Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages Mario A. Deriquito graced the First Regional Education Summit conducted by DepEd Regional Office No. II held at the NEAP at the Region, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, on October 30, 2014.

USEC Deriquito apprised the 164 stakeholders composed of Directors and representatives from the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Presidents of the Regional Associations of private schools, elementary, secondary and tech voc schools, Local Government Units (LGUs), City Mayors, SDSs, ASDSs and school heads with the gains and directions of DepEd.

He presented the accomplishments of DepEd for the past years: increasing number of completers, improving performance in the subject areas, construction of the 66, 813 classrooms, reaching the hard-to-reach learners, creation of the Learning Resources Portal and many others.

He also underscored the milestones the Department has been working on, the creation of the 39,066 teacher items, 70 M Learning Materials and 1 M GASTPE grantees, which are essential in the full implementation of the Senior High School.

The Undersecretary challenged the stakeholders by posting three questions for everyone to ponder on: “How prepared are we for Senior High School?, How inclusive is our education?,  Have we maximized the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration to prepare for SHS and reach out to our hard-to-reach learners?.”

Meanwhile, Engineer Ferdinand P. Tumaliuan, the Planning Officer and representative of Director Mary Ann ER. Darauay of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) shared the growth and development aspirations of the Cagayan Valley Region.

He presented the national scenario then zero in with the region’s dream and aspirations of turning the Valley as “The Northern Gateway, Prime Water Resource and Grains Producer of the Philippines.”

In a related news development, Assistant Secretary for Programs and Projects Lorna Dig-Dino, Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Regional Director cleared the doubts of the stakeholders as regards the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum by thoroughly discussing its features, goals and context.

The lady Director emphasized that the learner-centered curriculum was developed by DepEd with CHED, TESDA, HEI’s and various experts as an instrument geared towards the realization of DepEd’s Vision and Mission.

In her talk she stressed that with k to 12, the name of the game in all classrooms should be “Show Me”, accentuating the importance of the performance standards. “This time teachers should not be working so hard during class time, they should only be facilitators of learning. They should let the learners show what they know and what they can do,” she further said.

After acquainting the stakeholders with K to 12 matters, ASec Dino presented the areas of convergence where the attendees were grouped into seven brainstorming on the different Key Result Areas: 1. Universal Participation –  All school-age children are  in school or learning centers,  either in  the  formal or alternative delivery system, 2.  Retention and Completion of basic education, 3.   Nutritional status of learners, 4. Literacy and numeracy, 5. Enabling and motivating learning  environment (Child-friendly, Provision of or Repair of Classrooms, Libraries/Learning Resources Facilities, Water and Sanitation ,  seats and tables), 6. Child Protection, and 7. Capability building for teachers and education leaders.

Each group expressed its commitment in support to the development of the 21st century Filipino learners.#