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Terrell retires; Albay SDS post remains vacantBy Frelle Bertiz-Belo

After 44 years in service in the Department of Education (DepEd), from being an ordinary classroom teacher to the highest position she handled as the Albay Schools Division Superintendent, finally, last Sept.1, 2011, the mother and leader of the division,  Dr. Alice I. Terrell retired at 65.

Terrell grew in a big family with 12 siblings where she’s the eldest. She spent her childhood years at Pawa, Legazpi City. Gifted with three children whom she considered as the best thing that happened to her and her better half, Mr. Eutequio Terrell,  also an educator like her, who retired as a principal, Karen, Karl and Kay considered her as a supermom.

Dr. Terrell graduated at Albay Normal School now Bicol University, Legazpi City in 1966. In the same year, her teaching career began at Manila Elementary School, Rapu-Rapu,Albay. Her dedication and love for the teaching profession was honed, tested and  challenged when all her efforts and achievements were recognized through the promotions she received from a teacher to principal, then from it to an education supervisor until finally to becoming the schools division superintendent.

As SDS, four divisions of the Bicol Region became recipients of her quality and great service and leadership. Camarines Norte was her first assignment, then, she was moved to Ligao City Division. From there, she was again transferred to another city division,  Legazpi City and finally she assumed the same post in DepEd Albay.

Oct.7, 2007 was a significant date not only to her but also to Albay Division for it was the date when she assumed the position as schools division superintendent. She spent fruitful three years, 10 months and 26 days to be exact in the said division.

A person’s worth or value is seen through the manifestations of the people around her and Ma’am Terrell was not exempted to that. As a proof of being a dynamic and great leader, a series of Despedida Parties were attributed to her. First,  was the party given by all the public schools district supervisors in Albay held last Aug. 26 at Sibid-Sibid Restaurant,Legazpi City. This was followed by another celebration given by the Division Office Personnel, Aug.31 at the Charisma Function Hall,  Ligñon Hill, Legazpi City. The Special Division Management Committee Meeting (MANCOM), Sept.1, at La Piazza Convention Hall, Legazpi City served as an avenue of paying tribute to Ma’am Terrell. It was attended by almost 500 persons: the SDS,  ASDS, administrative officer, special program specialists, coordinators, PSDS, elementary and secondary school heads, section chiefs, D.O. Chorale (the birth of it is considered as one of the legacies of Dr. Terrell), support staff, trainers and guests.

The special MANCOM Meeting was graced by the presence of the two heads of the DepEd Regional Office: Dir. Orfelina O.Tuy, officer-in-charge of the office of the regional director and Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio, officer- in-charge of the office of the  assistant regional director who delivered messages for Dr. Terrell. Presentations from the different clusters (A-C and D1-D3) as well as the cotillion added colors to the gathering. Mrs. Aida Noora, division planning officer presented the SDS Report Card  through a power point presentation which contained all the SDS’ accomplishments and achievements throughout the duration of her term.

At present, despite of the fact that the SDS of the division of Albay retired, all transactions may it be physical or personnel concerns are going smoothly and this can be attributed to the two  very able and equally talented assistant schools division  superintendents, ASDS Maria Luisa P. Samaniego and Dr. Marilette R. Almayda.

DO focal person-designates identified
By Frelle Bertiz-Belo

The division office of Albay wants to ensure the proper implementation of its programs and projects to be efficiently carried-out towards the attainment of its goals and targets by designating focal persons.

With eight Education Program Specialists (EPS) and 11 coordinators in the different fields, the Department of Education Albay Division divides the tasks for the programs and projects of the institution among them to cater quality service to its clienteles.

The eight EPS are Dr. Nora Carreon (Research and Special Program), Dr. Dioleta Borais (Math-Elem), Myrna Lynne Bueno (AP-Secondary), Fely Jacob (EPP/TLE- Sec.), Minviluz Sampal (MSEP/MAPEH-Sec.),Dr. Sancita Peñarubia (Math.-Sec., OIC-PGCHS), Rosie  Lladoc – Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Donna Langcauon (Science-Elem.).

