MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has
continued to strengthen its partnerships with various public and private
DepEd has forged agreements in Agusan del Sur, particularly in Trento
West Central Elementary School, at the launching of Model of Excellence
(MOE) Schools Essential Health Care and Nutrition Program and Silya sa
Eskwela Program which aims to improve students’ health and address
resource gaps such as textbooks and school furniture.
DepEd Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff Reynaldo Laguda, who
represented Education Secretary Armin Luistro, signed three agreements
that will help uplift he education status in the province, particularly
the education resource gaps and the students’ welfare.
“We keep on saying that education is everybody’s business and not
DepEd’s concern alone. This is precisely why we are strengthening our
partnerships with the provincial governments, lawmakers and other
non-government organizations,” Laguda said.
Laguda also met with Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, District I
Representative Maria Valentina Plaza, District II Representative Evelyn
Plaza-Mellana, LMP-Agusan del Sur President Salimar Mondejar, Trento
Mayor Johnmark Billanes, Caraga Regional Director Gloria Benigno,
Schools Division Superintendent Crucita Montejo-Taala, and
representatives from Fit for School and Books for the Barrios, Inc
In line with the Republic Act No. 9155 or the Basic Education Sector
Reform Agenda (BESRA), First Congressional District Representative Maria
Valentina Plaza and Second Congressional District Representative Evelyn
Plaza-Mellana partnered with DepEd and BftB, through its Philippine
implementing arm, Libro Para Sa Barrio – Pilipinas Foundation, Inc.
(LPSBPFI), together with the entire provincial government of Agusan del
Sur, its LMP, and the GPTA to achieve vast improvements in the quality
of education in their locality.
Guided by the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA), the
provincial government of Agusan del Sur initiated the move to forge a
strategic alignment of development priorities and synergy of plans and
actions among its local government units (LGUs), congressional districts
and other stakeholders to ensure harmony in implementation and greater
impact to the people and communities.
Laguda said that BESRA specifically identifies the reforms needed by
the Philippine public school system to enhance and improve the quality
The BftB had initiated and implemented the MOE Schools Program in
several areas in the country that have resulted to significant
improvements in the learning capacities of the recipient school children
as well as in the teaching and supervisory capabilities of teachers and
school administrators. In partnership with DepEd, BftB launched its
banner education program, “Pagtuon Alang sa Masanag nga Kaugmaon”
(Education for a Bright Future) Project, adopting the Model of
Excellence Schools Program.
Source: The Manila Bulletin, Ina Hernando-Malipot, 11-15-2010