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Sarang-ini AUGUST 2019 1

what’s inside
Addressing the Needs
of Sarangani’s Diverse Learners

SDO eyes construction
of new office building
Division crafts citizen’s charter
to streamline frontline services 15 Beyond

SDO fast-tracks school titling

Sarangani schools receive
15 donated classrooms

Stiftung Solarenergie PH
lights up homes of learners a Reader
Dynamic Learning Program
supports ALIVE

DepEd OKs 6 Sarangani schools

to offer SPJ 19
Sagud Kabataan to beat malnutrition,
catch SARDOs
Mnemonics of a Leader
20 PAVING THE WAY FOR excellence in classroom instruction

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The Sarangan Teachers
12 Elevating the Quality of Education
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editorial staff
ASSISTANT SDS Diosdado F. Ablanido, CPA
CID CHIEF Donna S. Panes SGOD CHIEF Ma. Shirley M. Cardinal

EDITOR IN CHIEF Laforeza L. Maguate

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Aurelio C. Cagang and Analiza A. Domingo
NEWS EDITOR Ariel C. Lalisan
LAYOUT EDITOR Ariel C. Lalisan and Bryll O. Regidor

WRITERS Romeo L. Martin | Lodgin L. Leaño | Ariel Lalisan | Kristine Joy L. Quiño | Gian Carlo C. Licanda
Annie Rose R. Gheorghiu | Rosemarie C. Nacion | Myries Alido-Bungag | Melvin Ynion | Laudy Grace C. Baguio

CONTRIBUTORS Jonathan Agreda | Rochelle Morido | John Jerson Constantino | Pops EA | Ralph Alaba
Edward Ryan F. Gulam | Jessa-Anne D. Niod | Patrick Neil C. Eresma | Erwin F. Deguiñon

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Because You Cared
From the Desk
of the
t’s quite a long time ago that we are divided by our different department goals and our
primary concern was only to meet the targets of our respective agencies. But that is not the
case now.
I am overwhelmed to see that we in Sarangani are achieving sustainable development
goals. It’s even more rejoicing to notice that we are adopting the whole-nation approach where
we become co-builders and partners in fulfilling the common goal of preparing a bright future
for our children.
This journey of preparing the next generation does not lie solely on the hands of the
DepArtment of Education. Seeing you become part in building classrooms, in providing
potable water and healthy foods to nourish our young learners, in lighting the classrooms of
our off-grid schools and in providing materials for curriculum and instruction--you have made
our job easy.
Our calling has been made even more meaningful because every single step of the way,
you are willing to meet where we end and you extend where we cannot reach.
As the head of DepEd-Sarangani, we would like to express that we are immensely grateful
to each and every one of you who has given their equal share in making education, the most
important tool for change, to finally create a lasting impact.
We give due recognition to various private individuals, corporate partners and our dear
local government entities, allow us to highlight how each one has contributed to the state of
DepEd-Sarangani. Accept our little way of returning back the joy of giving because we know
we cannot outgive what you have contributed.
We will continue to build productive engagement with the private sectors and local
government agencies that offer opportunities for dramatic transformation. Our gathering
today symbolizes our victory because our success in the department is our mutual
Distinguished partners in education, a strong partnership with the Department is essential
throughout our work. I can never overemphasize this. The role of the stakeholders is more than
valuable to us. It is more than essential in our extraordinary tasks.
As we shape the road ahead for this organization, thank you for your advice and support.
Together with you, our partners, we will continue to deliver services in education, seeking
quality for all Sarangan learners.
Thank you very much!

Celebrating our Solidarity


s we begin this joyous foundation anniversary of DepEd Sarangani, I am reminded of an
opportunity I had to share a podium with a friend. One of the many misconceptions that he
debunked in our conversation was the idea that teachers have it easy because they get the
summer off.
“Many educators who can—or must—take a summer break now find their summer getting shorter,
as more and more of them nobly offer their time in summer camps and classes teaching children how to
read”, he said.
This, my friends, is why our anniversary is worth celebrating for – an idea that this August 2019
Edition of Sarang-ini want to schowcase.
One of the most interesting things about our Division is its broad diversity of its brain power ably
personified by no less than our SDS himself, Crispin Soliven Jr who in his leadership enable Sarangani to
conquer feats (which will be covered and elucidated at the succeeding section of this issue).
At one end of our office, we have our generous school heads, district heads, supervisors and other
administrators who served as frontlines of DepEd’s programs and projects.
On the other side of our organization, we have our teachers in the far flung areas whose dedication
enabled us to achieve our targets in reading. I want to zero in to their efforts and wide range of creative
pursuits in order to deliver quality education to our less privileged learners.
And in between is a vibrant mix of intellectual and skillful prowess of our support staff and
community partners who made our educational stride more formidable.
This edition of Sarang-ini will also offer you an invaluable trove of experiences that lead you to
the insight that the journey of people, minds and ideas for quality education is helmed across political,
geographical and cultural boundaries; and that these boundaries will be conquered by a magnanimous
heart for learning and for the future of children.
My congratulations to everyone!

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Addressing the Needs

of Sarangani’s Diverse Learners By Lodgin L. Leaño, TIII / Glan Central ISSC
School of Kiamba West District turned into
an extraordinary IP school for being the first
integrated school in hinterlands with Grade
11 that offer Agriculture for TVL track which
will help them to understand that Agriculture
is not merely about plowing the fields but
to offer better and advanced techniques in
producing crops and food sources.
Moreover, IP schools use contextualized
learning materials like big books, dictionary,
teachers’ guides, learners’ materials and
primers in delivering the lessons being a
recipient of FLALOK Project, an initiative
of Sarangani Division in partnership with
CLAFI to help IP schools preserve their own
language and understand better the modern
Lamlifew IP Integrated School
of Malungon Municipality is another
Jonathan B. Agreda
outstanding IP school in Sarangani Division
for implementing the Indigeneous Knowledge
System and Practices (IKSP) by integrating
“This building is a miracle for Alna IP As one of the 17 IP schools recognized by every week in their lessons the Blaan dances,
School!” DepEd National Office, Alna IPS was identified practices, beliefs, and cultures through their
These were the lines exclaimed by DepEd as recipient of school building from KALAHI elders who served as teachers for a particular
administrators of Sarangani Division who CIDSS foundation bringing excitement to all day.
visited and survived the 13 hours breath- IP learners upon its completion as it saved This school year, Lamlifew IPS is applying
taking walk plus three hours death-defying 261 school children from the discomfort and for a special program for all Blaan learners,
motorcycle ride to Alna IP School, located in inconvenience of having open, unstructured the Special Program in Arts (SPA) in Junior
one of the most geographically isolated and classrooms. High School to discover and mold the talents
disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in Upper Suyan, “A conducive learning environment is and skills of learners who are in mountains
Malapatan 2 District, July 3. very important as it offers our learners a new and far flung schools.
The construction of one story building home that will help them learn more and Sarangani Division continues to
with three classrooms was a big surprise to preserve their culture, practices, and beliefs,” indigenize its curriculum in basic education
Deped officials on how the community was Mr. Melchor Maguan, Principal 1, Focal person level having 129 IP schools that promote and
able to build completely such school building of IPED Program, shared the essence of protect the culture and values systems of
despite of its backbreaking, challenging completing the construction of such building. Blaan, Tagakaulo, Tboli, Manobo, Kalagan and
location. Meanwhile, Falel Kesbung IP Integrated others in their own respective communities.

