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 Santos City, for the third time, as the “Most Competitive Mid-Sized City”, awarded by the Asian Institute 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
HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
STATUS OF BASIC EDUCATION RESOURCES
As of July 31, 2009, the Division of General Santos City has 1,647 elementary grade school teachers and 792 secondary school teachers as per the Basic Education Information System Quick Count (BEIS-QC) for School year 2009-2010. In filling up the extension position, this Division followed DepED Order No. 17, s. 2006, “Revised Hiring Guidelines for Teacher I Positions in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools” and the DepED Rainbow Spectrum in Teacher Deployment.
In the elementary and secondary levels, though the DepED Central Office has set the standard of Teacher- Pupil Ratio 1:45, the Division obtained 1:43 and 1:45 teacher-pupil ratios, respectively; with 37 colored schools in the elementary level and 11 colored schools in the secondary level, inasmuch as the need is considered on a school to school basis. However, the need in the secondary level is much higher if the major and specialization are to be taken into account.
For attainment of quality education, the Division of General Santos City needs 139 elementary school teachers and 102 secondary school teachers to attain the ideal teacher-pupil/student ratio of 1:40.
Based on the Basic Education Information System (BEIS) Instructional Room Analysis for SY 2009 – 2010, there are 1,429 instructional rooms in the elementary level and 611 in the secondary level in the Division of General Santos City.(BEIS QC)for SY 2009-2010.
The Division has 19 red colored schools in the elementary level, with more than 1:80 classroom-pupils ratio, needing 133 more instructional rooms, while there are 14 red colored schools in the secondary level, with an average of 1:73 classroom-students ratio, showing the severe shortage of instructional rooms, needing 233 more instructional rooms.
3. SCHOOL FURNITURE
By 2010, all elementary and secondary schools will have a seating ratio of 1:1.
The existing armchairs, desks, and table and chair sets in the elementary schools totaled to 10,724, 17,167 and 6,386, respectively. This shows a total seating of 57,830 with the shortage of 14,392.
For SY 2008-2009, in the elementary level, the pupil-seating ratio is 1:25, a total seating of 57,830 compared to the 72,222 enrollment while in the secondary, the students seating ratio is 1:22, with a total seating of 29,018 compared to the 35,431 enrollment.
Hopefully, through the purchase of school furniture, the problem will be partially addressed.
The repeat orders for the 2007 School Furniture Project, implemented on 2008, were 39 sets of elementary tables and chairs, 350 elementary armchairs and 214 secondary armchairs.
Inventory of textbooks in the elementary level as of December 2008 shows insufficient supply of textbooks in almost all subject areas.
For the secondary Level Inventory, it shows that there is insufficient supply of books except in English in all levels and in Araling Panlipunan for First Year Level.
To address the shortage of textbooks in schools, the Department of Education, procured additional textbooks through its MOOE.
STRATEGIES, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS TO ENHANCE ACCESS
A. MULTI–GRADE PROGRAM
Driven by the need for teachers and the necessity to offer quality education to pupils in areas where there are fewer pupils to organize, the scheme on multi-grade and combination classes is used. The following are the schools and school districts that have existing multi-grade or combination classes:
In order to upgrade and enhance multi-grade teaching and learning process of children in far-flung barangays, there were 3 participants from General Santos City Division who participated in the National Training of Trainers on Multi–Grade Instruction for Mindanao Cluster which was held on August 17 – 28, 2008 at Apo View Hotel, Davao City. After the training of teachers handling multi-grade classes, they are obliged to use the prescribed multi-grade curriculum.
B. ARABIC LANGUAGE AND ISLAMIC VALUES EDUCATION (ALIVE)
It is the target of the Division of General Santos City to increase the number of ALIVE Centers by 50%, which are established and equipped with instructional materials, by June 2010.
To provide access to quality education, the DepED facilitated the establishment of Public Islamic Schools that are authentic and appropriate for the Muslim population. The aim is to prepare generations of learned and intellectual Muslims imbued with Islamic Values who are spiritually prepared to serve the people and the country as a whole. ALIVE offers Islamic Curriculum, which includes the various teachings of Islam as a way of life. It uses the Arabic language as the medium of instruction.
The Division received sixteen (16) nationally funded Madrasah items as of July 31, 2009. There were 51 ALIVE teachers paid on honorarium basis of Five Thousand Pesos per month, shared by the DepED and Special Education Fund (SEF) of the Local Government of General Santos City, who were deployed to 25 elementary schools and 1 secondary school.
C. OPEN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM / 2010 SECONDARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) designed the Open High School System (OHSS) as an alternative delivery mode of secondary education. The OHSP is an alternative mode of secondary education that uses distance learning. It caters to learners who are unable to attend the regular class program due to physical impairment, work, financial difficulties, distance of home to school, and other justifiable and legitimate reasons.
The program, therefore, is in consonance with the Education for All (EFA) goal of making every Filipino functionally literate by 2015. Its philosophy is based on the provision of Batasang Pambansa (BP) 232 or the Education Act of 1982” The state shall provide the right of every individual to relevant quality education regardless of sex, age, creed, socio-economic status, physical and mental conditions, racial or ethnic origin, political and other affiliation.”
Since distance learning is its mains feature, the program requires that the learner is capable of managing his/her learning.
The following secondary schools are now implementing the OHSS: New Society National High School (NSNHS) and Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas (ILSNHSMD).
1. Provides opportunity to all elementary graduates, high school drop-outs, and successful examinees of all the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to complete secondary education;
2. Prevents potential school leavers and encourages those who are out of school to finish secondary education;
3. Reduces high school drop-outs and increases participation rate; and
4. Increase achievement rate through quality distance education.
Note: 2009-2010, the Division Open High School Enrollment increased by 297 students or by 71.39% as shown from the above table.
