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    Volume VIII • No. 1 • MARCH 2019

    2019 NSPC Region III ranked 1st Runner up Anew




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    It may well seem like a bequeathal of the throne to the true heir as outgoing Regional Director Beatriz Torno turned over the leadership to incumbent OIC-Assistant Regional Director Nicolas Capulong effective on her retirement, February 15, 2019.

    “The best way to prepare for retirement is to do your best. I wish that all the times and the moments we have shared together will serve as my legacy, especially that I love being called the Mother of the Region. I truly hope and pray that you have felt and appreciated my love, care, and support for all of you, just like how a true mother loves and cares for her children,” RD Torno explained.

    The turn over ceremony, which was simple but memorable, was held during the Retirement

    Tribute of RD Torno.

    It was attended by the Schools Division Superintendents, Assistant Schools Division Superintendents, and Regional Office Personnel. The affair was also attended by RD Torno’s family and immediate relatives.


    RD Torno is the first Kapampangan to serve as the Regional Director of DepEd Region III, and the 15th in the roster of former leaders of DepEd Region III. In December 2018, she received the award as the Most Outstanding Kapampangan in the field of Education given by the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

    Similarly, the new Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Regional Director, Nicolas T. Capulong is also a true bleu Kapampangan.

    A native of Sapang Bato and a true blue Angeleño, Sir Nick (as he is more commonly known) was named Most Outstanding Kapampangan in Education in 2014. He earned the following degrees (all with honors) at the Angeles University Foundation: BS in Education in 1986, MAEd 1991; Ph.D. Educational Management 1996.

    Sir Nick, is truly an exemplar of rising above the ranks, started as a public secondary school teacher before being designated as school officer-in-charge, and Education Supervisor I. In 2006, he was assigned as Assistant Schools Division Superintendent and OIC-Schools Division Superintendent in 2011 in the Division of Pampanga. In 2012, he was the tasked to steer the Division of Mabalacat City as Schools Division Superintendent before he was transferred to the Division of Angeles City last year.

    He was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Assistant Regional Director of DepEd Region III on August 1, 2015. He was assigned as OIC-ARD in DepEd Regional Office I from January 11, 2018 to September 30, 2018 and was transferred back to his home region on October 1, 2018.


    2019 NSPCRegion III, ranked 1st Runner up Anew

    Region III or Central Luzon re-tained the throne as the 1st runner up in the 2019 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC)for six (6) consecutive years. This year’s NSPC was held at Lingayen Pangasinan on January 28- February 1, 2019.With a total of 4,960 campus journalists’ contestants, Region 3 ranked 1st runner up in the elementary level with only a hair line of one point advance by Region IV- A, and ranked 1st runner up in the Top 5 Best Performing Regions among the 17 regions in the Philippines.The National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) is the highest competition for journalism for both private and public elementary and secondary schools per Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991. The com-petition includes the individual category namely: News Writing, Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Feature Writing, Sports Writing, Science Writing,

    Copy reading and Headline Writing and Photojournalism. Meanwhile the group contests are the Script Writing and Radio Broadcasting, Collaborative Desktop Publishing and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting for the secondary level only.Deped Secretary Leonor Briones, in her keynote speech, emphasized the need for sharpening elementary gram-mar among campus journalists.The 2020 NSPC is slated in the latter part of January in Cagayan Valley, Region II.


    Tears of joy. Francis Rui Guinid can-not contain his emotions as he and his team snatched the first place award in Collaborative Desktop Publishing In Filipino (Elementary Category) in the 2019 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) held in Lingayen, Pangasinan on January 27 - Februarty 1. Their coach, Alfred Correa, was also awarded as one of the Outstanding School paper Advisers.


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    City of San Fernando, Pampanga – The Department of Education Regional Office III through its 20 Schools Division Offices across the Region successfully conducted the early registration last January 26 to February 22, 2019. The early registration is a pre-registration for incoming Kindergarten, Grade 1, 7, and 11 learners which aims to provide the Department with relevant data to anticipate the number of learners in the incoming school year and to prepare the resources if necessary. As of March 13, 2019, a total of 455,893 learners already had their information encoded in the Early Registration Tab of the Learner Information System (LIS). Compared to current date of last year’s early registration for SY 2018 - 2019, a total of 483,297 learners was recorded or a decrease of 6.01% or 27,404 learners comparing to Pre-registration for this upcoming SY 2019-2020.

