Conscious of the government six-year Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2006-2010 DepED Division of General Santos City has pursued active and practical programs and projects in order to achieve improvement in the delivery of basic education in this part of the region. Moreover, in its endeavor to contribute substantially to the government’s vision, the Division of City Schools of General Santos City embarks into programs geared towards the realization of that end.
Focus on aligning the total performance of the division in the Charted “Schools First Initiative”, this division endeavors to increase learning performances of learners, improve efficiency and effectiveness of the system through personnel support, maximum facilities and financial utilization.
Moreover, this division continued the program geared towards making each pupil/student a reader. Project “PEDRO” is working to increase the achievement level of children in the public elementary schools of the city focusing its effort in putting pupils to read and do mathematics. It is believed that early head start of children who are going to be the pillars of our country is essential to ensure that each pillar is as strong as the other.
Charting proactively into the accomplishments are the eight districts, composed of 62 schools and 1 SPED Center, and 26 secondary schools.
As a first class city, General Santos City was declared “Most Competitive Mid-sized City” in 1999 and 2002 and has earned the moniker “Boom City of the South” with its fundamental edge of having world-class infrastructures, wide and well designed road networks, fast growing economy, continued local government dynamism and civil society support.
On July 4, 2008, in a simple ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City, Mayor Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. received the award for General SantosCity, for the third time, as the “Most Competitive Mid-Sized City”, awarded by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center. The city had also been declared by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as the “Most Livable Medium-sized City” in the Philippines. It was also awarded the Grand Prize – Highly Urbanized City Category for 2004 (Kaunlaran ng mga Pamahalaang Lokal sa Kalinisan at Kapaligirang Luntian) by the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK).
General Santos City was created on July 8, 1968, pursuant to Republic Act No. 5412, with its local government unit (LGU) classified as highly urbanized. The City is composed of 26 barangays with a total population of 529,542 (as of August 1, 2007). General Santos City lies at the southern part of the Philippines, surrounded by the Municipalities of Alabel, Malungon and Maasim of Sarangani Province and the Municipalities of Polomolok and T’boli of South Cotabato, and became a part of Region XII by virtue of Executive Order No. 36 – 2002.
A. IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL-BASED MANAGEMENT
DepED Order No. 55, s. 2008, dated July 9, 2008, entitled “School-Based Management (SBM) Grant, FY 2007 Budget” was issued to support the efforts of schools and the Divisions towards self-improvement through continuous school and division improvement planning. The provision of SBM Grant, which began in 2006, will be continued onwards.
Eligible elementary and secondary schools shall be entitled to receive the fund subject to the guidelines that provides the rules for availment, release, utilization, and liquidation of the same.
In General Santos City Division, 28 out of 62 elementary and 15 out of 24 secondary schools have availed a minimum of P 25,000.00 per school and a maximum of P 50,000.00 SBM grant.
B. DIVISION EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN (DEDP)
Consistent with the provisions of R.A. 9155, the formulation of the DEDP adopts a process that encourages the participation of, builds, and harnesses the partnership between the division and its stakeholders. DEPD is the main vehicle through which the Division can manage effectively and efficiently education services in its locality.
The Division has organized the DEDP Division Planning Committee (DPC), the members of which are as stipulated in the DEDP Manual. To date, the DPC is into Phase II, the Strategic Planning, where the division core organizational values, vision and mission statements and strategic goals and targets are being formulated. Roll out of Phase II was already given to the DPC regular and on call members.
C. PROJECT ALERT (Advanced Learning using Electronics and Relevant Technologies)
(Mid-year Accomplishment Report, Year 3)
- Upgrading of 15 PCs funds taken from regular collections……… P74,000.00
- Additional 17 computer units from Cargill Philippines Incorporated
- Sustenance of Internet Connection
- Sustenance of Computer Maintenance & Basic Operational expense
II. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
A Student Development
1.1 IT Enrollment
- Increase enrollment of IT students from 780 students to 1200 students
- Additional IT program to other curriculum was extended to Special Program in the Arts
- opened specialized course in Media Arts with 34 students from 1st year and 2nd year.
