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Regional Director


         It is with great joy that we usher in the Christmas season this year. We have just been recently spared from a calamity that threatened to ruin our joyous celebration, and this  calls for prayers of thanksgiving from all Bicolanos. We still need to join in the festivity that Christmas usually brings to people, despite the devastations brought about by natural calamities such as typhoons Glenda and Ruby, and the threat of the  impending eruption of Mount Mayon. Whatever the circumstances are, Christmas time is an opportune moment to count our blessings and celebrate the birth of Christ in the most delightful way.

         This is also a timely occasion for us to reflect as an organization about the essence that this season brings. As we count our blessings for having been equipped with the skills and facilities to address the various concerns that beset the educational  system in the Region, let us all contemplate about what we can do more to better serve our pupils in the field. And as we continue to embark on our journey in public service, I enjoin every school official to keep in mind that we are serving the interests  of these children whose bright futures we hold in our hands. Our best gift to them is compassion and understanding of their plight; especially those who are academically challenged and encountering difficulties in learning. Let us never tire of leading  them to the right path and serving as their inspiration as these young minds continue to seek their rightful direction that will eventually lead to their completion of basic education.

         This Christmas, and every day of our lives, let us always keep in mind that we are all stewards of change. We have to take this responsibility seriously, considering that we are entrusted with an accountability that will shape the lives of children today  who will eventually become the members of our society in the near future. We want to secure that future for them, and ensure that our country will be better lived because we have given the best education that these children deserve.

         Merry Christmas, everyone! Have a meaningful celebration of this season.


129, s. 2014

Corrigendum to Regional Memo No. 127, s. 2014 on the Regional Live-Out Seminar on Officiating in Selected Sports Disciplines

128, s. 2014

Results of the 2014 Regional Science and Technology Fair

127, s. 2014

Regional Live-out Seminar on Officiating in Selected Sports Disciplines

126, s. 2014

Result of the 2014 NAMCYA

125, s. 2014

Observance of Appropriate Protocol in Ascertaining the Identities of DepEd Officials transacting with Private Schools

124, s. 2014

Orientation Cum Training on Program Management Information System (PMIS)


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RD Abcede urges stakeholders to rally behind the last, lost learners

         "If we want to to elevate the performance level of our Region, let us give priority to the 25 percent of our pupils who are considered to be the last and the lost. These are  the learners who need most of our attention."

SNHS scribe bags essay writing award

         Sorsogon City- senior student of the Sorsogon National High School bagged the first place in the secondary category  of Third Bicol Essay Competition provincial elimination for Sorsogon, sponsored by the Municipal Government of Daet, Camarines Norte and the Philippine Coconut Authority through the Department of Education.

DepEd ROV, DENR ROV spearhead
Special Patents Confab

         “It was supposed an impossible a dream but it turned out there is a beacon hope.”

         This was the message of Engr. Pedro L. Noble, Regional Technical Director for Lands, when the latter was invited to shed light on the  tedious process of availing Special Patents for Public Schools within Region V on October 23, 2014 pursuant to an Unnumbered Memorandum dated October 7, 2014 which was held at the DepEd-Regional Education and Learning Center (RELC).

DepEd RO V Statement on the Death of
Ms. Roda De Vera Fortes,
Teacher I of Sta. Cruz ES, Barcelona, Sorsogon

         The Department of Education Region V deeply mourns the untimely death of Ms. Roda De Vera Fortes, a Teacher I of Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Barcelona District, Division of Sorsogon. Ms. Fortes was a hard-working teacher and an efficient public servant.  She was constantly doing her best to contribute to the school’s goal of achieving academic excellence.

DepEd RO V celebrates World Teachers’ Day, honors exemplary teachers and retirees

Legazpi City - In its aim of achieving better performance along management, supervision, and services of the regional office personnel and in line with the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month, DepEd Regional Office V holds the celebration  of World Teachers’ Day cum Conference on Upgrading Competencies in a Gender-Sensitive Workplace at The Concourse Convention Hall, Legazpi City last September 29, 2014.

Reading gets a boost in evacuation centers

         Tabaco City - It is reading time!  With or without formal classrooms, reading goes on in Tabaco City.

         No less than Schools Division Superintendent, Mrs. Cecille Bernadette P. Rivera led the reading of a story to pupils of Mayon Elementary School, one of the eight evacuation centers in Tabaco City on October 3, 2014.

