March 6, 2021 -“There is a great need to provide synchronized instructions to field implementers. We need tounderstand our role in the BE-LCP implementation, which is a vast undertaking. We wouldalso like to issue a call for united efforts in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones highlighted.
To foster harmony throughout the Department of Education (DepEd) in theimplementation of Basic Education- Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), Undersecretary forAdministration Alain Del Pascua spearheaded the conduct of the week-long Strand Interfaceon Programs and Guidelines (SIPAG) Conference 2021.
The conference discussed concerns and challenges faced by DepEd personnel in the pastyear due to the pandemic and the rollout of programs for the incoming transition once thevaccination starts in the education sector.
Conducted from February 22 to March 3, 2021, the week-long conference reached 2,575,176website views, 1,211,000 views on Facebook live, 111,626 Facebook group members, and109,900 Zoom participants.
“We only have one year and we can only achieve our programs, our projects, and activities ifwe harmonize, if we work together, if each of us, each unit, each individual contributes to thesustainment of the said projects,” Briones added.
Other Executive Committee members also presented various policy and program updatesunder their respective strands, including the financial report on the Bayanihan Act II and itssupport to the BE-LCP projects, creation of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) and Child Rightsin Education Desk (CREDe), enrollment, partnerships and projects updates.
“Ang mahalagang tunguhin ng session na ito ay maipaliwanag ang mga programa naisasakatuparan ng bawat opisina ng Admin Strand. Papaano masasakatuparan ang mgaproyektong ito, how do we effectively execute these programs, and how do we monitor theirimplementation,” Usec. Pascua said.
SIPAG 2021 also discussed the strand programs developed under the General AppropriationsAct (GAA) for 2021, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last December 2020. The GAAincreased the teaching and connectivity allowances of public school teachers as an addedassistance during the pandemic.
With the success of the event, the OUA is encouraging participants to view and share thevarious resources gathered and developed during the activity. DepEd officials, fieldcoordinators, principals, school heads, and teachers may access them through: • Website: sipag2021.weebly.com• Facebook: facebook.com/groups/sipag2021
About the Department of EducationThe Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies,plans, programs, and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education.
It supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national development.
DepEd SDO Capiz recognized parents efforts in home based learning
March 5, 2021 – “This is a very simple yet unique response to the call of the time. DepEd Capiz has really made difference in these trying times. I thank the men and women of DepEd Capiz for they have journeyed with me for the realization of our mantra of making every child in Region VI a champion,” Regional Director Dr. Ramir B. Uytico expressed.
Dedicated to promote distance learning support to its learners, the Department of Education-Schools Division of Capiz recognized parents who made the best at-home learning space for their children.
Introduced as the Division Search for 2020 Best At-Home Learning Space on the Implementation of DepEd’s Distance Learning Modalities under the New Education Landscape, SDO Capiz initiated the recognition to motivate parents in their role as partner learning facilitators of teachers in the new normal.
Out of the 38 entries, SDO Capiz, led by Schools Division Superintendent Salvador Ochavo Jr., selected the top three winners in each level (secondary, integrated, elementary) with the most creative, economical, and functional learning spaces at home. At-home learning space factors such as area, ventilation, lighting, facilities, and support of family were considered during the selection process.
Parents of learners from Patrocinio Artuz National High School (Secondary), Laureano R. Frial Integrated School (Integrated), and Margarita Soriano Elementary School (Elementary) were hailed champions.
Aside from the actual recognition, the Division also conducted virtual technical assistance, stakeholders’ orientation, and provision of learning packages during the span of the project.
According to RD Uytico, the project led to more active parent engagement for the Division while the families enjoyed closer ties and experienced academic ease and flexibility.
Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones lauded the effort during the recent Management Committee Meeting and even urged other regional directors to implement it in their respective areas.
“Congratulations Region VI for this meaningful initiative to engage our beloved parents. I want this replicated in other regions,” Secretary Briones cited.
To sustain its implementation, DepEd Region VI will conduct monitoring and evaluation of its implementation, stakeholders’ engagement and support, and sharing of best practices.
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DepEd Region II SCHOOL Divisions showcasing best practices to support blended learning
March 4, 2021 – “Saludo po ako sa ating mga teachers, mga officials, school heads in the field that have spent their immeasurable efforts and unwavering commitment to make education continue amidst the pandemic,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones shared.
To provide support for blended learning, the Department of Education Region 2 shared its school divisions’ best practices and strategies in the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) in Education Chief Briones’ virtual visit to the region.
During the regional press event with Secretary Briones, the school division superintendents of the three School Division Offices (SDOs) in Cauayan, Ilagan, and Santiago pointed out strong partnership, open communication, teamwork for innovation, and commitment and dedication to bring about change and impact as the key factors in effectively supporting the new normal of education.
Cauayan Schools Division Superintendent Alfredo Gumaru Jr. underscored that the consistency of creating innovative initiatives for blended learning has leveled up awareness and heightened acceptance and trust in the community.
SDS Gumaru shared that out of all the initiatives in their SDO, Project BERNARD or Bringing Education using Radio, Non-print, and Automated Resources to the Diverse learners; and Project CATCH THEM Early or Cuddling At-risk Children Through Home-based E-Mentoring on the Early Language of Literacy and Numeracy stood out.
These initiatives have been responsive to the needs of the learners in the community, even those from the nearby municipalities, through the provision of learning platforms and materials, as well as a reading program in response to Sulong EduKalidad.
Other undertaking from Ilagan City Schools Division Superintendent Gilbert Tong, active involvement of the internal and external stakeholders plays an important role in the rapid development and innovative implementation of the BE-LCP.SDS Tong emphasized that the institutionalization of Project RADIO or Radiating Active Voice on Developing Learners served as a break from the monotonous modular distance learning and produced an avenue for creative and innovative learning.
Meanwhile, Santiago City Schools Division Superintendent Cherry Ramos highlighted four practices significant to the success of implemented learning modalities such as productive collaboration and sound partnership, time-tailored innovations fueled by partnerships, strategic communication through various platforms, and the culture of Bayanihan.
According to their SDO, Project PROVIDE or Providing Resources Offline: Various Interactive Developed Educational Instructional Materials (IMs) stood out as the main and frontline project, as it offers both an online and offline mechanism in harnessing and providing learning materials that can be accessed by learners in all walks of life.
It caters not only to our regular learners but also learners with special educational needs (LSEN). Lastly, “We are motivated more than ever to always give our best in realizing the regional education agenda in realization, too, of the agenda of the national leadership. EduAksyon.
May Aksyon. May Solusyon. At patuloy ang daloy ng karunungan para sa ikabubuti ng bawat mag-aaral sa ating rehiyon na siyang sentro ng lahat ng ating pagsusumikap,” Region II Director Benjamin Paragas concluded.