Lapu-Lapu and Dying

In a conversation with a History professor, he said Lapu-lapu derived his name from a scaly first class fish Lapu-lapu. The Spaniards likened him to this fish because of the scaly texture of his skin as compared to the skins of the conquerors. There seems to be a ring of truth in this claim since this History professor has studied the names in that particular era and area. According to him, the name Lapu-lapu is a genre of its own. Recent European researches also revealed that he was a pudgy 70-year old man . Of course , this debunks our image of our first Filipino hero as someone who is macho with well-formed muscles holding the proverbial “itak” as he brandished it to Magellan.

What does it matter how one looks ? Sec Briones in her message during the celebration of Battle of Mactan’s 500th anniversary underscored that physique and age should not be the basis of being a hero but on one’s persistence and commitment to fight any challenge instead. Usec Sevilla also emphasized the importance of imitating the resilience and self-determination of Lapu-lapu.

Clearly, Lapu-lapu was willing to die for something he believes in. As a leader, he stood up to protect his territory from foreign invaders. And he emerged victorious despite the inferior ammunitions. What could be his secret?

What about us ? Do we stand and die for what we believe in? The things that you die for are also the things that you live for . It is at the core of our existence . In our religious dogma , we say it is the way , the truth and the life . The truth is our mission in this world. What is our mission using the gifts that we have?

Parker Palmer, a philosopher and author , wrote , “ Our real freedom comes from being aware that we do not have to save the world , we must merely make a difference in the place where we live . “ What can we possibly do in our own circle of influence ?For me, I was able to influence my husband to go to church regularly and eventually became a lay minister , a tither and an organizational leader. I have nieces and nephews whom I have helped finish their education. This gives me inner satisfaction that somehow I am able to improve their lives. The strangers that I have appointed based on their qualifications hopefully have improved quality lives. To other applicants out there , please take note that there are only very limited new items and vacancies brought about by death, transfer , separation from service and retirement .

According to John Maxwell start by making small changes . When Mother Teresa was asked what she must do to consider her work successful , she replied , “if we have brought joy to one unhappy home , one dying person die in peace with God , one innocent street child keep pure from Jesus , don’t you think it would be worthwhile everything for just that one ? “ So, start making small changes like 5 percent . If I were 5% more diligent today , what would I be able to do? Start now. Sometimes, we falter but we rise again and again. And in the end we would have lived Meaningful Life" .

SurSurDiv Employees commemorate the 500 years of the Battle of Mactan.


DepEd SurSur retains ISO 9001:2015 certification, conquers remote external surveillance audit

By Liza M. Guingguing

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.

Photo documentation during giving of technical assistance and the virtual validation process.

LDIS – SurSur’s milestone on Professional Development


Cuts during the LDIS Capability Building at Gold Bar Restaurant

The Schools Division of Surigao del Sur has reached another milestone of institutionalizing the Learning and Development Information System (LDIS) and capacitating its workforce when applying for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation and National Educators’ Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) recognition, spearheaded by the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Section. The elements that work together to create the right conditions for the L&D System to function effectively and efficiently, one being the LDIS. Hence, the Education Leaders, Division Focal Persons, and School Leaders were capacitated by ITO Minguillan on how to navigate and manage the data inputted and stored in the LDIS in order to support the provision of quality professional development programs.

After SEPS Advincula-Niere discussed about the L&D from oposal to completion, EPS Correos then tackled the list of requirements and reasons for applying for CPD Accreditation and NEAP recognition as far as L&D is concerned. While the same topics were discussed on both the face-to-face and the virtual re-orientation, EPS Nuñez from the region was present during the latter in order to highlight the updates from the recent Information Drive on the CPDAS, an online accreditation system for CPD providers, application of CPD programs, and accreditations of professionals. It seeks to provide convenience to providers and professionals and achieve efficiency with respect to the service of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) thereby ensuring that professional development continues for the teaching, non-teaching, and teaching-related human resource.

This initiative is a joint effort of the HRD and the ICT Sections to ensure that the L&D process flows and L&D standards are being followed in this Division despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Sections shall continue in providing technical assistance to Program Owners / Focal Persons as well as School Leaders in applying NEAP standards for accreditation of programs, facilitators, trainers, resource persons, and other L&D service providers and implementers. But the functional LDIS and the thrust to have all L&D programs be accredited and recognized in the DepEd-Caraga Regional Office and the PRC will only be possible with the full commitment and cooperation of all those concerned.

