THE Department of Education (DepEd) held its first-ever national consultative workshop for the implementation of its programs, projects and activities last May 16-19 in Tanza, Cavite.
The workshop aims to harmonize the delivery of learner support programs and services geared toward the education department’s Matatag agenda.
The Matatag education agenda includes making the curriculum job-ready, making steps to accelerate the development of basic education services, taking good care of learners by promoting learner well-being and giving support for teachers to teach better.
The workshop, which was spearheaded by the the DepEd Bureau of Learners Support Services (BLSS), also aimed at gathering data and information through in-depth discussions of accomplishments, status, challenges, and recommendations in carrying out school health, school sports and learner formation PPAs (planning, preparation and assessment) in all governance levels, which would be vital to policymaking.
“I am excited to see BLSS utilize the workshop’s outcomes to further contribute to the holistic development of young learners and thoroughly prepare them for adulthood,” Duterte added.
The BLSS presented the learner support strategic direction under the One BLSS framework during the workshop, which will help the program be more effective and efficient.
BLSS director Neneth Esplana-Alama said that the implementation of the learner support programs and services has been a challenge for teachers who are burdened with non-teaching and administrative duties.
“These harmonization initiatives seek to lessen the burden on teachers, enabling them to focus on teaching and making the work of implementers on the ground more effective and efficient,” Esplana-Alama said.
DepEd Assistant Secretary for Operations Dexter Galban said for the first time, every component and team under the BLSS had come together to ensure that the entire bureau will “move as one.”
“Today is historic. Today, we set a course toward the harmonization of the policies, programs, approaches and target milestones of the BLSS,” Galban added.
The workshop was also participated by learner support program implementers and focal persons from the regional, division and school levels. — Red Mendoza
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