2014 World Food Day Regionwide On-The-Spot Mosaic Making Contest
By: Christie L. Alvarez
DepEd ROV, Legazpi City

         The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with Governments, International Development Agencies, farmers’ organizations and other relevant  organizations of the United Nations system, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations, is facilitating its implementation with the following objectives:

Abot-Alam Program: 100% Commitment to Every Filipino’s Education

By: Dr. Evangeline Alcantara-Saculo
Asst. Chief, Alternative Learning Systen/OIC Chief, Field Technical Assistance (FTAD)
DepEd Regional Office V, Legazpi City

         Very recently, the Department of Education announced the implementation of the Abot-Alam Program via DepEd Order No. 17, s. 2014. Abot-Alam, as explained in the document,   is a convergence program that is being undertaken by a consortium of various national government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) and institutions under the leadership of DepEd and the National Youth Commission  (NYC).  It is a national strategy to locate the out-of-school youth (OSY) nationwide who are 15 to 30 years old and who have not completed basic/higher education or who are unemployed, and to mobilize and harmonize programs which will address the OSY's needs  and aspirations.

Is One’s Course Preference Determined by NCAE Results
By: Ana Lisa P. Baluis
Secondary School Teacher III
Pag-asa National High School
Legazpi City

         Doubts and presumptions are cleared when the subject hovers within one’s experience, this, I realized upon my exercise  of maternal obligation. My motherhood has brought me to ponder on the question of how reliable NCAE results are in the course preference among college entrants. How does it affect the choice of a career among college freshmen?

         National College Assessment Examination (NCAE) is administered to Third Year students aimed at guiding  them in their course preference as they enter college life. This program was conceptualized to prepare high school students in selecting a college course that would best fit them. One of the reasons for a declining economy is the so called "misfits" in  the world of work and the government has found a way of escalating it through the administration of this NCAE. Misplaced workers, unemployment and underemployment arise from the wrong choice of course among college students. With this, NCAE was given  birth to guide college entrants in their course preference.

First Batch of Region V JENESYS 2.0 Exchange Students
Scholars will be sent to Japan

        In partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), the implementing agency of JENESYS 2.0,  the Department of Education will be sending its first batch of students to Japan on September 8-16, 2014.

         Four out of five applicants of the Bicol Region qualified the National Level Screening held at Tagaytay International  Convention Center on July 4, 2014. Twenty-five (25) out of 34 Luzon student applicants were selected, 9 from Visayas and 12 from Mindanao. Francia U. Biescas of San Jose National High School, Malilipot, Albay; Keila T. Abarientos of Naga City  School of Arts and Trades, Naga City; Alvin B. Realingo of Pag-asa National High School, Legazpi City and John Oliver B. Rubi of Concepcion Pequeña National High School, Naga City will be part of the Philippine Delegation to the First Batch  of JENESYS 2.0 to be sent to Japan. Round trip international air tickets, food and accommodation will be arranged for free by JICE.

Be Prepared!

         "Be Prepared" is an Elton John’s song from the 1994 Disney animated film and 1997 Broadway musical The  Lion King.

         Elementary and secondary schools all over the country will once more mark the annual Nutrition Month or "Buwan ng Nutrisyon".

         As mandated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the theme for this year’s celebration is "Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!"   The 40 th Nutrition Month campaign focuses on nutrition in emergencies.

Escudero foundation launch search for outstanding teachers of Sorsogon

         Aimed to honor and give special recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence,  remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational leadership, the Salvador H. Escudero III Foundation has organized the Search for Outstanding Teachers of Sorsogon (SOTS) this school year 2013-2014.

Literacy Coordinating Council launches 2014 National Literacy Awards

         The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) recently launched the 2014  National Literacy Awards (NLA) in the Bicol Region at the Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC), Rawis, Legazpi City on March 4, 2014.

DepEd ROV intensifies advocacy campaign for the Early Registration Day

         Armed with the desire to ensure that parents all over Bicol Region will come out and enrol their children for school entry in School Year 2014-2015 during the scheduled Early Registration Day on January 25, 2014, OIC-Regional Director Ramon  Fiel G. Abcede has directed the Division Offices to intensify the advocacy campaigns in their respective localities.

Basic Education Sector raises issues, concerns on SHS implementation

         Participants in the Basic Education Cluster raised significant concerns relative to the implementation of Senior High School Program during the parallel session held as part of  the Regional Higher Education Summit in The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City, November 14, 2013.