KALAHI-CIDSS Building at Akbual IP School KALAHI-CIDSS Building at Alna IP School

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The While the Department of Education
is being continuously criticized by its
detractors, especially in social media,

SCHOOL it never stops being an agent of peace

and development in the countryside.
There are stories of heroism tucked

Beyond away in the hinterlands, unknown to

many easygoing, smartphone-toting
city folks -- stories of community

Clouds the
transformation and stories of dreams
coming true.

By ARIEL C. LALISAN, TIII / Alabel National

Science HS

n Sarangani, 129 out of the 319 schools have learner He was the first teacher to be assigned in the sitio, of bringing the materials from Barangay Upper Suyan to
populations who belong to the indigenous people where people, at first, feared his presence. He was there Sitio Alna.
groups in the province. Most of these schools are to establish what is now known as Akbual IP School. “We carried all the materials on our shoulders going
located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged He would not forget the time he spent in the hands of up here,” he said.
areas. As such, these schools are among the priorities of armed men who took him further in the mountains to be “It was easy to convince everyone to help because if
the Department of Education. questioned. we will not help, we will not be able to build this school
Despite the difficulty of getting to these areas the “I was once taken by a group of armed men into a here,” he added.
Division of Sarangani continue to reach out to these place far from here. We kept walking for hours even in Cababa Yang, PTA president of Akbual IP School
communities in order to bring transformation through the middle of the night. They wanted to know what my had the same experience, and he expressed his gratitude
the delivery of basic education services. purpose was,” he recalled. that because of the establishment of the school in Akbual
Newly-hired teacher Jenelyn E. Sanate never He was released when he was able to prove that he the children in his community can learn better and now
imagined that she would be able to reach Sitio Alna, was just there to teach kids as a teacher hired by DepEd. have chances at a better life.
Barangay Upper Suyan in the municipality of Malapatan, Today, it has been five years since that incident and he still The sacrifices of the teachers assigned in last miles
where she was assigned as the only female teacher. has the desire to continue serving the sitio in spite of all are not in vain. The many years of trekking on muddy
“Going this place is very difficult. It takes us six the dangers he has faced. mountain trails, crossing raging rivers, and facing various
hours of trekking along steep slopes, which is made even “Now, the people are very happy because of this threats to their lives have resulted in the realization of the
more difficult when it rains,” she said. school. They are very supportive of all the programs of the dreams of the people in the community.
The roads to Sarangani’s last mile schools may school,” Romano said. “What this place really needed was a school. Without
already be perilous to teachers who accepted the challenge While it seems almost impossible to construct this school here we would not be able to send all our
to dedicate their time and talents to teach in these far- concrete classrooms in schools like Alna IP School, and children to school because of the distance,” Lito Paginan,
flung communities. Sometimes, even their lives are put at Akbual IP School, the community has proven, as they have one of the parents at Alna IP School said.
stake when they are caught in armed conflicts. always had, that when they unite to achieve a common “We donated this piece of land here where the school
Ronald T. Romano has been caught in cross-fires goal, nothing is impossible. stands because we believe that this school will help in the
while teaching at Akbual, also in Upper Suyan, Malapatan. Another parent, Aga Mante, recalled the difficulty improvement of our community,” he added.
Grade five learner, Peres Saluntay, lives at Sitio
Siman, a two-hour walk from Alna IP School. He said he
leaves their home at five o’clock in the morning to arrive at
school by 7 o’clock.
Chamy Tanod, also a grade five learner at Akbual IP
School, walks for three hours to go to school daily.
These kids are just a few of those who make sacrifices
just to go to school. Sometimes, many of them go to school
without eating. Their bags are recycled packaging of
Golden Bihon and contains only a few sheets of paper and
an a worn-out pencil.
These challenges do not bother the kids. In class,
when their teacher tell them stories from the Flalok big
books, their eyes are filled with wonder. In their classes
they are never shy to show that they can already read and
In a conversation, Peres said that he continues to go
to school despite the hardships because he has a dream.
“I want to become a teacher someday,” he said.
The schools at Alna and Akbual are just a few of
the many schools in Sarangani that share the same story.
Many of us in the flatlands do not know about those
schools and the struggles the people living and working
in these places go through. These schools may be hidden
beyond the clouds but DepEd Sarangani goes the extra
mile to bring the sunshine of quality education to these
last mile schools.

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Alternate Division Reading Coordinator

a Reader

eading is the foundation to all learning. It is because of this fact that the Division of Sarangani makes reading its top priority.
Based on the result of the PHIL-IRI Pretest conducted last SY 2018-2019, there were 6,100 non-readers and 34, 283 frustration readers
identified from Grades 3 to 8 while 4, 250 Grade 1 and 2 pupils were found out to have difficulties in Oral Reading Passage, Reading
Comprehension and Dictation as a result of the EGRA Test.
The data of the pre-reading assessments post a big challenge to the division of Sarangani in its quest of delivering quality education for all
and thus, mandated all schools to implement and intensify different reading interventions.
To monitor and evaluate the school-based implementation of reading interventions, the division of Sarangani initiated the Adopt-a-District
Program with the help of the Education Program Supervisors and Coordinators to provide appropriate and immediate technical assistance to
the schools with their existing problems in reading.
To address the reading problems in the Division,the CID Chief and the Division Reading Coordinator formulated the Division Reading
Enhancement and Advocacy for Maximum Understanding and Performance (DREAM-UP). Under which are several activities implemented
schools such as the 30-minute Daily Reading Intervention, School-Based Tutorial, and Summer Big Brother.
The individual efforts of every school with the support of stakeholders in elevating the reading status of Sarangan learners have made a
remarkable decrease in the number of non-readers from 6,100 pupils to 2,320 based on the result of post-reading assessment.
However, the division is still challenged by the fact that non-readers are still evident in some schools and, thus, it shall expand its efforts in
assuring that ‘No child will be left behind’.


In Sarangani, all schools are required to integrate a 30-minute daily reading
class. The integration was carried because of the result of the reading validation
conducted to 3, 675 Grade 3 pupils last SY 2017-2018 where 18% of the pupils
were still identified as non-readers.
With the adherence to the division’s initiative, Mangelen Integrated School
was able to achieve a 53% improvement rate from the 57 Grade 1 and 2 pupils
who were identified as low performing in basic reading components as a result of
the EGRA Test.


