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         June 1, 2015 is a significant date for the Department of Education not only because it signals the opening of School  Year 2015-2016, but more importantly, this occasion marks the final stretch of preparations for the full implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. Our Department has been working so hard these past months to ensure the smooth transition of  our students from one level to another; even as we intensify information dissemination, advocacies and trainings in order to maximize the potentials of our school communities and arm them with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes that are vital  in the employment of the enhanced curriculum. We are confident that our elementary and secondary schools are now fully equipped with the capabilities and resources that they need in order to make a headway in their local communities.  

         We appeal to our school leaders and teachers to begin this school year on a positive note. We recognize that the real action happens in the schools and within the confines of the classrooms. There, we place our trust and confidence to our innovative leaders  and competent teachers to secure their clientele and make sure that they are given the quality of education that they rightfully deserve. We also challenge you to transform these students into thinking and active individuals who are socially aware of  the conditions that surround them. Listen to them, challenge their young minds, encourage their dreams and support their ideas. Allow them to grow and see the world through your guiding hands, and grant them the privilege to be happy with their peers  through your careful supervision.

         We also call on our stakeholders to continue walking with us in this journey, as the Department of Education continues to refine its policies for the benefit of our learners. Your active support and assistance to our programs have been most valuable,  and we look forward to more years of consultation and collaboration with you. We are convinced that through our collaborative efforts, we can make significant innovations in our organization as we all aim for the development of excellent school communities  in Bicol Region.

         Welcome back to our Bicolano students to another fruitful year of learning and fun in school!


9, s. 2016

Regional Cliniquing-Workshop of Participants to the national Schools Press Conference (Elementary & Secondary)

8, s. 2016

Official Results of the 2015 Regional Schools Press Conference

7, s. 2016

2016 Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge

6, s. 2016

Submission of List of Idle Lands Owned by DepEd

5, s. 2016

Regional Live-Out Enhancement Training-Workshop for Coaches/Trainers of the Different-Abled Athletes on Technical and Classification in Special Events


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Story of Sorsogon’s twin lake transformed into stage play

A story of love and struggle which gave way to two famous lakes in the province of Sorsogon will soon be retold.

These two lakes will be given life as the main characters in the theater play, “Si Bulusan nan Si Agingay,  ? which is based on the folklore about the famous Bulusan Lake, nestled at the foot of Bulusan Volcano, and Lake Agingay, which is located near the volcano’s crater.

Seminar-Workshop on Efficient Data Management
for Effective Implementation
of School Improvement Plan (SIP)

NTMA recently hosted a seminar-workshop about "Efficient Data Management for Effective Implementation  of the School Improvement Project (SIP)" which was participated by 109 Principals, Asst. Principals, Coordinators and Guidance Counselors from Region V – Bicol.

DepEd RO V conducts investigation on the complaint
for an alleged impersonation during the
2015 Palarong  Bicol

Legazpi City – The Department of Education Regional Office V, through the Regional Screening  and Accreditation Committee (RSAC) conducted an investigation on March 23, 2015 relative to the complaint filed by DepEd – Division of Albay dated March 20, 2015 against a pupil athlete of DepEd – Division of Camarines Sur alleging impersonation  and praying for the nullification of the results in Athletics Boys (Elementary).

DepEd RO V warns teacher-applicants against extortionists

         LEGAZPI CITY - The Department of Education Regional Office V (DepEd RO V) warns the public especially teacher-applicants  to be cautious of people offering and promising teaching positions in exchange for money.

Bicol SPAs excel in nat’l journ training

"If you want to produce good products, you have to be a good coach."

         These were the words of  Anna Marie San Diego, Education Program Specialists  II of the Curriculum and Development Division of the Bureau  of Secondary Education during the recently concluded National Training of Trainers for Campus Journalism (Luzon Group) held at the Queen Margarette Hotel in Lucena City last January 20 to 23, 2015.

