabalot (Alaminos City).

The same pool is anticipated to review the prepared generic Grade 3 Teachers’ Guides to check for areas that need to be contextualized.

Earlier, there was a series of workshops at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City where preliminary efforts were exerted for the early phases of contextualization. This was managed and monitored by the Bureau of Elementary Education division of the Central Office, headed by Director Marilyn Dimaano and Under Secretary for Programs and Projects, Dr. Dina Ocampo.

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ISNHS nets Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame

The Department of Education Adopt-a-School National Secretariat put Ilocos Sur National High School, Vigan City Division  to the Hall of Fame for its excellent implementation of Brigada Eskwela for three consecutive years from 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the Big School Category.

Dr. Giovanni V. Velasco, Principal IV, received the award from Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro during the Brigada Eskwela National Awards at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Conference Hall, F.B. Harrison, Malate, Manila, November 20.

“I am so happy for the latest achievement gained by the school and I share the award to all the stakeholders who are continuously helping and supporting all the programs and projects of the school particularly the BrigadaEskwela,” the principal remarked during his interview.

Prior to this, ISNHS hosted the Regional Kick-off Program for Region 1 last May 20. Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Atty. Alfredo T. Muyot and Regional Director Teresita M. Velasco headed the said affair.

The theme of this year’s Brigada Eskwela and National Maintenance Week is “Isang Dekadang Bayanihan sa Paaralan” as it denotes its tenth year of observing communal empowerment of the society

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LU SPED Center Wins Second Place as Most Outstanding Center Nationwide

The La Union SPED Center has been applauded once again for being   Outstanding SPED Center nationwide during the recently concluded 2013 National Conference on Special Education held at Punta Villa Hotel, Iloilo City last November 12-14.

It is the third time for the Center to be qualified for the national search way back in 2007 (1st Place National Winner), 2011 (national finalist) and this year 2013, second place winner.

The Center, along with the other fifteen (15) SPED centers nationwide  has joined in the Search to showcase its excellent services and best practices in the field of special education.

National finalists were evaluated through the following criteria; significant performances of highly motivated learners, teacher’s innovations,  instructional materials, awards and trainings, linkages with parents, community and non-government organizations, accessibility of  classrooms and functionality, and its proactive management through its vision, mission, goals and its functional School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Along with the center, three teachers were also awarded. Mrs. Rosebeth Gabay who was adjudged Second place (2nd) as the Most Outstanding SPED Teacher for the Hearing Impaired nationwide, Milagros N. Oligo as a Regional Winner and National Finalist for Most Outstanding Teacher for pupils with Intellectual Disability and Josie E. Ferrer, Regional Winner and National Finalist for Most Outstanding  Receiving Teacher.

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Cariño receives Dangal ng Bayan Award

Cariño receives Dangal ng Bayan Award

“Public office is a public trust.”

The guidepost of Mrs. Jocelyn Z. Cariño, a Mobile Teacher of the Alternative Learning Center of Urdaneta City Division who garnered the Dangal ng Bayan Award, the highest commendation accorded by the Civil Service Commission in this year’s Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.

The awardee receives her honors during the commemoration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary on September 19, 2012 as highlights of the national celebration. A cash award is to be given to her in the amount of two hundred thousand pesos (P200, 000.00) and entitled to an automatic promotion for the next higher position with commensurate salary.

Mrs. Cariño, handles classes of inmates with alternative learning as strategy of teaching in upgrading their education at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Brgy. Anonas, Urdaneta City. Modules were provided for the inmates as they studied it at their paces of learning. She also, administers classes among Out-of-School Youth and Adult Learning in the barangays with Alternative Learning Center.

Maria Celia Junio-Fernandez, Ed.D., Schools Division Superintendent of Urdaneta City expresses pleasure of the achievement garnered by her employee as recipient of the prestigious awards given to a public employee on her tutelage. Mdm. Joy commends the awardee since she is the first in the city division to achieve a national award of Dangal ng Bayan from the Civil Service Commission.ules were provided for the inmates as they studied it at their paces of learning. She also administers classes among Out-of-School Youth and Adult Learning in the barangays with Alternative Learning Center.

Cariño and Mdm. Joy  grace the occasion in receiving the award at Malacañang Palace where the ceremony be held in the conferment of this year’s national awardees facilitated by the Committee on Outstanding Public Officials and Employees of the Civil Service Commission.


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Sec. Luistro leads the inauguration rites

In support to the Adopt-A-School Program, the Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte proved once again that strong partnership produces positive results.

”I am so happy to see your new buildings. The Department of Education and the Provincial Government have made them possible.  Truly, you are very lucky. But this time, you need to do your counterpart of making sure that your new school buildings are maintained-no graffiti on the walls, no broken chairs and no dirty comfort rooms. ”

Thus stressed DepED Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro in his message during the inauguration rites of the two 10-classroom buildings of Paoay National High School (PNHS) of the Division  Ilocos Norte, July 15.

Leading the province in the formal rites was Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos .

“There were a number of Governors of the country who requested funds for school buildings but it was only the Gov. Marcos  who was so persistent, thus,  the immediate approval of DepEd’s share of  Php 25 M to match the Php 25 M counterpart of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), ” he enthused.

The said project includes two-10 classroom buildings at Paoay Central Elementary School.

The construction of the said buildings was urgent to give way for the rehabilitation of the Heritage Church which is a must see attraction of Ilocos Norte.  The former site is currently being improved for some other purposes to boost the tourism industry of the province. The hill site where PNHS now stands is a more conducive place for study as it is located some meters away from the heart of the town.

Meanwhile, in the said occasion, Bro. Luistro commended Ilocos Norte for consistently performing well in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as number one throughout Region 1 in all levels tested-Grades 3 and 5 and Fourth Year.

Considering his current emphasis on secondary education, he announced  the assignment of all local government officials present during the inauguration rites headed by the newly elected Mayor of Paoay, Hon. Dolores M.  Clemente.

“This time, my urgent call is for you to reach out all who have not finished high school.  I want you to have them back to school so they can be trained and become more productive citizens.  I therefore solicit the joint efforts of all secondary schools and barangay officials to conduct a census and report results as soon as possible,” the Secretary appealed.

Corollary to this, Gov. Marcos expressed her thanks to Secretary Luistro for his all-out support to her province mates.

Gov. Marcos took pride in citing how the Ilocanos regard education. “Education is the priority and everybody’s dream.  Once one finishes a degree, the diploma, being a symbol of achievement, has to be hanged on the wall. In almost every household it is a common sight to see several diplomas displayed,” she said.

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USAID supports LU Division

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Basa Pilipinas Program started its four-year support to the Division of La Union with a Mass Training of Grades 1 and 2 Teachers in July this year.

The Basa Program is designed to provide support to DepEd’s K to 12 Curriculum and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Program in four regions, starting with La Union Division in Region 1.

The program hopes to improve the reading skills of one million school children across the four priority regions through improved reading instructions and reading delivery systems including access to quality reading materials in public elementary schools in Filipino, English and selected Mother Tongues by 2016.

Said program also includes enhancing of teachers’ and administrators’ competencies through trainings, developing reading specialists and establishing a core group of trainers.

A Training of Trainers (TOT) , the first major activity of the Basa Pilipinas Program was held at the Regional Educational Learning Center, June 26-28.

The training focused on critical domains contained in the K to 12 Language Arts Curriculum particularly Phonological Awareness, Book and Print Knowledge, Listening and Reading Comprehension and Assessment.

About sixty (60) participants from La Union and sixty (60) others from the different divisions attended the training.

A Division Mass Training for Grades 1 and 2 Teachers was also conducted in five clusters districts (Sudipen, San Juan, Naguilian, Aringay and Rosario) on July 11-13.

During the training instructional materials (IMs) in the mother tongue were made and demonstration teaching was conducted.

“We’ll be leading a team of experts including staff well-versed in reading diagnostics, curriculum development, teacher training, mother tongue materials development and evaluation. We’re excited to begin. We strongly believe that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and success begins with preparation!” said Mr. Marcial Salvatierra, Chief of Party for the Basa Pilipinas Project in his message.

Also present during the first two trainings were Miss Karen Louise Cassidy, Deputy Chief of Party; Miss Yvette Tan, Reading Program Director and Basa Program Officers –  Mr. William Wellms, Miss Sharon Dela Peña, Miss Jovilyn Balacdao and Miss Joana Camacho.

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LU hauls silver, bronze medals, merit awards

La Union took another distinct pride and its quest for excellence continues as Moses Christopher C. Carpio of Agoo Kiddie Special School hauled silver and bronze medals while Ria Rosalin O. Barrientos of Regional Science High School for Region I received merit awards in the recently concluded Search for Math Wizards Olympiad (SMWO), Environmental Math Contest and Asia Math Cup (AMC) held in Hongkong, July 24-28.

Moses Christopher, a grade seven student of Agoo Kiddie Special School, proved his number prowess, hoisted himself again and stunned his equals from among his contenders from the different countries bagging a silver medal for the Second Prize in King of Math Competition and a bronze medal for the Third Prize in Environmental Cup Contest.

This is his second time to win in the MTG International Math competition. Last year, he also received two awards. “It was all by God’s grace! I am thankful for the wisdom and guidance the Lord has been giving. I did my best to make my parents happy. This achievement is for my family and for my school. To God be the glory!” Moses said in an interview.

Ria Rosalin O. Barrientos, grade eight of the Regional Science High School for Region I, Bangar, La Union also competed for three different Math competitions. She received Merit Awards for getting a score  which is 0.5 or 1 point lesser than the bronze medalist in the two competitions, 22nd “King of Mathematics” International Tournament Finals 2013, Gifted Mathematics “Green World Cup” International Tournament Finals 2013 and Asia Math Cup (AMC). She was accompanied by Dr. Amerfina D. Nelmida, the school principal and MTG Center Coordinator.

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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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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.