The division of Sarangani also intensified
The success of every intervention and program the conduct of School-Based Tutorial (SBT)
will not be possible, however, without the help of the Program which was adopted from the Sulong
stakeholders, both internal and external. This can be Karunungan Program of the Provincial
proven by Linao Elementary School which was found to Governor’s Office of Sarangani.
have zero non-readers from Grades 3 to 6 based on the Alabel Central Integrated School SPED
result of the reading validation conducted last February. Center utilized their Senior High School HUMSS
This result can be inferred from the collaboration of the students to serve as tutors to the elementary
parents, teachers and the school administration. The frustration readers using the SBT cards and
learners are observed to be continuously improving other reading materials. Consequently, JP Laurel
academically and are able to sustain a 98% to 100% Integrated School involved its outstanding
attendance rate. learners in elementary and Junior High
School together with the Nurture an initiative
to Children’s Education, a non-government
organization, in mentoring struggling readers.

Kayupo Elementary School
implemented the ICT-Based learning
facility project which provided every
classroom with television set and printer
to support effective reading instruction.
The school was also able to create
individualized reading portfolio to track
the learner’s reading progress.

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A 20-week intensive reading lesson guides for teachers and learning materials for
The Division of Sarangani strengthened its Summer Grades 2 and 3 learners were also generated with the support of Save the Children.
Catch-up Programand intensified the 15-day reading The said LitBoost reading materials were used in San Felipe Elementary
class implementation which utilized the 15-day Lesson Schoolwith their pull out system class which catered 99 Grade 3 pupils. The result of
Guide for Teachers developed by Sarangan teachers. This the post-reading assessments showed that 79 pupils or 80% were able to improve their
would not be realized without the support of Conrado reading levels to frustration and instructional level.
Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Incorporated (CLAFI)with
its sponsorship and implementation of Summer Big Brother
(SBB) Program.
Lun Padidu Central Elementary School, who has
been a consistent SBB implementer, recognized the help
of SBB Program in addressing the reading problems of its
struggling readers. This was evident with the significant
improvement of the reading level, from frustration to
instructional and independent, of its 44 campers who were
identified as very slow readers during pretest. The program
did not only foster the learners’ reading progress but also
the consistent participation of the parents and youth of the
community who have been volunteers for five years already.
Community partnership was also manifested in
Domnar Lopez Copada IP School which was reported with
zero non-reader based on its post test result from eight
identified non-reader-campers. The outcome was attributed “I CAN READ” in Malungon is a program which provided community-based
to the dedication of the different volunteers and support of reading intervention for the identified 453 non-readers based on the Phil-IRI post-test
the stakeholders which exhibited a strong community spirit results. The BLGU of Malungon, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and Iskolar ng Bayan ng
of partnership in education. Malungon (IBM) were involved in the implementation of the program who served as
The school’s concern on stirring the reading status community-based reading tutors. Out of 272 pupils catered in the program, 175 pupils
of the learners inspired the communities to initiate
were able to display improvement in their reading abilities.
interventions to support the school’s goal.

THE WHOLE BARANGAY READS With these initiatives and programs,

Datal Batong Integrated it is with great pride that Sarangani’s DREAM-
School initiated reading
remediation to the non-readers UP has already reached other divisions
and frustration readers by to share these best reading practices. The
implementating its reading implementation of School Based Tutorial
program“Tara na! Basa Tayo (SBT) Program was benchmarked and
Kasama ang Konseho”. In this
program, not only are the teachers appreciated by the Divisions of Nueva Ecija,
involved in teach kids how to read. San Jose, Antique, Zamboanga and Quezon.
Even the Punong Barangay and the While the 15-day Summer Reading Module
rest of the barangay officials and
workers volunteered themselves to
developed by Sarangan teachers was already
spend time with the schoolchildren utilized by the Divisions of Davao, Zamboanga
in their reading sessions. and Iligan.
The Division of Sarangani sets its new
ADOPT-A-CHILD PROGRAM direction to strengthen literacy and numeracy
as well as to develop the learners’ critical
In Kibala Elementary School, a one-hour daily
session is allotted exclusively for non-readers handled
thinking skills application across all learning
by a reading teacher. The school also initiated an areas.
Adopt-a-Child Program which aimed to provide The division continues to prioritize
food for the lunch of the tutees to encourage active the reading efficiency of its Sarangan learners
participation and motivation. Out of 18 non-readers
and 60 tutees under the program, 60 pupils or 77% to achieve its dream not only of sustaining
were able to fluently read words in a passage and learning but of uplifting lives.
comprehend literal questions.

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Gene Bayer, T1, GSAT


PAVING THE WAY FOR excellence in classroom instruction
By MYRIES ALIDO-BUNGAG, TIII, Glan School of Arts and Trades
ARIEL C. LALISAN, TIII, Alabel National Science High School

he goal of instructional supervision is the improvement of instruction. It refers to the
continuous and cooperative process undertaken by school leaders and classroom teachers,
where technical assistance and guidance are explored and ideas are shared to help teachers
improve learning situation and quality of learning in the schools.
The Division of Sarangani is on the right track for underscoring the importance of instructional
supervision in its 10-point agenda.


School heads and master teachers were
trained on the Philippine Professional Standards
for Public School Teachers (PPST) and the Results-
Based Performance Management System (RPMS),
through which the teachers’ performance are
assessed and, as a result, improved.
This is implemented in the schools through
the Classroom Observation Tool (COT).
On its first year of Ratings for school year
2018-2019, the Division of Sarangani has 29%
“highly proficient” teachers, 63% are “proficient”
and 6% “beginning” teachers out of 5,739 teachers
observed by school heads and master teachers
from 319 schools.
The COT also revealed the top three least
learned competency of teachers, which are: 1)
Indicator 3, Applies a range of teaching strategies
to develop critical and creative thinking as well SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. Ginalyn Barcena, Principal I of Mamanawa Elementary School, is glad that the
as other higher-order skills, where 10% or 574 Division conducted several trainings on the implementation of the COT. She works with the school’s master teacher in
teachers scored 5 and below; 2) Indicator 1, observing classes and providing technical assistance to all the teachers at her school.

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“During SMEPA and LAC sessions, we make

sure that the quality of instruction are given
priority through discussions of varied topics which
have direct effect to it,” Sir Christopher Ferolino,
school head of Tokawal National High School
shared his methods of making it more effective.
To further help the schools in their practice
of the SLAC, the division came up with SLAC
Learning Package (SLP), a unified complete
package, which contains learning materials and
assessment tools on topics like Higher-Order
Thinking Skills and Art of Questioning.
“It was very convenient to use. I did not have
a hard time preparing for my discussion because I
found everything I need in the learning package!”
Mr. Mark Cesar C. Naniong, Teacher 1, recalled his
experience as a discussant for HOTS in one of the
SLAC sessions of Tokawal NHS.