The 11 coordinators are Claire B. Barcelona (English-Elem.), Dr. Luz Bonaobra (SPED, MG), Editha B. Crusis (HEKASI-Elem.), Dr. Joyce R. Loma (Pre-School-Private), Cecilia S. Losantas (Filipino-Sec.), Judith Restubog (Values Education- Sec.), Nick Bio  (Science- Sec.), Rafael Buemia, (Math.-Sec.), Edison Mallapre (EPP/TLE), Quiroben Matriz (Filipino-Elem.) and Danilo Murillo (Sports).

Dr. Dioleta Borais is assigned as the Information Communication Technology (ICT-DCP, DICP, iSchool Project, Text2Teach, EVT)) coordinator, MTAP in-charge, Adopt -A-School Program , Brigada Eskwela, Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation(CIRCA)  and Personal and Professional Development Materials(PPDMs) while Rafael Buemia’s  assignments are CIRCA, Research and Development, School -Based Management (SBM), and EQUAL.

On the other hand, Claire B. Barcelona, English (Elem.) coordinator focuses on Every Child a Reader Program (Phil-IRI, RSAT, NEPP and Reading Recovery) School Publication, Gender and Development (GAD), Mother Tongue Based-Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE),  Teacher Induction Program (TIP) and Training and Development (T and D).

Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE), Supreme Student Government (SSG)/ Supreme Pupil Government (SPG), Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), Project Citizen, Peace Education and Assistance to Succession Planning and Program (ASPP) are assigned  to Myrna Lynne G.Bueno.

Meanwhile, Editha Crusis’ other assignments are Children’s Musical Literary Institute (CMLI), Project We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty (WATCH) and Peace Education.

Dr. Nora Carreon handles the SBM, Research and Development, PGA and Reaching All Children (REACH).

Fely G. Jacob and Edison Mallapre share with each other the tasks on National Greening Program (NGP) or the Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan. Jacob is also the in-charge of the School Feeding Program (SFP), Youth Entrepreneurship and Cooperatives in School  (YECS), Student Technologies and Entrepreneurs in the Philippines (STEP), POP-QUIZ, Consumer Education Project and Search for Guro ng Pag-asa- Financial Literacy Program while Mallapre is the focal person on School Building Maintenance Program (SBMP)  and the Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).

Donna Langcauon is the focal- person designate for the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Project ICES,  CFSS and the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O).Nick Bio, Langcauon’s partner in Science, also holds the Intervida Phils. Inc, Environmental Education, CFSS, Youth for Environment in Schools-Organization (YES-O) and Competency  Assessment (CA).

Dr. Rosie Lladoc as ALS coordinator is also the Accreditation Program for Public Elementary School(APPES), Aklat Gabay  Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa( AGAPP), Non formal Education Division (NFED) and Alternative Learning System Differently  Abled Persons(ALSDAP) in-charge.

Minviluz Sampal, EPS in MSEP and MAPEH also covers the SPA and the special events like the LITMUSDA. Danilo Murillo is the Division Sports Program and Special Program, DRR and National Drug Education Program(NDEP) coordinator. Aside from the SPED and Multi-Grade, Dr. Luz Bonaobra’s concern includes APPES, GSP and Distance Learning Program (DLP).

Joyce Loma, the in-charge for Preschools (KVP-KRP) is also the person-designate for private schools, DCC, School Readiness Assessment (SReA), Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE), Summer Pre-School Education  (SumPSE) and AGAPP.

Cecilia S. Losantas handles the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and shares with Quiroben Matriz the responsibility in school publication for Filipino. Matriz’ other assignments are Save the Children and the Bright Minds Read  (BMR) project.

Lastly, Judith Restubog, aside from being the Values Education coordinator, she is also the in-charge in Testing, Guidance, Evaluation, APACLC-SBMQAT, Scholarships and the Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation (QA-M&E).