Albay tops 2015 RSPC

         Gathering coveted points in the Regional Schools Press Conference held at Daet, Camarines Norte on January 12-15, 2015, Albay Division retained its championship slot when it posted a total of 319 points via winnings in the individual and group  events, school paper competition and search for outstanding school paper advisers and campus journalists, in both elementary and secondary levels.

13 DEPED Reg V  high school students  set off to
Japan – East Asia Network of Exchange
for Students and Youth (JENESYS)

         DepEd RO V (Bicol) thirteen (13) third and fourth year high school students, ages 15-18 years old, are delegates to the 2014-2015 Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange For students and Youth (JENESYS) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation  Center (JICE), as part of the Philippines-Japan Student Exchange Program. DepEd Region V has successfully sent delegates in three batches to this laudable Japanese Government Educational Programme for the youth in the ASEAN member states.

Dads share reading task with moms

         Tabaco City – While reading to children is commonly viewed as a women’s territory, in Tabaco City more males are getting involved in reading to children.  Leading the group was Police Superintendent Felix Survita of Tabaco City Philippine  National Police who read to a Grade III class of Tabaco North Central Elementary School.  Reading in other schools were the City Vice Mayor and eight City Councilors, School Heads, and the City Accountant, Mr. Luis Melgar.

RD Abcede urges stakeholders to rally behind the last, lost learners

         "If we want to to elevate the performance level of our Region, let us give priority to the 25 percent of our pupils who are considered to be the last and the lost. These are  the learners who need most of our attention."

SNHS scribe bags essay writing award

         Sorsogon City- senior student of the Sorsogon National High School bagged the first place in the secondary category  of Third Bicol Essay Competition provincial elimination for Sorsogon, sponsored by the Municipal Government of Daet, Camarines Norte and the Philippine Coconut Authority through the Department of Education.

DepEd ROV, DENR ROV spearhead
Special Patents Confab

         “It was supposed an impossible a dream but it turned out there is a beacon hope.”

         This was the message of Engr. Pedro L. Noble, Regional Technical Director for Lands, when the latter was invited to shed light on the  tedious process of availing Special Patents for Public Schools within Region V on October 23, 2014 pursuant to an Unnumbered Memorandum dated October 7, 2014 which was held at the DepEd-Regional Education and Learning Center (RELC).

DepEd RO V Statement on the Death of
Ms. Roda De Vera Fortes,
Teacher I of Sta. Cruz ES, Barcelona, Sorsogon

         The Department of Education Region V deeply mourns the untimely death of Ms. Roda De Vera Fortes, a Teacher I of Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Barcelona District, Division of Sorsogon. Ms. Fortes was a hard-working teacher and an efficient public servant.  She was constantly doing her best to contribute to the school’s goal of achieving academic excellence.

DepEd RO V celebrates World Teachers’ Day, honors exemplary teachers and retirees

Legazpi City - In its aim of achieving better performance along management, supervision, and services of the regional office personnel and in line with the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month, DepEd Regional Office V holds the celebration  of World Teachers’ Day cum Conference on Upgrading Competencies in a Gender-Sensitive Workplace at The Concourse Convention Hall, Legazpi City last September 29, 2014.

Reading gets a boost in evacuation centers

         Tabaco City - It is reading time!  With or without formal classrooms, reading goes on in Tabaco City.

         No less than Schools Division Superintendent, Mrs. Cecille Bernadette P. Rivera led the reading of a story to pupils of Mayon Elementary School, one of the eight evacuation centers in Tabaco City on October 3, 2014.