There are also schools who implemented
research-based supervisory plans.
“We have a research-based instructional
supervision module called Gabay Guro,” Mr.
Cherwin Macaranas, Principal 1 of Malandag
National High School.
In the same way that we acknowledge the
individual differences of learners, we should also
GUIDING THE TEACHERS. Cherwin Macaranas, Principal I of Malandag NHS developed a research-based tailor fit our technical assistance to the needs of
instructional superviory plan. He conducted a survey ang the teachers at his school and used the results to design a
module for instructional supervision they call, Gabay Guro Program.
the teachers. The Gabay Guro module of Malandag
NHS has been developed by assessing the needs of
the teachers.
Applies knowledge of content within and across and master teachers. In the Division of Sarangani, Exhausting all efforts to offer innovations
curriculum teaching areas, 8% or 459 teachers; school heads have been effectively implementing which would surely paved way in overcoming
and 3) Indicator 9, Develops, selects, organizes, the COT. In fact they create innovations in order to the obstacles it is facing, this division is attaining
and utilizes diagnostic, formative and summative enhance the instructional supervision process. standards and setting new ones by championing
assessment strategies consistent with curriculum “Considering that I am leading a big excellence through strengthening instructional
requirements, with 7% or 402 teachers who school, I empower the department heads and supervision.
needed assistance on these skills for the delivery of master teachers of the school to do classroom
a quality teaching-learning process. observations,” Dr. Josie Teofila N. Quijano,
Vocational School Administrator II of Glan
STRATEGIC MONITORING OF SCHOOLS School of Arts and Trades (GSAT) said referring
With these findings, the Division decided to to the roles performed by GSAT’s head teachers
conduct mass training on the COT involving all and master teachers in terms of instructional
school heads to further highlight the importance supervision.
of instructional supervision and in order to She further reiterated that these tasks reflect
make sure that all school heads have a deep the level of practice of the master teachers and
understanding of the observation process as well as school heads in the whole division while rating
of the assessment rubrics. teachers using COT and giving feedback on how to
In addition to trainings, the Division also improve the teaching and learning process.
implemented strategic monitoring. Additional
district supervisors have been designated to CASCADING TECHNICAL ASSITANCE TO
manage school districts. From 19, there are now TEACHERS
23 district heads who shall have a fewer number of The result of the COT is consolidated and
schools to monitor. analyzed in order to provide the appropriate
Moreover, Division Education Program technical assistance for the teachers. The technical
Supervisors have also been assigned a school assistance is extended to the teachers through
district to adopt, which they are mandated mentoring, counseling, or coaching.
regularly monitor. This has strengthened the One of the ways that has been deemed
monitoring of schools because district supervisors effective and efficient in helping the teachers gain
and division supervisors work together to provide pedagogical and content knowledge or in inspiring FINE-TUNING SUPERVISION. In order for
technical assistance to schools. them to continue improving their craft is through instructional supervision on the district level be
implemented effectively, additional District Supervisors
the School Learning Action Cell of SLAC.
and Principals In-Charge like Ferdinand S. Simon (center)
PARTICIPATIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP School heads and master teachers have also have been appointed. Because each supervisor has fewer
The biggest chunk of the task of instructional been trained on the conduct of SLAC in their schools to monitor, they can provide more appropriate
supervision falls into the hands of the school heads respective schools. technical assistance to schoolheads under their jurisdiction.

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The Sarangan Teachers

By GIAN CARLO C. LICANDA, T1, Colon National High School

eachers play a significant part in the lives of children, especially during their formative years. They are integral in
molding students to become responsible citizens of the country. They are at our side when we needed guidance,
they discipline us when we go astray, they give moral support and encourage us to do more, and to learn more.
They teach us not to give up when we are about to surrender.
There is no proper word to fully describe our caring and dedicated teachers, and there is no career more fulfilling
than teaching. No wonder we have the best teachers in the world. The Sarangan teachers have become so good in their
career that some of our educators are now recognized and rewarded in their fields.
We have interviewed some of the Sarangan teachers who were recently promoted and are recognized in their
excellent servitude to the school community.


Aside from the learners, in achieving this common goal. As a
a day of the teachers in school newly promoted teacher, she felt like
is also spent interacting with his she gained more credibility in her
colleagues. The school community is profession. Throughout her years
a composition of people with different of servitude to the Department of
skills and talents, and an amalgam Education, she acquired relevant
of excellence in various fields. experiences and knowledge, which
These people work hand in hand, she believed greatly helped her in
complementing each other to achieve educating the learners. These, she
their common goal—and that is to believed, were best if shared to her
provide the learners with the best and colleagues.
transformative learning experience in “I always find time to
school that will help them sustain in mentor and coach our teachers, most
their different endeavors in life. especially those who are newly-hired
Ma’am Maria Vena Niervo who still need assistance when it
of Glan School of Arts and Trades comes to the content of the subject,”
TRANSFORMING THE COMMUNITY emphasized the role of helping others she said.
A teacher in Malalag because this is what the
Central Elementary School- learners deserve from us. As
SPED Center, Ma’am Annie their teachers, as their second
Rose Gheorghiu together parents, there is no glory in a
with her teammates in their promotion if you only do it for
Continuous Improvement yourself. Offer it to the learners
(CI) Project, has developed so that they will transform the
an instructional material community in the future,” she
called Mathematics said.
Integrated Games that Gheorghiu is promoted
has made learning from Teacher III to Master I
multiplication fun and through reclassification and is
interactive. reassigned to Wali Integrated
“The most important School of Maitum, Sarangani
element of our job is the Province where she will once
welfare of our children. We again start sparking up change
should always try our best among the learners so that
to provide them with the they, in turn, will transform the
best avenue for learning community.

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Sir Juven Cantiller of Malapatan National High School, in an effort to provide his students with
an engaging class discussion, has created an innovation with his instructional material in Chemistry.
He designed a larger-than-life PeriodicTable of Elements with detachable tiles after he observed that not
everyone in his class could provide a their own printed copy of it.
“I thought of something that could provide them with an alternative source. Instead of requiring them to
have their own table of elements, I decided to have a unified one. I created a large-scaled periodic table of
elements, large enough to be visible by everyone in the class,” he said.
His innovation has been recognized in the national level as it qualified in the search for Scientific
Instructional Materials sponsored by an agency under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
This gave him opportunities to travel in some parts of the country. At the moment, his design was accepted
in a convention in Bulgaria, and he is in the process of searching for ways and means to be able to attend
the event and showcase his innovation in the international education setting.


In achieving the common goal of the school community
that will benefit the learners, Ma’am Analyn C. Serentas of Kablacan
Integrated School in Maasim emphasize the importance of what she
calls as 3 C’s which stands for Communicate, Coordinate, and Commit.
These three factors became her guide in making sure that the school
community will yield the best possible result in every action it takes for
the sake of the learners.
Serentas emphasizes that teaching profession requires
communication, coordination, and commitment. An effective
educator needs to be committed not only to their students, but to the
teaching profession as a whole. This means abiding by the rules and
regulations, embracing the principles of the teaching profession, as
well as the requirements. Commitment is powered up by your desire to
communicate and coordinate with the people around you to ensure the
success of every academic endeavor designed for the learners.


