LINGAYEN, Pangasinan February 20 – Governor Amado I. Espino, III assured all-out support to the Department of Education (DepEd), particularly in its implementation of the K-to-12 education program.
“Since 2007 when my father sat down as governor, and until today under my watch, the provincial government is unwavering in its support to DepEd,” said Governor Espino during the opening program of the K-to-12 Summit of DepEd Schools Division of Pangasinan 1 held at the Sison Auditorium, here recently.
Expressing gratitude for the support of DepEd to the Espino family, the provincial chief executive asked the school heads to commit themselves in guiding and shaping the mentality of the school children.
“Let us double, and even triple our efforts. Ipasaalang-alang natin sa mga kabataan ang kanilang kinabukasan,” said Gov. Espino.
The first K to 12 summit conducted by a DepEd schools division in region one after the Senior High School (SHS) national summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila last January sought to provide school administrators updates on the implementation of the new educational system, including the innovations and strategies that could be adopted by school administration.
Meanwhile, DepEd Pangasinan 1 Schools Division Superintendent Maria Celia Fernandez bared that the K-to-12 summit is in preparation for the 12th grade of SHS which will be launched on the next school year.
Three components of the K-to-12 education program are: Kindergarten to elementary, junior high school and SHS.
Topics discussed during the summit include: Best Practices in the Implementation of Inclusive Education: Kinder to Grade VI and Special Education for elementary; and Junior High School Best Practices in the implementation of inclusive education and SHS Programs, Learning Environment and Governance: Best Practices in the Actual Implementation (SY 2016-2017) and SHS Support: Partnership and Linkages for secondary.
Elementary school administrators were gathered at the Sison Auditorium for the series of lectures while secondary school administrators stayed at the Provincial Training and Development Center.
By Dexter A. See