Survey reveals students, parents’ interests
perked up by SHS

         In a survey conducted among 78, 451 students from public schools and 10,710 students from private schools in the Region as to their preference for Senior High School field of specialization, it was revealed that 36,027 (public) and 5,956 (private) are  interested to enrol in academic track; 30,784 (public) and 3,372 (private) wish to be immersed in technical-vocational track, while the remaining 11, 640 (public) and 1,382 (public) are into sports and arts track.

RD Abcede explores preparations, challenges of SHS

         "By far, the Regional and Division Offices of DepEd Region V were able to orient school officials, organized the division and school Senior High School Implementation Teams, launched advocacy campaigns, conducted consultative conferences with stakeholders,  coordinated with other government agencies, benchmarked SHS pilot implementers, formulated action plans and strengthened the Career Guidance Program."

DepEd Region V Stockroom Gutted by Fire, None Hurt

         A fire incident occurred in the Supply Office stockroom located on the ground floor of the Payroll Services Unit (PSU) Building on Friday amidst the impending threat   of Typhoon Yolanda, gutting used athletic equipment, condemned printers, unserviceable computers, office supplies, and other materials. The fire turned most of the used athletic equipment into smoke and ash before it was put out by the firefighters within   fifteen (15) minutes after they arrived at the fire scene.

DepEd Bicol to send Assessment Team to Samar

         Intent to help DepEd Central Office to craft timely, relevant and appropriate action plans to address  the needs of the affected school communities hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Visayas, DepEd Region V will dispatch an Assessment Team to the province of Samar tomorrow, November 12, 2013.

Regional EPS is 2013 CSC Pagasa Awardee

         For upholding the ideals of excellence, professionalism and integrity in public service,  Lynn Zuñiga-Padillo,  a Regional Education Supervisor from DepEd Region V, was conferred the much-coveted CSC PAGASA AWARD (Individual Category) by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III, represented by Honorable Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., in this year  ?s Honor Awards of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) held at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on October 24, 2013, 10:00 in the morning.

RSSSEAU, PHILSPADA to coach SPED advocates

         On December 6-8, 2013, education advocates for the differently abled learners will troop to Tabaco National High School, Tabaco City, for the Live-out Regional Training of  Trainors, Technical and Classification Seminar for the Differently Abled Persons.

RO to equip division key personnel with  TA skills

         DepEd Regional Office No. V will initiate a capability-building activity among key persons in the 13 divisions through a Regional Training-Workshop on Technical Assistance  for School-Based Management and Managing the K to 12 Teaching and Learning this November, 2013 in cluster venues.

Info officers to undergo rigid training

         Armed with the desire to better facilitate news and information processing in the 13 divisions in Bicol Region, the Regional Office will spearhead a three-day live-in training-workshop  for the Division Information Officers at Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC) Function Hall on November 4-6, 2013.

School drop out dips in Region V

         The Region’s efforts in curtailing the drop out rate in the elementary and secondary schools for the past years through advocacy and awareness campaigns, implementation  of school-initiated interventions and Alternative Delivery Modes are finally paying off as the latest figures on last school year’s drop out rate were revealed.

DepEd ROV cheers Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementers

         Inspired by the gruelling efforts exerted by elementary and secondary schools all over the Region in compliance with the strict implementation of Brigada Eskwela 2013, also known  as the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 20-25, 2013, DepEd Region V launched the search for this year’s Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementers.

DepEd RO V basketball team bags championship cup
by: Dario I. Cabanela,

         Being declared as Over-all Champion was a dream come true for DepEd RO V Basketball Team.

         Besting three other teams, it was the very first time that the Region’s players made it to the top. They were able to win two straight games. After defeating team C  in their first game, DepEd RO V occupied the slot for the winner’s bracket.       

Nutrition Month 2013 underscores need for concerted actions to reduce hunger, malnutrition

by: Christie L. Alvarez

         This year’s Nutrition Month celebration focuses on the theme "Gutom at malnutrisyon,  sama-sama nating wakasan! (Hunger and malnutrition, together let us end!)."

         The theme underscores the need for concerted multi-stakeholder action to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

         The whole nation celebrates the month of July as the Nutrition Month pursuant to Section 7 of Presidential Decree 491, known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. It designates  the month of July as Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.

A new home, a better future for RR pupils
by: Catalina P. Garcia

"You will never do anything in this world without courage." AristotleThis principle  inspired  Pilar II Central School family to come up with a Reading Recovery Room, which they transformed from an abandoned and restricted comfort room.

Region V's Reading Recovery Program
after three years

by: Catalina P. Garcia

         One of the reasons why a child is inferior to other children is the possibility that  the child  has learning difficulties that hinder him to be with the group. This premise was proven to be true after three-year implementation of Reading Recovery in the region.

