March 4, 2021 – To provide support for blended learning, the Department of Education Region 2 shared its school divisions’ best practices and strategies in the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) in Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones’ virtual visit to the region.

“Saludo po ako sa ating mga teachers, mga officials, school heads in the field that have spent their immeasurable efforts and unwavering commitment to make education continue amidst the pandemic,” Secretary Briones shared.

During the regional press event with Secretary Briones, the school division superintendents of the three School Division Offices (SDOs) in Cauayan, Ilagan, and Santiago pointed out strong partnership, open communication, teamwork for innovation, and commitment and dedication to bring about change and impact as the key factors in effectively supporting the new normal of education.

Cauayan Schools Division Superintendent Alfredo Gumaru Jr. underscored that the consistency of creating innovative initiatives for blended learning has leveled up awareness and heightened acceptance and trust in the community.

SDS Gumaru shared that out of all the initiatives in their SDO, Project BERNARD or Bringing Education using Radio, Non-print, and Automated Resources to the Diverse learners; and Project CATCH THEM Early or Cuddling At-risk Children Through Home-based E-Mentoring on the Early Language of Literacy and Numeracy stood out. These initiatives have been responsive to the needs of the learners in the community, even those from the nearby municipalities, through the provision of learning platforms and materials, as well as a reading program in response to Sulong EduKalidad.

For Ilagan City Schools Division Superintendent Gilbert Tong, active involvement of the internal and external stakeholders plays an important role in the rapid development and innovative implementation of the BE-LCP.

SDS Tong emphasized that the institutionalization of Project RADIO or Radiating Active Voice on Developing Learners served as a break from the monotonous modular distance learning and produced an avenue for creative and innovative learning.

Meanwhile, Santiago City Schools Division Superintendent Cherry Ramos highlighted four practices significant to the success of implemented learning modalities such as productive collaboration and sound partnership, time-tailored innovations fueled by partnerships, strategic communication through various platforms, and the culture of Bayanihan.

According to their SDO, Project PROVIDE or Providing Resources Offline: Various Interactive Developed Educational Instructional Materials (IMs) stood out as the main and frontline project, as it offers both an online and offline mechanism in harnessing and providing learning materials that can be accessed by learners in all walks of life. It caters not only to our regular learners but also learners with special educational needs (LSEN).

“We are motivated more than ever to always give our best in realizing the regional education agenda in realization, too, of the agenda of the national leadership. EduAksyon. May Aksyon. May Solusyon. At patuloy ang daloy ng karunungan para sa ikabubuti ng bawat mag-aaral sa ating rehiyon na siyang sentro ng lahat ng ating pagsusumikap,” ended Region II Director Benjamin Paragas.