Juan at Juana: BIDA sa Pandemya


March 1 marks the beginning of the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) with the theme, “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!” The Division GAD Focal System (GFPS) through the Division GAD Coordinator, SEPS Advincula-Niere, spearheaded the kick-off for this month-long tribute which was aired via Ala-GAD ng DepEd-SurSur and DepEd Tayo-Surigao del Sur. All the women and men participants were given the appropriate platform to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges, and commitments in pursuing gender and development.

The Gender-Responsive Basic Education, which was the main highlight of this Orientation, has been thoroughly explained by EPS Correos, enough to inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change in education.

MO-III Lumang then discussed the COVID-19: Kalusugan ni Juana sa Panahon ng Pandemya, underscoring women’s health risks in the time of COVID-19. This is timely as the celebration was set in the time of the COVID-19 scare, which explained why all campaign collaterals had images honoring front liners.

The Schools Division Office printed 36 custom-designed tarpaulins. 35 of them were distributed to each district to raise awareness about women’s rights in their respective schools and municipalities, as well as promote and actualize gender equality and women empowerment, recognizing both the roles of Juana’s and Juan’s.

The districts also submitted 23 entries for female category and 19 entries for male category for the Best Purple Attire. The division had customized t-shirts and facemasks printed as well to encourage everyone to participate in the #PurpleMondays Advocacy.

SEPS Guingguing also shared #HERstory about her significant human experience as a working mother. She also left a challenge to the a rest of empowered women and men to join the call of gender mainstreaming and for working parents to continue giving a heroic act of fulfilling unpaid care work.

During the said launching, the FYI, May FOI!, was discussed by AOV Crabajales, putting much emphasis on the access to information regarding policies on women, including programs, projects, and funding outlays that affect them. In its culminating activity, AOV Crabajales also oriented the participants about the RA No. 6725 - An Act Strengthening the Prohibition on Discrimination against Women with respect to terms and conditions of employment, which is timely and relevant considering that most of the workforce of the Schools Division of DepEd-Surigao del Sur is composed of women.

The division-led major events for the NWMC 2021 were able to highlight the extraordinary roles of Juanas in the society as trailblazers and harbingers of change through the #JUANAsays posts in the GAD FB Page and #MyWonderJuana District Level Competition. Everyday for the entire March, a post of #JUANAsays coming from the Juana’s in the Division and some select personalities from around the world were posted. They were then compiled in one video by ITO Minguillan which was showcased during the culminating activity.

13 districts submitted their entry for #MyWonderJuana District Level Competition by which Cantilan-I District won and received ₱3,000.00 plus Certificate of Recognition. To underscore the essential roles of Juans as partners in pursuit of such change, the #MySuperJuan District Level Competition was also held where 11 districts submitted their entry, with Madrid-II District ranking first and received ₱3,000.00 and Certificate of Recognition.

Out of the 5 districts that joined, the Cantilan-I District was hailed the winner for 2021 NWMC Best Implementer – District Level and received ₱5,000 as well as Certificate of Recognition and Plaque of Recognition.

The 2021 NWMC was a blast and the districts really felt the ripple effect it had. Empowering women does not stop here. This is just the beginning, a call-to-action for everyone to start contributing in making the change we are espousing or any development effort responsive to women’s concerns, especially in the time of the pandemic.

CID: Living the ISO-PDCA Cycle Way

The most academically aware people, the CID people strategically plan and execute via the ISO-PDCA cycle. PDCA stands for Plan, Do, Check, Act – our ISO way of coping with work standards and in consonance also with DepEd’s Results-based Performance Management System (RPMS).

Our office files offer the pleasure and convenience of CID-working. Name it, we have it. Each CID personnel on board at the Instructional Management Section (IMS) and Learning resources Management Section (LRMS) claim ownership of his file with ISO-flavored label and name attached to it. IMS is now managed by EPS Regina Euann A. Puerto.

The District Instructional Supervision Section (DISS) is one with the IMS in the PDCA-cycle way. There Individual Performance Commitment Review Form (IPCRF), their 2021 Work and Financial Plan (WFP), Supervisory Plan, Technical Assistance (TA) Plan, DISMEA and CDTAP are all placed in their individual filer for ease and convenience during ISO audits and documents review activities.

There will be no more bringing and showing of MOVs during IPCRF review and rating for the MOVs are already checked and intact Quarterly at the CID Office.