Region V holds training workshop
on the rights of women

by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         THE REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS: A RIGHT-BASED APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT, a three day training workshop, was held at the Regional Educational Training  Center (RELC),  Rawis, Legaspi City, on April 4, 2013. The training was launched pursuant to Regional Memorandum No. 58, s 2013.

NEAP RV (Bicol) Team takes part in Capability Building
Program on T & D; Region V ahead in T & D System
by Jocelyn O. Dy
Education Program Supervisor, NEAP-Bicol

         DepED Region V remains steadfast in its commitment to strengthen the human resource development through its training arm, the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP)-Bicol.

         Proof of this was the participation of three members of the NEAP-RV (Bicol) team, Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr., Susan S. Collano and Jocelyn O. Dy to the National Capability-Building Program on  Training and Development (T&D) for Regional NEAP Team members at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Baden Powell International Hotel in Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna on January 14-18, 2013.

First SPS meet held
by: Dario I. Cabanela, EPS II, Sports

         The Department of Education Regional Office No.5 through the Task Force on Sports spearheaded the 1st ever Regional SPS Meet at the Camarines Sur National High School, Division  of Naga City on January 10-12, 2013.

Usec. Quijano bats for advancement of research;
bares K to 12 thrusts
by: Joan L. Lagata

Educational researches contribute to the ability of schools and education agencies to deliver high quality education to all.

         This was underscored by Usec. Yolando S. Quijano, Deped Undersecretary for Programs and Projects, to the 1, 102 research enthusiasts from all over the country who attended the opening program of the First National Research Conference on K to 12 Education  hosted by DepEd Bicol at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City on December 12, 2012, 2:00 in the afternoon.

DepED Bicol, BASS sponsor research confab
by: Joan L. Lagata

         Recognizing educational research as an important tool in developing a cadre of reflective educational practitioners who pursue better educational outcomes, the Department of Education Regional Office No. V, in coordination with the Bicol Association of  Schools Superintendents (BASS), is hosting the First National Research Conference on K to 12 Education with the theme, "Nurturing a Culture of Research for Effective K to 12 Education Outcomes," on December 12-14, 2012 at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City.

Usec. Quijano to grace NRCKE opening
by: Joan L. Lagata

         Approximately 500 participants from all over the country are expected to gather at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City for the First National Research Conference on the K to 12 Education  on December 12-14, 2012.

         Hon. Yolanda S. Quijano, Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of DepEd, Central Office, is the guest speaker in the opening program on December 12, 1:30 in the afternoon.  The undersecretary will be introduced by the Conference Convener and Regional Director of DepEd Region V, Orfelina O. Tuy.

Budget and Finance Division of DepEd Region V
conducts training/workshop on the roll-out
of the Budget Monitoring System (BMS)

by: ROY T. BAÑAS, Administrative Officer II (BFD)/
Executive Assistant – Designateto the Director IV and the Director III

         The Department of Education in its effort to facilitate the preparation, review, consolidation and submission of Budget Accountability Reports (BARs) and other financial reports  to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and other oversight agencies within the prescribed deadline, a three-cluster training/workshop was conducted to all the implementing units of DepEd Region 5 through the help of experts from the Budget Division  of the Financial and Management Service (FMS), DepEd Central Office in cooperation with the Budget and Finance Division of DepEd Region V on the use of MS Access-Based Budget Monitoring System (BMS) at RELC, Rawis, Legazpi City from October 22-27, 2012  pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 133, s. 2012 dated July 27, 2012 signed by Hon. Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, DepEd Secretary and as embodied in the Regional Memorandum No. 120, s. 2012 dated September 27, 2012 issued by Dir. Orfelina O. Tuy, CESO IV, Director  IV.

Director Tuy turns 64
by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Director Orfelina O. Tuy, CESO IV, celebrated her birthday on September 7, 2012 at RELC Function Hall, Rawis, Legazpi City. The simple party was tendered by the division/section and unit chiefs and assistant chiefs with their respective staffs, after  the  3rd Quarterly Performance Review, spearheaded by ARD Diosdado M. San Antonio, Ph.D.

Marilyn "Amy" Marco, EPS II, Science
returns to Cam Sur

by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Mrs. Marilyn V. Marco, a highly efficient and effective Science supervisor went back to Camarines Sur per assignment Order of the Regional Director, to serve as the OIC, Assistant  Schools Division Superintendent of Camarines Sur effective September 17, 2012.

