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.
NEAP-Bicol commenced with the Three-Day Orientation on the Utilization of NEAP Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation Tools (QA-M & E-A) held at RELC Hall, Rawis, Legaspi City on July 11-13, 2012. This activity gathered Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy, Ms. Ellisha Heppner (AYAD volunteer), the six NEAP-Bicol team leaders (Jocelyn O. Dy, Susan S. Collano, Corazon Fatima A. Silerio, Maylani L. Galicia, Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr. and Chozara P. Duroy) and Rodel H. Lim, IT in-charge, who sat together and worked on the finalization of the QA-M & E tools and templates which were earlier crafted and developed based on the needs of the six NEAP service areas, namely: Training and Development, Competency Assessment, Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation, Research and Development, Assistance to Succession Planning and Programming and Production of Professional Development Materials. They were later oriented on the utilization of the said M & E tools and templates along the aforementioned service areas.
Towards the end of the three-day orientation-workshop, the group was also able to develop and maintain an online catalogue system for NEAP-Bicol through Dropbox, finalize the draft copy of the QA-M & E-A Manual for Regional NEAP, and enhance their skills on the operation of MS Excel. Said Three-day activity was initiated by Jocelyn O. Dy, through collaboration with Ms. Ellisha Heppner, AYAD volunteer.
Such innovative pursuit paved the way for a more intensive capability building activity to DepED Region V personnel in order to make them fully equipped with essential skills in performing their tasks, specifically along Quality Assurance and Accountability. The Training on Quality Assurance and Accountability, Monitoring and Evaluation (QAA-M & E) held at the 3 floor of the RELC Dormitory, Rawis, Legaspi City on August 1-3, 2012 was crafted to ensure that the personnel assigned in the Quality Assurance and Accountability Task Force have a full grasp on how they can ascertain that there is compliance in the field on achieving the standards of quality basic education through assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the region and schools division’s performances.
The undertaking was a pilot-test of a training package that Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is giving to the pilot regions in the country. Participants from the Regional Office (Bicol) were joined by those coming from Region IV-A (CALABARZON), composed of the Quality Assurance and Accountability task forces, NEAP-Bicol staff and PASBE team members. They were handled by two consultants of AusAID and experts on QAA-M & E, Dr. Estefania De Guzman and Ms. Adelina Velasco.
The three-day training thoroughly differentiated Quality Assurance from Monitoring and Evaluation; clarified the key result areas governing functions of a Quality Assurance and Accountability Division (QAAD) of the region; enabled the participants from Regions IV-A and V to draft a regional M & E framework that can inform relevant decision making in the region, prepare an operation’s plan for the regional M & E framework drafted, and draw a process for making operational quality assurance system in the region.
Participants from Region V was headed by Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy, with the following Education Program Supervisors from the different Divisions in the office who are members of QAA Task Force and PASBE team: from the Secondary Education Division (Haydee S. Bolivar, Asst. Chief and QAA Task Force Head, Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr., Nora J. Laguda, Fatima D. Buen, and Leticia B. Bustamante), from the Elementary Education Division (Mierna J. Abayon, Monica B. Llorin, Lynn Z. Padillo, Marilyn V. Marco, and Ma. Leilani R. Lorico), from the Regional Planning Unit (Efren M. Salvadora), from the Alternative Learning Division (Ricardo E. Tejeresas and Evangeline A. Saculo, Asst. Chief) and the Team Leaders of the NEAP-Bicol (Jocelyn O. Dy, QA-M & E-A; Corazon Fatima A. Silerio, T & D; Maylani L. Galicia, CA; Susan S. Collano, R & D; Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr., ASPP; and Chozara P. Duroy, PPDMs).
On the other hand, those coming from Region IV-A was spearheaded by the Region’s Director IV, Dr. Lorna Dig-Dino. Along with her were Mr. Christopher Diaz, Head of the Regional Quality Assurance and Accountability Division (RQAAD) and seven other Regional Education Program Supervisors.
Finally, NEAP-Bicol was ready to expand its information drive after the crafting and finalization of the Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation Tools (QA-M & E) in earlier activities. On August 29-31, 2012, ninety (90) participants composed of education program supervisors/division coordinators in-charge of the six NEAP service areas were gathered for the Three-Day Orientation-Workshop on the Utilization of NEAP Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation Tools at the 3 floor of RELC Dormitory, Rawis, Legaspi City.
During the opening program, Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy articulated her recognition to Ms. Ellisha Heppner (AYAD volunteer), for her earnest work in assisting the NEAP-Bicol team develop and edit the QA-M & E tools and templates for the six NEAP service areas. She further encouraged the participants to utilize the said tools for the intended purposes, so that the efforts of the NEAP-Bicol team and the technical assistance provided to the team by Ellisha Heppner will not be put to waste. In her message, Director Tuy also stressed that with the available QA- M & E tools and templates, the programs, projects and activities in the schools division would be properly monitored, evaluated, and quality assured to achieve the DepED’s goals and objectives on quality basic education service delivery.
Those who were present were acquainted on the Regional Quality Assurance and Accountability (QAA) and R-NEAP Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation (QA-M & E) frameworks, and oriented on the utilization of the M & E tools and templates along the six NEAP service areas. The activity was also an opportunity for the skills of the participants to be enhanced on MS Excel operations and Dropbox file version control. The participants were handled by the NEAP-Bicol staff and Ms. Ellisha Heppner, AYAD volunteer.
On the second day, the activity was graced by Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio, Assistant Regional Director who, during his message, stressed to the participants the indispensable functions of education program supervisors in monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring quality of the programs and projects implemented in the field to achieve better learning outcomes.
Towards the end of the three-day orientation-workshop, schools divisions were able to realign their Implementation Plan on the utilization of the QA-M & E tools and templates in the different NEAP service areas. The division plans contained the identified risks/issues and possible opportunities in addressing said issues and risks.
Said activity was initiated by Dr. Jocelyn O. Dy, Education Program Supervisor and Team Leader of NEAP QA-M & E-A service area through collaboration with Ms. Ellisha Heppner (AYAD volunteer) and the NEAP-B team.