Quarter I of CY 2021 is over and we are done with the PDCA activities for QI. We had completed our plans and targets and these were all checked through SMEA, DMEA and CDTAP reports to the Regional Office.

Since this is a year-round cycle, we continue the Do, Check and Act activities for Q2, Q3 and Q4.

In support to Top Management and its Quality Objectives, the CID always commit to lead in the key areas ranging from management, learning resource management and development as well as learning outcomes management.


For the future of every SurSur learner

By Carlos Tian Chow C. Correos

The pandemic has given the education department a heightened concern for gauging how students are performing and where they are in their learning. Many of the interim and formative assessment approaches the schools historically relied on seem impossible in the present situation.

With the daunting challenges encountered by the shift of learning modality, DepEd Surigao del Sur forged toward a more innovative assessment design that would capture knowledge, skills, and attitudes, to the realistic application in the real world. The theme-based authentic performance and assessment branded as PAG-ASA (Performance Assessment Guide for Authentic Student’s Achievement) is a way forward for making the new normal delivery of education of quality and accessible to all.

Grounded on the challenges encountered, strategies that would lessen the burden of the present situation were designed. The common challenges which include poor connectivity, less support to learning, lack of technical capabilities of learners, parents, and even educators, the level of teacher’s preparedness, and the questions of how valid and reliable assessment given were some considerations in taking bold steps to mitigate learning gaps.

The new normal compels SurSur division to mobilize innovative assessment designs to lessen the burden of teachers and the school children without compromising the learning goals. The question is, how could we provide learners with assessment methods that are light to them but do not compromise the skills and the target competencies. PAG-ASA gives hope to teachers and learners by reducing the number of tasks without sacrificing the goals of learning.

DepEd Order No. 31, the Interim Guidelines on Assessment stated that assessment must be integrative and collaborative. Supporting this policy is DepEd Memorandum No. 307, s. 2020, the Provision of Academic Ease provided strategies that assessment in schools must be interdisciplinary. This calls for teachers to collaboratively design performance tasks that integrate two or more competencies and learning areas. The use of theme-based authentic performance and assessment provided a realistic solution that minimizes the risk of wasting resources and maximizes learning outcomes. This is a way of teaching and assessing where learning areas are connected and integrated within a theme. This concept allows students to connect their learning and understanding to real-life learning experiences. This also gave opportunities for students to let learning flow naturally.

Since thematic assessment provides wider boundaries of exploration where teachers can hardly predict, students can open wider scope of discovery on creating outputs that measure their learning.

Through thematic assessment, learners get to understand their unique strengths explore multiple ways of learning and use the skills that they have been acquiring through the thematic methodology. This also provided a wide opportunity for the children to express themselves and help them build new skills and knowledge easily.

For teachers, using theme-based assessment lessens the multiple designs of performance tasks and output requirements to be checked because PAG-ASA promised to design one major output for all performance tasks in a quarter. Theme-based authentic assessment as a form of summative assessment is not only an assessment of learning but an assessment of understanding. The measures of skills and competencies are far more than learning. It is how learners understand the concept and become proactive in creating tangible outputs and products. Moreover, thematic assessment achieves all the different levels of cognitive process dimensions of learning taxonomy and when learners achieve such, holistic learning is attained, skills are assured, and competencies are mastered.

In the new normal, we are bound to take the challenge, and we are in this together. Let us create more innovative opportunities to give hope to our learners. As we forge toward PAG-ASA, let us also embrace together the value of education. All of us in the department have something to give.


Display of PAG-ASA outputs of the learners

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.

RD Fetalvero visits Cantilan schools with SDS Carmen and School Heads

No time for Nothing

Hajahay pirme! One of the perks of being a school head is that you own your time. You are the manager of the school and you manage your time at a pace where it is beneficial to the people you are serving. But this thing can also have a downside: when the appointed or designated leader will sit and do nothing. One of the most important skills a school leader must have is resource management. You see, time is a resource that we dare not waste. Resource Management is the process of utilizing various types of resources efficiently and effectively. These resources can be human resources, assets, facilities, equipment, and more. It refers to the planning, scheduling, and future allocation of resources to the right project at the right time and cost.

Utilizing every resource intelligently is imperative for every organization as they are the most high-priced investments of any business. Moreover, organizations spend a lot of time and cost in creating the right talent pool. Therefore, when their skills and competencies are tapped to their maximum potential, it enhances overall efficiency and profitability (Mansinghka, Negi, 2021).