Alay para sa kabataan ngayon
by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Ang Department of Education (DepED) mayroong panukala na batay sa DepED Order No. 74, s. 2009 at binigyan ng buhay ng DepED Order No. 31, s. 2012 sa pagpasunod ng K to 12  Basic Education Curriculum. Inumpisahan noong nakaraang taon sa pag papasunod ng Kinder Education na inobliga ang mga paaralan sa publikong eskwelahan na gamitin ang Sariling Wika na ginagamit ng bata sa kani-kanilang tahanan sa pag-aral ng mga aralin  sa loob ng klasrum.

NEAP-Bicol launches series of
capability-building activities

by: Jocelyn O. Dy
Education Program Supervisor, NEAP-Bicol

         As DepED Region V steps up efforts to align priority programs and projects in the region, it also intensifies its efforts to ensure that the policies and standards set by DepED Central Office are achieved through the initiative of its strong  training arm, the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) - Bicol.

Palihan sa pananaliksik, itinaguyod ng DEPED
by: Mierna J. Abayon

         Nagsagawa ng Panrehiyong, Palihan sa Pananaliksik na itinaguyod ng Secondary Education Division (SED), Elementary Education Division (EED), Panrehiyong Samahan ng mga Tagamasid  sa Filipino (PASATAF) at National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP-BICOL), ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, Rehiyon V (Bicol), Rawis, Lungsod ng Legazpi, noong Setyembre 20-22, 2012, sa RELC Conference Hall, DepED, Lungsod ng Legazpi.

Paper advisers, campus scribes tutored
on school paper production
by: Joan L. Lagata

The essence of campus journalism lies in the production of the school paper. Thus, every elementary school in Bicol Region that claims to promote campus journalism should  regularly produce quality and relevant school paper for the school and community.

         This was the underlying principle that inspired DepEd Bicol and the Bicol Association of Elementary School Paper Advisers to conduct a three-day Regional Training of Elementary School Paper Advisers and Campus Editors on School Paper Production  at RELC Conference Hall, Legazpi City, September 5-7, 2012.

Region meets division overseers
by: Joan L. Lagata

         It was a gathering intended to draw together the best and brightest program implementers in the 13 divisions in Bicol Region.

         Appropriately dubbed as Unified Regional Planning Conference for Elementary and Secondary Education Program Supervisors and SBM Supervisors, the two-day conference held at Regional Educational Learning Center, Rawis, Legazpi City on September  3-4, 2012 convened the regional and division education program supervisors and coordinators to strategically attain increased academic performance in Bicol Region through unified programs and projects that will appropriately address the needs in the field.

DEPED ROV and RASISPA conducted regional training of SPA teachers
By Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         Department of Education Regional Office and the Regional Association of Schools Implementing the Special Program in the Arts (RASISPA) sponsored a four-day Regional Training of  SPA Teachers held at RELC, Rawis, Legazpi City which culminated last September 2, 2012. Attended by 63 participants from the Regional lead school, schools with SPA curriculum and schools intending to offer the curriculum, the activity is aimed to provide  a common understanding of the language of arts, equip participants with principles of authentic arts creation reflecting the local arts and culture and hone one’s capability in creating and teaching culture based arts.

DEPED Region V holds citizenship advancement
training of trainers in public safety

by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         The Department of Education Regional Office No. 5 conducted the Citizenship Advancement Training of Trainers in Public Safety at the RELC, Conference Hall, Rawis, Legazpi  City on August 9-11, 2012.

7 bicolano artists aualified to the NAMCYA regional competitions
by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         DepED Region V, a consistent winner in the annual National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), had qualified seven young artists who will compete  in the Regional Center Competitions (Semi-Final Levels) at the University of the Philippines, College of Music, Diliman, Quezon City on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Learning and living , the ALS way
by: Cynthia D. Jacob

         Rita* woke up early that morning of May 20, 2012, without much prodding from her mother. She was excited, and it showed from her elated face, that broke into a broad smile when the jeepney that was to fetch her blew its horn from outside  the window. She hurriedly bid her parents goodbye, and rushed out of their small house, with a big bag in tow.

Making a dream into a reality through the ALS
(An updated report on Jennifer B. Guevarra, 2005 A&E Test Passer)
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         Jennifer has always dreamed of becoming a teacher but this seemed to be an unrealistic goal because she was not able to complete Secondary Education. In August 2004, Jennifer  enrolled in the ALS A&E Secondary Level at Barangay Cabasan, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay. She took the A&E Test given in February 2005 held at Malabog National High School, Daraga, Albay and was one of the successful passers.  

