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DepEd Sarangani braces for opening of classes with LGU backing

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 11, 2020) – With barely two weeks left, the Department of Education – Sarangani Division is firm with its preparation for the opening of classes on August 24 amid the continuing problem with COVID-19.

Donna Panes, Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) Chief, said the division has been preparing the mind-setting of the school heads and district supervisors “nga dili na as always mag-meet para makahatag ug instructions.”

Teachers have also been given a series of webinars on the use of technology for the new normal.

“Aside from that, giready pod nato sila sa most essential learning competencies nga ilang itudlo kay wala man ta’y face to face karon,” Panes added.

DepEd Sarangani has now recorded 131,102 enrollees or 85% enrollment rate from Elementary to Senior High School as of August 7.

Panes said, of all the learning modalities DepEd has offered the parents to choose from, “majority of the division of Sarangani have chosen modular learning.”

Out of all the enrolled learners, 77.26% from elementary preferred modular learning, while 79% from high school, and 73% from senior high school.

“So now, ang ginakabusyhan karon sa mga school heads, even sa division office, ang reproduction sa mga modules na gamiton nato sa August 24,” Panes said.

Local government units likewise have been processing the procurement of duplicating machines, bond papers, and inks for the modular learning.

Panes noted that DepEd Sarangani has an innovation that is LR on WHEeLS which will help “lessen our expenses sa modular kay di na kailangan printahan ang mga bata ug modules basta naa lang sila’y mga gadget.”

Local officials of the municipalities of Kiamba, Alabel, and Malungon have already procured LR on WHEeLS antennas for their selected district schools, while the provincial government thru the Special Education Fund (SEF) has also procured 10 antennas to be distributed to all municipalities.

Panes also said that the School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) has been doing several parents’ orientations to prepare the parents for the new normal learning process.

Panes appealed to the parents to “really be committed in assisting their children in the learning process,” especially Kinder to Grade 3 learners, being the “foundation of development.”

According to Panes, the division of Sarangani is now 85% prepared for the opening of school year.

“As CID Chief, of course dili mawala ang agam-agam kay this is our first time to experience nga dili face to face ang classes. But I trust the preparations we made nga makaya lang sya,” Panes said.

“Pasalamat lang ta na very supportive si Governor Steve pati na si vice governor, mga board members nato ug si Congressman Pacquiao nga aside from SEF, naa gyud sila’y mga natabang sa atua,” Panes stressed.

Mariefe Gomez, program manager of Sulong Karunungan, the educational flagship of the governor’s office, said the provincial government has been doing its counterpart in the preparation for this school year.

“Naga-assist ta sa DepEd sa paghimo sa ilang mga learning materials, naga-uban ta pag-monitor sa mga teachers nga nagahimo pod sa ilahang mga learning materials, and naga-provide ta ug vehicle for them and food,” Gomez said.

According to Gomez, the goal of the provincial government “is mapaabot sa community na if ever man madayon gyud ang klase on August 24, naay mga different options ang community nga fit sa ila, pwede ma-implement sa parents, or pwede ma-observe sa bata para lang gyud madeliver ang education sa ilaha.”

DepEd Sarangani’s enrollment for school year 2020-2021 is still going on until September, said Panes. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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