2014 World Food Day Regionwide On-The-Spot Mosaic Making Contest
By: Christie L. Alvarez
DepEd ROV, Legazpi City

         The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with Governments, International Development Agencies, farmers’ organizations and other relevant  organizations of the United Nations system, as well as relevant non-governmental organizations, is facilitating its implementation with the following objectives:

Abot-Alam Program: 100% Commitment to Every Filipino’s Education

By: Dr. Evangeline Alcantara-Saculo
Asst. Chief, Alternative Learning Systen/OIC Chief, Field Technical Assistance (FTAD)
DepEd Regional Office V, Legazpi City

         Very recently, the Department of Education announced the implementation of the Abot-Alam Program via DepEd Order No. 17, s. 2014. Abot-Alam, as explained in the document,   is a convergence program that is being undertaken by a consortium of various national government agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) and institutions under the leadership of DepEd and the National Youth Commission  (NYC).  It is a national strategy to locate the out-of-school youth (OSY) nationwide who are 15 to 30 years old and who have not completed basic/higher education or who are unemployed, and to mobilize and harmonize programs which will address the OSY's needs  and aspirations.

Is One’s Course Preference Determined by NCAE Results
By: Ana Lisa P. Baluis
Secondary School Teacher III
Pag-asa National High School
Legazpi City

         Doubts and presumptions are cleared when the subject hovers within one’s experience, this, I realized upon my exercise  of maternal obligation. My motherhood has brought me to ponder on the question of how reliable NCAE results are in the course preference among college entrants. How does it affect the choice of a career among college freshmen?

         National College Assessment Examination (NCAE) is administered to Third Year students aimed at guiding  them in their course preference as they enter college life. This program was conceptualized to prepare high school students in selecting a college course that would best fit them. One of the reasons for a declining economy is the so called "misfits" in  the world of work and the government has found a way of escalating it through the administration of this NCAE. Misplaced workers, unemployment and underemployment arise from the wrong choice of course among college students. With this, NCAE was given  birth to guide college entrants in their course preference.

First Batch of Region V JENESYS 2.0 Exchange Students
Scholars will be sent to Japan

        In partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), the implementing agency of JENESYS 2.0,  the Department of Education will be sending its first batch of students to Japan on September 8-16, 2014.

         Four out of five applicants of the Bicol Region qualified the National Level Screening held at Tagaytay International  Convention Center on July 4, 2014. Twenty-five (25) out of 34 Luzon student applicants were selected, 9 from Visayas and 12 from Mindanao. Francia U. Biescas of San Jose National High School, Malilipot, Albay; Keila T. Abarientos of Naga City  School of Arts and Trades, Naga City; Alvin B. Realingo of Pag-asa National High School, Legazpi City and John Oliver B. Rubi of Concepcion Pequeña National High School, Naga City will be part of the Philippine Delegation to the First Batch  of JENESYS 2.0 to be sent to Japan. Round trip international air tickets, food and accommodation will be arranged for free by JICE.

Be Prepared!

         "Be Prepared" is an Elton John’s song from the 1994 Disney animated film and 1997 Broadway musical The  Lion King.

         Elementary and secondary schools all over the country will once more mark the annual Nutrition Month or "Buwan ng Nutrisyon".

         As mandated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the theme for this year’s celebration is "Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!"   The 40 th Nutrition Month campaign focuses on nutrition in emergencies.

Escudero foundation launch search for outstanding teachers of Sorsogon

         Aimed to honor and give special recognition to teachers who manifest profound commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence,  remarkable dedication to their work and effective educational leadership, the Salvador H. Escudero III Foundation has organized the Search for Outstanding Teachers of Sorsogon (SOTS) this school year 2013-2014.

Literacy Coordinating Council launches 2014 National Literacy Awards

         The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) recently launched the 2014  National Literacy Awards (NLA) in the Bicol Region at the Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC), Rawis, Legazpi City on March 4, 2014.

DepEd ROV intensifies advocacy campaign for the Early Registration Day

         Armed with the desire to ensure that parents all over Bicol Region will come out and enrol their children for school entry in School Year 2014-2015 during the scheduled Early Registration Day on January 25, 2014, OIC-Regional Director Ramon  Fiel G. Abcede has directed the Division Offices to intensify the advocacy campaigns in their respective localities.