Camarines Norte & Naga City win BALS awards
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The National Congress for OSY Learners was conducted at Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City last April 11-13, 2012 with its theme "Kung ALS Learner Ka, Naiiba Ka." The highlight  of the occasion was the awarding ceremony on the 2011 Search for the Most Efficient Provincial/City Division that Support the ALS on Day 2 of the congress, April 12, 2012.

BALS plans, new initiative
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The Alternative Learning System Division, DepEd Region V is seriously considering the intensive implementation of ALS programs and projects particularly the ALS Gabay-Aral  sa Pamayanan (AGAP) program by hiring more volunteers. In Region V, the AGAP program is piloted by the Divisions of Masbate and Albay and being expanded in Divisions of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon.

ALS implementers go to Region VI & X
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) is recently conducting the Immersion and Exchange Program for ALS Mobile Teachers for those hired in 2007 on April 24-26,  2012. It can be recalled that the Immersion and Exchange Program started way back in 2004.

Despite difficulties
by: JUSTINO B. CABARLES, JR. -Principal I, Masbate Division-On detail at Planning Unit DepEd Region V

         How important is education to a grade school pupil? Riza V. Abaño never met American educator Horace Mann, but she lives the philosophy of Mann, who once said  that a person  doesn’t reach his full potential until he is educated.           

         Young Riza and six other grade school pupils of Guinhadap Elementary School were determined to get basic education despite powerful difficulties. The experiences of these pupils, as featured in the GMA News TV June 2011 episode of Education Special, are  unique to a number of communities in Masbate.


ni: Pricilla Jadie – Ombao
Education Program Supervisor II
DEPED Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City
Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City

Rabis na nakamamatay at nakahahawa
Kalusugan ng mga tao ang nakataya
DEPED sa Rawis tumugon sa ahensya
Programa ng DOH sila’y sumuporta

Mga kaguruan sa iba’t ibang sangay
Sa rehiyon Bikol, dumalo nang sabay-sabay
Mga dalubhasa’y nagsubsob ng kilay
Implementasyon ng rabis sa kurikulum gabay

Mga tagamasid maging namumuno
DOH at DEPED tagumpa’y ay natamo
Pagkat natapos ang manwal ng guro
Na siyang gagamitin sa pagtuturo

Naging masaya at hindi nakakapagod
Ang tatlong araw na pangmumudbod
Ng karunungan sa pagsulat ay iniabot
Upang ang kabataa’y alam ang gamot

Maging mapagmatyag at bigyang lunas
Sakit na rabis na sadyang di matalastas
Sa laway ng mga aso at maging gasgas
Virus nito ay nakalat, biktima ay tataas

Kapag nakagat ng aso bigyan ng atensyon
Hugasan agad ng tubig na may sabon
Dalhin sa doctor upang di makunsumisyon
Kumagat na aso’y kailangan ng obserbasyon

Oobra pa kaya mga tandok ng albularyo
Sa nakamamatay na rabis ay matuto
Pag-iwas sa kamandag ng mga aso
Sa beterinaryo, sila’y dalhin dito

Mga alagang aso’y dapat bantayan
Malinis na pagkain, bahay at paliguan
Kanilang kalusugan ay dapat ingatan
Upang sakit na rabis ay maiwasan (9-5-14)


By:  Jinky A. Villareal
Education Program Supervisor II
Department of Education
Region V, Bicol

         I always look up to people who are leaders and their leadership inspire others to work.

         I admire leaders whose personality  are extraordinary. They possess qualities of agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness to experiences. What does it  mean ? Extraversion is someone who is sociable, talkative and assertive.  Agreeableness is someone who is good-natured, cooperative and trusting. Conscientiousness is someone who is responsible, dependable, persistent and achievement oriented. Emotional stability is one who is calm, enthusiastic and secure. Openness to experience  is someone who is imaginative, artistically sensitive, and intellectual.

         Probe a woman who does not possess qualities of a leader but tends to believe she is a leader. She may not be consider a leader because she does not motivate others to work. She consider huge matters which will put other people to shame. Feeling  rich as she is, she often does not smile thinking that she owns the world with her wealth and she can manipulate people to the best of her interest. She believes of herself only but, guessed others don’t see her  what she believes she is a leader.  How can this woman develop others if she needs to be retooled and learn ethics, good manners and right conduct.  Degrading and humiliating other people are bad traits of a leader. She may ruin and talk ill against someone for her to be pleasant and worth  emulating in the eyes of dignified people.

