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Affected residents in Surigao (1st wave) and Kapalayan, Surigao City (2nd wave) receive cash and goods from the Division of Bukidnon, Region X, during a rehabilitation and recovery operation.

After the Tropical Storm Odette in Northern Mindanao in December 2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region X rose above the ravages of the natural calamity.

Some learners, teachers, staff, schools, and communities experienced damage and losses, particularly in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, El Salvador City, Gingoog City, Iligan City, Misamis Oriental, and Oroquieta City.

Before the onset of TS Odette, DepEd X, spearheaded by Regional Director Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, and Assistant Regional Director Dr. Victor G. De Gracia Jr., CESO V, prepared its personnel and selected schools as evacuation centers for immediate response and continued monitoring of the typhoon. 

There were about 325 schools used as evacuation centers, which were decamped two or three days after the typhoon. 

The 14 Schools Division Offices (SDOs), through their Rapid Assessment of Damage Report (RADaR), declared 77 damaged schools, particularly in their classrooms and facilities, including furniture and instructional materials like books, self-learning modules, LCD projectors, computers, and printers.

Hence, the affected schools initiated immediate reconstruction and repairs charged to the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE); some schools tapped the support of their Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders like parents, private partners, and volunteers. 

Likewise, the affected schools reinforced their clean-up and repair initiatives through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) funds to assist those with fallen trees and hazardous and risky-damaged structures like roofing and almost collapsed perimeter fences and gates. 

Moreover, DepEd Region X extended assistance to some affected areas in CARAGA.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Division of Misamis Occidental, through The 7th Chord, composed of teachers, principals, and school heads, initiated a digital benefit concert to help DepEd-Siargao in its relief operations.

The humanitarian initiative generated a total of P148,466.90, which was handed to DepEd-Siargao on January 13 during a ceremonial turn-over.

The Division of Misamis Oriental, through its Random Act of Kindness (RAK) initiative, distributed goods at Kibanban Integrated School (KIS), Balingasag Misamis Oriental.

The Misamis Oriental National High School (MONHS) also gave school supplies and snacks to the KIS learners. There were three totally damaged classroom buildings in KIS, with heavily flooded classrooms and mud puddles. Some communities experienced electric and water supply disruption with their houses washed out.

The Dampil National High School (DNHS) also gave some health kits to the KIS learners. 

The Alternative Learning System (ALS) – Balingasag North also donated three boxes of bond paper to KIS. 

Meanwhile, the Division of Bukidnon also donated cash and goods in Surigao (1st wave) and Kapalayan, Surigao City (2nd wave) with goods such as rice, water, vegetables, fruits, and Jollibee packs. The Division also donated P66,720.00 and sacks of clothing. │ Ricardo G. Dragon

 

Cagayan de Oro City, October 4, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) Region X reaped major awards in various national and international competitions.

DepEd TV Awards

The DepEd Regional Office X was awarded the “Most Outstanding Regional Office for DepEd TV” for the Region’s performance in the recently concluded virtual DepEd TV Awards 2021 on October 2.

The Schools Division Office (SDO) of Lanao del Norte won the “Most Outstanding SDO for DepEd TV” and its local production team DepEd TV LaNorte as the “Best Remote Team.”

DepEd LaNorte teacher-broadcaster Grace B. Galon bagged the “Students Choice Award” topping all the other teacher-broadcasters nationwide.

Also declared as top-3 finalists were Pamelah Amor for “Most Outstanding Teacher-Broadcaster for Science” and Sittie Aynah Macakiling for “Most Outstanding Teacher-Broadcaster for Science,” “Maka-Diyos Episode of the Year,” “Makatao Episode of the Year,” and “Makakalikasan Episode of the year.”

Grace Galon, Earl Tolero, and Marc Will Villacora were also among the top-3 nominees for “Best Costume Design” and “Best Production Design.”

DepEd launched the first-ever DepEd TV Awards to recognize the outstanding performance of teacher-broadcasters and production teams and celebrate a year of successful educational broadcasting amidst the pandemic.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Contest

In the same awarding ceremony, DepEd Region X was declared as one of the Top-10 regions for Most Number of Winning Entries in the Open Educational Resources (OER) Competition courtesy of the Divisions of Malaybalay City, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Tangub City, and Bukidnon.

As per OUA MEMO 00-0521-0219, the OER contest was in support of the United Nations Declaration of Paris 2021 about providing equal access to learning resources using ICT and equipping basic education in the Philippines with technology-aided resources for the blended learning modalities.

National Gabaldon Schoolhouse Contest 2021

The Region also notched top places in the National Gabaldon Schoolhouse Contest 2021.

The Division of Ozamiz City won First Place in the Old Photo Category (1961-1990); First Place in the Gabaldon Video, Animation Category; Third Place in the Gabaldon Write-up, Historical Significance Category; and Third Place in the Gabaldon Video, Portraiture Category.

In support of the Gabaldon School Buildings Conservation Act and DepEd’s own Gabaldon Schoolhouse Conservation Project, the contest was aimed at emphasizing the pivotal role of Gabaldon Schools in shaping the nation’s public school system.

World Research Competition 2021

Meanwhile, in the World Research Competition held in Malaysia on September 27-30, Misamis Occidental National High School, Division of Oroquieta City, notched the Grand Prize Award besting 329 teams from 29 countries.

The winning student-researchers Charmaigne Jhoyce Udal, Ranz Rambo Acompańado, Kinna Nierva, and Leonard Lemuel Mongado were awarded 100-percent college scholarship, gold medal award (applied life science category), and SeGi college special award.

The research entry BIOPROM or Biodegradable Protective Mask, was aimed at producing and determining the potentiality of a protective mask derived from the fibers of Saba banana (Musa acuminata × balbisiana) pseudo-stem, Corn (Zea mays) Husks and Pineapple (Ananas comosus) leaves. The protective mask underwent systematic processes: extracting the fibers, making the base, attaching the loops, and assembling the loops to the base. Moreover, the mask's fibers were tested for their durability, water absorbency, repellency, and degradability.

During the 10th Regional Management Committee Video Conference on October 1, Regional Director Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, commended the participating Schools Division Offices (SDOs) and schools for their performance in the different competitions.

“All these awards of the Region were made possible because of your leadership, persistence, and collaboration,” RD Bayocot said.

The SDOs, represented by the Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs) and Assistant Schools Division Superintendents (ASDSs), together with the regional and divisional chiefs, also expressed their gratitude for the Region’s support and pledged to sustain their initiatives and continue to innovate to become competently responsive to the changing times.

“I am humbled and honored by your esteemed recognition of my leadership as instrumental to our successes in the Region. I would not be able to lead effectively if not also for your trust and our collaboration,” RD Bayocot added.

With these accomplishments, DepEd NorMin will again vie for top honors in this year’s Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction (SAFE-CI), which the Region successfully notched last year. │Ramon G. Abrera Jr.