INSTRUCTIONAL “Research serves as our backbone in identifying the
needs not only limited to the academic needs of the learners.”
INNOVATIONS These are the words of Ma’am Abelie Goyha of San Felipe
Ma’am Shirley May Andico Central Elementary School in Maasim as she discussed how
of Alabel Integrated SPED Center their school benefitted from the research she conducted that
developed this research where focuses on the teaching and learning process anchored in the
she innovates in her teaching and 21st century learners.
learning process with playing a “Handling very young learners who are considered
ukulele. This musical instrument as the millennial is an opportunity. With them, I get to be
playing technique has shown great resourceful as I found out that of the learning materials, the
improvement when it comes to the integration of technology is important,” she added.
performance and social skills of her The transformations of the devices that we use from
learners. gigantic supercomputers to tablets are tangible signs of
“It manifests great improvement change. This is brought about by the evolution of how people
among my pupils. It made them more think towards the 21st century. To become better educators,
confident in delivering their group it’s best to know the type of learners we are dealing with and
activities. Incorporating ukulele in the appropriate teaching strategies we can apply to help them.
class made the pupils very much Today, more than ever, the role of educational
eager to learn. The retention of technology in teaching is of great importance because of the
their memory has also improved. It use of information and communication technologies. With
has improved their ability to think the help of various applications for distance education, the
and their ability to mingle with the Internet, teachers, and students themselves, they see the
others,” she said. advantage of educational technology.

These teachers are only a few of the thousand heroes of the Sarangan learners. They are just a few of the many
teachers who develop new learning techniques and strategies, and innovates learning materials to make sure that the
Sarangan learners will be develop in each aspect of their lives. Indeed, the Sarangan teachers reflects back to the society
the heroism and excellence, and they shine forth from within

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SBM: Empowering Schools, By LAUDY GRACE E. BAGUIO, T1, Malalag Cogon National High School

chool-Based Management (SBM) is a means to decentralize decision-making to individual schools in order to give them more authority
to promptly respond to their specific needs. As such, the Division of Sarangani has exerted efforts to empower schools by encouraging
them to apply for SBM accreditation which is composed of four dimensions and three levels with descriptions of “Developing” for Level 1,
“Maturing” for Level 2, and “Advanced” for Level 3.
With all the efforts exerted, out of 319 schools in the division, 34 are on Level 3; 69 on Level 2 and 216 on Level 1. For further breakdown, of
the 198 elementary schools, 16 are on Level 3; 46 on Level 2 and 136 on Level 1. For secondary (34), 18 are on Level 2 while 16 are already on
Level 3. Among the 87 integrated schools, 80 are on Level 1; five (5) are on Level 2 and two (2) are on Level 3.
With the recent accreditation last March 2019, the following Level 3 schools have stood out in their best practices under the different
principles of SBM.


Malalag Cogon Elementary School during their series of evaluation of the eight
(MCES) of North Malungon District excelled schools in Malungon.
in Leadership and Governance due to the Aside from giving financial assistance
solid support of the local stakeholders to the school, the barangay council also
as Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa D. made a Memorandum of Agreement with
Constantino showed herself during the SBM the school which stipulates their part in
regional evaluation giving a convincing nod following up the pupils at risk of dropping
to the regional evaluation team headed by Dr. out while the school’s Supreme Pupil
Glenn Bisnar, Chief PPRD. Government (SPG) consistently aided the
Mrs. Irene Magan, Chairman on teachers in implementing the policies of the
Principle 1 said that they were able to school and has initiated worthy projects
get a very high grade in principle 1 due like the PesoSense Project which was able
to evident participation and initiative of to generate funds used to buy waste bins
their stakeholders like the Parent Teachers for the segregated waste collection and the
Association (PTA) and School Governing building of the Materials Recovery Facility
Council (SGC) who held monthly and (MRF).
quarterly meetings respectively. Notably, MCES teachers are also encouraged to
Dr. Bisnar, was delighted upon seeing that initiate projects which are relevant to the
Malalag Cogon ES PTA was able to present community such as the parent mentoring in
their action plan, a document which he the classroom initiated by Mrs. Magan that
observed to be present only in MCES PTA was replicated by her fellow teachers.


Accredited as SBM Level 3 for obtaining program done every Friday afternoon known
a score of 2.85 for Principle 2, Banate Central as “Thank God It’s Friday” where pupils
Elementary School (BCES) ensured the queue in line for free hot chocolate porridge
learning development of pupils through its courtesy of Mr. Melchor Saludar, a local
provision of Information and Communication businessman who donated one sack of
Technology (ICT) Based Instruction as seen rice and sugar every month for this feeding
in the classrooms of Kindergarten to Grade activity. Additionally, Ms. Marife Villarino,
three levels with televisions for interactive another local businesswoman, provide free
discussion while LCD projectors were viands every day for pupils at risk of dropping
installed in Grades four to six classrooms. out (PARDOs) to keep them in school and
Teachers are also taking part in motivate to study harder.
addressing the needs of the learners through Moreover, their parent mentoring has
contextualization of learning materials and made possible for some to engage in a
development of differentiated instructions livelihood as few of their sessions highlight
helping the school achieve favourable results making simple food recipes like papaya
for its performance indicators such as zero pickles and market-worthy landang (binignit).
drop-out rate and an average of 85.98% The cultural heritage of the different
MPS for the past three years. Pupils’ reading tribes in Banate is also being preserved by
performance has also improved with this BCES by celebrating Indigenous Peoples’
initiatives thereby reducing its struggling (IP) Day every November where IP pupils
readers to 53.00%. and parents wear their traditional clothes
In addition, increased in pupils’ interest and showcase the different features of their
in reading was also attributed by the feeding culture.

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Elevating the Quality of Education

Strong partnerships with Dole Stanfilco, aligned with Supreme Student Government
Tnalak Labor Cooperative, Sarangani support on eco-friendly efforts as they have
Vegetable Seeds Growers Multi-purpose utilized funds for the provision of trash
Cooperative, Kasilak Foundation, the bins for proper waste disposal and for the
local religious sector and barangay local beautification of their school.
government unit are some of the many Uniquely, the Barangay Council of Kiblat
reasons why Kiblat National High School sometimes holds their session in Kiblat NHS
(KNHS) of West Malungon District showed especially when their agenda concerns the
par excellence in the implementation of school. One of the results of these sessions
SBM Principle 4-Management of Resources. is the school’s cemented basketball court
Aside from their financial transparency and which was donated by the barangay.
efficient management of available resources With these amazing partnerships the
like the MOOE, KNHS has been a recipient school forged with supportive stakeholders,
of KASILAK Foundation that supported the KNHS was benchmarked by Surigao City
vermicomposting project that turned into Division to be guided on how stakeholders
an income generating project (IGP). Their have always been greatly involved in the
Gulayan sa Paaralan produced a lot due to planning, implementation, monitoring and
their organic fertilizer from the vermicompost evaluation of BNHS activities and projects.
enabling them to finance their feeding Moreover, KNHS’ strong and active
program and getting 30 % allocation from linkages with varied stakeholders even
their income. Kiblat NHS in effect has not earned them the second place in last year’s
only generated additional resources but Search for Best Implementing Schools for
has also helped the environment through Brigada Eskwela (Medium Schools Category)
their eco-friendly practices. This further in the division.