It is expected that all concerns pertinent to the programs and projects shall be referred to and coordinated with the point persons.(Frelle Bertiz-Belo)

2011 Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon victors named

" accomplishment starts with the decision to try. "

Dubbed as Gawad Albay sa Edukasyon, this competition is a project of the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) in recognition of the noteworthy contribution and accomplishments of the principals, teachers and students for the cause of education.

Three teachers and three students from Albay Division outwitted other finalists in the 2011 Search for Ten Outstanding Teachers of Albay (TOTAL) and Student Excellence in Academic and Leadership (SEAL) namely: Mrs. Judith A. Bellen, Bacacay East Central  School (BECS); Mr. Pompeyo Bañares, Oas North Central School (ONCS); Mrs. Beverly Cabaltera, Polangui General Comprehensive High School (PGCHS); Christian Dy, Marlex Tuson and Christian Rey Notario, all from Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School (MORMS),  and awarded with medal, trophy, certificate, and cash reward during the recognition ceremony held last Oct. 26 , Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City.

The TOTAL and SEAL awardees, including the TROPICAL winners went through two phases in the competition and adjudged based from the following criteria: Phase 1 – portfolio assessment (60%), school visit (30%), and survey (10%); Phase 2 –  teaching/student’s/principal’s competition (60%), and interview (40%).

The qualification for the search was based from the facts/data about the nominees which were stated in the nomination form and essay submitted to the technical working group (TWG) by the person who nominated them, such as their administrator or co-teacher  or by themselves, in case of self-nomination.  

In this year’s search, Albay Division had the following qualifiers and finalists for the three categories: SEAL – Maria Tricia Nasayao, MORMS, qualifier; Kathrina Faye Ravago and Mary Angeline Abareta, MORMS, finalists; TOTAL – Mrs.  Glenda Oliquino, Guinobatan East CS (GECS), and Mrs. Evelyn Espinas, PGCHS, qualifiers; Mrs. Ellen Rosal, ONCS, and Ms. Madonna Azuelo, GECS, finalists; TROPICAL – Dr. Felma B. Bonito, Upper Bonga ES, qualifier; Dr. Marites Orellana, Don Jose Pavia  CS, and Mr. Jay Oliquino, Travesia ES, finalists.

It was noted that this search started in 2008 is one of the projects of the provincial education department under Project Education Quality for Albayanos(EQUAL) thru the leadership  of Gov. Joey S. Salceda in partnership with Bicol University-RSTC, Department of Education and JCI Legazpi.(Judith A. Bellen)    

4 schools top Bicol’s Brigada Eskwela implementers

"It takes a community to educate a

      This is precisely the essence of Brigada Eskwela that emphasizes the role of the community in improving public education and the voluntary participation of community stakeholders to give our public school students an environment that is  more conducive for learning.

      Four schools in Albay Division emerged as top winners in the 2011 Regional Search for Brigada Eskwela Best Implementers in the three categories: school at large, big,  small.  This year’s school awardees are: Tiwi Agro-Industrial School (TAIS) Tiwi, Albay, Cielo Tolosa, principal; Bacacay East Central School (BECS), Bacacay, Albay Azucena Cirujales principal; Sto.Domingo National High School(SDNHS), Sto. Domingo,  Albay, Elena Tasic, principal and Upper Bonga Elementary School (UBES)Bacacay,Albay, Felma Bonito, principal.
Brigada Eskwela regional committees selected the top schools based on their monitoring  and evaluation of the participating schools that generated active community support for the program and who have mobilized the most number of individuals, local government units(lgu), and non-government organizations(ngos)  for the repair and maintenance  of schools’ facilities before the opening of classes.

Over the years, some schools in DepEd Albay were hailed winners in the said search. In 2009,  Pioduran West Central School, Pioduran, Albay got the award, school at large category. In 2010, the awardees are San Isidro National High School, Malilipot, Albay, small school and TAIS, big school.

