‘Talakayan sa PIA’ tackles education growth in response to ASEAN

Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao have gathered in one episode of ‘Talakayan sa PIA’ on 5 December 2017 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City to discuss about the changes in education sector in line with ASEAN integration.


Education Program Supervisor and Senior High School Coordinator of DepEd region 10 Dr. Ninian Alcasid shared that there had been significant change in the basic education in the country beginning the implementation of K to 12 program. With the addition of Junior and Senior high school, students are being prepared for the real world of work, entrepreneurship and higher education.

According to Alcasid, DepEd crafted Philippines Qualifications Framework to align with ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework particularly with K to 12. Among the preparations for ASEAN include improved basic education, improved competitiveness of Filipino professionals, and explore complimentary venture between foreign and local professionals.


The graduates of the program will not only be mere graduates of basic education but also equipped with skills and knowledge to take the next road, said Alcasid. These graduates now have the option to be part of the skilled work force if they choose the tech-voc path or entrepreneurship or go on with higher education if they choose the academe.

Meanwhile, CHED has also prepared an outcomes based curriculum in line with ASEAN and in effect of K to 12. Natalie Igot, supervising education program specialist of CHED 10 said that since junior and senior high school of K to 12 would now take up the first two years of college, CHED has crafted a different curriculum to cater to the changes of education in the country.


Igot shared that they are giving orientations to various colleges and universities region wide to implement new curriculum in 2018 for new freshmen from K to 12. They will no longer have the subjects that were taught in the previous curriculum for freshmen year but they will be given general education that will fit all types of courses. Igot said through this, they hope to develop critical thinking skills, intellectual competencies, creative thinking and multiple forms of expression and civic competencies in community and country among new freshmen starting next year.

On the other hand, Leo Velez, provincial director of TESDA Misamis Oriental shared that there are only two things they want to accomplish through ASEAN, is to produce quality and competitive workforce.


Velez said that one of the developments of TESDA in the ASEAN integration is the signing of ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on Tourism Professionals. This will enable TESDA to facilitate mobility of Tourism Professionals/ Workers; exchange information on best practices in competency-based education and training for Tourism Professionals; and provide opportunities for cooperation and capacity building across ASEAN Member States.


Meanwhile, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Estrella Pahalla shared that we must produce graduates that are fit the industry needs. Right now, among the industries that top the list are construction, service sector and Information Communications Technology (ICT).


She said that based on statistics, the youth composes almost half of the unemployed population in Northern Mindanao which comprises 1.29 Million aged 15 to 24 years old. Meanwhile youth unemployment rate in Northern Mindanao is 13.6 which is double the national rate.


Pahalla explained that DOLE has come up with various programs to address this including Job Start and Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) among others. (JMOR/PIA10)




Opening of classes in Iligan, Lanao del Norte unhampered – DepEd-10 chief

Amid rumors to postpone the opening of classes in this city and Lanao del Norte due to the Marawi crisis, Regional Director Allan G. Farnazo of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 has clarified that the classes of all public schools in the area officially began on June 5.

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Director Farnazo together with Schools Division Superintendent Randolph Tortola visited the different schools here yesterday to see for themselves the opening of classes and the condition of the internally displaced learners at the evacuation centers.

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“We went to the different schools in region 10. In fact, we reached as far as Pantar in Lanao del Norte, which is just eight kilometers away from Marawi City, and we saw they were holding classes there, Farnazo said.

“In Pantar they’re having an inventory of 156 Grade 11 students, and we found them already enrolled. One hundred thirty-one of them were present when visited there,” Farnazo added.

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Farnazo reiterated the commitment aired by Education Secretary Leonor Briones to provide transportation allowance for Marawi teachers who would come to Iligan to teach internally displaced learners.

“There should be no compromises for education. Whatever is happening somewhere or wherever, we cannot sacrifice education, otherwise we will complement the problem if we will not make the children better educated,” Farnazo concluded. (lvgabule/PIA Iligan & Lanao del Norte)


Education not compromised amid Marawi crisis, says DepEd

“Education will not be compromised even with the present Marawi crisis.”

This has been stressed by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones during the Meeting of DepEd Officials of Mindanao on May 30 at Luxe Hotel, here saying that the department will augment the teaching force, learning materials and create learning spaces for those who are affected by the siege.

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Briones also said that they are going to waive the requirements like birth certificates and cards so as not to hinder any child in continuing his or her studies. However, for the schools in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), opening of classes might be moved two weeks from the regular schedule on June 5.

“In times of war, you cannot be demanding all the usual bureaucratic requirements which we do under normal times but these are not normal times,” the secretary stressed.

As for the school preference of a learner, Briones said that any child who wants to go to school in a particular area be it in Marawi, Iligan or Cagayan de Oro City, will be accommodated.

“We will not sacrifice education,” Briones said as she explained that in order to do so, the department will augment the teaching force and for Maranao speaking learners, they have tapped the ARMM region to assist in recruiting those who can teach in Maranao language.

