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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


USec Quijano keynotes 1st Regional Education Summit in East Visayas

PALO, Leyte, January 20 (PIA) – Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano, Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of the Department of Education is scheduled to keynote the first Regional Education Summit in Eastern Visayas which will gather education stakeholders from the ten schools divisions in the region on January 20.

USec Quijano will expound on the summit’s theme “Strengthening Quality Basic Education via K to 12” to advocate the proposed K to 12 implementation plan and generate commitment to the program.

The first regional education summit will serve as a platform for the regional education agency to present to the local stakeholders the state of the education in the region, DepEd-8 Regional Director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu informed.

The summit, which will be conducted at RELC – NEAP Region VIII also aims to advocate the proposed K to 12 implementation plan and generate commitment to the program, Director Yu added.

The Department of Education (DepEd) is set jumpstart the gradual implementation of the K to 12 (K-12) program by next school year. The K-12 program is designed to add two more years to the 10-year basic education curriculum.

The curriculum for incoming Grade 1 pupils and the graduating Grade 6 students will be the initial focus in the school year 2012-2013.

Based on the program, graduating Grade 6 students would undergo Grade 7 which would be the first level of the four-year junior high school before proceeding to another two-year level secondary education which will be known as senior high school.

During the Summit, Director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu will disseminate the state of education in Region 8, its major programs and projects, national achievement plus test results.

The K to 12 legislative reforms in education will be discussed by Congressman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of the 1st District of Samar.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla will share with the participants “ICOT” and “APEX” in the context of K to 12: the Leyte Experience.

Meanwhile, the role of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in K to 12 will be covered by CHED OIC Regional Director Dr. Libertad P. Garcia and TESDA Regional Director Juan M. Sabulao, Jr., respectively.

The Keynote Address by USec Quijano will be followed by Messages of Support from Palo Municipal Mayor Remedios L. Petilla, Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu of the Philippine Information Agency, Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr. of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Regional PTA Federation President Mr. Zino V. Llarena, the Regional Coordinator of the Teachers Dignity Coalition Mr. Edilberto U. Sumapig, and lastly, Exec. Director Sonia C. Palami of the Eastern Visayas Association of Private Schools. (PIA 8)

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