DepEd completes review of education targets

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Friday, July 27, 2012


NEGROS Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa said the Department of Education (DepEd) completed Thursday the four-day extensive review of the School-Based Management (SBM) program.

The SBM Program of DepEd, which was participated by 590 elementary and 120 high schools in the province, aims to fast-track the attainment of Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goal (MDG).

DepEd Regional Director Dr. Mildred Garay has instructed all schools division superintendents in Western Visayas to ensure that the particular needs of cities and provincial schools divisions to immediately address EFA and MDG making use of the SBM grants received by the country and from the savings from the 2011 budget.

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Garay said the move is very timely, considering that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) National Budget Circular Number 54 has stated that for the first five months of 2012, the National Government has not met its spending targets.

To accelerate spending and sustain the fiscal targets during the year, measures have to be implemented to optimize the utilization of available resources.

The Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, making use of the 2008 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey 2008, showed that Western Visayas was ranked only 11th out of 17 regions in the country in functional literacy.

For his part, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent and SBM Coordinator of Negros Occidental Jose Freddie Mocon said the division is pushing hard to achieve its target in literacy to support regional efforts led by Garay, as well as to ensure the full implementation of the K to 12 curriculum in the province.

Mocon also pointed out that, as part of the literacy for all campaign and the reading recovery program of DepEd, the division has established a reading center at the division office.

"You can see that the principals and other school heads are fully supportive of this thrust of the region, having revised their SBM Plan to include the acquisition of Learning Activity Packages such as the English Reading Kit to boost the literacy rate in their school," Mocon said. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 27, 2012.

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