Basic Education Sector raises issues, concerns on SHS implementation

         Participants in the Basic Education Cluster raised significant concerns relative to the implementation of Senior High School Program during the parallel session held as part of  the Regional Higher Education Summit in The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City, November 14, 2013.

Survey reveals students, parents’ interests
perked up by SHS

         In a survey conducted among 78, 451 students from public schools and 10,710 students from private schools in the Region as to their preference for Senior High School field of specialization, it was revealed that 36,027 (public) and 5,956 (private) are  interested to enrol in academic track; 30,784 (public) and 3,372 (private) wish to be immersed in technical-vocational track, while the remaining 11, 640 (public) and 1,382 (public) are into sports and arts track.

RD Abcede explores preparations, challenges of SHS

         "By far, the Regional and Division Offices of DepEd Region V were able to orient school officials, organized the division and school Senior High School Implementation Teams, launched advocacy campaigns, conducted consultative conferences with stakeholders,  coordinated with other government agencies, benchmarked SHS pilot implementers, formulated action plans and strengthened the Career Guidance Program."

DepEd Region V Stockroom Gutted by Fire, None Hurt

         A fire incident occurred in the Supply Office stockroom located on the ground floor of the Payroll Services Unit (PSU) Building on Friday amidst the impending threat   of Typhoon Yolanda, gutting used athletic equipment, condemned printers, unserviceable computers, office supplies, and other materials. The fire turned most of the used athletic equipment into smoke and ash before it was put out by the firefighters within   fifteen (15) minutes after they arrived at the fire scene.

DepEd Bicol to send Assessment Team to Samar

         Intent to help DepEd Central Office to craft timely, relevant and appropriate action plans to address  the needs of the affected school communities hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Visayas, DepEd Region V will dispatch an Assessment Team to the province of Samar tomorrow, November 12, 2013.

Regional EPS is 2013 CSC Pagasa Awardee

         For upholding the ideals of excellence, professionalism and integrity in public service,  Lynn Zuñiga-Padillo,  a Regional Education Supervisor from DepEd Region V, was conferred the much-coveted CSC PAGASA AWARD (Individual Category) by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III, represented by Honorable Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., in this year  ?s Honor Awards of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) held at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace on October 24, 2013, 10:00 in the morning.

RSSSEAU, PHILSPADA to coach SPED advocates

         On December 6-8, 2013, education advocates for the differently abled learners will troop to Tabaco National High School, Tabaco City, for the Live-out Regional Training of  Trainors, Technical and Classification Seminar for the Differently Abled Persons.

RO to equip division key personnel with  TA skills

         DepEd Regional Office No. V will initiate a capability-building activity among key persons in the 13 divisions through a Regional Training-Workshop on Technical Assistance  for School-Based Management and Managing the K to 12 Teaching and Learning this November, 2013 in cluster venues.

Info officers to undergo rigid training

         Armed with the desire to better facilitate news and information processing in the 13 divisions in Bicol Region, the Regional Office will spearhead a three-day live-in training-workshop  for the Division Information Officers at Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC) Function Hall on November 4-6, 2013.

School drop out dips in Region V

         The Region’s efforts in curtailing the drop out rate in the elementary and secondary schools for the past years through advocacy and awareness campaigns, implementation  of school-initiated interventions and Alternative Delivery Modes are finally paying off as the latest figures on last school year’s drop out rate were revealed.

DepEd ROV cheers Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementers

         Inspired by the gruelling efforts exerted by elementary and secondary schools all over the Region in compliance with the strict implementation of Brigada Eskwela 2013, also known  as the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 20-25, 2013, DepEd Region V launched the search for this year’s Brigada Eskwela Best School Implementers.

DepEd RO V basketball team bags championship cup
by: Dario I. Cabanela,

         Being declared as Over-all Champion was a dream come true for DepEd RO V Basketball Team.

         Besting three other teams, it was the very first time that the Region’s players made it to the top. They were able to win two straight games. After defeating team C  in their first game, DepEd RO V occupied the slot for the winner’s bracket.       

