THE online broadcast of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Davao Region dubbed as Diri sa DepEd Onse became a household name since it started in March 2021. It created a palpable sense of anticipation to its more than 120K followers to watch the episodes every Friday at 3 in the afternoon.

Thus, the 2021 Onse (Outstanding Newsfeatures and Stories in Education) Awards was looked forward to by many.

The 2021 Onse Awards last Friday (January 7, 2022) recognized the cream of the crop. They are the men and women across the 11 divisions who worked behind the production of Diri sa DepEd Onse.

It wasn't an easy journey for all the production team members since producing an online broadcast was something new. So, some teachers and personnel became instant directors, videographers, video editors, news presenters and anchors, voiceover talents, and many more.

They did not have formal hands-on training, but their instinct and impulse made them creators and magicians. Yes, it was magic if we define the word as something that came out from nothing.

When the Diri sa DepEd Onse broadcast was conceptualized through the rousing motivation of Regional Director (RD) Allan G. Farnazo and fully supported by Assistant RD Maria Ines C. Asuncion, the battling and meeting of the minds developed.

In this year, the Communications Team has decided to add more flavors to ensure that the followers of DepEd-Davao Region will learn, enjoy, and connect.

So, there would be memes every Monday to share some information in a thought-provoking way. It will be called Meme Monday. On Tuesday, it will feature The Thinking DepEd where the significant statements of DepEd personalities or anyone who is interested in education will be highlighted and posted.

The other days would feature learners, teachers, personnel, and educational leaders to make it more inspiring and touching.

Let's go back to the 2021 Onse Awards and the winners.

For Best Broadcast Story and Best in Cinematography, the Division of Davao Oriental secured the awards. They were also awarded second place in Best Episode category.

The Best Presenter award was given to Christine Cabahug, a teacher-broadcaster from Davao City Division. The champions for Best Anchor category were Charmainne Gizelle Fariolen and Rezmarquel Pann of Mati City Division.

The Division of Digos City nailed four awards namely Best Teaser, Best Poster, Most Organized Presentation, and third place Best Episode.

The Division of Davao del Norte wa s proclaimed champion for the Best Episode category. It also received the Most Popular Episode award. Its Communications Team members, Neil Edward Diaz and Grace Santa Daclan, were declared as Most Outstanding Communications Team.

The Communications Team members of Davao Occidental, Raymond Aquino and Almer Davis, got the second place for Most Outstanding Communications Team while two divisions were acknowledged in the third place - Neil Michael de Asis and Armando Aguilon Jr. of Panabo City and Tito Endrina and Gervasio Salinas Jr. of Digos City.

The Best Supportive Audience award was given to Davao City Division with Jonas Piore leading the team.

For stories posted in social media, the Best Story by a Student-Writer was given to Jeremy J. Medel of Davao Occidental; Best Story by a Teacher was awarded to Glenn B. Eborda of Davao del Sur.

The Best Story by a Personnel was accorded to Mae Suzette E. Cebulleros of Davao Occidental and the Best Story by a Contributor was given to Carylmae Bauyot-Balmores of Mati City.

For the Best Story by a Communications Team Member, Diaz of Panabo City and Aquino of Davao Occidental were given the recognition.

It was a tie for the Best School of the Day Feature category for Lawa National High School (NHS) of Davao Occidental featured by Alena Kryshelle Catalan and Monkayo NHS of Davao de Oro by Melody M. Idul.

The 2021 Onse Awards was streamed live on Facebook with the help and creativity of DepEd Davao City Media and Creative Team. The hosts were both Communications Team members -- Salinas of Digos City and Nancy Sumagaysay of Davao Oriental.