Banate National High School (BNHS) came about due to an idea expressed by the presence of key barangay officials/
of North Malungon District is another a student through their suggestion box. representatives not just of Barangay Banate
institution that excelled in the SBM regional The said suggestion was then given to the but also of their feeder barangays like
evaluation for obtaining a perfect score Board Members of the PTA of which the Kinabalan, and Mabini and San Isidro, Davao
of 3 during the validation last March 2019 organization has promptly taken action. del Sur during School Monitoring, Evaluation
for the initiative and involvement of the Feedback mechanism is also present in and Plan Adjustment (SMEPA) allowing
stakeholders in the implementation and the school as BNHS always gives survey the school to have a better communication
monitoring of projects and activities of the forms to parents, teachers and students as with their stakeholders, thereby formulating
school. School clubs showed accountability a means of evaluating every activity they proper and immediate solutions to school
in doing their part given the sample on the conduct or project they implement. concerns.
realization of a water system, a project that Another best practice of BNHS is

The above-mentioned schools are but a few of the 34 Level 3 schools which have shown that SBM translates to good results. Each school
has shown their best practices but one thing is clear- the level of engagement of the teachers and other stakeholders in different schools will
always prove to be a major factor in the accomplishment of the organization’s goals. With School-Based Management, internal and external
stakeholders are indeed empowered to make innovations to make education truly relevant to all.

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SDO eyes construction of new Office Building

By ANNIE ROSE GHEORGHIU, MT 1, Wali Integrated School

The Department of Education- The design of Marina Bay Sands- at the back of the current office, northeast
Sarangani Division bats for the inspired building based on the ISO of Alabel National Science High School.
construction of a new four-storey standard is already presented by the The four-storey building is planned
building for the different offices of the Division Engr. Kathrine Faith Asturias to have an urban garden which is the first
division heads and personnel with to the national office and officials of in the province, to be set at the roofdeck
estimated cost of 100 million in which Sarangani Division. The said building will of the new SDO building to allow passage
41 million pesos will be allocated by use materials similar to the eco-friendly of clean air. It will also be the center for
DepEd Central Office while the remaining high rise buildings in Singapore. conference as teachers, school heads
amount will be allocated by the House of The proposed building covers 1994 or students would be having sleeping
Representatives Office through Hon. Ruel sq. meters ground floor area and its quarters that could cater 60 heads.
D. Pacquiao, Congressman of Sarangani second to fourth floors will cover 1,889 This promising project will take off by
Province. sq.meters. This building will be erected 2020.

STATE-OF-THE-ART. The proposed SDO Building is an ambitious project. It has features

that have not been built yet in the country like the curtain wall (upper right) and wind
arbor (lower right). Aside from being aesthetic, these features also contribute to energy

14 Sarang-ini AUGUST 2019


SDO FAST-TRACKS School titling

8 more schools acquire land titles
By ROSEMARIE C. NACION, T1, Malalag Central ES SPED Center
Acquiring legitimate titles for schools is Register of Deeds (ROD) of Sarangani to find schools were already titled. That is, the division has
one of the targets of SDS Crispin A. Soliven Jr., out the requirements and the cost for the acquired an increase in the number of schools with
CESE. Together with Division Engr. Kath Asturias transfer of title in the name of the Department titles from six to fourteen schools in just one year
and DepEd Sarangani Legal Officer Atty. Albert of Education. time. Furthermore, 105 schools already have Deed
Degino, DepEd Sarangani extends legal assistance This was done in coordination with the of Donations while 210 schools are still on process.
to school heads to support acquisition of school Department of Environment and Natural This year, Province of Sarangani thru
titles. Resources (DENR-MENRO) to find out the Special Education Fund (SEF) allotted One
Last year, a Division Memorandum cost for the conduct of survey of the school Hundred Forty Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety
was issued dated December 21, 2018 in site. School heads were advised to inquire with Four Pesos (P140,894.00) to support the school
furtherance to DepEd Memorandum No. 189 a geodetic engineer on the estimate amount of titling of schools in Sarangani upon completion
s. 2018 in connection with the implementation survey. of required documents.
of the government’s budget reform in the Annual For the past school years, division of With the remaining schools that are still
Cash-Based Appropriation starting Fiscal Year Sarangani only has six (6) schools with titles. seeking for school titling, this division initiative
2019. This memorandum calls for immediate Because of the division’s action on supporting serves as an aidin materializing not only the target
coordination of all school heads with the schools in acquiring school titles, eight (8) more of the division but the aim of every school.


By ANNIE ROSE GHEORGHIU, MT 1, Wali Integrated School

In compliance with the provisions of Republic presentation with other functional division like
Act 11032 or the Anti-Red Tape (ARTA) of 2007, OSDS, CID and SGOD; Finalization for information
which aims to combat corrupt behavior and to technology for lay-outing; and Presenting of the
improve frontline public services to the customers citizens’ charter for dissemination.
to name; school heads, teachers, external Irma May G. Dinasas, AO V, said that the goal
stakeholders, the Department of Education- of this in the offices of Sarangani Division is to have
Sarangani Division stretched efforts to upgrade its consolidation of processes and to follow what is
service delivery by improving its citizen’s charter. mandated in ARTA.
The citizen’s charter is an official document “Sana in crafting of this citizens’ charter we
that communicates the information on social can serve the customers better para ma-track agad
services provided by government agencies. kanilang mga papeles at mapadali ang pag-claim
In DepEd Sarangani, the creation of citizens’ ng kanilang mga benefits and actually the head
charter is included in the Ten-Point Agenda under of offices in the Division are already required to
the leadership of SDS Crispin A. Soliven, Jr., CESE, post the said processes even in the offices of the
which actually has existed during the time of SDS heads in the different districts and schools,” Ma’am
Isagani S. Dela Cruz but rekindled by the former in Dinasas reiterated the purpose of implementing this
preparation for ISO implementation in the Division. citizen’s charter. BETTER GOVERNANCE. SGOD Chief Ma.
This include the following processes to The speedy delivery of public goals and
Shirley M. Cardinal underlines the importance
wit: Consolidation from field of ADAS/AO in the elimination of graft are the solutions offered by
field; Streamlining of unit ward and field AO’s; creating the citizens’ charter, thus empowering the of the Citizen’s Charter in ensuring the
Presentation of citizens’ charter to field for validating customers of the government services. efficiency of the services of the SDO during the
if the concerns are addressed; Consolidation and evaluation on January 16.