D. NIGHT CLASSES
Night classes start from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays and whole-day Saturdays, at Lagao National High School (LNHS) and Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas (ILSNHSMD), and are offered to employed and self-employed students so they can finish secondary education.
E. SHIFTING OF CLASSES
General Santos City High School (GSCHS) employed the double (2) shifting of classes due to heavy turnout of enrollment, offering the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Special Program for Sports and Special Sciences Curricula. Other big elementary and secondary schools employ double shifting while most schools are on single shifting of classes.
F. ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM (ALS)
PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS for CY 2008
The Non Formal Alternative Learning System was developed to address the needs of the out-of-school children (OSC), out-of-school youths (OSY) and adults who are unable to avail of the educational opportunities of the formal school system. ALS has three (3) major programs such as:
1. Basic Literacy Program (BLP)
This program was developed to combat the illiteracy problem of the country. Clientele to this program are the OSC, OSY and adults who are illiterate.
2. Functional Literacy Program
This program caters to the basic literacy completers. It enhances the basic skills of the learners by engaging in livelihood projects on small business scale, thus improving their family income. In order to function effectively as Filipino citizens in the modern society, OSC, OSY and adults need to develop their critical thinking and reasoning abilities in order to understand better the problems of their daily lives. Romana Acharon ES is the BEAM Pilot school of this skills training which has been duly accredited by TESDA.
3. Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program
Continuing Education Program was developed for many OSC, OSY and adults who have achieved literacy skills and want to continue learning but are unable to enter or return to formal education system.
The Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program is envisioned to provide an alternative means of certification of learning to those Filipinos aged 15 years old and who are unable to avail of the formal school system, or who have dropped out of the formal elementary or secondary education. This certification is parallel or comparable to the formal system. Passing the National A & E test enables the learners to proceed to the next level of education.
4. BALIK–PAARALAN PARA SA OUT-OF-SCHOOL AND ADULTS (BPOSA)
BPOSA is a certificate program offered to those who wish to earn an equivalent high school diploma. It is a non-formal education program for the secondary level delivered in public secondary schools by secondary school teachers serving as Instructional Managers (IMs). Each IM organizes a learning group of 25 learners. Multiple entry and exit of learners in this program is allowed. Thus, when a learner leaves the program, another maybe taken so there will always be 25 learners per learning group at all times. Beginning this school year, General Santos City High School handles the BPOSA.
COMMUNITY IMMERSION / KUMUSTAHAN SA BARANGAY
Community Immersion or Kumustahan sa Barangay was fully implemented in this Division as a means of communicating to the parents, at the same time recruit learners, for the Accreditation and Equivalency Program offered by the DepED ALS.
At least one or two barangays in every district was visited/immersed by all ALS implementers from the mobile teachers, DALSCs and ALS Supervisors.
All barangay officials and purok chairpersons were mobilized during the activity. The purok chairperson serves as the guide in the immersion and barangay captains accepted and challenged the newly recruited learners. They committed their financial assistance.
To reach out the most distant disadvantaged and underserved communities is a very noble and fulfilling mission of the DepED General Santos City Division ALS.
LITERACY WEEK CELEBRATION
General Santos City DepED Alternative Learning System (ALS) celebrated its Literacy Week last October 10, 2008 with the theme “Functional Literacy Towards a Sustainable Future”at the Division Office Compound, this City, and was participated by the eight(8) districts, barangay officials, DepED ALS Implementers, stakeholders and the learners.
- To promote awareness and appreciation for the value of sustained ALS literacy efforts;
- To exhibit and advertise the most innovative and creative ALS programs;
- To encourage other partners and stakeholders in sharing strategies and approaches in strengthening collaborative partnership and networking to move the learning community forward;
- To unwind or unload the yearlong stressful learning of the learners and implementers by participating in the different activities; and
- Search for Miss Literacy 2008.
This activity was for fun where the stakeholders and barangay officials displayed their unselfish time and financial support to the ALS learners and implementers. The learners enjoyed the activities and the DepED ALS family expressed their gratitude for the support of the Schools Division Superintendent, Division Supervisors, Principals, stakeholders and barangay officials, particularly, Hon. City Councilor Margareth Rose N. Santos, Chairman of the Education Committee, who graced the affair.
A. SPED CLASSES
By June 2009, exceptional children/disadvantaged have access to inclusive classes in Elementary and Secondary Schools with enrolment of 1,000.
The DepEd GSC in coordination with the Office of the City Mayor through its Shelter Health Education Environment Program (SHEEP) conducted a three-day orientation on Special Education Program at Dadiangas South Central Elementary School (DSCES), November 7-9, 2008. This is in pursuance to DECS Order No. 26, s. 1997 that mandates the institutionalization of the SPED Program in all elementary schools nationwide.
The seminar aimed to provide the administrators with the policies and guidelines implementing the SPED program and the mechanisms necessary for its implementation. Aside from lectures, a field visit to the SPED Center of the city opened the eyes of the school heads to the real world of special education. A showcase of songs, dances, and group recitals during the welcome program proved the special children’s acquired knowledge and skills from the school.
The 1st Regional SPED Summit was held at KCC Convention Center on December 5-6, 2007. It was a gathering of all SPED Centers in Region XII to come up with solutions on problems and share best practices. Resource speakers were Dr. Teresita Inciong – Asst. Secretary of Education, Dr. Yolanda Quijano – Director of Basic Elementary Education, Dr. Minerva Fabrios – Chief Elementary Education of Region XI, Dr. Fe Villalino – Asst. Chief, SPED Division, and Atty. Sepoco – Director of Commission on Human Rights Region XI.