    The breakdown of pre-registered learners in SY 2019-2020 per grade level is as follows:

    Although there is a decrease of learners in early registration between the current School Year to the previous School Year, the actual enrollment of Region III has an average increase of 3.44% learners or 70,000+ learners across all grade levels for the past four (4) School Years. (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 & 2018-2019).

    CL research team qualifies to the International Science and Technology Fair (ISEF) at Arizona USAAngeles City Science High School students E’ Van Tongol, Shaira Gozun, and Neil Cayanan cap a successful run at the 2019 NSTF with their research entitled “Hibla: An Alternative Sound Absorption Material.”


    73 mentors hurdled GDCE exam at RO III Office

    Seventy-three (73) public school teachers from 11 Schools Division Offices (SDOs) of the region trooped to Aquino Hall of DepEd Regional Office III, DMGC, Matalino St., Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, to take part in the Qualifying Examination for the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education (GDCE) Level I on March 29, 2019. The GDCE scholarship program is one of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA)-Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) project components in partnership with the Department of Education. NCCA is recognized Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) under Accreditation Number 2018-177. The GDCE is a 24-unit graduate credit program with two-summer ladderized curriculum for public school teachers. Region III, through RO Advisory No. 86, s. 2019, called on public school teachers of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), Special Program in the Arts (SPA) and Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities/classes to participate in the exam. The program is an in-service, residential and intensive training for two summers which integrates functional understanding of the local and national history, culture, heritage, and the arts. Successful GDCE scholars will undergo modular lectures, excursions, field studies, and artistic performances and exposures over the course of the program. They will come up with culture-based lessons and mechanisms and are expected to apply these to their respective schools.The scholarship grant consists of full tuition and a P5,000 stipend for meals, accommodations, and other sundry expenses. After the program, graduates have the option to complete a full-blown master’s degree in Cultural Education in La Consolacion University Philippines (LCUP) in Malolos, Bulacan, as partner Higher Education Institute (HEI).The SDOs who took part in the exams were teachers from Balanga, Bulacan, Cabanatuan, Mabalacat, Malolos, Meycauayan, Pampanga, San Jose Del Monte, Tarlac Province, Tarlac City and Zambales. A total of twenty-four (24) level I GDCE graduates will continue to Level II while 38 qualifiers will be determined in the qualifying exam for Level I. The new GDCE Level I Program will run from April 22- May 18, 2019.

    DepEd RO III records 6%decrease in early registrants

    School Year KINDER G1 G7 G11 GRAND TOTAL Decrease 2019-2020 108,274 175,280 110,295 62,044 455,983 of 6.01% 2018-2019 115,011 170,184 129,294 68,808 483,297 or 27,404 learners

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    EDITORIAL BOARD CONSULTANT: OIC-RD Nicolas T. Capulong • ADVISER: Liza P. BautistaEDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Michelle C. Lacson • LAYOUT ARTIST: JP Manalang

    CONTRIBUTORS: Engelbert Agunday • Ma. Editha Caparas • Ariel Culala • Ruby P. Tanciongco Ruth Jimenez • Irene Lusung • Bryan Vicente • Carl Derrick Guanlao

    The Official Newsletter of the Department of Education Regional Office IIIJanuary - March 2019 Vol. VIII. No. 1



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    DepEd ROIII caps Employee Staff Development and Strategic Planning Program

    BALER, Aurora (PH) – The Regional Office conducted a Staff Development and Strategic Planning held at Nalu Beach Resort, Baler, Aurora on January 10-12, 2019, spearheaded by the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) as part of the Employees Welfare Program of the regional office.

    As a means of relaxation and developing each employee, team building activities were conducted to strengthen the camaraderie and extract their potentials. While the activities are ongoing, you can see the enjoyment in their faces, wherein as team we are one regardless of age, position and status in life.This activity was highlighted with the presence of RD Beth Torno and ARD Nick Capulong who inspired and reminded us of the importance of each individual in the attainment of the mandates of the department and in serving our clienteles

    wholeheartedly. They serve as the keynote speaker in the planning stage and tackling the upcoming programs and projects of the region. “A team is a group of people with different abilities, talents, experience, and backgrounds who have come together for a shared purpose; despite their individual differences, that common goal provides the thread that defines

    them as a team” by Total Team Building.


