Oplan Balik Eskwela kicks off today

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe's Corner

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 OIC Regional Director Nenita E. Lumaad, CSEE to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "You have to be familiar with all the programs and projects of our organization and you have to be accountable to each one”

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After spending a week for Brigada Eskwela where classrooms and the whole school campus were readied for the coming school opening, DepEd will now be having another program, this time trying to put and keep all schoolchildren to school, the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE).

This year, OBE in the region will be manned by the Education Support Services Division (ESSD) headed by Dr. Mariblanca Piatos and will be entertaining all concerns about school opening which will be up for queries starting today, May 26, until everything will be settled for a smooth school opening.

The OBE with its Public Assistance Station (PAS) primarily aim to address the problems commonly encountered during this period to ensure that the learners are properly enrolled and are able to attend school by the first day of classes.

As usual, OBE and PAS has three components, namely; convergence (involving all government and/or non government agencies responsible in ensuring smooth sailing opening of classes), information/dissemination and Information and Action Center (IAC).

Though no one will be refused enrolment, it is also advisable that parents shall be open to put their children to schools in the locality with less enrollees compared to those that are already ‘filled to the rafters’. Every school through the school heads is trying to be at par with other schools in terms of providing our learners with the quality of education they deserve, thus, no school is inferior than the other.

It is also advisable that local issues be settled first in the school level before elevating it to the higher authorities in order to save time and proper action will be provided immediately. Our personnel in the field are already aware of the policies of DepEd so it is high time to give them chance to prove their worth in acting on concerns that can easily be acted upon in the school level.

The following are important numbers in the regional office where you can call to address your queries left unanswered in the field offices and schools of DepED: RDO – 221-6147 , 291-1665, ARDO – 227-1102, ADM/Personnel – 225-0816, Asset/Supply – 227-0941, BFD – 225-8495, Cashier – 291-1738, CLMD/SED – 222-2653, ESSD/HNU – 224-0468, FTAD/PESS – 224-0748, ICT – 221-3288, Legal – 224-0352, PPRD/Elem – 224-0750, PSU – 225-6358, QAD – 224-0757 and Records – 224-0752.

This corner hopes that all issues and concerns will be answered before the opening of classes on June 2, 2014. It takes a village to educate a child.

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You can access DepEd Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: region11.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to depedregion11@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepEd Region 11 at (082) 227-6147, (082) 291-1665 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 26, 2014.

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