Regional Office (RO) VI prides itself as the country’s reservoir of the best mentors of exemplary competence, conscientious dedication to work and effective educational leadership. They were upheld as models not only for fellow educators but for the community as well. For over three decades, data showed that the region has produced over 50 out of more than 300 Metrobank Outstanding Teachers outside Metro Manila since 1985.A few teachers have also been featured in “The Many Faces of a Teacher” by Bato Balani Foundation and Diwa Learning Systems, in Recognition of the teachers as true heroes. Some of the region’s best writers authored the learning cards consisting of knowledge, activity and project-based cards related to energy initiated by One Meralco Foundation in its goal to support the K to 12 Curriculum. Every Year, RO VI is always represented by qualified scholars and grantees not only in national but also international scholarship such as the Fullbright Scholarship Program of the United States, Monbusho Scholarship of Japan, New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship and SEAMEO Innotech Scholarship.
Not only does the region take pride in the achievement of its teachers, but it also commends the performance of the learners who are making great waves in the fields of sports, research, culture and arts. The athletic prowess of the young sportsmen has brought honor as they compete with the country‘s bests. Time and time again the power, prestige and supremacy have been displayed as they compete for gold and rule in the Palarong Pambansa RO VI has always been on the list of performing regions and dominates the national Competitions such as the NAMCYA, NSPC, PSEP and Festival of Talents. Undeniably, the track record also shows that the region can globally compete and come out victorious in the fields of science and mathematics. Several elementary and high school students presented researches abroad with flying colors.
Trailblazer of Innovations
Even before the DepEd Rationalization Plan is in its full implementation, RO VI, together with Regions VII and VIII, has already adapted this organizational structure defining clearly the roles and functions of the various divisions in the regional level. Today, the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST), an Australian-Philippine program again included Region VI to be among one of the six regions to be part of this education initiative. This partnership is aimed to improve teaching and learning and strengthen systems within the department. The region is embarking upon another new program on the inclusion of Wash in Schools in the School-based Management (SBM-WinS). It was first conceptualized in Region VIII after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda and aimed to foster behavioral change in habits related to water, sanitation and hygiene among school children. The decision to lodge it with the SBM is to ensure its sustainability even if UNICEF is no longer around to support the program. The school heads have realized its importance as the thrusts of WASH are related to the four dimensions of SBM.
Regional Office VI does not rest on its laurels. It will always set as an example of an organization that is marked by true public service ready to serve all its stakeholders, It will be the standard-bearers of quality, culture-based, relevant, equitable and complete basic education. It will wave its banners high and continue to raise the bar of performance another step toward excellence!