    ARD Capulong refreshed the educators on what makes up the framework of a creative school where several categories should be present and always make up its tenets such as Skills, Character, Critical Thinking, along with a good thinking generation in order to produce decent Learning outcomes, achievements and successes determined by indicators and different factors.

    Once again as provided for by the speaker “Better Instructions” should focus on advocacies on character development

    and the 3I’s namely: Integration, Innovation, and Integrity, moreover, instructions must be anchored on a learner’s creativity, said by Capulong.

    Having better teachers also came tackled in the lecture as, in order to acquire this dub, we should have set clear standards of practice, have a high quality of teacher preparation program, professionalize the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of teachers, in addition, connection also plays a key role as linking teachers and their

    professional development to school heads is a necessity to create what is known to be a “better teacher”.

    If there are “better teachers”, therefore having “better school heads” come also as a must, as we must have defining school leadership, professionalize training and selection of school heads, develop instructional leadership capacity, and enhance the school management.

    In order to be dubbed as a “better school” several factors must first be considered such as different performance indicators, the result of the National Achievement Test (NAT), Readiness for Higher Education, along with Work/ Employability Readiness. , in addition, the lecturer also emphasized that it is a must to professionalize the training and selection of school heads and to develop instructional leadership capacity together with school management as lectured by the speaker Dr. Capulong.


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    VITY March of every year is declared as National Women’s Month. The yearly activity is based on

    Proclamation No.224 s.1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day; Proclamation No.227 s.1988 providing for the observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; and Republic Act 6949 s.1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day.

    The Department of Education Regional Office 3, through the initiative of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) organized National Women’s Month Celebration: Culminating Activity held from March 25-26, 2019 at the Aquino, Hall, RO3. This year’s theme is, “We Make Change Work for Women”. The activity is part of the Gender and Development mandate on ensuring programs that inculcate and sustain the department’s core values.

    The NWMC theme for 2017-2022 encompasses four elements which include women empowerment, the strengthening of Magna Carta for Women, Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality, and the people who will ensure that “women will not be left behind in the pursuit of change”.

    Highlighting this month-long celebra-tion in the region is the conduct of the poster-slogan making contest on March 25, 2019, with 20 participants/ contestants from different functional divisions/ units who joined the said contest.

    There were two representatives per division/ unit who showcased their prowess and skills in arts through their colourful masterpieces.

    Five partners were declared winners as follows: 5th place, Finance Division, Raymond M.Gonzales and Welly C. Yumul , 4th place, PPRD, Matrose Galarion and Charmaine Delostrinos, 3rd place, Personnel Unit, Michelle Castro and Pauline John Bernarde, 2nd place, Asset Management Unit, Danny-Ann Veracion and Grace Santos, and, first place, Quality Assurance Division, Ariel Culala and Wilfredo Yap. All the winners received certificates of recognition and cash prizes respectively.

    The culminating activity featured an inspirational message from the Chief, Administrative Officer, Dr. Pedro Pascua, who underscored the vital roles of women in nation building.

    The invited guest resource speakers, Ms. Maritess Liwanag, Program and Development Officer III from DSWD gave an updated statistical report on women and Central Luzon Situationer on Women while Ms. Naomi Estabillo, Senior Economic Development Specialist and GAD Focal Person, discussed Women Empowerment by citing three simple ways on how to achieve it.

    She reiterated that women should have healthy mind, healthy body and a healthy spirit. The GAD Plan of Action, 2019 was also presented by the Regional GAD Focal Person, Dr.Ruth D.Jimenez. A raffle draw followed wherein, twenty (20) winners received prizes.

    The affair became significant and memorable with the Chief, HRDD, Dr. William G. Bacani’s ending statements, “This is the first time that we celebrated the National Women’s Month, truly, a history in the making”. Let us continue to celebrate the achievements of women and girls in various fields and recognize their contributions in our society.



    Requisition of Supplies Made Easy

    To effectively manage and organize all inventories, the Asset Management Section (AMS) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Unit ointly developed the Supplies Inventory Management System (R3SIMS).

    The R3SIMS, the Point-of-Sale (POS) system programmed by the ICT Unit, is an intranet online inventory system that lets administrator create, retrieve, update, and delete inventories. It helps in monitoring the count of items. R3-SIMS also generates Report of Supplies and Materials Issued (RSMI) by the AMU.

