The success of the K to 12 program is a shared responsibility.
Such statement appeared to have been the prevailing tenor of the Press Conference on the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education Program dubbed as “DepED Dos in Focus” at the Department of Education Regional Office 2 Main Conference Hall on June 2, 2016.
DepED Dos OIC Regional Director Estela Leon- Cariño appealed to the media to emphasize the better side of the preparations made by the Department at the opening of classes on June 13, 2016 without undermining, though, the usual glitches that may arise.
“Teachers are ready to teach on the first day of classes,” Director Cariño said as she would like to assure the public that DepED Regional Office has since then intensified its level of preparations from day one.
Meanwhile, OIC Assistant Regional Director Benjamin D. Paragas bolstered the fact that all of the 9 SDOs in the entire region have its k to 12 advocacies in collaboration with local government units (LGUs) at the barangay to provincial levels.
“However,” ARD Paragas admitted, “ I agree that there are still a lot of parents and other stakeholders who are not fully aware of the advocacies we do in the department probably due to their non-attendance to these important gatherings or meetings conducted.
RD Cariño similarly stressed the point that the media plays a vital role in the use of the power of communication to reach out to every part of the world in conveying positive information rather than sensationalizing the bad side of the news.
She also added that the full implementation of the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education program is a realization of a dream like the implementation of other major programs such as the Rationalization Program and the Results-Based Performance Management System (RPMS).
“With all there major programs implemented, “Cariño said, “at the end of the day the programs’ success lies in the hands of our very active and effective Schools Division Superintendent being themselves the supposed K to 12 champions.”
At the onset, each city and /or schools division office (C/SDOs) shared updates on the various interventions made to apprise the public on their readiness for the full implementation of the program as Grade 11 students for the Senior High come back to school.
Philippine Information Agency Director Purita S. Licas, moderator and main convenor of the regional press corps, featured the role of the media in the widest dissemination of the historic features of the K to 12 being the government’s landmark policy in educational reforms.
The Press Conference ran for three hours via RBC community cable television, Clearview CATV and similarly covered by print and radio broadcast practitioners in the region who took rounds at raising questions during the PressCon proper.