Department of Education - Davao City Division - DepEd Davao

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the School Building Donation of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail

Joanna Paula M. Cagape

Davao City—The Department of Education Davao City Division received classrooms from the Filipino-Chinese Cultural Foundation. The groundbreaking ceremonies was officiated at Agdao Elementary School on October 5, 2018, in commemoration of the Republic of China 107 National Day of Celebration. 

altAccording to the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, the donated classrooms shall be of great importance to the recipient schools. “This will capacitate our school heads and teachers. Most of all, this will be essential for learners in order for them to grow with confidence as proud Davaoeños, who are fully-equipped with the 21st century skills, knowledgeable, skilled and who can also  effectively communicate and deliver their message to the public,” SDS Asuncion said.
SDS Asuncion also expressed her gratitude to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for the mayor’s invaluable support in all of the educational programs and related endeavors crafted by the DepEd Division of Davao City.

“May I respectfully thank our Mayor Inday for being a great leader, a  steward of change in all aspects, most especially in the educational sector,” SDS Asuncion remarked.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, SDS Asuncion initiated the handing over of the Agila token to Mr. Benito Mesina, and the Plaque of Appreciation to the Fil- Chinese Cultural Foundation.

“The more partners we get to help our schools, the better education we can give to our children, our future generation,” SDS Asuncion said.

The Department of Education Davao City Division spearheaded by the Schools Division Superintent, Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion, and Assistant Schools Division Superintendents Emma A. Camporedondo, CESE and Basilio Mana-ay Jr., CESE continue the dynamism to formulate and implement programs, and forge partnerships with local and international stakeholders in society, in order to ensure a quality education for all learners throughout the years.

“My Teacher, My Hero” PDF Print E-mail

Joanna Paula M. Cagape

Every October, the World honors the educators who have tirelessly shed out all their graces to ensure the welfare and the success of all the learners.

As stated in the DepEd order No. 130s of 2018, “The Department of Education” (DepEd) in coordination  with the National Teacher’s Day Coordinating Council (NTDCC) and the National Teacher’s Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC), will celebrate the National Teacher’s Month (NTM) from September 5 to October 5, 2018 with the October 5, 2018 being observed as the National Teacher’s Day (NTD).”The National Teacher’s Day Celebration shall have been commemorated every fifth of October, as stipulated in the Republic Act (RA) 10743.

The Department of Education Davao City Division has initiated the beginning of the National Teacher’s Month Celebration. Last September 5, 2018, The Holy Mass is celebrated on the first day of the launching of the World Teachers Day inside the DepEd Schools Division Office-Conference Room. Fr. Russel Bantiles officiated the Most Holy Mass. The DepEd Davao City Division Personnel, the School Heads, and the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V attended the thanksgiving Mass.

All of the teachers from elementary to secondary were enjoined to attend the culmination program of the World Teacher’s Day last October 5, 2018 at the Davao City National High School Multi-purpose Hall. There was a short program in the morning. The hall was graced by the presence by the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) of the DepEd Davao City Division Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, the Assistant Schools Division Superintendents Emma Camporedondo CESE and Dr. Basilio Mana-ay CESE, the Public Schools District Supervisors, the School Principals, and the teachers from elementary to highschool gathered for the event.alt

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio together with the Schools Division Superintendent of Davao City, Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Emma Camporedondo CESE, and the elementary and highschool teachers from the three congressional districts in Davao City graced up the World Teacher’s Day Celebration 2018.  

Orange was the hue of the hour. The DepEd personnel wore their respective official orange shirts for the entire duration of the celebration. The traditional rites of singing the national anthem signaled the beginning of the ceremonies. The DepEd community placed their hands on their left chests and sang the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” in unison. A grade 10 student from the Davao City National High School lead the National Prayer for Teachers, soon afterwards. The communal prayer was a way to praise and thank God, and to ask for His Wisdom, Guidance, and Strength to come upon all teachers, as Gifts, as Graces.