    The RIS (Requisition and Issuance Slip) shall be prepared by the Requisitioning Division/Office to

    request supplies, goods, equipment or property carried in stock and by the AMS to issue the items requested after the approval of the Chief of Administrative Division.

    Effective February 1, 2019, “No RIS using R3SIMS, No Issuance of Supplies Policy” was strictly implemented.

    R3SIMS, considered an innovation of the DepEd Regional office, was developed after the implementation of the Formulation Phase, Testing Phase, and Implementation Phase.



    The Department of Education Regional Office III, led by Regional

    Director Beatriz Torno and the Schools Division Superintedents,

    received the financial literacy videos from Banco de Oro (BDO)

    Foundation and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) during the turnover ceremonies at Otel Pampanga on

    The said event was pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on May 28, 2018 among DepEd, BDO Foundation, and BSP. The first set of financial videos focused on the why’s and how’s of saving. These are already uploaded to the DepEd online learning portal and are now being used for classroom instruction and teacher trainings nationwide.

    Meanwhile, the second batch of five

    financial literacy videos for teachers and learners focus on the topics of budgeting and financial management, investing, avoidance of scams, managing indebtedness, and entrepreneurship.

    The educational videos were designed to make lessons on savings and personal finance engaging and compelling for teachers, non-teaching personnel and students. Accompanied by discussion guides and lesson plans developed by DepEd master teachers, the videos will be used in classroom instruction as well as DepEd’s Teacher Induction Program, learning action cells and regular training and development programs. Currently underway is the

    development of the second batch of financial literacy videos on such topics as budgeting, financial management, investing, avoiding scams and the responsible use of credit.

    The Financial Literacy Program for Schools is BDO Foundation’s flagship corporate citizenship initiative under its financial inclusion advocacy. The program is aimed at supporting DepEd’s efforts to strengthen financial education in its K-12 curriculum and training programs for teaching and non-teaching personnel. It also contributes to the pillar on Financial Education and Consumer Protection of BSP’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion.

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    BDO Foundation President Mario Deriquito (3rd from left) formally turns over the sets of TV and financial education videos to RD Beatriz Torno as part of the BDO Financial Literacy Program, BDO Foundation’s flagship corporate citizenship initiative under its financial inclusion advocacy. Also in photo are (from left to right) BDO Program Director Rosemarie Espinosa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Pampanga Branch Head Rosario Rafael, and OIC-Assistant Regional Director Nicolas Capulong.

    1st National Training of Teachers on the SHS Maritime Program Conducted

    The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), conducted the National Training of Teachers on the Senior High School (SHS) Maritime Program on February 18-22, 2019 at the National Educator’s Academy of the Philippines (NEAP- NCR), Marikina City.

    The five-day training, aimed to provide teachers with a concrete understanding of the Maritime Program in the Philippines, SHS Maritime Program and is exits; apply appropriate pedagogical and contextualization strategies in teaching the SHS maritime specialized subjects, and; demonstrate understanding of the issues and concerns relative to the content and perfor-mance standards, learning competencies, and classroom assessments.

    Participants in the training included the SHS Regional Coordinator, public SHS Maritime teachers and their School Head from Region III, IV-A, VI, and NCR, who were provided the opportunities in acquiring and demonstrating the cognitive and effective competencies needed in the effective delivery of the curricu-lum and established their roles as facilitators of learning, and; adopt best practices in teaching the SHS maritime specialized subjects and in implementing the work immersion.

    The training resource speak-ers were Atty. Vera Joy S. Ban-eg, Executive Director, Seafarer’s

    Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Office, Marine Industry Authority; some Marina Specialists like Pablito Estrella, Capt. Perry C. Pagdilao, Engr. Diovanne B. Jober, and Rigor Fernando S. Rodriguez; and invited Dean and School Administrators of Private SHS Maritime schools.

    Session Topics included The Maritime Program in the Philippines, Introduction to Maritime Career, Marine Transportation and Engineering, Introduction to Maritime Safety, Safety 1-2 and Ship Catering Service, Navigational Watch 1-3.

