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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 22, 2012


300 participants attend EV education summit

by Flor Jackson

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, January 22 (PIA) -- Some 300 participants attended the first-ever Eastern Visayas (EV) Regional Education Summit on Friday, January 20 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office 8 Complex at the Government Center in Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

The education summit brought together school officials and teacher representatives from the six provinces of Eastern Visayas led by DepEd Regional Director Luisa Bautista-Yu, parents, local chief executives, representatives of line agencies, private schools officials, business sector and other non-government organizations.

To serve as a platform for government to present to the stakeholders the proposed K to 12 implementation plan and generate commitment to the program, the education summit was highlighted with the presence of DepEd Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano, Congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of the first district of Samar, Leyte Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla, Regional Director Libertad Garcia of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Mayor Remedios Petilla of Palo, Leyte who is the President of the Leyte League of Mayors.

The activity provided an avenue for the participants to listen and fully understand the K to 12 program of the DepEd which is Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education.

The program which starts this school year 2011-2012 requires six years of high school education where the students undergo four years of junior high school education and two years of senior high school education.

The education summit included the reporting of the state of education in region 8 by Director Yu, reporting of major programs, activities and projects of DepEd in the region and the results of the National Achievement Test (NAT).

The needs, gaps and the programs to address these gaps were discussed by Atty. Alberto Escobarte, DepEd Assistant Regional Director.

Congressman Sarmiento who talked about the K to 12 and legislative reforms in education during the summit also informed the participants of some bills he filed in the House of Representatives which are related to the development of education in the region.

Governor Petilla, on the other hand, shared to the participants information about the “ICOT-P” and “APEX” in the context of the K to 12.

The role of the CHED and the Technical Education and Skills Development Training (TESDA) in K to 12 were discussed by Dr. Garcia and Ms. Ester Pulma of TESDA, respectively.

The regional education summit in Eastern Visayas ended with messages of support from the different sectors.

Mayor Petilla said the education summit was very educational and more concepts about the K to 12 were presented for the participants to understand the program fully.

“The League of Municipalities of Leyte will be very bullish about the K to 12 program,” she said.

“As President of the League of Municipalities of Leyte, you can be very sure that the local chief executives (LCEs) will be ready in the municipalities. K to 12 will have a very successful ending. We will not see the results now, but I think this will be the very best that will happen to the country, region and our municipalities,” she said further.

For her part, Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) vowed to support the program through various information dissemination activities in the six provinces of Eastern Visayas where PIA has offices.

On the other hand, Arnel Agabe, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) region 8 who represented Regional Director Pedro Noval, likewise pledged strong support to the program here in region 8. He urged the LGU-partners of DepEd to comply to the full disclosure policy of the government to ensure program and projects funds are used properly.

Mr. Zino Llarenas, regional Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Federation President also expressed his strong support to the program.

Edilberto Sumapig, regional coordinator of the Teachers Dignity Coalition equally expressed his strong support to the program and hopes that problems such as the lack of teachers and classrooms will be also addressed.

For her part, Sonia Palami, Executive Director of the EV Association of Private Schools (EVAPS) said, “We believe that K to 12 is the only way to catch up with the world – to be globally competitive,” she said further.

Msgr. Ramon Aguilos, Catholic Schools Superintendent who also represented the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Palo (CSAP) said “I call on our catholic school officials to support the K to 12 program and organize assemblies and sessions to promote the program.” (PIA 8 Biliran)

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