Farnazo appointed regional director of DepED 12

RD Farnazo

The new regional director of the Department of Education in Soccsksargen Region (DepED 12) is Dr. Allan G. Farnazo, who hails from Sto. Niño, South Cotabato.

In an interview over a radio station, Farnazo, who is in his early 40s, confirmed his appointment to the position, following the retirement of his predecessor former Regional Director Ma. Rosa C. Gutierrez.

Before his appointment as head of DepED 12, Farnazo was regional director of DepED X (Northern  Mindanao) for almost 11 months, following stints as schools division superintendent  of Sarangani province and  acting assistant regional  director of DepED 12.

When asked why he was appointed as regional director of DepED in Soccsksargen Region, he replied, “This is a regular succession,” then added, “I think leaders  at  the DepED Central Office believe that I would deliver better service where  I  am close to  home.”

Farnazo is a native of Barangay Panay in nearby Sto. Niño town and currently lives in General Santos with wife Rina and their children.

The newly appointed regional director said he would focus on strengthening participation of different stakeholders to ensure educational development of children in the region.

“As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child,” he said.  “I strongly believe, education of our children is not an exclusive role of schools.  It is a collective effort of the school, the family, and the community.”

Farnazo, who is a career executive officer CESO V, joined DepED in November 2002. He had  served as Administrative Officer V of the Division of City Schools of General Santos and  subsequently the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent  of South Cotabato Schools Division.

He had also served as a municipal councilor of Sto. Niño and president of the Philippine Councilor’s League, South Cotabato chapter, making him an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

A multi-awarded educator, Farnazo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the Notre Dame of Marbel University and Master of Arts in Education major in guidance and counseling from the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University.

With unrelenting thirst for education, he went to Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College in Tacurong City where he eventually finished a postgraduate course in Doctor of Philosophy major in institutional development and management.

He also specialized in special education and has done extensive studies and trainings at Tsukuba University in Japan, Daegu University in Korea and University of Adelaide in Australia.

As  regional  director,  Farnazo  oversees  nine schools divisions covering the provinces  of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani and  Sultan  Kudarat  and the cities of  Koronadal, General Santos,  Tacurong,  Kidapawan, and  Cotabato.

(DEDoguiles – PIA 12 Koronadal City, South Cotabato)

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DepEd GenSan gears up for better service this school year


As the school year opens in June, the Department of Education (DepED) here is bent on giving better service to students in public schools from kindergarten, elementary to high school.

The City Schools Division Superintendent, Gildo G. Mosqueda, CEO VI said, DepED is currently and strictly implementing a “no payment policy” during enrollment in all levels.

He said this policy aims to encourage more parents to enroll their children this school year in line with the department’s desire to boost the school participation rate of Filipino children.

Information released by the Division said, no fees should be collected from pupils in kindergarten until Grade 4 in the entire school year. No collection should also be collected from pupils in Grade 5 to high school during the enrollment and from June to July.

However, starting August, schools could start collecting mandatory fees but these would only be modest fees for Girl Scout of the Philippines, Red Cross, SPO membership, parents-teachers association (PTA), and school publication fees.

Should there be any collection, the Superintendent added, this must be discussed, determined, and collected by the PTA members themselves.

“No teachers, school officials and personnel will be allowed to collect these so-called fees. All these are voluntary and no one is obliged to pay,” he said.

He also said that DepED has abolished the JS (Junior and Senior) promenade to ease parents from the lavish spending.

“There will be no JS prom to take place this year or in the next years,” describing the school activity as impractical and expensive for parents.

For this school year, DepED GenSan expects a good turnout in the number of student-enrollees. But it cannot figure out just yet the exact number of enrollees as enrollment is still going on.

DepED Gensan Division Office cited that in 2013, there are around 130,000 enrollees in public schools here along with around 3000 teachers.

The figure comprised of kindergartens, the elementary, high schools to include the more than 5,000 in the alternative learning system (ALS) or the non-formal education (NFE).

He said that aside from DepED’s regular school curriculum, it is also offering a specialized education dubbed “open high school” to working youth whose schedules do not fit the regular school system. Classes are only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (MWF).

The Division also announces that for this school year all parents with school aged children and regardless of economic status, are also urged to avail the no payment policy in all public schools here in the city.


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The Long Wait is Over. AutoCAD is in!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – After six months of waiting, the workshop-training for “Computer-Aided Drafting” is all set and ready to start. On December 5 to 9, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the said training will be conducted to the staff of the City Mayor’s Office – Computer Literacy Program. This will be held at the General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trade (GSCNSSAT) along Tiongson St., this City. The same training will be offered on December 12-13, 2011 to the ICT Coordinators and on December 20-22, 2011, same training will be conducted to Batch 2 of the CMO-CLP team. Randy Lopez, a BS Architecture graduate from Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, joined the CMO-CLP team last November 16, 2011. He developed the module for Basic AutoCAD and Google Sketchup! He will also handle the lecture and hands-on training on the said dates. This training will be offered again this coming January 2012 at the City Public Library, this City.

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Centralized Webpages, Launched !

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Local Government of General Santos City through the City Mayor’s Office S.H.E.E.P. Computer Literacy Program (CLP) launched and turned over the centralized webpages of all public elementary and secondary schools at the Sun City Suites, along National Highway, General Santos City, on October 14, 2011 at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The grand launching was attended by Mr. Gene C. De Guzman, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Education and Gensan City Mayor Darlene R. Antonino-Custodio, who unveiled the centralized webpage symbol showcasing the 69 elementary and 26 secondary school’s individual homepages and turned-over to General Santos City School’s Division Superintendent Estrella Lariosa, CESO V, who accepted and conveyed her appreciation to the City Government of General Santos City.

Hon. Kag. Margareth Rose Santos, SHEEP–Education Chairperson, welcomed the guests in her short and simple address while Atty. Paulo Acharon, was requested by the Congressional Office of South Cotabato District, Honorable Congressman Pedro B. Acharon, Jr., to deliver the latter’s message. Kag. Ric Atendido, SHEEP–Education Vice-Chairperson also attended the event.

DepEd Regional Director Isabelita Borres was represented by Saranggani School’s Division Superintendent Allan Farnazo, CESO IV, who gave an inspiring message to the delight of the elementary and secondary heads and all attendees.

The most awaited part of the ceremony was the message given by the DepEd Secretary, Br. Armin Luistro, through his Executive Assistant Mr. Gene C De Guzman who later convened with all the school heads for their updates and concerns.

The occasion was closed by Mr. Mario Bermudez, .one of GSC Division Supervisors, in a high note.

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1st ICT Level-Up Training, Completed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  – A successful 5-day “DepEd Secondary Schools ICT Coordinators `Level-up’ Training” was held at Lagao National High School last month. The training is an innovative preparation program created to produce effective teachers that are able to meet the increasing demands of today’s technology. Supported by DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Estrella Lariosa, the program was initiated by GenSan Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio through the SHEEP Computer Literacy Program.

The 5-day Train-the-Trainer activity covered modules in Webpage Development, Newsletter Creation, Touch Typing Proficiency, Sound Mixing/Editing, Slideshow Presentation Making and Hardware Troubleshooting.

“We are so grateful that the local government initiated this program.  It was an enriching encounter that will serve as a supplement to bridge the gap between education and technology.  The training exceeded all of my expectations,” said Irene Brasileño, ICT coordinator of Dadiangas North High School.

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