         Leaders who give considerations to her subordinates are worth rewarded. Considerations  which may motivate them to do their job well. Leaders are guiders too. Guiders that they themselves are the model . They walk their talk.

         Leaders are open minded-open to suggestions, comments and criticism. They  accept if they are at fault.

         Jennilyn is a woman who is not open minded. She always presumed that she does the right thing. Nobody can question her and that what she wants she gets it. She maybe perfectionist in all her dealings.

         The real definitions  of a good leader  and to  exercise leadership can be deduced from her.

         A leader is sociable, talkative and assertive. A good leader can mingle with people in any walks of life. He can be friends with all people regardless of their economic status. He knows how to handle people feelings and analyze their behaviour. A  good leader is a good speaker. He can talk well with sense and even explains well any topic. In decision making he is assertive. Assertive in the sense that he further explains to his subordinates the best solution to every situation. He has that sense  of control over matters in issue not taking things personally, but professionally.

         A leader is good natured, cooperative and trusting . A good natured leader loves somebody , anybody and everybody. He respects living and non-living things. For him God created all these things with purpose. Diverse to each other they do have characteristics  which make them different and in general will contribute to the general welfare. A good leader is so cooperative. He does not command, he cooperates with the consensus of the group but see to it that it creates harmonious relationship with the organization.  A good leader is trusting. Trusting would mean he has that transparency of the transactions. If the leader is trusting he will confide matters relating to difficulties in work. Subordinates are free to confide family or personal problems which may cause  unproductive output.

         A leader is responsible, dependable, persistent and achievement oriented. A leader who has that  authority over his decision. He is accountable of all the actions made by people under her responsibility. A leader is someone whom one can depend on.  Dependent for any assistance, guidance, technical skills, communication skills, operational skill and know how to run the organization. Persistent leaders are leaders who are risk takers. They stick to rules and regulations but sometimes go beyond the  policy for the benefit and welfare of the majority. Achievement oriented leaders are men of action. They manifest the attainment of mission, vision, goals and objectives of the organizations.

         A leader is one who is calm, enthusiastic and secure. A leader must always possess emotional stability. He can resist stress and has tolerance for various situations in the workplace. He is capacitated to give sound advice to people who need help  for them not to panic amidst challenges. A leader is always energetic. He has that tremendous energy to boost others to work and maintain productivity and effectiveness. A leader is secure. He has that confidence that things should goes on smoothly. Normal  as it may, in an organization, conflicts will always rise in a group. But a good leader is secured that he and his subordinates work together solve minor and even major problems.

         Can we be leaders who are like Jesus Christ, willing to sacrifice his personal interest for the sake of his fellowmen? It’s not too late to learn how to be a good leader. A great challenge! (8/27/2014)

The Need for School Principals as Instructional Leaders
by: Ms. Marivic P. Diaz, Ed.D.
Education Program Supervisor I
Ligao City Division

         In the new millennium, the Philippines is aware of the global changes that bring about information to societies and new methods of learning based on a deeper comprehension  of human capacity to think.  "Education has become more global and international in its perspective. The Philippines continue to be more concerned about quality education that will respond to a technologically and information-based global community"  that is present in our setting at the rise of the 21st century. The aim for quality education is supported by the Philippines  government as provided in the 1987 Constitution: "The state shall protect the right of all the citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make  such education accessible to all."

         The challenges brought about by advancement in technology have a great impact in attaining quality education due to lack  of qualified human resources that will lead in adopting these changes. It marks the difference in the direction of leadership styles that should be practiced by school leaders today. For indeed, we have to visualize the future. As Toffler quips:  

         All education springs from image of the future, and all education create images of the future. . . thus all  education whether so intended or not is a preparation for the future. Unless, we understand the future for which we are preparing, we may do tragic damage to those we teach.

         Education then calls for a strong leadership of school administrator like the school principal who would look into the enormous works and functions which can dramatically change or unchanged what happens in a particular school. As a leader in the  21st century, the principal will be far different from the principal of previous generations. He will have to face a different set of problems – the type of instruction and  strategies, the school climate, the curriculum and approaches to be used. These are some of the challenges that a principal should be aware of insofar as attainment of quality education is concerned.

         These concepts as cited by Sarajan 4 were supported by former Department of Education, Culture and Sports Secretary Gloria when he said that:

         In developing our schools for the future programs, the key principle is to empower the school principal as an instructional leader so that together with a team of  competent, committed and conscientious teachers, the potentials for pupil achievement can be brought to a higher level. Responsibility, authority and accountability for school improvement have been pushed down to the lowest level of the school.

