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NEAP-RV (Bicol) Team takes part in Capability Building Programon T & D;
Region V ahead in T & D System

By: Dr. Jocelyn O. Dy
Education Program Supervisor, NEAP-RV (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.

         Primarily, the training was intended to roll-out the Training and Development (T&D) System; assist the regions in formulating their annual operational plans and to capacitate and build the competencies of the team members of the NEAP-R’s Training and Development who in turn are expected to capacitate the T&D teams of the schools divisions.

         It was participated in by the Regional NEAP’s Thirty-Seven (37) Training and Development (T&D) Team members from Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, CAR and NCR who shared experiences, practices and insights in the operations of the NEAP in their respective regions. The five-day activity included workshops, presentations of team’s outputs, sharing of experiences and insights in the different sessions conducted.

         During the opening program, Dr. Ruth Fuentes of the Department of Education Central Office underscored the significance of Training and Development (T&D) as a cycle, research-based and responsive as she also emphasized that the NEAP-R people are MEAN (Making Excellence A Necessity) people.

         The participants devoted the first day of the training to the assessment of the current competencies in T&D through the Pre- Formal Face-to-Face (F3) part of the Rapid Assessment tool, expectations-setting and expressions of commitment to maximize learning during the training.

         They also showed enthusiasm in the exercise of functions, roles and responsibilities toward the full realization of NEAP-R T&D emphasizing the NEAP-R’s role in the implementation of the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards-Teachers Strengths Needs Assessment (NCBTS-TSNA). Many of them also shared authentic experiences from the field related to the NCBTS-TSNA implementation and utilization of its results as they articulated their appreciation of the efficiency of the NCBTS-TSNA e-tool and database for the professional development of teachersHowever, it was noted by the majority of the participating regions that schools that have no internet connection and no electricity could hardly accomplish the forms on-line and submit reports in soft copies to the Division Offices.

         A review of the basic elements of the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH) Framework, guide and tool was conducted on the second day as participantsanalyzed the processes for the administration, scoring and interpretation of the NCBSSH-Training and Development Needs Assessment (TDNA). They also prepared courses of action in line with the implementation of the NCBSSH-TDNA in their respective regions and gaveupdates on the status of implementation of the School Plan for Professional Development (SPPD) and Master Plan for Professional Development (MPPD) in their respective region. The delegates also identified the facilitating and hindering factors in relation to the implementation of the SPPD/MPPD as the facilitator further articulated the importance of the roles of the NEAP-R in the effective and efficient implementation of the professional plans at the school, division and regional levels.

         During the session on National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads-Training and Development Needs Assessment (NCBSSH-TDNA), a point of clarification was raised to the training team by Dr. Susan S. Collano, Region V participant, on the NCBSSH Assessment Tool which was introduced by the facilitator. According to Dr. Collano, in so far as the Basic Course on School-Based Management (BCSBM) training is concerned, speaking through experience based on her engagement in the BCSBM training together with Mr. Celedonio Balderas, Jr. conducted both by the NEAP-CO and DepED RO V, there was no revision made on the content of the School Head’s Assessment Tool specifically on the criteria used in scoring and analyzing the assessment results since there is no DepED Order to supersede DepED Order No. 32, s. 2010 which mandates its implementation and utilization. She, therefore, emphasized that what must be given to the participants and to the field is the assessment tool stipulated in the said DepED Order and in the RA 9155 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. In her reply, Dr. Twila Punzalan, the head of the training team, made it clear to the group that the old tool is still the official Assessment Tool which should be used in the field in the NCBSSH-TDNA as stipulated in DepED Order No. 32, s. 2010.

         With the engagement and experiences of Dr. Collano and Mr. Balderas, Jr. who were both trainer-facilitators in the different trainings conducted by the NEAP-Central Office, they were able to shed light to some issues and concerns that were raised during the training. Moreover, it was also revealed how the establishment of NEAP in Region V in 2011 enabled the region to be more advanced compared to other regions in terms of technologies and operationalization of the T&D system together with other NEAP service areas namely: Assistance to Succession Planning and Programming (ASPP); Competency Assessment (CA); Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation (QA-M&E-A); Production of Professional Development Materials (PPDMs) and Research and Development (R&D).