    For the information of everybody, especially the interested Grade 12 graduates, Batch 2018-2019, the following are the only SHS Maritime schools in Region III recognized by the DepEd Central Office and Marina:a. Public1. Bataan National High School (Balanga City)2. Lamao National High School (Bataan)

    b. Private1. Jose C. Feliciano College Foundation (Mabalacat)2. Fernandez College of Arts and Technology- Baliuag (Bulacan)3. Dr. Yanga’s Colleges (Bulacan)4. Midway Marine Foundation (Cabanatuan City)5. Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (Olongapo)6. Central Luzon College of Science and Technology, Inc. (City of San Fernando, Pampanga)


    DepEd RO III Conducts Consultative Planning with Private K To 10 Schools

    The Department of Education Regional Office III held the consultative planning with Private K to 10 schools and senior high schools on February 12, 2019 at the Aquino Hall, DepEd Regional Office III.

    The said activity was held to finalize the plans and targets for private schools for FY 2018 and SY 2019-2020; address issues and concerns on RO and SDO Private School Requirements regarding applications, documentary and statutory requirement; review and appraise RO business processes inter-faced with SDO business processes; and prepare a course of action for the Annual Report of Private Schools’ performance.

    “In order to strengthen the quality management system, there should be

    a write shop of policies for the whole region, and there should also

    be one quality

    management system for the private schools,” said Arthur DC Sacatropes, Chief of the Quality Assurance Division (QAD).

    GASTPE ConcernsFor the matters

    discussed on the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers In Private Education (GASTPE), Mr. Sacatropes said that the top priority for funding is for the GASTPE in order to help decongest the public schools in the region. He also gave the SDOs some guidelines in order for the program’s execution, one of which is that SDO must have a business process in the selection, identification of GASTPE beneficiaries Subsidies are intended for the low income family. Aside from helping decon-gest public schools, GASTPE also seeks to lessen the dropout rate and address the problem regarding the lack of facilities due to congestion.

    SDOs and RO collaboration

    Acting Chief of the

    Policy Planning and Research Division, Dr. Matrose Galarion emphasized in an added lecture that the bottleneck experienced from the private schools can only be resolved when the regional and division offices start to take full responsibility. Moreover, she also stressed the problem of congestion among public schools with having the number of students in the following academic levels, Kinder Garten-34,618 , Elementary - 166,849 , Junior High School – 180,963, Senior High School-177,985, and ALS -Learners - 59,723 Learners.

    “All regions in the country are being ranked every year being compared to other regions, likewise Division Offices are being ranked also. Region 3 is really a big region, if everybody will collaborate in monitoring these schools to update their data in the LIS, it is not impossible that we could be ahead of other regions. “said Dr. Galarion.


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    Balanga City, Bataan—It may had been easier for Lianne Rose Salita to just give up and end her dream of becoming a teacher.

    She was a freshman in high school when her parents told her they could no longer afford to send her to school. She and her sibling had to sacrifice so that their eldest sister can continue studying, while they on the other hand were left doing nothing at home. Not wanting to stay idle, she decided to do something worthwhile by peddling goods in the neighborhood and doing home chores to their relatives.

    It was in 2009 when she decided to continue her studies. At 18 years old, she was rejected as an incoming high school student for being overaged. However, that did not stop her from pursuing her ambition. Upon settling down in her father’s hometown in Balanga City, Lianne enrolled in the Alternative Learning System or ALS. She passed the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Test in 2010 and consequently took up a degree in Education under a scholarship program. She was a consistent Dean’s Lister.

    Three years ago, Lianne was the guest speaker of the ALS Graduation Ceremonies in Barangay Cupang West and sparked hope for her fellow ALS completers.

    “Fellow graduates of ALS, there is hope for a person who wants to have a better life. Nakatawid na ako sa kahirapan. Sumunod sana kayo. I chose to be a teacher by profession because I know that I can make a difference by being a teacher,”

    Teacher Lianne shared.

    ALS ensures that no one is left behind

    The Alternative Learning System or ALS is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

    There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). One is the Basic Literacy Program and the other is the Continuing Education Program – Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E). Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.

    Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo highlighted the rollout of the enhanced ALS curriculum, in line with the 10-point agenda of DepEd under the administration of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.

    “DepEd has been pursuing reforms in ALS in order for it to be aligned with the K to 12 curriculum in formal education. We are now rolling out the version 2.0 of ALS program which is substantially different from the existing one. There are changes in the system components, particularly in learning materials, learning delivery system, learning environment, learning assessment,

    certification system, and in the system support component,” Mateo explained.

