Cheers of joy and triumph resonated the hall as the External Auditor of ACS W3 Solutionz, Mr. Shahid Mushtaq (LA) declared that the Department of Education-Surigao del Sur Division passed the First External Surveillance Remote Audit on March 30-31, 2020. It was more than a sigh of relief when he further affirmed that the office received only 3 minor non-conformances with few observations which is more than enough to pass the audit.
Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen, CESO V in her speech opportunely recognized the remarkable works of all the committees which became the instrument to the organization’s success.
“Let us fuel our hearts with enthusiasm and dedication to work in order to sustain this endeavor of achieving our quality objectives and in making sure that our clients are satisfied with our services,” expressed SDS Carmen after the much-awaited announcement. “It was a challenging journey for all of us but with your extended hand and overwhelming support, we all made a good stride,” she added.
With conviction to fully manifest and sustain the standards, Superintendent Carmen instructed the different committees such as Members of the Top Management, Quality Management Representative, Competence Building, Internal Quality Audit, Management Review Secretariat, Workplace Organization, Risk Management, and Documents and Records Control to evaluate and review the implementation of processes for customers’ satisfaction and achievement of the quality objectives.
With the assistance and guidance of the Top Management, all the mentioned committees, all employees then performed their specific tasks along with the series of meetings and internal audits. “Everyday was a tough experience of reorganizing documents, doing series of meetings, conducting office to office visit by the core teams just to see to it that all the interface documents coincide with the activities conducted”, expressed Dr. Elvira S. Urbiztondo, SGOD Chief.
The audit followed the following patterns; Interviews and discussions with functional divisions management, review of data and records related to the level of performance of the activities involved against required/expected outcomes, review and audit of the department’s personnel training and competence whilst auditing those staff’s implementation of Management System requirements.
Anchored on DepEd's vision, mission, and core values, this division has envisioned to become a pioneer in instructional innovations, communicator of universal values, and producer of globally competent learners. Becoming an ISO certified is a significant point in its continuing quest for excellence.
Reaching the last mile
SurSurDiv launches PRO Last Mile
By Liza M. Guingguing
The Department of Education enjoined all offices across governance levels—through DepEd Memorandum No. 59, s. 2019—to jointly implement programs, projects, and activities to expedite the delivery of the needed services in the last mile schools. These include, but are not limited to, capacity building; provision of additional teachers and personnel, laboratories, equipment, furniture, teaching and learning materials, and internet connectivity; funding their feeding, health, and greening programs; installation of solar panels in unenergized schools; distribution of DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) packages; and processing of land ownership papers/documents.
Along this line, the Schools Division of Surigao del Sur with the Social Mobilization and Networking Unit of the School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) spearheaded a project PRO Last mile dubbed as Paving the Road Outreaching the Last Mile.
This project is fueled by the strong commitment to address existing challenges among schools in the far-flung areas. This also serves as a collaborative intervention between the division and its stakeholders with the participation of the community of the beneficiary schools in order to ensure its sustainability.
The said project has the following components:
Build A Boat Project- to build fiberglass motorboats for teachers of island and river bank schools.
Light A School Initiative- to put up Solar Power facilities to off-grid schools and communities.
Reach A Child Project- to provide communication media like mobile phones, transition radio, etc. to less fortunate learners from far flung communities.
Learn to Teach Project- to enhance literacy- numeracy skills of parents in the last mile communities in order for them to be capacitated in facilitating modular learning at home.
Build A Food Forest Project- A collaborative effort between the Social Mobilization & Networking and Youth Formation sections, in partnership with the identified partners. Food forest is a revolutionary approach of mimicking the natural behavior of nature where vegetable, fruits and forest trees are strategically planted in an area.
To commence the PRO Last Mile Project, the SGOD Personnel with the Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen, CESO V, and SGOD Chief Dr. Elvira S. Urbiztondo trailed to Logdeck Indigenous Community Elementary School, Lianga II District of this division on May 20-21 to launch the PRO Last Mile Project. Along with the Division Office Personnel were the School Heads of Lianga II headed by the District-Incharge Mr. Merco G. Loren.
Upon arrival on the first day, SDS Carmen took time to converse with the School Heads of Lianga II as well as with the teachers of Logdeck ICES on the issues and concerns relative to the implementation of the modular distance learning and on the improvement of the Key Performance Indicators. SDS Carmen also encouraged all the teachers to just continue the passion of serving the learners and the community despite the challenge of the distance. Chief Urbiztondo gave inputs also on proper utilization of funds and updates on feeding program.
