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The Scribe’s Corner
Sunday, September 1, 2013
DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team"
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All roads led to the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Capitol Compound, Mankilam, Tagum City, Province of Davao del Norte for the 12th Management Committee Meeting of the Department of Education on August 29, 2013 in between the hosting of the Province of the Mindanao Qualifying Leg of the 2013 Batang Pinoy Athletic Competition that reportedly attracted a record-breaking number of delegates from all over Mindanao.
The meeting attended by the 16 regional directors and one regional secretary of the Armm was presided by DepEd Secretary Armin A. Luistro, with other key officials like Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera and Assistant Secretaries Lorna D. Dino and Reynaldo Laguda, who is also the chief of staff of the Department.
Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno ensured the overall safety and comfort of all the ManCom participants by organizing working committees from the Regional Office and the Division of Davao del Norte headed by Superintendent Josephine L. Fadul.
The guests were welcomed in the airport and were given their snacks and relaxation in the nearby Jose Maria College, a world class learning institution owned and founded by world renowned evangelist Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.
Sec. Luistro and the other DepEd officials from the Central Office were afforded a world class accommodation at the Tahanan ng Gobernador, also in the Capitol Compound with no less than Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario reaching his arms of welcome to them and the rest of the DepEd officials during a breakfast meeting and the Welcome and Fellowship Night sponsored by the Office of the Governor who, as this column hits the road, had already celebrated his birthday (Sept. 1, 2013).
Mayor Allan L. Rellon of Tagum City, himself a long time educator also welcomed the delegates of the ManCom during the Welcome and Fellowship Night where the regional director of Region XII, Dr. Rosa Gutierrez was afforded a Testimonial Program in honor of her retirement from the public service after reaching the mandatory age of 65 years old.
Amidst the P10 billion pork barrel scam that rocked both houses of Congress, Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro warned DepEd officials against involving in or allowing anomalous transactions in their respective offices.
Luistro directed education officials to always verify transactions, such as delivery of books and school equipment coming from the national office.
He also instructed them to immediately call the police to arrest any individual "who uses my name in vain."
On the issue of the suspension of classes due to typhoons and other calamities, DepEd reiterated that elementary and high schools have to fulfill a minimum of 180 days contact time with students for each school year or 45 days per quarter.
If there are class disruptions, these can be made up through additional take-home modules or actual make-up classes either on Saturdays or by extending class hours on weekdays. For private schools, we would trust the decision of the school management. For public schools, superintendents are mandated to decide on these in consultation with their school principals.
The DepEd annual calendar of around 200 school days already includes 20 days buffer for class disruptions. There may still be enough buffer days at this time of the school year so as not to require make up classes following the days lost this week.
A separate article detailing the meat of the meeting will be published soon. This Corner expresses the Office's gratitude to all who in one way or the other had helped in making the whole activity a resounding success.
To God be the glory!
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 02, 2013.