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Mintal ES hosts Region XI Brigada Eskwela closing ceremony PDF Print E-mail

CHERYL M. LAGANG                   
School Principal

Mintal, Davao City –Mintal Elementary School hosted the regional culmination program of Brigada Eskwela 2017 on May 19, 2017 at Mintal Elementary School gym.

titleClose to 300 stakeholders from the academe, national line agencies, local government units, private sectors, parents, and community associations attended the ceremonial closing program of the week-long “bayanihan para sapaaralan,” dubbed as BrigadaEskwela, which kicked-off on May 15, 2017.  The activity is the national schools' maintenance week that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort and resources to prepare public school facilities in time for the opening of the new school year.

Hon. Ramon M. Bargamento II, Barangay Captain, Mintal, Davao City, gave his welcome message to all the attendees and expressed appreciation to DepEd officials for choosing Mintal to play host to the regional culmination program.  He also assured the stakeholders that the barangay council will always be supportive of DepEd’s programs and projects in his barangay.

In her message, Maria Ines C. Asuncion, Schools Division Superintendent, reported the success stories of Brigada Eskwela in Davao City and the resources generated by the schools from twenty elementary districts and 9 clusters in the secondary level, amounting to Php 94 million as of May 19, 2017. She continued that the amount is unprecedented as it breached the 2016 figures.

Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, Regional Director, DepEd Region XI, made sure to enlighten all the stakeholders present during the activity that the intention of Brigada Eskwela is to send a clear message to the public that the whole community has an essential and vital role in the development and education of children.  “Let us congratulate ourselves for this tremendous accomplishment.  We (DepEd) are confident that we are prepared to welcome our learners for the school opening on June 5, 2017,” Atty. Escobarte, added.

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launching of 'Brigada Eskwela 2017' in Davao City PDF Print E-mail

Over 5,000 students, parents and representatives from the government and the private sector joined the launching of the 2017 "Brigada Eskwela" at the Calinan Senior High School in Calinan District here on Monday.

titleHighlighting the activity is the distribution of financial assistance from the Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA) and the ceremonial turnover of 2,130 T-shirts from Habitat for Humanity Philippines to be distributed to all Division ES (elementary school) or HS (high school) Brigada Coordinators in Region XI (Davao Region). Also to be conducted during the day is the Launching of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools (WinS) Program and the Signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DOST (Department of Science and Technology) on the project called Starbooks.

Led by Education Undersecretary for Finance Victoria Catibog, the six-day Brigada Eskwela kicked off in public elementary and secondary or high schools across the country in preparation for the opening of classes in June.

Jenielito Atillo, Department of Education (DepEd) XI spokesperson, said the launching of Brigada Eskwela at the Calinan Senior High School also aims to convey the message that senior high school has taken off nationwide.

This year marks the full implementation of the K-12 system because there are already entrants to Grade 12, he said.

altThere are 297 public schools and 189 private institutions offering senior high school curriculum in the region, with Atillo saying the number is expected to increase given the number of applications pending for DepEd’s approval.

Atillo said there are 66,986 senior high school students in the Davao Region.

With this year’s theme, "Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan," Usec. Catibog underscored the efforts and resources pooled from all sectors.

She said the cooperation of the whole community is for the sake of the children.

“This is not simply (about) attendance but the message here is we are preparing the school for the future of the children. I think the private sector also touches the hearts of everyone that we are doing this for we value education," Atillo said.

altAtillo pointed out that children, parents and other stakeholders sacrificed their time, talent and skills even just for a few minutes.

Brigada Eskwela, or the national schools' maintenance week, aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort and resources to prepare public school facilities in time for the opening of the new school year. 

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Tao, Pajarito thankful of their golden performances PDF Print E-mail


By MARIANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN / ADAM B. MORRELL DAVAO. Mattheiu Adrien Tao shows all the medals she won in the just-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2017 in Antique Province during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center Family Room.

PALARONG Pambansa triple gold medalist Matthieu Adrien Tao has no regrets, saying that he did his best in trying achieve his target of seven gold medals in the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa in Antique Province. Tao, 12, said: "I feel sad pero okay lang kasi I did my best. Mas malalakas at mabibilis parin ang mga swimmers ng Calabarzon. I still need to train harder." The Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) swimmer Tao, who is coached by Haroon Cali of Holiday Gym & Spa along with National Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) quintuple gold medalist Kyle Pajarito of the University of Mindanao (UM), accounted for three gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes in his last Palaro stint in the elementary division. But League of Swimmers and Coaches (LSC) chairperson Antoinette Adle Mendoza, who accompanied Tao and Pajarito during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center Family Room, said Tao "has a bright future" ahead of him considering that his time in all his events still rank him second in the region among boys 13 to 15 swimmers. Tao is set to compete in the Philswim Long Course Series Mindanao Leg 2017 slated Saturday and Sunday at the Davao del Norte Sports and Toursism Complex (DDNSTC) in Tagum City. Mendoza said, "This event will serve as a qualifying for the nationals and if ma break mo ang record you will qualify naman for the international event." Tao, who copped the Palaro 200-meter freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400x100 medley relay golds, will compete in the event that will be graced by Olympians Jessie Khing Lacuña and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Pajarito, for his part, said the five golds he achieved are all fruits of his labor. "Disiplina and hardwork po. Apil na didto ang sayo matulog, no internet, proper diet and regular training na upat ka oras matag adlaw (Discipline and hardwork, sleeping early, eating properly, no internet and regular training of four hours a day)," he said. In past National Prisaa, Pajarito settled with a silver and bronze. His scholarship with UM motivated him to excel. The Social Work student hails from the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos). "If dili ko mulangoy, dili man ko maka skwela. Inspiration pud nako si God, family, friends teammates ug coaches nako (If I don't swim, I can't go to school. God is my inspiration as well as my family, friends and coaches)," he said.

Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 05, 2017


DepEd-Davao defends Palaro host PDF Print E-mail



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A DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd)-Davao official came to the defense of Palarong Pambansa 2017 host Antique Province on the news that Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) delegates slept on cartons since they arrived there Saturday even as complaints on the playing venues were also raised Wednesday, April 19.

"It's unfair to the people of Antique. It's unfair to the municipal government of Hamtic and to our billeting schools as if gipasagdan ang Davao delegation (we were neglected) when in truth they have been very hospitable. Even the Municipal Vice-Mayor comes here every day to check on us and how we are all doing. We apologize to the people of Antique for the hurt that this news brought them," Dep-Ed Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said in a phone interview with SunStar Davao Monday, April 17.

He was pertaining to Municipal Vice-Mayor Julius Pacificador who visits the Davraa quarters at Governor Julian Fullon Pacificador National High School (GJFPNHS) and M. Buyco Elementary School (MBES) in Hamtic, Antique as well as GJFPNHS principal Jose Angel Cordero and MBES principal Eden Mosquera who have also been "very accommodating."

Atillo, however, affirmed that since the 300 mattresses arrived only on Monday, the first batch of the over 600 Davraa delegates that arrived past midnight Saturday have to make do with folded cartons as DepEd-Davao officials have to think of an alternative other than allowing the athletes to sleep directly on the cold cemented floor.

He also said that government procurement procedure may have delayed the release of mattresses intended for all delegations, adding that the Provincial and Municipal Governments have already been doing their best to address such concern.

"Naa pa may muabutay nga mats. Magpaabot lang ta. Mas natagaan gani ta og pabor kay sa ubang delegasyon 100 mats pa lang nahatag, sa atoa kay 300 na (There are still more mattresses coming, let us just wait. We were even given the favor since other delegations only got initial 100 mats while we already received 300 mats)," he said, adding that Davraa delegates were only instructed to bring beddings such as pillows and blankets as they were told that mattresses will be provided by the Palaro hosts.

12,000 more unattended

The 300 mattresses were not enough to cater to the more than 600 Davraa delegates who are only a small percentage of the some 14,000 delegates from 18 competing regions.

DepEd School Sports Division head Cesar Abalon, replying to a text message, said this year's edition is expecting 14,000 delegates with an estimate of 653 per delegation.

"Some delegations will have more than that," Abalon said.

Thus, if each of the 18 delegations, except Davraa, received a partial of 100 mattresses for a total of 2,000 mattresses then there are still about 12,000 delegates left with nothing to sleep on although a few delegates rented houses just like some of Davraa's swimming, basketball, futsal and football teams, while others are staying in hotels.

Abalon, who was in a meeting, refused to comment on the situation.

A Davraa parent said, "Puyat po kami ngayon sa kakaisip. Masakit po sa amin na malayo yung anak ko, iniisip na kami natutulog sa comfortable at malambot na bed pero yung anak ko nakahiga sa karton (We're sleepless because we've been thinking too much. It's hard for us to be away from our children. We think they're sleeping on a comfortable bed but they're sleeping on a carton)."

As of Monday afternoon, the parent's child and the rest of the teammates used cartons to rest. They were among those who have yet to receive mattresses in the second batch of releasing set on Thursday, April 20.

DepEd-Davao regional sports coordinator Antonio Pasquito Jr. earlier told SunStar Davao about the fate of the Davraa delegates, who slept on carton sheets upon their arrival. The first batch of the delegation arrived Saturday, April 15 while the second batch came Sunday, April 16.

Woes continue But while the problem on lack of mattresses has yet to be resolved, SunStar Davao also learned that the badminton open playing court at St. Anthony's College gym in San Jose, Antique has yet to be covered while the nets were only installed Monday, denying athletes of valuable practice sessions.

Badminton needs to be played in an enclosed gym, otherwise, wind entering the open court will disrupt play.

The gym, it was learned, will be enclosed with tarpaulin to prevent air flow that can affect the flight of shuttlecocks. It will also stop proper ventilation.

Meanwhile, a SunStar Davao source who requested anonymity said that a resolution to make use of the Evelio B. Javier Tennis Court as a venue for the Palarong Pambansa 2017 tennis competition, which was approved by majority of the Provincial Board, was bypassed.

The tennis court, proposed to be a venue for elementary girls' tennis, is reportedly being used for food stalls.

The designated venue for tennis is the Binirayan Sports Complex and San Pedro Plaza.

A status report dated March 27 to 31 on the tennis courts signed by regional tennis coordinator Julian Tinasas, which was furnished to the SunStar Davao Facebook page, said the two tennis courts at the Binirayan Sports Complex are okay while the two additional courts have yet to be completed. The two other tennis courts at San Pedro Plaza, however, are still under construction. Thus, Tinasas recommended the use of the Capitol Tennis Court at the Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park as venue for elementary girls' tennis. A current photo of the Belison Municipal Gym, the venue for the taekwondo competition that appears to be also not yet completed, was also sent to SunStar Davao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 20, 2017

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