The Department of Education is not complacent about the importance of capacitating the school leaders in terms or resource management and even the holistic approach. The School Heads Development Program (SHDP) of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) is an intensive course offered to the school heads of the entire country where managerial skills are honed.

Still, there are those who leave their learning to the CONCEPTUAL BASKET. They understand, yet they are not allowing the learned things to be translated into action.

Knowledge is a commodity today. Information is all around us; we can search for anything online and have the answer almost instantly, regardless of where we are. Filing that information into our memory banks creates a knowledge base that is unprecedented in human history.

Most people believe knowledge is power and that success depends on how much a person knows. Knowledge is power but knowledge without action can be useless.

Yes, simply knowing things isn't enough anymore. McMahon (2015) mentioned that the ability to regurgitate information is irrelevant unless you can do something with it. Well, one could win a few trivia games, but that doesn't necessarily translate to a successful career. The question today is what a person can do with the things he read, hear or know. Turning knowledge into great solutions and applications is the key to success in the Information Age.

Passionate curiosity and critical thinking lead to innovation and should be the hallmarks of the value proposition. Skills like collaboration and critical thinking can be used to apply knowledge and start leaders down the path of solving problems. These and more must be ventured by the school leaders. Passionate curiosity allows one to consider researches and find solutions to the pressing gaps happening in the school’s ecology.

It is a fact that there are those who can demonstrate proficiency in contexts (like those who passed the principal’s proficiency examinations), yet they have difficulty applying the same knowledge and skills in situations that impose added demands (like in integrating ideas from different sources, applying multiple techniques to solve a larger problem, or under time pressure). But a proactive and positive set of attitudes can overcome the aforementioned roadblocks.

The schools deserve productive leaders especially during the Distance Learning Modality. The students are like sheep who must be led to a good area free from danger and full of opportunities. The proper utilization of time and other resources are tantamount to the school’s progress.

Experience shows that time is not something that can be saved; it can only be spent more or less wisely. One way to approach this is to clarify what really matters to the leaders, live life in accordance with our deepest values, and serve others’ best interests as well as our own.

Let us spend time thinking, analyzing and utilizing data, researching, listening to the clients, collaborating with the teachers and parents. Let us perform tasks with outcomes not just outputs.

SurSurDiv welcomes new ASDS

By Liza M. Guingguing

SURIGAO DEL SUR- April 23, 2021

The Schools Division of Surigao del Sur welcomes a new Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Gilbert L. Gayrama during the One-day Moral Recovery Activity for DepEd Officials held at the municipality of Cagwait, this province. It was attended by SurSurDiv Top Management and select personnel as well as the District Supervisors of the 35 districts.

The program highlighted with Praise and Worship led by HRD SEPS Mary Luz Advincula-Niere and Mr. January P. Sablas, ADAS II, Workshop and Analysis of Bible Verses was facilitated by EPS Dr. Megenila C. Guillen, and messages by CID Chief Dr. Celsa A. Casa, SGOD Chief Dr. Elvira S. Urbiztondo and SDS Josita B. Carmen, CESO V.

The second part of the activity was the welcome segment for ASDS Gayrama and formal send-off for ASDS Jasmin R. Lacuna who is now assigned as ASDS of Bislig City Division. Dr. Gayrama in his response speech emphasized cooperation among employees in order to achieve the goals of the organization. He also made mentioned to strengthen monitoring and evaluation among schools and districts for better outcomes.

Meanwhile, SDS Carmen expressed and assured Dr. Gayrama that he is in good hands in SurSur Division with the full cooperation of the personnel.

To recall, Dr. Gayrama was the Chief Education Program Supervisor of Quality Assurance Division of DepEd Caraga. He was assigned also to various tasks like acted as the Quality Management Representative of the region’s ISO 9001:2015 QMS implementation, developed the concept of Pag-inambitay og Pagtinabangay Alang sa Paglambo sa Edukalidad, and acted as Program Cordinator of SEAMEO INNOTECH Courses. He also coordinated with the private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) on the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE).

“Adieu ASDS Lacuna”

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Jasmin R. Lacuna expressed her words of gratitude and thanks to SurSur teaching and non-teaching employees for the support accorded to her. She added that she will be leaving the division with fun-filled and meaningful learning experiences that she would cherish for the rest of her life. She also highlighted in her message all the insights and learnings she gained from SDS Carmen being her superior and mentor.