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Keeping the SDO Responsive and Up-to-Date
By MELVIN YNION, T1, Talus National High School

I t is no secret that the key to an organization’s success is its synergy. With the complexities involved in keeping in
tune with the organization’s mission, and to make sure that the division is keeping its efficacy in all operations,
SDS Crispin A. Soliven Jr. included in his 10-point agenda the strengthening of the Division Executive Committee

he DEXECOM is consists Schools reiterated. These are activities and policies which meetings are a proof that Sarangani Division
Division Superintendent (SDS), Assistant have been promptly monitored by assigned division develops strategic framework, right guidelines
Schools Division Superintendent, (ASDS), personnel. and adheres to the standards on program/project
Curriculum Implementation Division (CID The highlights of the most recent DEXECOM development, management, monitoring and
Chief), School Governance and Operations Meeting held last June 10 included the reminder evaluation. Thus, the DEXECOM will continue to
Division (SGOD) Chief and all section heads. for all employees to be careful of their posts and develop and install measures and systems to ensure
They formulate, implement, and coordinate comments in social media and the inclusion the continuous and sustained implementation
policies, plans, programs and projects throughout of values formation in SLAC Sessions. The of programs and projects which have been/
the division. Understandably, they supervise all redeployment of excess teachers to schools which can be integrated in the structure. It won’t stop
elementary and secondary administrators, including has shortage of teachers was also discussed and is providing support and will continue mobilization
Alternative learning System (ALS), both public actually now being implemented. The DEXECOM of resources to the different units to ensure
and private; and provide for the establishment and also planned a simulation of the School Monitoring, efficient planning, application and optimum use of
maintenance of a complete, adequate and integrative Evaluation and Plan Adjustment (SMEPA) resources to program and project operations and
system relevant to the goals of DepED. so that the essential processes might be taken implementation.
The DEXECOM holds their meeting once a into consideration and
month and also make time for special meetings administrators may develop
when there is a need. The success of Oplan Balik deeper understanding on
Eskwela for this school year is largely credited to the importance of SMEPA
the DEXECOM’s lead in monitoring all planning in enhancing efficiency and
and activities related to the opening of classes. The effectiveness of governance
DEXECOM also tackled in their May meeting of basic education delivery.
the strict implementation of “NO COLLECTION The DEXECOM also talked
POLICY”. Department Order 13, Series of 2016- about the “NO Assignment
Implementing Guidelines on the Direct Release and Order, No Appointment”
Use of Maintenance and other Operating Expenses for newly-hired teachers
(MOOE) Allocations of Schools, Including Other and preparations for
Funds Managed by the Schools and D.O. 47 S. International Organization
2016 – The Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten for Standardization (ISO)
Education and Republic Act No. 10157 also known accreditation.
as The Kindergarten Education Act were also The DEXECOM

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Sarangani schools receive

15 donated classrooms
By ROMEO MARTIN, SEPS, Social Mobilization & Networking

SHARING THE LIGHT. Technicians of Stiftung ix schools of the Division of Sarangani have received free classrooms from
Solarenergie Philippines install solar panels in Friends of Hope, Inc. and its partners in Vita Coco and PhilSeven Foundation, Inc.
the roofs of a Lebe IS in Maasim 2 District.
The partners have donated a total of 15 recently. Three Vita Coco executives flew in
classrooms to the following schools: Tambuan from the US and Singapore to personally turn-
STIFTUNG SOLARENERGIE PH Dani Elementary School (2 classrooms); Happy over the classrooms in Happy Valley to school
Valley Elementary School (2 classroom); officials.
LIGHTS HOMES OF IP LEARNERS Glan Padidu Central Elementary School (6 PhilSeven Foundation, Inc. officials led the
classrooms); Calonkambing Elementary turnover of the classrooms in Calonkambing
By ROMEO MARTIN, SEPS, Social School (2 classrooms); Fye Falel IP School (1 ES. Assistant Schools Division Superintendent
Mobilization & Networking classroom); and Daliao Elementary School (2 Diosdado F. Ablanido, CPA, received the

classrooms). donations for DepEd.
he reading performance of US-based Vita Coco supported Friends of Friends of Hope, Inc., a partner of DepEd-
Hope in building the classrooms in Tambuan Sarangani since 2017, was founded in 2012 as
learners of in two schools
Dani ES and Green Valley ES. For its part, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating
in indigenous cultural PhilSeven Foundation, Inc. supported the and investing in opportunities for all Filipinos
communities (ICCs) in the Schools construction in Happy Valley ES. to prosper. A pioneer in the social business
Division of Sarangani is expected The donated school building in Daliao ES space, their flagship program builds much-
to improve as a result of the SHINE had its ground-breaking ceremony during the needed public school classrooms across the
Division kick-off of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Philippines using 100% of their profits from
Project of Stiftung Solarenergie (StS) on May 20, 2019 by representatives of Friends “Hope in a Bottle” (HIB), a purified bottled
Philippines and its partners of Hope, Inc. in Mindanao together with the water produced by their sister company,
SHINE Project intends to light the Barangay Council of Daliao, Maasim, as well GenerationHOPE. They have built hundreds of
homes of off-grid communities using the as Schools Division Superintendent Crispin A. classrooms to date. Today, their investment
power of the sun.The project was launched Soliven, Jr., CESE and division officials. priorities span a range of issues including
recently in the communities of Laginan The classrooms in Tambuan Dani ES were education; entrepreneurship and innovation;
Integrated School of East Malungon turned-over in October last year, the rest just and agricultural productivity and profitability.
District and Green Valley Integrated
School of Kiamba 1 District
In partnership with Philips
Philippines, StS has installed solar energy
lighting systems in around 100 homes of
school children of Green Valley IS. Similar
lighting systems were also installed in 75
homes of Laginan IS children in December
2018 with the support of Coffee Bean and
Tea Leaf.
StS ExecutiveDirector Bambi Reyes
has thought thatgiven enough resources
and opportunity, the foundation would
be keen to light the homes of all school
children in these schools. Her foundation
has earlier provided solar power systems
to 25 off-grid schools across the Division.
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines and
DepEd-Sarangani have been partners in
providing solar energy to off-grid schools
since 2016. StS aim to empower rural
and marginalized villages throughout the
HOPE IS RISING. SDS Jun Soliven led the official ground-breaking rites of the Friends of Hope,
country through access to sustainable
Inc.-donated 2 classroom school building in Daliao Elementary School during the Division Kick-
solar energy solutions.
Off ceremonies of the 2019 Brigda Eskwela on May 20, 2019.

