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)