“Behind every Filipino is a great teacher,” SDS Asuncion said during her welcome remarks. True, teaching, as society collectively call it, is the mother of all professions—doctors will not be doctors, lawyers will not be lawyers, nurses will not be nurses, engineers will not be engineers, architects will not be architects, employers will not be employers, all workers will never be workers, without teachers. All of the educational learning begins in the classroom. All of the academic knowledge happens through the conduct of the lesson, the execution of seat-works, the facilitation of group activities and projects, the orchestration of recitation, and examinations, and all the co-curricular activities. These little incremental steps towards learning lead to a brighter paved path of success. None of these good gifts will be possible without God, and without teachers, His chosen stewards, His chosen instructors for learning.

A short Audio-visual Presentation (AVP) was shown. In the audio-visual presentation, the voice-over of a teacher, calling the attendance of her students echoed across the hall. The students in the AVP turned out to be prominent figures in society; Ms. Alyssa Valdez, a Filipino Volleyball player, and Ms.  Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015, were some of the personalities shown in the video, saying the word, “present” as the teacher would call their names. After this video came another short video from the Upper Sirib Elementary School. The video featured first-graders, answering the question , “My teacher is my hero because..” Some of the answers included, “My teacher is my hero tungod kay gitudluan ko niya moabasa, mosulat ug mo-ihap,” and “My teacher is my hero tungod kay siya ang akong ikaduhang ginikanan.” To the students, their teacher is their hero because they considered their teachers as their second parents, and these second parents taught them the primary skills of reading, writing, and counting. “We teachers write the future,” SDS Asuncion said in the closing statement of her welcome remarks.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio gave her speech. The mayor had revealed the fact that her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Zimmerman- Duterte was a former teacher at the Philippine Women’s College (PWC). The Mayor shared an anecdote of how she used to be her mother’s teaching assistant when it would come to checking the outputs of her students in their typing classes. The Mayor went on to express her advice to teachers, “Be careful of your words and actions. Maybe these actions are fleeting, but the impact of these words will last in the mind of the leaners, for a lifetime.” The Mayor shared her experience of how one teacher greatly influenced her decision to choose the profession she would live by. When Mayor Sara was in the crossroads of her life, trying to discern what calling she should follow, she recalled how her teacher used to praise her writing skills. The Mayor recounted the writing stints she had in highschool—all the winning moments she had through and because of writing. From that experience, she realized she could be, and that she should be an advocatus or an abogado, as what Filipinos would call their legal advocates, their lawyers.

“They will remember that. Make sure that the memory they will have of you will be positive, encouraging, and will change their lives for the better,” Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said, instructing teachers to be careful with their words and actions, and to leave a life-changing impression on their students; this imprint must stimulate students to learn, practice, and to value the application of education in their lives.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio summed up her speech into four points. The first point was that of the message of gratitude. Mayor Sara thanked the teachers for their continued support to their administration. The second point referred to the message of the importance of kindness. Mayor Sara encouraged teachers to show kindness to all, to their colleagues, and most especially to their students; kindness shown will elicit kindness, obedience, and respect from everyone in return, as an expression of gratitude and goodwill.

The third and the fourth message centralizes on the call for all of the DepEd community to unite as one in helping the administration to address and solve cases on matters that concern the welfare of the children. Mayor Sara ended her speech with the quote, “Teaching is the mother of all professions,” reminding the educators of the nobility of their profession. The nobility of this profession does not lie on the merits which the teacher will have received, but on the selfless sacrifice, they are willing to give, in order to mold the future of the children; to steer their paths towards the right direction, the road which they are predestined to follow, in this lifetime. Such a magnanimous contribution from the teachers, in their willingness and conscientious service to God, to society, and to the learners shall already have carved the greatest difference.

“The significance of this celebration is truly precious and priceless,” Dr. Wenefredo E. Cagape, PSDS/ Head, Cluster 1/ Head, Davao City National High School (DCNHS), said during the opening ceremonies of the World Teachers’ Day program in the afternoon. True, the event was the only fitting occasion to pay tribute to the teachers, the heroes, whose passion continues to serve as the guiding force for students to embrace the long-fold path of success.