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Dynamic Learning Program

supports Arabic Language Learning, Islamic Values Education
By GIAN CARLO C. LICANDA, T1, Colon National High School

n DepEd-Sarangani’s continuous quest towards the improvement of education, relevant
innovative technologies and pedagogies for schools are implemented in partnership with the
different stakeholders. One of the initiatives that were implemented is the Dynamic Learning
Program (DLP) that promotes independent learning among the pupils and students to
improve their academic performance. This program greatly improved the Arabic Language
and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) of Sarangani that answers to the challenges
encountered by the program.
Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) is centered on activity based multidomain
learning that requires students to work independently, to discover and understand the
lesson on their own by reading the concept notes and by doing the exercises before
thelesson is discussed and explained. The idea is that, students learn more by doing
rather than by merely listening.
Ma’am Bedaria T. Hassan, ALIVE Coordinator and Education Program
Specialist II, said that the bottleneck that was being experienced by DepEd
Sarangani is the shortage of qualified ALIVE teachers. But the Dynamic Learning
Program made it possible to cater all the Muslim learners. Through using the
parallel scheme of DLP, teachers were able to hold multi-grade classes. They can
discuss and lecture on a certain grade level, while the other grade level will work on
their Learning Activity Sheets (LAS).
“The Learning Activity Sheets (LAS) enables the learners to work independently
even without expert ALIVE teachers because they are now capable of answering these
sheets even without the teacher’s instruction,” she added.
Aside from the lack of ALIVE teachers, the DLP system has also resolved the problems
on the lack of classrooms, and it also demands lesser time of teaching. Thus, giving ALIVE
teachers the opportunity to develop the Muslim learners in every way possible across several
grade levels.

SARANGAN PRIDE. Shanaia Jikiri, Grade 4 learner from

Datu Pangolima IS was the champion in the IMLA Arabic
Spelling during the National Musabaqah 2019 in Dagupan

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DEPED XII OKs 6 Sarangani schools to offer SPJ

By KRISTINE JOY L. QUIÑO, T1, Lun Padidu Central Elementary School

n adherence to the program standards of the SPJ HAVEN. Regional
Special Program in Journalism, six (6) SPJ- Education Program
implementing schools of Sarangani Division Supervisor Gerardo O.
were approved by the region as a result of Magno inspected Lun
the Regional School Readiness Assessment Padidu CES, one of the
conducted last May 22. schools in Sarangani that
An ocular inspection led by Regional intended to offer SPJ.
Education Program Supervisor Gerardo O. The said school is now one
Magno was conducted to the six (6) SPJ- of the six additional SPJ
implementing schools namely Daan Suyan schools in the Division,
making Sarangani one
Integrated School, Lun Padidu Central
with the most number of
Elementary School, Glan Integrated SPED
SPJ -implementing schools
Center, Kiamba Central SPED Center, Malalag
in Region XII.
Central SPED Center and Malungon Central
SPED Center.
The schools were able to satisfy the adopt special programs and it is only this Lodgin Leaño, school paper adviser of Glan
requirements needed for the implementation year that the endorsement for application of CISC, said.
of the special program as they presented the these schools were officially recognized and Presently, Sarangani Division has already
achievements and background of the schools approved by the region. nine (9) recognized SPJ schools, three (3)
together with their school administration, SPJ The schools also presented the impact of secondary schools namely Lun Padidu
pupils, parents, teachers and stakeholders. journalism in developing both oral and written National High School, Kiamba National High
REPS Magno appreciated the support of communication skills of the learners as well School and Alegria National High School
the stakeholders with their participation during as in nurturing responsible journalism both in and six (6) elementary schools, making
the regional assessment and emphasized their print and non-print media. this division with the most number of SPJ-
vital role in sustaining the implementation of “SPJ caters the needs of the children implementing schools in Region XII.
the program. who have talents and skills in writing and Sarangani Division encourages schools
The six (6) elementary schools already help them understand in exercising their to adopt special program to support their
implemented the program last school year freedom of expression with responsibility and learner’s potentials and talents to specialized
in response to the call of the division to accountability even in the elementary level,” field.

Sagud Kabataan aims to beat malnutrition, catch SARDOs

By MARY ANN L. BACULIO, T1, Malungon Central Elementary School

o support and raise awareness on the attendance. the program.
nutrition among the underprivileged In its second year of implementation, the Intensifying linkages to partners, Sagud
pupils, Malungon Central Elementary school has observed the positive impact of Kabataan Program was able to gain support
School SPED Center implements its school- the Sagud Kabataan Program in improving from private sponsors who donated sets of
based feeding program Sagud Kabataan not only the nutritional status of the pupils school supplies and clothing.
Program. but also their regular attendance as well as Ms. Baculio emphasized that with
The initiative started as a campaign led reading proficiency. persistent efforts and compassion of the
by Ms. Mary Ann L. Baculio, Teacher-I, and The school links with stakeholders to program coordinator, parents and school
was adopted by the school community with its intensify and sustain the program and to administration as well as strong partnership
aim to help identify indigent pupils who need increase the number of its recipients. among sponsors and stakeholders, Sagud
improvement in health, nutritional behavior Presently, a total of twenty-five (25) pupils Kabataan Program will be sustained and thus,
and values and to increase their classroom were identified from various grade level under help more pupils in their nutrition.

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Leaderof a

“It is not the things we get but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life.”
Mac Anderson

Mac Anderson is right. Leadership is not about the person himself but leadership is about others- all the
people surrounding the leader. Without people, leadership is a one-size-fits-all skill.
When I am asked to think of a person who inspires me to do my best every day, a wide variety of different
people come to my mind. Sometimes flickers like that of a television show or movie flash into my mind leading
me to a historical figure, an icon and workmates whose personalities I greatly admire.
In a workplace as mammoth organization, as wide and dynamic as the Department of Education, it’s easy
to point out people who are motivating, but there is really that one person that stood out, simple yet so moving
that he could move an army of sheep. He is that one person who possesses the qualities I am looking for a
person in command. A Leader who touches Sarangans’ heart.

Courageous. A person who does not hide from challenging or scary situations; speaks up for what is right
even if there is opposition. He stood and support his people’s view. I experienced this when I defended the SEF
budget in the programs and projects where I am in charged. His courage is so contagious that it also gave me
strength to brave a panel of personnel.

Responsible. The topmost quality that defines a good leader is being responsible. Great leaders recognize
that when it comes to their job or workplace, they need to take personal responsibility for failure.

Inspiring . When our team are sinking in workload or drowning in spirit, he is that person who starts
finding ways to inspire our team. It is automatic from his end realizing that his job is to keep spirits up, and that
it begins with an appreciation for the hard work that we have put in. Start off by giving words of encouragement
once in a while.”Keep up the good work, keep going” are samples of his text messages .

Self-regulating . He is that one person who can control his emotions and sticks to decisions. A well-
rounded person who is disciplined. He’s become a paragon of this attribute even in just a simple rule of proper
wearing of uniform. He also encourages us to do quality assurance of every work we do.

Positive. He is that person who wants to keep our team motivated towards the continued success of the
division, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice, or
even just an occasional beer in the office. The one who remembers that everyone on his team is a person. He
keeps the office mood a fine balance between productivity and enjoyment.

Innovative. As a good leader is somebody the team could lean on to for answers or solutions. He
encourages everyone to think outside the box when any issues arise.

Natural. He is that one person who shows nothing but his simple natural self. He is that “What you see is
what you get” guy. From the tone of my words and the line of my stories, I guess you know who I am referring
to. A person who captivated me with his innate goodness and top of the line leadership, our superintendent
Crispin A. Soliven, Jr. How I wish his inspiring aura and personality will radiate to everyone in Sarangani or
wherever his career would bring him.