This year’s awardees will be presented with plaques during formal ceremonies at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Assembly Hall at Malate, Manila on Nov.  25, 2011.
DepEd Albay believes that Brigada Eskwela is the current version of Bayanihan spirit that we Filipinos value. It serves as an avenue to convey to the school populace the essence of community and of humanity, which  forms the core of the Filipino spirit and it is part of DepEd’s annual Oplan Balik Eskwela.(Felma A. Bonito)

DA, DepEd Albay intensify Agri-Pinoy Program

To promote self help food production activities and values among children/students that will appreciate agriculture as a life support  system, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Education, Albay Division with the assistance of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) conducted a training of all identified focal persons of Agri-Pinoy (Gulayan sa Paaralan) in the  Division of Albay.

 Said training was divided in four batches which was held on four consecutive Saturdays in four separate venues. The first batch was last July 30 at Malilipot Central School, Malilipot, Albay which was composed of five municipalities: Tiwi, Malinao,  Bacacay, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo and Tabaco City with 55 participants; the second batch, Aug. 6 at Daraga National High School (DNHS), Daraga, Albay with four municipalities: Rapu-Rapu, Manito, Daraga, Camalig including Legazpi City with 54 participants;  the third batch, Aug. 13  at Marcial O. Ranola Memorial School (MORMS), Guinobatan, Albay composed of two municipalities: Guinobatan and Jovellar and Ligao City with 32 participants while the last batch was last Aug. 20 at Polangui General Comprehensive  High School (PGCHS), Polangui, Albay composed of four municipalities: Oas, Libon, Pioduran and Polangui with 39 recipients.

 There was a total of 15 municipalities and three cities with 180 participants from the various schools in the province who met the requirements and finally qualified as recipients to the program and were allocated with seeds and garden tools  by  the  DA in coordination with the local government unit (LGU).

 Mrs. Fely G. Jacob, EPP and TLE supervisor of DepEd Albay was the focal person of Agri-Pinoy in the province. Jacob together with the DA Monitoring and Evaluation group monitors the progress and development of the program since it is a continuing  program since 2007 under the former DepEd Secretary Jeslie Lapus.

The recipients are now in the production stage and it is mainly intended for the school feeding program. Another objective is to produce mature seeds for reproduction to make the school self-reliant for it to help the community in promoting family food  security. (Frelle Bertiz- Belo)

MTB-MLE: New Scheme in Teaching

"When a child thinks, he naturally uses the language he grew up with," Department of Education Undersecretary Vilma Labrador emphasized in a press release  regarding the agency’s institutionalization of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education(MTB-MLE) in the country.

To test the impact of using the first language in developing lifelong learning among the children, two schools in Albay Division are pilot testing the MTB-MLE in four grade one classes this school year.

Two grade one classes, each from Bacacay East Central School, Bacacay, Albay and Guinobatan East Central School, Guinobatan, Albay are now having a separate curriculum using the first language as medium of instruction in all learning areas, except in  Filipino.

Said classes are being handled by MTB-MLE teachers who attended the First Kabikolan Conference held at La Piazza Hotel Convention Center, Legazpi City on Feb. 24-26, 2011 which showcased studies related to the curriculum and the Regional Training of supervisors,  school heads and teachers on MTB-MLE at Charisma Function Hall, Guinobatan, Albay last July 14-22 for the orientation and workshop on the preparation and presentation of lessons using the new scheme.

In ensuring the effective implementation of the program,
careful planning and preparation were made: composing of Bicol stories done by skilled story writers, writing of lesson exemplars following the steps in the Marungko Approach,  and creating of big books by the teacher-illustrators from the division.

To test the appropriateness and effectiveness of the materials, a grade one teacher in Sto. Domingo Central School, Sto. Domingo, Albay conducted a trial teaching in his class for one month during the school year 2009-2010. Feedback and observations were  used to make improvements for better results during the actual pilot testing.