In her message, SDS Carmen also thanked ASDS Lacuna for being the strong support in her accomplishments in the division. She then reiterated her deep appreciation to her for being a trusted and high-esteemed colleague who manifested works with respect and integrity.

SDS Carmen then offered her a portrait of her activities together with colleagues.

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.

OSDS spearheads Human Resource Caravan

By June C. Guerra

Pursuant to the program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) in all government agencies implemented under CSC Memorandum Circular No. 3, s. 2012, the Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division conducted Human Resource Caravan in the districts of Carrascal, Cantilan, and Madrid from April 27 to 28, 2021 with the caravan team headed by the Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen with Shirlene Crabajales, Administrative Officer V, Marvin Minguillan, IT Officer, June C. Guerra, ADAS III, Kara Paradero, ADAS III, Rodjoseph A. Corvera, ADAS II, Florito Desoloc, ADAS II, and Roger C. Clar, AA I. .

During the caravan, Mr. Corvera emphasized that the reliable updating of 201 files is mandatory not just as required by PRIME-HRM but as responsibility of every government employee. Every document for 291 files was clearly discussed as regards to data completeness and legalities. Mr. Minguillan and Ms. Paradero illustrated the steps in operating EHRIS and assured everyone to process all request through EHRIS in maximum period of three days. Ms. Guerra presented and reiterated the simplified latest guidelines and process flow for application of promotion through Reclassification program. AO V Shirlene Crabajales explained GSIS loan application including the process of its verification and approval. PHILHEALTH was raised to be integrated in the EHRIS for a more convenient access of the employees particularly those outside the division office.

SDS Carmen reminded everyone that the caravan is intended not only for the PRIME-HRM goal but also to promote mechanism that should be maintained for best practices of the human resource management of the DepEd Surigao del Sur Division.

SDS Carmen leads the team on the updating of the employees' records.

There is a Hero in Us

By Mac Vincent L. Delos Arcos

Heroes wear capes and they either levitate or possess power and enormous strength. They save people by conquering evil. They are also invincible in some cases. But these heroes exist only in stories and movies. Real heroes do not wear capes and do not have superhuman abilities. They are simply mortal beings that go unnoticed.

Maurice Gay A. Tajonera, a school head in Union National High School, Madrid I district sees himself as an ordinary employee who does his best to serve his community through his service as an educator. But to the community whom he has touched, he is superman.

During the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, he built a community of heroes by replicating his charitable life in the lives of young people. He leads and champions advocacies to support his constituents who are in need. He has proven that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they believe in the blessing that God has bestowed upon them.

He was recently named the Most Outstanding Educator and Philanthropist of the Millennium by the Asia Pacific Luminare Awards. His commendable effort to optimize his position as an educator and become a source of hope and motivation in his community and neighboring municipalities was recognized by the prestigious award-giving body.

Aside from the award, he and his comrades have been featured on various TV channels and programs. The media publicizes their tales of love for others. They deliver supplies to several families in CarCanMadCarLan and other locations, as well as setting up mobile food pantries to help displaced workers. These are only a few of their many charitable endeavors that are worthy of imitation.

Indeed, his humble beginning has reached several milestones. He is a proof that there is a hero in us.

MIS on community pantry

By Cristler Atibula

Tagbinanhons seem to find a ray of hope among themselves despite the unprecedented challenges as the modern bayanihan, also known as ‘Community Pantry,’ has reached their locality and inspired many people to lend a hand to those who are in need. This gesture of generosity has become a remarkable phenomenon for us today bringing its slogan “ Kumuha Batay sa Pangangailangan, Magtanim para sa Kinabukasan: MIS Gulayan sa Paaralan Community Pantry.”

Maglambing Integrated School, through the efforts of the School Head, Ma. Liza T. Bandola initiated a ‘Community Pantry’ to the local residents, especially the SBFP recipients, to meet their most basic needsto fill their empty tomach as the crisis continuously exacerbates in every corner of the community.

In an interview, Ma. Liza T. Bandola, said that this modern bayanihan did not just feed the hungry people but also its primordial purpose is to bind and encourage others to share a small act of kindness to others.

Further, she emphasized that this endeavor would not be possible without the encouragement of Dr. Myrna S. Lauron, District In-Charge, and the support of the stakeholders.

By coming together, our individual challenges can be overcome, and our goals can be achieved. Thus, the outpouring support of Tagbinanhons remain intact even in these most trying times regardless of our individual limitations.

Maglambing Integrated School Community Pantry with the presence of the stakeholders


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