The budget for such will be obtained from the Alternative Learning System and Briones shared that the department is fully supported by President Rodrigo Duterte. Hence, they will be able to produce financing in times of crisis.

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In terms of security in schools, Briones said, “Schools are zones of peace. Walang giyera diyan, walang away, walang gulo (There is no war, fights and chaos in the areas of learning). We expect the combatants to respect that.”

This is also the reason why schools are not used as evacuation centers during crisis as the secretary emphasized.

As of press time, DepEd has tallied 1,005 learners in one evacuation center in Iligan alone. The regional directors and division superintendents are still doing an inventory as to the number of children and school facilities affected by the crisis in Marawi City so the department could eventually determine the intervention needed by the stakeholders.(RTP/PIA10)

Education is a powerful tool for change, says Iligan City solon

A community that is fully geared to new knowledge and technology offers enormous potential in three key ways.


These are promoting economic growth, creating jobs, and finding solutions to major challenges like poverty, lack of opportunity of the hinterland barangays, peace and order and job creation, said newly elected Representative Frederick W. Siao of the Lone District of Iligan City.


Siao is the guest speaker to the 48th Charter Anniversary of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) on July 12.


With the anniversary theme, “Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship” is timely and very relevant. This is within the priority framework of my legislative agenda in Congress for economic and social development, said Rep. Siao.


“To achieve this, the government cannot do it alone. We need the support of other stakeholders like MSU-IIT. We need to engage the stakeholders to realize the public-academe-private partnership,” Siao said.


Nowadays, research, innovation and entrepreneurship are the ways to go and I am seeing MSU-IIT as the leading university in this aspect. With this, we can say that MSU-IIT leads, the others follow, he added.


The representative further said the hour has come for a renaissance of Iligan with the help of MSU-IIT. And like any sector facing massive change spurred by technology, we are grappling with new paradigms. It’s never too late, I am sure that together we can help our beloved city attain its greatest potential.


With all of these, Siao said he is opening all doors of his office for a consultation and discuss thoroughly all possibilities on how to achieve common goals as he believes we can do this together if we work as team. He quoted Mattie Stepanek’s “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”


As public servant elected as congressman of Iligan City, this is his first public engagement with MSU-IIT to say thank you. MSU-IIT is his top priority for this term providing more scholarships to deserving students and exploring infrastructure programs that will benefit IIT in general.


Siao said, MSU-IIT has been part of his success in his first stint as city councilor of Iligan. He became the chairman for the Sangguniang Panglunsod Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry. The committee was able to forge a memorandum of agreement with MSU-IIT, particularly with the College of Business Administration and Accountancy, for a partnership on Entrepreneurship programs and other community development activities.


Further he said, he considered MSU-IIT as his alma mater already because of the Mindanao Bridging Leadership Program of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as the 2nd Cohort Fellow, and being mentored with brilliant professors of MSU-IIT.


Siao in his final statement said, it has been my dream for Iligan to be known as New Investment Destination of Mindanao, the Knowledge Hub of Southern Philippines and the Emerging City for ICT/BPO industry and Agricultural Development.

Let us all work together as one and be a positive ‘Agent of Change’ for a better Iligan. I am looking forward to celebrate your golden year this coming 2018 with more partnerships and collaboration, said Siao. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)

DepEd brings out-of-school individuals back to learning thru Early Registration

Department of Education – Regional Office 10 has deployed its teachers and staff to different areas, since January 30, 2016, to perform various activities, urging children and youth not currently enrolled to register for school year 2016-2017.


Through DepEd Order No. 5, series of 2016, Early Registration implementation is covered in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide, including Northern Mindanao.


Having the theme, “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista,” it is a massive advocacy campaign to find out-of-school individuals and bring them back to school through acquiring support from local officials, civic organizations, people’s organizations and the community.


In a discussion made on air via Lambo Dyes program of Philippine Information Agency-10, Chief Education Program Specialist Allan L. Mansaladez said that this early registration allows children and youth to finish their studies in different strategy.


Since the commencement of the implementation, DepEd teachers and staff and partners did house-to-house campaigns, and series of meetings to locate, identify and enrol out children and youth who are in remote or geographically isolated areas, difficult circumstances, belong to disadvantaged groups or who suffer from discrimination, and have dropped out but would like to go back to school.


Mansaladez also added that children and youth who have disabilities or in need of special education are included in the targets. DepEd assured that in every district, there are schools that cater special children and youth. Moreover, for parents who want homeschooling for their special children, teachers can visit them.


He also said that this implementation of early registration is a big help to address the needs of the school for the next school year, because once the department determine the estimation on how several official enrolees would be, they could easily know the number of students they would be serving and eventually, prepare for what might be lacking in terms of number of teachers, facilities and classroom buildings.


Mansaladez is encouraging all individuals who are not yet enrolled to allow themselves to be listed because basic education is a privilege of all Filipinos and each one should enjoy it.