The education supervisors and the school heads who had observed the MTB-MLE classes’ trial teaching noted that the pupils had a better comprehension with the use of  the new scheme. (Judith A. Bellen)

DepEd Albay holds 1 st PTA confab

The Department of Education (DepEd) Albay held a one-day conference of all the school heads, presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, treasurers and auditors of the General Parents-Teachers Association (GPTA) in all elementary and secondary  schools in the division in 25 separate venues from  Aug. 22 to Oct. 14, 2011.

The conference aimed to provide a forum to better understand the role and limitation of the
PTA in school affairs, equip all GPTA officers with the necessary skills in preparing project proposals, resolutions and financial reports, gather feedback/solve PTA issues and  concerns, prepare plans to assist school heads, attain targets in the Annual Improvement Plan (AIP) and to share best PTA practices in school.

Certain topics were discussed. Mr. Antero Buiza, Albay Division administrative officer V and Dr. Luz Bonaobra, education program specialist I, talked on the responsibilities  and limitations of the PTA in school affairs /school head in PTA affairs; Mrs. Edith Crucis, HEKASI coordinator discussed project proposal and resolution making;  Mrs. Fely G.Jacob, TLE education program specialist I, Dr. Dioleta Borais, ICT coordinator  and Math education program specialist and Ms. Minviluz Sampal, MAPEH education program specialist I taught how to prepare financial report and pupil/student participation in the PTA. The role of the PTA in the achievement of school goals or the Annual  Improvement Plan(AIP) was discussed by Mrs. Myrna Lynne Bueno, Araling Panlipunan education program specialist I and Mrs. Rosie Lladoc, Alternative Learning System (ALS) coordinator. Mrs. Cecilia S. Losantas, Filipino coordinator, Mrs. Judith P. Restubog,  Values Education coordinator facilitated the workshop in the preparation of project proposal/resolution/financial report and action plan.

Mrs. Myrna Lynne G. Bueno, education program specialist I, in-charge of all PTA-related activities spearheaded the said training and it was in consonance with Division Memorandum  No. 130, s. 2011. (Frelle Bertiz- Belo)

Call to make a change: Computerization program embraced
Modernization in instructions, DepEd’s response in a high-tech world!

Keeping pace with the increasingly digital world and producing globally competitive individuals urged DepEd Albay’s implementation of five (5) ICT-related programs and projects namely: Educational Television (ETV) Program, Personal Computer for  Public Schools (PCPS) under the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP), Knowledge Channel Project, DepEd Internet Connectivity Project (DICP), and the Text2Text Program.

"The benefits of revolutionizing education through computer literacy and multimedia instruction open doors in leveling up academic  performance" said Dr. Dioleta B. Borais.

A total of 136 public elementary and secondary schools in the division are already benefiting from the convenience offered by technology-assisted instructions.

The ETV program for elementary and the Knowledge Channel project for secondary, both sponsored by the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc., focused on providing learning episodes in English (Epol Apol), Mathematics (Mathinik), Science (Sineskwela), Sibika/HEKASI  (Bayani), and Values Education (Hiraya Manawari) through the use of television sets and DVD players given to the recipient schools.

Text2Teach, a project of DepEd, Ayala Foundation, Nokia, Globe Telecom and SEAMEO-INNOTECH, made use of mobile technology to equip Grade V and VI teachers with educational materials in English, Mathematics, and Science which covered lesson plans and multimedia  files.

This year, as recipients of the DCP, 20 public elementary schools received e-classroom packages where each contained Interactive White Board (IWB), LCD projector, a mother-computer, six terminals, 3-in-1 printer and other paraphernalia while the 16 secondary  schools were given 11 personal computers and printers. Meanwhile, sixty-two (62) other high schools were also beneficiaries of the DICP.