Nutrition Month 2013 underscores need for concerted actions to reduce hunger, malnutrition

by: Christie L. Alvarez

         This year’s Nutrition Month celebration focuses on the theme "Gutom at malnutrisyon,  sama-sama nating wakasan! (Hunger and malnutrition, together let us end!)."

         The theme underscores the need for concerted multi-stakeholder action to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

         The whole nation celebrates the month of July as the Nutrition Month pursuant to Section 7 of Presidential Decree 491, known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. It designates  the month of July as Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among the public on the importance of nutrition.

A new home, a better future for RR pupils
by: Catalina P. Garcia

"You will never do anything in this world without courage." AristotleThis principle  inspired  Pilar II Central School family to come up with a Reading Recovery Room, which they transformed from an abandoned and restricted comfort room.

Region V's Reading Recovery Program
after three years

by: Catalina P. Garcia

         One of the reasons why a child is inferior to other children is the possibility that  the child  has learning difficulties that hinder him to be with the group. This premise was proven to be true after three-year implementation of Reading Recovery in the region.

Region V holds training workshop
on the rights of women

by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         THE REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS: A RIGHT-BASED APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT, a three day training workshop, was held at the Regional Educational Training  Center (RELC),  Rawis, Legaspi City, on April 4, 2013. The training was launched pursuant to Regional Memorandum No. 58, s 2013.

NEAP RV (Bicol) Team takes part in Capability Building
Program on T & D; Region V ahead in T & D System
by Jocelyn O. Dy
Education Program Supervisor, NEAP-Bicol

         DepED Region V remains steadfast in its commitment to strengthen the human resource development through its training arm, the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP)-Bicol.

         Proof of this was the participation of three members of the NEAP-RV (Bicol) team, Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr., Susan S. Collano and Jocelyn O. Dy to the National Capability-Building Program on  Training and Development (T&D) for Regional NEAP Team members at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Baden Powell International Hotel in Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna on January 14-18, 2013.

First SPS meet held
by: Dario I. Cabanela, EPS II, Sports

         The Department of Education Regional Office No.5 through the Task Force on Sports spearheaded the 1st ever Regional SPS Meet at the Camarines Sur National High School, Division  of Naga City on January 10-12, 2013.

Usec. Quijano bats for advancement of research;
bares K to 12 thrusts
by: Joan L. Lagata

Educational researches contribute to the ability of schools and education agencies to deliver high quality education to all.

         This was underscored by Usec. Yolando S. Quijano, Deped Undersecretary for Programs and Projects, to the 1, 102 research enthusiasts from all over the country who attended the opening program of the First National Research Conference on K to 12 Education  hosted by DepEd Bicol at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City on December 12, 2012, 2:00 in the afternoon.

DepED Bicol, BASS sponsor research confab
by: Joan L. Lagata

         Recognizing educational research as an important tool in developing a cadre of reflective educational practitioners who pursue better educational outcomes, the Department of Education Regional Office No. V, in coordination with the Bicol Association of  Schools Superintendents (BASS), is hosting the First National Research Conference on K to 12 Education with the theme, "Nurturing a Culture of Research for Effective K to 12 Education Outcomes," on December 12-14, 2012 at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City.

Usec. Quijano to grace NRCKE opening
by: Joan L. Lagata

         Approximately 500 participants from all over the country are expected to gather at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City for the First National Research Conference on the K to 12 Education  on December 12-14, 2012.

         Hon. Yolanda S. Quijano, Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of DepEd, Central Office, is the guest speaker in the opening program on December 12, 1:30 in the afternoon.  The undersecretary will be introduced by the Conference Convener and Regional Director of DepEd Region V, Orfelina O. Tuy.