- Extended IT programs in the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
1.2. Clubs and Organization
- Organized student’s IT club “TSOCC” dated July 23, 2008 at Heroes Park, General Santos City High School campus.
- Organized student Web page development group together with other partner schools and other NGOs.
1.3. Utilization of Learning Guides
Sustenance of classroom activities using learning guides to selected teachers
- Math – all year levels
- Science – all year levels
- English – all year levels
1. 4. Utilization of E-assessment and e-examination
Sustenance of the utilization of e-examination and assessment in IT classes all year levels
1.5. Seminar Workshops & Trainings
- Conduct Seminar Workshop on Computer Skills Enhancement on Photo Editing and Tarpaulin Making Participated by 40 students at CyberEd building dated August 16 & 23 2008 funds taken from Regular IT collection.
- Conduct Seminar Workshop on Computer Skills Enhancement on Webpage Designing and Photo Editing. Participated by 40 students at CyberEd building dated Nov.4, 2009 funds taken from Regular IT collection
- Conduct On-the-Job Training to all 4th Science Curriculum students in various establishments and companies in General Santos City which were participated by 81 students last December 21, 2008 to January 5, 2009
B. Teacher Development
1. Clubs and Organization
- Organized a Division IT Club Officers and Trainers
2. Seminars, Workshop ,Trainings Conducted and Participated
- Attended the Training Workshop for Year II Implementation of the Career Pathways in the Enriched Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) Program for General High Schools held at the DECS ECOTECH, Cebu City.
- Conducted a Division-wide ICT Integration Seminar-Workshop for Trainers dated May 12-16, 2008 with 42 participants supported and funded by Microsoft Philippines Incorporated.
- Attended the Web-based Community Mapping Tools Workshop last May 19-20, 2008 at UIC Davao City.
- Conducted a Division wide 3-weekend ICT Integration Training for Secondary Teachers dated July 26,2008, August 2 and August 9,2008 participated by 30 Elementary teachers and 40 secondary teachers funded by Microsoft Philippines and Local Government Unit of General Santos City
- Conducted a 2-day Seminar-Workshop on ICT Foundation for Principals and School Heads participated by 30 Elementary and 42 Secondary Principals dated August 4-5,2009 at CyberEd, General Santos City High School funded by Microsoft Philippines and Local Government Unit of General Santos City
- Conducted a Division wide Regional Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Seminar Workshop on August 13-15,2008 at CyberEd Building, General Santos City High School participated by 50 HR Personnel funded by General Santos City Division.
- Presented the Project ALERT in the National ICT Congress at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City last September 10-11,2008 funded by MOOE, FitEd (see http://www.gschs.com for details )
- Attended the training on Mindanao-wide SMART Schools Program 21st Century Leadership Training at Hotel Margarita, Davao City dated November 26-28, 2008
- Attended The National Educators Congress by Victorino A. Fuentes Jr. and Angelito C. Llanos at Baguio City on December 3-5, 2008.
- Attended the Briefing for the Intellectual Property Right by Maria Theresa Pelones, Melanie Daan, Zayrel Delos Reyes and Valentin Loable last November 19, 2008 at Phela Grade Hotel, sponsored by DTI and IPAS-SARGEN.
- Attended the 2-day Trainors Intellectual Property Rights on December 17-18, 2008 at Phela Grade Hotel, GSC sponsored by DTI and IPAS SARGEN.
C. Curriculum Development
- Sustenance of classroom activities using Learning Guides in English, Science and Math
- Sustenance of Career Pathways Piloting Program for Year I and Year II
- Sustenance of Utilization of e-examination and assessment in IT subjects.
- Additional Programs for Special Program in Arts for Media Arts Year I & Year II
- Tapped community linkages and adopt a school program in the improvement of school website
D. Community Development
- Hosted the encoding of Regional RAMSE Results dated December 1-12, 2008.