Borais, division ICT coordinator, handled all multimedia-related issues and concerns connected to education. (Judith A. Bellen)

E-BEIS operations, guidelines tackled in a forum

              As part of the department’s program on speedy and up-to-date collection and processing of data, the Division Planning  Unit(DPU) conducted the Level 3 Coaching and Mentoring with Actual Data Entry of Government Elementary School Profile(GESP) and Government Secondary School Profile (GSSP) School Statistics on the Enhanced Basic Education Information System(E-BEIS) last  August 19-26, 2011 in four different venues in the division.

  Participants to said training were public elementary and secondary school heads and district ICT coordinators.

 The seminar for level 3 in elementary was conducted in four batches with each batch composed of three training teams with six to seven members per team and three(3) waves  for the secondary conducted at Sto. Domingo NHS, Malabaog NHS, Marcial O.  Rañola Memorial School and AMA Computer College.

 The training teams were composed of the staff of the DPU, division ICT coordinator, the education program supervisors and coordinators, public schools district supervisors, principals, master teachers and ICT coordinators spearheaded by Aida Santos-Noora,  administrative officer IV, chief, DPU.

Said web-based and data-based program was backed-up by DepED Memorandum No. 115, s. 2011 and funded by the Australian Government.(Merci Bellen-Baroso)

DepEd Albay teams up BU-RSTC, PGA
By Felma A. Bonito

To establish a culture of teachers’ self-assessment and self-improvement, DepEd Albay tied-up with Bicol University-Research Science  and Teaching Center (BU-RSTC), Legazpi City and the Provincial Government  of Albay (PGA) in the conduct of Content Development Program in English and Math (CDP-EM) on May 2011.

A total of 80 elementary Mathematics teachers from the 25 districts of Albay attended the training held in two venues: Albay1, May 9-11, Villa Angelina Resort, Lidong, Sto.  Domingo and  Albay2, Charisma Function Hall, Guinobatan, May 11-13.
In-charge of the one-week training were Dr. Dioleta Borais, education program specialist I, mathematics and Ms. Jo-an Cordovilla, director, BU-RSTC, Legazpi City.

Sixteen provincial trainers facilitated the said activity. Judith A. Bellen(Bacacay East CS), Gladys Chavenia (Malilipot CS),Cristina Echaluce (Malilipot CS), Gina P. Climaco (Tiwi CS),Teresita Dacir (Daraga North CS), Earl Caño (Malinao CS), Ma. Portoria  Fe B. Pradil (Cawayan ES), Analyn Sabilla (Polangui North CS), Mylene Capistrano (Oas North CS), Salvacion Dapa (Manito CS), Shirley Rustria (Oas North CS), Ma. Simonette C. Sales (Polangui South CS), Jerry Mabini (Libon East CS) and Bertito Laganson  (Panoypoy ES).
Said trainers underwent a three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) with Dr. Milagros Ibe, professor, University of the Philippines (UP). The topics discussed were drawn from the analysis of diagnostic test results taken by participants focusing on the least  learned skills and concepts.  

It was noted that during the Albay Provincial Teachers’ Conference of the trainers and trainees from among the four division offices in the province, DepED Albay’s trainers topped the team competition.

6500 unsung heroes honored

About 6500 educators of the Albay Division were acclaimed during the 2011 World Teachers’ Day Celebration last Oct.  5, Albay  Provincial Sports Center (APSC), Travesia, Guinobatan, Albay.

The celebration started with a thanksgiving mass followed by a motorcade before the opening program. Dr. Marilette R. Almayda, asst. schools division superintendent formally opened the gathering. Local government leaders and school officials graced the  occasion. Dr. Obdulia Rojas, dean, Bicol University College of Education(BUCE), inspired the teachers with her message on behalf of Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, the guest speaker, president of Bicol University(BU). Hon. Harold Imperial, vice-governor  of Albay, represented Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda.

Teachers were given break from their daily classroom routines through the various Laro ng Lahi and other games like piko, tumbang preso, patintero, palo sebo, bingkay, sack race, longest line, catching chickens and pigs.