Budget and Finance Division of DepEd Region V
conducts training/workshop on the roll-out
of the Budget Monitoring System (BMS)

by: ROY T. BAÑAS, Administrative Officer II (BFD)/
Executive Assistant – Designateto the Director IV and the Director III

         The Department of Education in its effort to facilitate the preparation, review, consolidation and submission of Budget Accountability Reports (BARs) and other financial reports  to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and other oversight agencies within the prescribed deadline, a three-cluster training/workshop was conducted to all the implementing units of DepEd Region 5 through the help of experts from the Budget Division  of the Financial and Management Service (FMS), DepEd Central Office in cooperation with the Budget and Finance Division of DepEd Region V on the use of MS Access-Based Budget Monitoring System (BMS) at RELC, Rawis, Legazpi City from October 22-27, 2012  pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 133, s. 2012 dated July 27, 2012 signed by Hon. Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, DepEd Secretary and as embodied in the Regional Memorandum No. 120, s. 2012 dated September 27, 2012 issued by Dir. Orfelina O. Tuy, CESO IV, Director  IV.

Director Tuy turns 64
by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Director Orfelina O. Tuy, CESO IV, celebrated her birthday on September 7, 2012 at RELC Function Hall, Rawis, Legazpi City. The simple party was tendered by the division/section and unit chiefs and assistant chiefs with their respective staffs, after  the  3rd Quarterly Performance Review, spearheaded by ARD Diosdado M. San Antonio, Ph.D.

Marilyn "Amy" Marco, EPS II, Science
returns to Cam Sur

by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Mrs. Marilyn V. Marco, a highly efficient and effective Science supervisor went back to Camarines Sur per assignment Order of the Regional Director, to serve as the OIC, Assistant  Schools Division Superintendent of Camarines Sur effective September 17, 2012.

Alay para sa kabataan ngayon
by: Dr. Regida N. Vibar, Ed. D.
Chief PESSD Region V

         Ang Department of Education (DepED) mayroong panukala na batay sa DepED Order No. 74, s. 2009 at binigyan ng buhay ng DepED Order No. 31, s. 2012 sa pagpasunod ng K to 12  Basic Education Curriculum. Inumpisahan noong nakaraang taon sa pag papasunod ng Kinder Education na inobliga ang mga paaralan sa publikong eskwelahan na gamitin ang Sariling Wika na ginagamit ng bata sa kani-kanilang tahanan sa pag-aral ng mga aralin  sa loob ng klasrum.

NEAP-Bicol launches series of
capability-building activities

by: Jocelyn O. Dy
Education Program Supervisor, NEAP-Bicol

         As DepED Region V steps up efforts to align priority programs and projects in the region, it also intensifies its efforts to ensure that the policies and standards set by DepED Central Office are achieved through the initiative of its strong  training arm, the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) - Bicol.

Palihan sa pananaliksik, itinaguyod ng DEPED
by: Mierna J. Abayon

         Nagsagawa ng Panrehiyong, Palihan sa Pananaliksik na itinaguyod ng Secondary Education Division (SED), Elementary Education Division (EED), Panrehiyong Samahan ng mga Tagamasid  sa Filipino (PASATAF) at National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP-BICOL), ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, Rehiyon V (Bicol), Rawis, Lungsod ng Legazpi, noong Setyembre 20-22, 2012, sa RELC Conference Hall, DepED, Lungsod ng Legazpi.

Paper advisers, campus scribes tutored
on school paper production
by: Joan L. Lagata

The essence of campus journalism lies in the production of the school paper. Thus, every elementary school in Bicol Region that claims to promote campus journalism should  regularly produce quality and relevant school paper for the school and community.

         This was the underlying principle that inspired DepEd Bicol and the Bicol Association of Elementary School Paper Advisers to conduct a three-day Regional Training of Elementary School Paper Advisers and Campus Editors on School Paper Production  at RELC Conference Hall, Legazpi City, September 5-7, 2012.

Region meets division overseers
by: Joan L. Lagata

         It was a gathering intended to draw together the best and brightest program implementers in the 13 divisions in Bicol Region.