The early registration implementation will continue until February 29. (IJBD/PIA)

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Time to learn about indigenous knowledge, says Luistro

“Panahon na po para matuto tayo ng katutubong kaalaman mula sa inyo at mula sa inyong naisalin mula sa iba’t ibang henerasyon (It is about time for us to learn about indigenous knowledge from you and from the series of transitions that these pieces of knowledge have gone through generations),” Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro said before 5,000 Gingoog residents, mostly indigenous people of upland villages, during the “serbisyo caravan” held at mountainous barangay Kalipay of Gingoog City.

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Luistro said that learning about katutubong kaalaman is about partnering and engaging with lumad leaders, even those situated in the farthest places, and pursuing Indigenous People Education (IPEd), through collecting documentation of ethnic stories, songs and rituals, and further sharing these as important tools for cultural exchange, one act of constant effort to better understand and value indigenous culture in education.


He also shared that the administration under President Benigno Aquino III is dreaming of bringing government services closer to people even to the farthest island of the country. The “serbisyo caravan” which Luistro keynoted, is one initiative to ensure that government services are accessible to communities in remote places.


“Isa po sa pamayanang ito ang mga katutubong komunidad o mga Lumad (One of these settlements are IP communities),” Luistro addressed to IPs present. Higaonons from barangays Kalipay, Eureka, Sangalan, Kamanikan, Dinawehan, Kianlagan, San Jose, Malibud, Tagpako and Talon showed participation in the event.


“Kasama din sa mga pangarap para sa susunod na mga araw, buwan, taon o lalong-lalo na sa susunod na mga henerasyon na ang baril ay hindi na gagamitin sa pakikipaglaban sa bawat isa (Part also of this dream for the coming days, months, years or more importantly, in the next generations is that guns would not be used anymore in fighting against each other),” he said.

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Luistro stressed that the delivery of health, peace, education and livelihood services among these communities are keys in ending disputes and achieving lasting peace.


Likewise, guns will be turned into books, health delivery instruments and tools in improving livelihood of the people.


Furthermore, this caravan is served as venue in creating access for people to avail basic services, encouraging them to leave lethal conflicts.


The “serbisyo caravan” converged different agencies including Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Department of Education (DepEd) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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The convergence of services was spearheaded by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and in collaboration with local government unit of Gingoog City. It is the fifth and last “serbisyo caravan” to be conducted under Aquino administration. (IJBD/PIA10)


DOH, DEPED, DILG join efforts in National School Deworming Day

The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) region 10 join forces and work together for the simultaneous National School Deworming Day (NSDD) on 27 January 2016 in all public schools in the country.

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During a press conference hosted by DOH on 25 January 2016, Dr. Jocelyn Torrecampo, DOH development officer of Cagayan de oro City and El Salvador said that the NSDD on 27 January 2016 is an implementation of the semi-annual simultaneous nationwide deworming to school children in public schools and is also a follow up of the same activity on July of last year.

DOH will conduct school based deworming through the assistance of DepEd and community based deworming through the DILG. School children with ages 5-12 years old will be provided Albendazole 400mg in their respective schools while those one to four years old and out of school children will be given dewroming tablet in their respective city or municipal health centers.

Dr. Josephine Ibalio, Regional Vector Borne Disease coordinator of the Department of Health (DOH) region 10 said that those who are out of school children from 5-12 years old are still covered in the deworming program through their community health centers from January to February this year.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ellen Santua, development management officer of Department of Health (DOH) Misamis Oriental encouraged dissemination of right information about the deworming program. She says not to panic if children will feel abdominal pain since this is one of the normal side effects of taking a deworming tablet. She adds to make sure schoolchildren takes their breakfast prior to deworming.

According to Dr. Mark Meso, medical officer of DepEd Cagayan de Oro, teachers have been instructed about the guidelines on the implementation of the deworming. Teacher’s planning and workshops started as early as January 8 up to January 22. The DepEd have also coordinated the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) presidents to help the teachers in making sure their children have taken full meal before going to school for deworming.

A total of 19,000 school children in public schools in Cagayan de Oro City will be given the deworming tablet on the NSDD on 27 January.

DOH and DepEd have strictly enforced that the pupils should have permissions to their parents prior to the deworming day. This enforcement is strictly implemented so that the children already have the consent of their parents.

There will be a free feeding program for the public schools before the deworming time that is shouldered by the PTA and the DepEd. Donations are very welcome but the DepEd and DOH suggest that donations should be of that of raw ingredients for the rice soup or commonly known as ‘Arroz Caldo’.

Although this is participated by all public schools nationwide, the kick-off in Cagayan de Oro is at the Fr. William F. Masterson, SJ Elementary School, formerly KM 5 Elementary School, located at Xavier Heights, Upper Balulang. The taking of the tablet will happen at exactly 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for the afternoon classes.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rachel Daba-Dilla, city health officer of Cagayan de Oro City during the National School Deworming Day press conference on 25 January 2016 says that private schools can avail the free Albendazol, used for deworming children, by simply writing a request letter to the City Health office. (Jonathan M. Macas/JMOR/PIA10)