Cluster B was declared as the over-all championship, Cluster F, 1 st runner-up, and Cluster C, 2 nd runner-up.

The activity focused on the theme "My Teacher, My Hero", which aimed to highlight the unique role, service and commitment of teachers in guiding the families, strengthening the communities, and nation building. It also sought to revitalize the image of  and respect for teaching as a vocation, generate support for teachers, and express gratitude sincerely for the positive influences teachers had on the Fiipino learners.(Fe Bermundo-Pradil)

RA 7079: Responsible journalism upheld
By Merci Bellen-Baroso

The conduct of schools press conferences aims to promote responsible and free journalism and enhance the journalistic competence of teacher-advisers and campus-writers in  public and private schools.

To ensure a better performance in the different contest levels, school paper advisers with the support of school heads undertake school-based training workshop on newspapering.

The individual writing contests both in English and in Filipino are: news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, editorial cartooning, copyreading and headline writing, and photojournalism.

For group contest, the following are considered: Best News Page, Best Editorial Page, Best Sports Page, Best Literary/Feature Page and Best Layout.

A contest on broadcasting shall be done. A team of seven members shall compose the entry coming from one school.

In addition, there shall be a collaborative publishing contest. Seven students who competed and won in the individual contests in English and Filipino at the elementary and secondary levels shall comprise the team.

There should only be one contestant per school per event per category and only schools with existing school paper can join the contest at all levels.

Centered on the theme "Promoting Digital Literacy Through Campus Journalism" this yearly activity aims to strengthen the Campus Journalism Program in the division, particularly  the group contests; enhance the skills of the editorial staff in producing quality publication; and manifest competence in digital literacy as 21st Century core skill through the utilization of advanced technology and production of quality paper.

Meanwhile, a Regional Training of School Paper Advisers and Campus Writers for the secondary level was held at Camarines Sur National High School, Naga City, last Oct. 24-28, 2011. For the elementary level, similar training is scheduled on Dec. 1-3, 2011  at Charisma Function Hall, San Rafael, Guinobatan, Albay.

Bicolano youths to showcase talents, skills in the 1 st Bicol Patiribayan Festival

"Bikolano: Matibay Ngonian , Matibay Sagkod Pa Man ".

This shall be proven in the conduct of the 1 st Bicol Patiribayan Festival 2011 on December  5-10 at the Albay Astrodome and Albay Central School, Legazpi City.

Participants to this contest are the first place winners in the division level competition.

The following areas will be contested: English and Filipino, MAPEH, Science, Mathematics, Values Education, Araling Panlipunan, Science and TLE.

For English and Filipino, the events are jazz chant (sabayang pagbigkas), oratorical contest (inihandang talumpati), essay writing contest (pagsulat ng sanaysay)  and comical skit in pair( dulang pantanghalan).

Science quiz level I-VI, investigatory project, strategic instructional materials of teachers (Level I-VI), on-the-spot- improvisation of science materials (teachers)  and sci-dama( student, teacher, parent categories) are the events for Science.

Math showcase, modulo art, SIM, device, games and puzzles and team competitions are for Mathematics while cultural presentation for MAPEH.

Values Education has the following events: tagis talino, git-aral, poster making and slogan writing contest.

For Araling Panlipunan, there shall be parliamentary procedure (Tabaco National High School), project citizens (civic education) debate (Sorsogon Province), ASEAN  quiz ( for competition during the regional level) while for TLE, the  events to be contested are cake decorating, cocktail mixing, table setting, dish gardening, cosmetology and teen chef.

Only one group, team or individual per event will represent the division in the regional festival. Division eliminations in English, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan  will be conducted in the aforementioned events on November 29, 2011 at Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School(MORMS), Guinobatan, Albay. The rest of the subject areas will be represented by the winners in their respective division level competitions.

Said activity is in consonance with the Regional Memorandum No. 112 through the secondary education. (Merci Bellen- Baroso)   

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