         Appropriately dubbed as Unified Regional Planning Conference for Elementary and Secondary Education Program Supervisors and SBM Supervisors, the two-day conference held at Regional Educational Learning Center, Rawis, Legazpi City on September  3-4, 2012 convened the regional and division education program supervisors and coordinators to strategically attain increased academic performance in Bicol Region through unified programs and projects that will appropriately address the needs in the field.

DEPED ROV and RASISPA conducted regional training of SPA teachers
By Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         Department of Education Regional Office and the Regional Association of Schools Implementing the Special Program in the Arts (RASISPA) sponsored a four-day Regional Training of  SPA Teachers held at RELC, Rawis, Legazpi City which culminated last September 2, 2012. Attended by 63 participants from the Regional lead school, schools with SPA curriculum and schools intending to offer the curriculum, the activity is aimed to provide  a common understanding of the language of arts, equip participants with principles of authentic arts creation reflecting the local arts and culture and hone one’s capability in creating and teaching culture based arts.

DEPED Region V holds citizenship advancement
training of trainers in public safety

by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         The Department of Education Regional Office No. 5 conducted the Citizenship Advancement Training of Trainers in Public Safety at the RELC, Conference Hall, Rawis, Legazpi  City on August 9-11, 2012.

7 bicolano artists aualified to the NAMCYA regional competitions
by: Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.

         DepED Region V, a consistent winner in the annual National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), had qualified seven young artists who will compete  in the Regional Center Competitions (Semi-Final Levels) at the University of the Philippines, College of Music, Diliman, Quezon City on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Learning and living , the ALS way
by: Cynthia D. Jacob

         Rita* woke up early that morning of May 20, 2012, without much prodding from her mother. She was excited, and it showed from her elated face, that broke into a broad smile when the jeepney that was to fetch her blew its horn from outside  the window. She hurriedly bid her parents goodbye, and rushed out of their small house, with a big bag in tow.

Making a dream into a reality through the ALS
(An updated report on Jennifer B. Guevarra, 2005 A&E Test Passer)
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         Jennifer has always dreamed of becoming a teacher but this seemed to be an unrealistic goal because she was not able to complete Secondary Education. In August 2004, Jennifer  enrolled in the ALS A&E Secondary Level at Barangay Cabasan, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay. She took the A&E Test given in February 2005 held at Malabog National High School, Daraga, Albay and was one of the successful passers.  

Camarines Norte & Naga City win BALS awards
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The National Congress for OSY Learners was conducted at Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City last April 11-13, 2012 with its theme "Kung ALS Learner Ka, Naiiba Ka." The highlight  of the occasion was the awarding ceremony on the 2011 Search for the Most Efficient Provincial/City Division that Support the ALS on Day 2 of the congress, April 12, 2012.

BALS plans, new initiative
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The Alternative Learning System Division, DepEd Region V is seriously considering the intensive implementation of ALS programs and projects particularly the ALS Gabay-Aral  sa Pamayanan (AGAP) program by hiring more volunteers. In Region V, the AGAP program is piloted by the Divisions of Masbate and Albay and being expanded in Divisions of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon.

ALS implementers go to Region VI & X
by: Dr. Roger Torres Lustestica, Jr. ALSD Chief

         The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) is recently conducting the Immersion and Exchange Program for ALS Mobile Teachers for those hired in 2007 on April 24-26,  2012. It can be recalled that the Immersion and Exchange Program started way back in 2004.

Despite difficulties
by: JUSTINO B. CABARLES, JR. -Principal I, Masbate Division-On detail at Planning Unit DepEd Region V

         How important is education to a grade school pupil? Riza V. Abaño never met American educator Horace Mann, but she lives the philosophy of Mann, who once said  that a person  doesn’t reach his full potential until he is educated.           

         Young Riza and six other grade school pupils of Guinhadap Elementary School were determined to get basic education despite powerful difficulties. The experiences of these pupils, as featured in the GMA News TV June 2011 episode of Education Special, are  unique to a number of communities in Masbate.

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