The World Teacher’s Day Celebration will never be complete without the contests and events crafted for the stars of the day—the teachers. The World Teacher’s Day Bazaar, the Pasiklaban ng mga Guro, and the Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) for the World Teacher’s Day Celebration were three of the highlights for the afternoon session of the culminating program.alt

The DepEd Schools Division Office of Davao City Booth

Prior to the culminating program, the Davao City National High School (DCNHS) conducted a World Teacher’s Day Bazaar. The Bazaar featured six booths, represented by the Schools Division Office of Davao City and the respective clusters of the division. Beauty products, clothes, fruits, plants, delicacies, pastries, shakes, desserts and all food, health and wellness items were present in the booth. All of the booths were constructed through wooden materials with decorative ornaments of flowers, posters, and other forms of arts and crafts—all solely according to the clusters’ prerogative

The “Pasiklaban ng mga Guro” was the second highlight of the World Teacher’s Day Celebration. Six entries from the Division of Davao City vied for the victory. Pasiklaban showed production numbers where one teacher shall have sung one pop song together with the back-up dancers. Pasiklaban was one avenue for teachers to show their talents in singing and in dancing—all the aces they have in the performing arts stage. alt

Davao City National High School, Pasiklaban ng mga Guro 2018 champions

Davao City Students Win First Runner-up in the PLDT Home Fibr Broadband Quiz 2018 National Level PDF Print E-mail

Joanna Paula M. Cagape

Davao City —Ms. Chevrolet Quelme and Ms. Shaira Mae Dulfo of Talandang National High School won first runner-up in the PLDT Home Fibr Broadband Quiz 2018 National Level Grand Finals held at the SM Megamall Manila, Mandaluyong City, on September 14, 2018. The winning students were under the tutelage of the School Principal Felix Abello, and Coach, Ms. Catherine Diaz, respectively.alt


Information and Communication Technology topics including cyber security, social media literacy, and data privacy, were among the issues discussed during the competition.

 Shaira May Dulfo revealed that working well in a team was the ultimate key to success. “We divided the module. Sa Nationals, naga study na talaga kami,” Dulfo said, highlighting the importance of a thorough, intensive and extensive preparations, research, and study, in every competition.

Furthermore, Dulfo shared how the competition paved the way for her to see her mother once again, after a couple of years; the experience, she said, can be likened to a dream. “Gandang experience. Parang panaginip lamang. Ang daming nagawa ng PLDT para sa amin,” Dulfo remarked.

“I’m also glad na ganun ang impact ng program namin. Do not stop here. Continue to reach your dreams. We are glad na nakatulong sa inyo si PLDT  sa inyong pag-aaral,” the representative from PLDT said. The representative from the PLDT has initially promised to maintain their endeavors in championing digital literacy among all schools, particularly through the PLDT Infoteach Outreach Program, the flagship Corporal Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of the company.  

According to Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, Schools Division Superintendent of the DepEd Division of Davao City, the schools must continue to conduct their ICT-based instruction in order to produce excellent, globally competitive students. “Media literacy is one major component of the 21st century skills. There are 6 other components. Media literacy is the core (component).  Let the schools do their ICT-based instruction. Let the students and teachers use MS Word, Excell and Powerpoint, ” SDS Asuncion said.

The Department of Education Davao City Division spearheaded by the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V continues to initiate, create, and craft partnerships with the stakeholders in society in order to promote educational programs geared for the good welfare and success of all students across the city.  

One-Stop Shop Procurement Process of Goods and Services PDF Print E-mail

Joanna Paula M. Cagape

DAVAO CITY—A “One-stop shop” for the procurement of goods and services was conducted by the Department of Education Division of Davao City (DepEd) at the Learning Resource Management and Development System (LRMDS) Conference Room on Friday, September 28, 2018. 

alt As indicated in the RA 11032 titled "AN ACT PROMOTING EASE OF DOING BUSINESS AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9485, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ANTI-RED TAPE ACT OF 2007, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES", the “One-stop shop” was an initiative to fast track the processes involved in the procurement of goods and services.

According to the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS) Basilio Mana-ay Jr. CESE, the recently established One-stop shop showed a significant increase in the efficiency of the procurement functions of goods and services. “Usually, the procurement process takes 45 days. This One-stop shop aimed at subtracting the number of days,” ASDS Mana-ay said.

