The Department of Education proceeded with all scheduled activities in Negros Oriental this week to further strengthen programs in the Province, and at the same time, survey the damage caused by Typhoon Odette.
Among the highlights of the visit of Education Sec.Leonor Briones was the agreement of DepEd and the local government here to proceed with the hosting of the ASEAN School Games, also known as the Youth Southeast Asian Games, in November next year.
The ASEAN School Games is an annual competition for secondary school student-athletes in the Region, and is organized under the authority of the ASEAN Schools Sports Council.
The Philippines first joined the event in 2010, and first hosted the Games in 2014.
“Despite the typhoon and the challenges we are experiencing right now, we still have to ensure that our teachers, personnel, and learners are being assisted in delivering quality basic education,” Briones said in a news release on Saturday.
Briones also consulted the Canlaon City government on the necessary actions for the newly-established Schools Division Office there.
On Thursday, Briones distributed school supplies, school bags, and pairs of shoes to learners of Polo Elementary School, and met the teaching and non-teaching personnel in Tanjay South Central School, and the Schools Division Office of Tanjay City on Wednesday.
She also led the inauguration of three three-storey school buildings with 12 classrooms, the groundbreaking of the Central Visayas Regional Sub-Office in a lot donated by the Agaton Pal family in barangay Batinguel, and the Gabaldon Heritage Week at Dumaguete City National High School.
“After this visit, we will make sure to go to the other regions in the country to oversee the current situation in the area, and to monitor the implementation of the limited face-to-face classes and other learning delivery modalities,” Briones said.
She is scheduled to check the facilities and school buildings of the affected schools around the Province on Saturday. (PR)