- Hosted the encoding of Division wide HRIS encoding
- Opened the Cyber-Ed and other Computer Laboratories for educational research
- Opened the Audio Visual Room for Conferences, Meetings, Film Viewings and other Activities or Events.
- Offers Basic Short Term courses to Alternative Learning System
- Engaged in Community Immersion activities like Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge, On-the Job Training, Database Development and Video Editing
- Engage in Adopt a School Program with Local IT Schools, Funding Donors, BEAM, USAID, SMART, FitED, NICC, Cargill
III. MODERNIZATION PROGRAM
GenSan DepEd uses multimedia software. Not a single word can be heard from the classroom filled with students. Everybody is focused on performing the tasks needed to be accomplished for that hour. All one could hear is the harmonious tickling of the keys that orchestrates with the clicking of the mouse.
This would be the scene in every classroom of all the schools within the Division of General Santos City in the near future as the division is now gearing towards being the center of Information and Communication Technology in the region.
One of the steps to the realization of this goal is the purchasing several sets of educational multimedia software CD’s intended for used in the secondary level.
IV. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) EQUIPMENT
The department is moving towards the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Curriculum of basic education in all learning areas. The purpose of this is to use ICT as a tool to improve teaching/learning process.
An Orientation-Workshop on ICT integration in teaching and learning to improve and provide quality basic education was conducted on October to orient School Heads on the use of ICT. It aims to improve and provide quality basic education, define the roles and responsibilities of an ICT Coordinator in realizing the effective and efficient management of learning content using technology; and orient ICT Coordinators on the conduct of the required survey and assessments of all ICT equipment.
All elementary and secondary schools in the Division have already assigned ICT coordinators as a result of the orientation.
V. SCHOOL EMPOWERMENT
Empowerment gleaned from different view like a different way of working together; a teamwork where everybody owns a solution to certain problem; a way of manifesting a skill called decision-making.
All these interpretations are used to make school empowerment work. Samples are, school heads are given the responsibility to manage a principal-led school repair program. They are also given school MOOE to start managing finances and draw out their innovativeness and resourcefulness in managing schools with limited resources. They are also given well-defined administrative functions.
VI. MIDYEAR PROGRAM REVIEW AND EVALUATION
To determine whether the decision is smoothly sailing with the right directions and good environment to reach its goals, each key official was made to reflect and decide on what to do to begin with something different. This was done through proposing commitments in the form of Personal Responsibility for Results during the Midyear Program Review and Evaluation held on October 2008.
VII. INDUCTION PROGRAM
To orient the newly hired teachers of their duties and responsibilities, thrust and programs of the department and other matters related to their employment an induction program is being conducted annually.
Teacher Induction Program (TIP) is an instrument of selecting quality teachers. It helped new teachers understand their duties and responsibilities as well as their rights and privileges. It refreshed strategies, techniques and knowledge not only for new ones but also for those who were in the field for many years but unable to update their professional growth.
General Santos City Division with the Promotional Staff has been conducting a Division Induction Program on Administrative Matters for Newly-Appointed Teachers and Employees. It is conducted to inform and update the newly appointed and promoted teachers and employees about the Department’s programs, thrusts and operations, as well as their benefits, duties and responsibilities, specifically on administrative matters and concerns.
The purpose of the Induction Program is to develop among DepED employees the pride, belongingness, competence, commitment, and character in the delivery of education services such as: recruitment and selection, reclassification of positions through ERF and Conversion, training and development, compensation and benefits, leave administration, personnel movement, retirement, resignation and separation from service, and legal matters (RA 6713, RA 4670, Sexual Harassment Act).
The participants are permanent nationally-paid and locally-paid teachers and employees appointed October 2007 to the present.
It was participated by 78 elementary teachers and 62 secondary teachers last March 13 – 14, 2008 at Dadiangas South Central Elementary School.