The One-stop shop procurement process were as follows: (1) Opening of bids and determination of the lowest calculated bid, (2) Preparation and approval of the Technical Evaluation Report vis-à-vis government permits, (3) Preparation of and approval of abstract, (4) Preparation of Purchase Order (PO), (5) Obligation of PO and certification of the availability of funds, (6) Approval of PO, and (7) Serving of PO.

“We would like to thank the Schools Division Superintendent for coming up with this brilliant idea of the One-stop shop. We would also like to thank our colleagues for their cooperation in doing this activity,” ASDS Emma Camporedondo CESE said.

Based on the DepEd Order No. 13, s.2016, the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) shall be allocated to procure goods and services as deemed necessary by schools. Last September 17, 2018, the DepEd Division of Davao City also initiated a One-stop shop for the school downloading of the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE); the school heads and the school MOOE in-charge took part in the said activity.


Joanna Paula M. Cagape

Davao City—The Local School Board (LSB) of Davao City held a meeting at the DepEd Division Conference Room on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

“May I take this opportunity to thank the City Government of Davao and the City Mayor for their generosity,” Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) of DepEd Division of Davao City, said in her message. alt

 The Local School Board Meeting


The proposed allocation for the annual budget were as follows: School Supervision (33%), Public Education (5%), Manpower development (31%) and Sports Development (31%).  

More specifically, the budget includes project proposals in relation to the Special Education Program, Learning Resource Management and Development System, Planning and Monitoring, Madrassah, Integrated School Health programs, Drug Abuse Education,  Sunday High School program, Senior High School program, K to 12 curriculum enhancement program, Kindergarten programs, and the Public Education programs involving the LSB teachers, the Alternative Learning System, and the Sports Development programs. The budget also takes into account the proposed construction of 71 classrooms and furniture to the newly established schools.

SDS Asuncion appreciates the fact that the City Government of Davao continues to allocate budget for the educational and sports programs in the city. “There will be a financial assistance to be given by the DepEd Central Office for the electrification of the billeting quarters, which will be used for the Palarong Pambansa. We target to repair the billeting quarters. We will ensure that there will be no redundant projects,” SDS Asuncion said.

The City Government of Davao under the leadership of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio duly represented by Councilor Pilar Braga and the Department of Education Davao City Division spearheaded by Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V, Schools Division Superintendent, together with the members of the Local School Board convened for the conference.

DepEd ALS Turn-over Ceremony PDF Print E-mail

Joanna Paula M. Cagape 

DAVAO CITY— As part of their Cultural Social Responsibility (CSR), the City Savings Bank (CSB), in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) Davao City Division officiated the Department of Education Alternative Learning System (DepEd-ALS) turn-over ceremony on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. The CSB donated three (3) sets of projectors to the ALS Learning Centers in General Roxas, Malabog, and Paquibato, respectively.alt

According to the CSB, their full commitment to create CSR projects with DepEd shall continue. “A better educated youth gives hope to the future of our country and this belief drives us to contribute more to the education-related CSR initiatives. To continuously support the learning needs of the marginalized and underserved learners, we have allocated a portion of our CSR budget for the Alternative Learning System-related projects nationwide. To date, over 4,400 ALS mobile teachers from 128 school divisions all over the country have benefited from the educational tools we donated since 2016,” the representative from CSB said during the opening speech of the turn-over ceremony.titletitle 

CSR projects of City Savings Bank to Schools and Learning Centers in DepEd Davao City Division

The other CSR projects of CSB that were also realized through the initiative of the DepEd Davao City Division including the donation of LCD projectors and printers (with scanners and photo copiers) to A.L. Navarro National High School and Columbus Elementary School, and the turn-over of 2.0 HP Aircondition sets to Sixto Babao Elementary School and Bonifacio Elementary School. 

 “We at City Savings are honored to be one of your key stakeholders in Region 11 Division of Davao City. We look forward to more partnerships with the Department of Education on programs that promote sustainable growth and capability building for our beneficiaries,” the representative from CSB said.

The Department of Education Davao City Division spearheaded by the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Ines C. Asuncion CESO V fully support the endeavors of the stakeholders in the city that are geared towards the welfare and the development of the students.


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