    A LIVING PROOF OF ALS Now a Literature teacher at the

    Balanga City National High School, Teacher Lianne exemplifies the persona of being a 21st century teacher. Armed with the zest and enthusiasm for teaching, she uses technology, self-made devices, and varied instructional materials to deliver her lesson and engage her students actively.

    Amidst all the trials that Teacher Lianne faced before reaching her dreams, her faith did not falter as she created opportunities the world could not give her. As someone who seemed to have moved mountains just to earn her college diploma, Teacher Lianne is an inspiration

    to many students who are experiencing the same problems, and likewise a living proof that in ALS, there is indeed hope and endless possibilities.•

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    The SDO Private K to 12 Focal Persons during the Workshop and the preparation of course of action for the Annual Report of Private Schools’ Performance.

    Forward estimates for FY 2020 validated; accurate and complete basic education inputs ensured

    QAD Reinforces Processing Skills of SDO Private K to 12 Focal Persons

    The Department of Education Regional Office III, through the Policy, Planning and Research Division, conducted the Preparation and Validation of Forward Estimates for FY 2020 Basic Inputs last March 6 and 7, 2019 at Aquino Hall, DepEd Regional Office III.

    The legal basis of the activity is the National Budget Memorandum (NBM) No. 131 issued on February 26, 2019 (National Budget Call for FY 2020) prescribes the guidelines required to be observed in accomplishing the various budget

    documents in the preparation of the FY 2020 Budget Proposal; and Executive Order No. 325 RDC shall review the budget proposals of agencies and State Universities and Colleges

    The activity aims to validate the completeness and accuracy of basic education inputs submitted for forward estimates, analyze the immediate challenges/issues/concerns on the basic resources and sources of data and how these issues will be addressed, and consolidate the filled-out templates for teachers,

    classrooms, furniture and textbooks.Participants in this two-day meet-

    ing and are also the panel of valida-tors are the PPRD Staff, Chief-Finance Division, Chief-ESSD, Supervising Administrative Officer (Finance and Admin. Division), Budget Officer and Regional Engineer.

    Participants from the SDOs are the Division Team composed of the SGOD Chief, Planning Officer, SEPS in Planning and Research, Engineer, Administrative officer IV from Personnel Unit, LRMDS Administrator and Supply Officer).

    In its effort to continuously provide better service to the Private Schools in Region III, the Quality Assurance Division (QAD) conducted the Consultative Planning- Meeting with SDO Private K to 1o 12 Focal Persons on February 12, 2019 at Aquino Hall, DepEd RO3, Government Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

    The one-day activity aimed to finalize plans and targets for Private Schools, FY 2018 and SY 2019-2020; address issues and concerns on RO and SDO private school requirements regarding applications, documentary and statutory requirements; review and appraise RO business; and prepare a course of action for the Annual Report of Private Schools’ Performance.

    Fifty (50) participants composed mainly of the SDO Private K to 10 Focal Persons and SDO Private SHS Focal Persons, QAD Team and one (1) representative from Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD), Field Technical Assistance Division (FTAD) and Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD) respectively, underwent the consultative planning-meeting on how to improve the different business processes, made some

    adjustments to better serve the stakeholders especially the private schools in Region III.

    The resource speakers were the Education Program Supervisors (EPSs) of Quality Assurance Division- Wilfredo B. Yap, Zandra Z. Paruginog, Bernadette J. Atienza, Ruby P. Tanciongco, Reynaldo F. Licay and Ariel M. Culala, through the leadership of Sir Arthur DC. Sacatropes, Chief of QAD who took part of the agreements and clearing part of the business processes.

    Topics discussed included the Application of Permit, Renewal of Permit, Government Recognition, Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) which includes the Education Service Contracting (ESC) and the Teacher Salary Subsidy (TSS), Tuition Fee, Grant of Special Order, Grant of Senior High School Recognition, Voucher Program and SHS Tuition Fee and other matters pertaining to private schools.

    The activity was a clear demonstration of DepEd RO3 Quality Assurance Division’s commitment to maintain the viability of private institutions as key partner in the delivery of quality basic education.



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    The Division of Bulacan garnered 70 gold, 81 silver and 54 bronze medals.

    Speaking during the Team Bulacan Victory Party held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium here yesterday, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado saluted the student-athletes for once again bringing the name of the province on the top of the list.

    “Hindi sapat ang parangal na igagawad sa inyo upang matumbasan ang lahat ng pagod

    at hirap ninyo upang maiuwi ang kampeonato. Napakalaking biyaya ang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa ating lalawigan, hindi lamang sa inyong sarili at sa inyong pamilya,” the governor said.

