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PIA Press Release
2008/02/29

DepEd buckles up for NAT

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (29 February) -- Despite the massive flood that hit recently Eastern Samar province, the National Achievement Test (NAT)will surely pursue as scheduled. Thus said Administrative Officer V, Roberto B. Hilario, Sr. in a phone interview with PIA.

"Sad to say, there are several barangays and elementary schools which are still submerged in water which has truly interrupted classes and review sessions at their far end, others have even been displaced," so said the worried administrator.

Because of the difficult situation, Hilario called upon the district supervisors whose areas are still under water to submit Situation Reports for their respective area of responsibility (AOR) so that necessary interventions can be sent their end. He said if they need to report the matter to DepEd Regional or Central Office, they will do so.

"There are 29 districts in the entire division and some of them are still flooded; this worries us in the Division Office because we know their classes and most importantly their review have been interrupted, and perhaps due to the unfortunate happening, this year's NAT result can be affected", the concerned officer said over Radyo ng Bayan DYES.

He added that the districts of Llorente, Mydolong, Borongan, Taft, Sulat, Can-avidm Arteche, Maslog and Jipapad are feared to be most bothered by the recent flood. However, to patch up the lost hours in classes and review sessions, teachers are doing overtime in order to render review classes on Saturdays.

It may be recalled that 2007 NAT results placed Eastern Samar Division in the limelight when two girls from Lawaan Central Elementary School made it to the top : Genevieve Palma and Faye Egargo did not only give the provincial government honor and pride but they also won the country's admiration. Palma and Egardo were given the high recognition in Malacanang by her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal for their outstanding performance. With them were DepEd Division Superintendent, Dr. Nina Villalon, Regional Director Sol Matugas, Lawaan School Principal Oscar Sabarillo and Mrs. Nancy Campo who likewise received her own distinction teacher achiever. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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