Meanwhile, the second day was all set for the formal launching of the PRO Last Mile Project which started with an early morning ritual also called as Panawagtawag in Manobo term. It is a tribal practice for thanksgiving and to attract good spirit for guidance. The said Manobo ritual was facilitated by Datu Alfredo Tejero, one of the elders in the community. Right after the ritual was the Opening Program attended by the team together with community partners, learners and parents. All gathered in the school ground with designated areas for the different activities, observing the health protocols. SDS Carmen in her message emphasized DepEd’s thrusts in helping the last mile school children achieve the best education and practices they deserve. Mr. Alex S. Mistula, Senior Education Program Specialist in Social Mobilization supported that this PRO Last Mile Project shall be a strong support to strengthen partnership among stakeholders to address learners’ needs.
Datu Pedro S. Tejero in his message thanked SurSurDiv team for the visit and for the assistance given. He also expressed all the needs of the learners and the community.
Simultaneous with the Launching Program, the team rendered free medical and dental services, lice removal, gift giving and feeding for learners and parents. The team also thanked LICES School Head Mr. Joel Tejero and teachers and Lianga II Administrators for the accommodation and assistance to all the activities.
This full video of the PRO Last Mile Launching was streamed live through DepEd Tayo-Surigao del Sur Division
7 SDS schools sustain advance level of SBM practice
By Voltair C. Asildo
DepEd-Caraga Region declared the official results of the Surveillance of School-Based Management (SBM) practices of the previously recognized SBM Level III schools through Regional Memorandum No. 323, s. 2021.
After a rigorous Document Analysis, Observation and Discussion facilitated by the SBM Coordinating Team, the Schools Division of Surigao del Sur had 7 schools on the list that includes Cantilan NHS, Quezon, IS, Hinatuan NHS of Home Industries, Tagbina NHS, Cantilan Pilot ES, Margarita Y. Yusingco NHS, and Anibongan NHS.
It can be recalled that the division’s SBM team, led by its coordinator EPS Rufino T. Reyes, co-coordinator SEPS Voltair C. Asildo, and EPS-II Marieto Cleben V. Lozada provided technical assistance to the SBM level III recognized schools prior to the Regional Surveillance conducted on May 3-4, 2021.
The provision of Technical Assistance was made possible thru the Division Memorandum No. 110, s. 2021 which revolved on the following issues and challenges identified during the previous validations: Execution of Constitution and By-Laws;Evaluation and adjustment of School Improvement Plan; Contextualization of Learning Resources; Participation of external stakeholders; Institutionalization of SMEA mechanism; Implementation of Basic Education -Learning Continuity Plan; and Communication to the stakeholders of the financial expenditures.
LDIS – SurSur’s milestone on Professional Development
by MARY LUZ B. ADVINCULA-NIERE
RD Fetalvero visits Cantilan
By Dr. Jeanette G. Quinto
Regional Director Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero, CESO IV visited Surigao del Sur Division last March 21, 2021 particularly in the District of Cantilan. Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen, CESO V and Cantilan 1 and 2 District In-Charge were present during the visit.
Maximizing her time while in the Municipality, she opted to visit some schools nearby and had a conversation twith the school heads and teachers present. She underscored the important roles that the schools and teachers should undertake in this time of health crisis, more so she reiterated that offering a wide array of options to school children to continue the teaching and learning delivery is vital.
With this, she even mentioned that teachers in the department should be adaptive to change in order not to lag and can cope easily, she even added how creative teachers are when it comes to conducting assessment as the Division of Surigao del Sur is currently into the Theme-Based Authentic Assessment (TBAPA) which she considered an ingenious idea and conformed to DepEd’s recommendation of an academic ease to school children.
The Regional Director conducted ocular inspection also to the schools site visited for the proposed face-to-face classes next school year. She advised to put up exit and entrance door in each classroom as part of the face-to-face classes once they will be allowed.
“As school leader, it is a courtesy to the visitor by putting on your office table your nameplate,” advised RD Fetalvero when she noticed that all the schools she had visited had no nameplate placed on the table.
RD Fetalvero’s visit is the first in the Division of Surigao del Sur since she assumed into office as the new Regional Director.
SDS Josita B. Carmen, CESO V cordially welcomes the new ASDS and expresses her heartfelt thanks to the outgoing ASDS.
Dr. Gilbert L. Gayrama wholeheartedly accepts the responsibility as Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd-Surigao del Sur'
SDS Carmen turns over the token, a portrait of experiences of SDS Lacuna in Surigao del Sur.
ASDS Lacuna expresses her utmost gratitude to everyone in Surigao del Sur Division for the support accorded to her.