    Meanwhile, Bulacan Schools Division Superintendent Zenia G. Mostoles congratulated the athletes and remind-ed them not to stop training especially those who would advance to the Palarong Pambansa in Davao.

    “Lalo pa nating galingan. Ituloy natin ang ating pagsasanay dahil sa puntong ito, atin namang ipapamalas ang ating husay sa buong bansa,” Mostoles said.

    Bulakenyo athletes outsmarted 19 other delegations from the seven provinces of Central Luzon. The Province of Bulacan was followed with the Province of Bataan with a total of 137 medals and City of Olongapo with 100 medals.

    CITY OF MALOLOS - For the 28th time,

    the Province of Bulacan brought

    home the bacon as they snatched a total of 205 medals during

    the Central Luzon Regional Athletic

    Association (CLRAA) Meet held at the

    Province of Zambales last February 5-7, 2019.



    28TH TIME CLRAA MEET OVERALL CHAMP. Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Governor Daniel F. Fernando proudly show the

    trophies of the Province of Bulacan during the Team Bulacan Victory Party held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City of Malolos, Bulacan yesterday for being the overall champion for the 28th time in the 2019 Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) Meet held last February 5-7, 2019 at the

    Province of Zambales. Also in the photo are Board Member Felix Ople, (beside Fernando) Dr. Zenia

    Mostoles, CESO V (beside Alvarado).

    Equipped with mental toughness and leathery tactics, Zambales chess master Heart Padilla lords the Women’s Chess Tourney (Individual Category, Elementary) wrapping her passport for the Palaro Pambansa

    The ‘Heart’ behind the chessboard

    Zambales’ pride, former Palarong Pambansa chess queen Heart Padilla’s record remain unscratched after five consecutive bouts in the Women’s Chess tournament of the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet held in Iba, Zambales on February 3 to 9.

    The 7th grader from Zambales National High School (ZNHS) disclosed that the key behond her spotless record is passion, unvarying preparation, and determination.

    “Hindi po kami tumitigil sa training. ‘Pag hindi po kasi kami nagtraining, hindi magiging ma-ganda ang resulta ng competition. Mahihirapan po akong Manalo,” Padilla said in an interview.

    Coach Larry Vispo, Teacher III of ZNHS, mentiones that Padilla is currently enrolled in the Special Program in Sports and that everyday, from 3PM to 5PM, she undergoes rigorous training to improve her fatal moves and tactics with her able trainers.

    In last year’s Palarong Pambansa, Padilla outshone 34 other chess masters by harvesting six points over-all to top the Chess Elementary Standard Individual category and teamed up with Roilanne Marie Alonzo of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan for another gold in the Standard Team Competition.

    CL athletes get ready for 2019 Palarong Pambansa

    The 648-strong Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) Delegation is firming up its training and final preparations for the upcoming Palarong Pambansa on April 27 to May 4, 2019 in Davao City.Athletes and coaches representing Central Luzon in the Palarong Pambansa have started their localized trainings on March 20 until April 27, 2019. The trainings aim to enhance the athletes’ performance ad develop physical and psychological condition, promote camaraderie and teamwork among the selected athletes,

    and inculcate the values and discipline to athletes and coaches.

    “The Division Sports Coordinator (DSO) shall manage and monitor the training in his/her respective Schools Division and ensure that discipline is emphasized in as much as it is inherent in sports,” said Sammy Sampang, Chief of the Education Support Services Division of the DepEd Regional Office III.Coaches are advised to prepare a training program which will suit the training needs of the athletes and focus on strength, endurance,

    speed, agility, technique, and skills development. Likewise, team building activities and spiritual enhancement sessions are also part of the whole training program.

    Keeping athletes safe and healthy

    To ensure the safety and health of athletes and coaches during the localized trainings, the Department of Education Regional Office III reiterates the adherence of key officials, coaches, and chaperons to the DepEd Child Protection Policy, the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, and the Policy

    and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control.“Coaches, key officials, and others concerned will be held responsible for the protection, welfare, and safety of the student athletes,” said OIC-Regional Director Nicolas Capulong.School divisions where the trainings are held are also advised to imple-ment the 4S strategy of the Department of Health against dengue to safeguard the health of the athletes in their respective billeting quarters.