         On the third day, the topics discussed were the following: the Training and Development Information System (TDIS): the show window of the Program Designing and Resource Development (PDRD) System; Formal Face- to- Face Program (F3) cum Job Embedded Learning JEL): a breakthrough in professional development; and instructional supervision through Job Embedded Learning (JEL).

         In the sessions given, the participants’ understanding on the relationships between the program design and resource development were enhanced. They also analyzed the elements and standards of the Program Designing and Resource Development (PDRD) System through hands-on access to the Training and Development Information System (TDIS) using the website However, it was explained during the session that there is a need to register first through the web administrator before one could access the TDIS website.

         The PDRD System as discussed during the session, generates appropriate T&D program designs and resource packages adhering to standards and established processes. It utilizes M&E procedures and tools to ensure the quality of training programs delivered in addressing the needs of target personnel. Later, the participants expressed their appreciation of the usefulness and efficiency of the TDIS in addressing the professional development needs of DepED personnel considering that TDIS is designed to maintain as well as generate reports on training programs delivered, program management, sessions, trainers and trainees, training personnel, venues, training evaluation and training reports. It also provides access to T&D documents and resources such as T&D Operations Manuals, professional development plans, program designs and resource packages.

         On the same day, the structure and standards for the Training of Trainers (TOT), conduct of Formal Face-to-Face (F3), and Job Embedded Learning (JEL) were clearly differentiated, hence, the participants were able to enhance the skills in effective provision of JEL advising to Division T&D teams; demonstrated understanding on the principles and possible areas in JEL advising and expressed commitment to improve the practice of providing JEL advising.

         Towards the end of the training, the group was able to craft the region’s 10-year vision for NEAP-R; formulated the Strategic directions to achieve the vision particularly on T&D for the region; and prepared a draft of NEAP-R workplan for 2013. The inputs on direction-setting and strategic planning were given by Dr. Punzalan, AusAID National Technical Adviser, while the presentation was facilitated by Dr. Nemia Manlapaz.
On the last day, the participants were made to present the outputs by region. The outputs which were collaboratively prepared by the participants for each session from day 1 to 4 were consolidated and presented in a creative manner where NEAP-R’s dreams are expressed/articulated. The Region V’s consolidated output was presented through the artistic mind and hands of Mr. Balderas, Jr., formed into a human body.

         The presentation reflected the Region V’s dream of having NEAP Satellite in all schools in Region V as the ultimate dream of the Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy, who envisions having NEAP satellite centers in the thirteen divisions and in all schools in the region before she retires from the service in September 2013. The NEAP-RV (Bicol) vision and mission are found inside the heart of the human caricature. The members of NEAP- RV (Bicol) commit to continue pursuing excellence and leadership in human resource development in the region through the NEAP six service areas such as Training and Development (T&D); Assistance to Succession Planning and Programming (ASPP); Competency Assessment (CA); Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Accreditation (QA-M&E-A), Production of Professional Development Materials (PPDMs) and Research and Development (R&D).

         In addition to what the T&D team members have done in the NEAP- RV (Bicol) since the establishment of NEAP in 2011, those reflected in the outputs are the action steps that the team has planned to do and these are incorporated in the NEAP-RV implementation plan to achieve the NEAP-RV (Bicol) goals.

         Dr. Punzalan, the activity’s team leader, commended DepED Region 5 especially Regional Director Orfelina O. Tuy in her efforts and support to the operationalization of the NEAP in the region that made the region take a leap in terms of human resource development.

         Aside from Dr. Punzalan, AusAID Technical Consultant for Training and Development (T&D), also part of the training group were NEAP Central Office T&D Team headed by the Director II, Dr. Ruth Fuentes with Dr. Maria Aquino, Ms. Rosarita Dalisay and Dr. Nemia Manlapaz. Other personnel from the NEAP-CO who were with the training team as support staff are: Adison Lozano, Eliza Feliz and Jojet Gabriel. Moreover, indentified trainers from Regions VI, VII, and VIII handled the sessions from Day 1 to day 5 were Ms. Susan Severino (RO VI); Ms. Leah Apao (RO VII); Mr. John Ariel Lagura (RO VIII); Ms. Marife Bulawan (Division of Northern Samar); and Ms. Casiana Caberte (Division of Bohol).

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