         In the new millennium, it is significant to recognize the pivotal role of the school principals as instructional leaders in creating a conducive teaching-learning environment in respective schools. The vital role they play in school effectiveness  is at stake. They manage school resources, encourage and help teachers to be positive role models and facilitators of knowledge as well as create school climate that would help pupils to be the best they can be. But too many administrators are overwhelmed  by the tremendous tasks and lost the ability to lead with vision and pro-active decisions. The very stressful position of learning the job and trying to adopt with these changes in technology destroy their ability to be visionary leaders for the school.

         As instructional leaders, principals have to remember that good schools do not simply happen. Instead, what transpires in good school, functions in a way that which foster the achievement of the school goals. In good schools, people, process and  technology - - the individual parts integrate in such a way that the synergy engendered by the integration of the parts create more energy than the sum of the individual parts does.  Therefore, it is about time for the school principals to act as catalyst - - stimulating people to work together, to question, to strive for learning experiences which work for children. It is because they set the tone for the whole school – their  personality are often reflected in the pupils and teachers. For this reason, school principals as instructional leaders must have personal visions of where the school is going and an image of the school as it should be. They should be critical in considering  all elements that affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the school. As what de Pree said:

         Leaders need an ability to look through a variety of lenses. We need to look through the lens of the follower. We need to look through the lens of a new reality,  through the lens of hard experience and failure, through the lens of unfairness and morality. We need to look hard at our future.

         It is also equally important for principals as instructional leaders to recognize that it is necessary to establish and maintain the conditions for excellence and to enable others to collaborate to achieve excellence. Their role is to encourage collaborative  groupings of teachers to play a more central role in the instructional, leadership of the school. This, then implies that one aspect of successful curriculum and instructional leadership is relying on the expertise of a strong teaching staff. As one principal  so aptly stated, "one of the secrets of success for any principal is to surround himself with the best people he can have. If that is a given in any building that they’re in, then they’re off to the races."  They need people, the kind of people who are willing to share, to take the risks, to work together, who are flexible and who really care about the pupils. . . nothing will happen if principals don’t have these kind of teachers. Sergiovanni  further supported these ideas when he said that:

         As principals engage their teachers in more authentic and deliberate decision-making, they stimulate to design an organizational structure and school culture wherein  teachers function more perfectly as members of a democratic school community and the school better fulfills its broad social purpose.

         Furthermore, school principals need to consider how staff development will provide teachers as forum to discuss what are their learning as they teach, to consider new ideas they are generating or others are supporting. In like manner, there is a  need to evaluate whether held beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and practice should be altered because they are interfering with the teachers’ ability to accept and integrate new ideas or practices. Building upon this base, principals as instructional  leaders, should consider providing teachers’ staff development experiences that offer concrete illustrations which highlighted the reason to engage in new learning, as well as to apply what one is learning in classroom practice. Books asserts that  staff development must afford teachers enough time to practice and experience new strategies as well as to be given a feedback concerning their performance as they struggle to integrate new ideas or practices with their style and mode of operation in  working with pupils. In this way, staff development will influence classroom practice as teachers make new ideas, and practices their own strategies.

         With this scenario, the principal as instructional leader is really the pivotal point within the school who affects the quality of individual teacher instruction, the height of pupils’ achievement and the degree of efficiency in school functioning.  They must be knowledgeable about curriculum development, teacher and instructional effectiveness, clinical supervision, staff development and teacher evaluation. Therefore, Stronge is right when he said that "if principals are to head the call for educational reforms to become instructional leaders it is obvious that they must take on a dramatically different role."

         A principal may have grandiose visions for the school but without the respect of community, pupil and teachers, without the opportunities made accessible by professional organizations or the support of the other friends of education, such visions  may remain beyond reach. Whether schools will be "beacons of brilliance" or "path holes of pestilence" depends largely upon the quality of leadership brought to the situation by the principal as instructional leader. How effective that instructional leadership  will depend in turn, upon the conviction, credibility and competence of the principal and upon the degree to which constraints can be effectively removed or negated."

         As educators, school principals are fully aware of the significant contribution of instructional leadership in the quest for quality education which is the main focus of education management. The government, the community and the school personnel  are meant to provide the best educational opportunities to the learners. In search for effective, efficient and cost saving strategies to attain quality education, the need to have school principals as instructional leaders is of great importance and  must be given due consideration.

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