May 4, 2021 – Last 27 April 2021, Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan met with Mayor Benjamin Magalong to share updates on the ongoing repair and rehabilitation of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) facility in Baguio City.

Undersecretary Malaluan sought the Mayor’s support on COVID-19 monitoring and management in the construction site to ensure uninterrupted project implementation.

Mayor Magalong gave his full support and assurance that his office will provide the necessary coordination and assistance to DepEd.

In 2019, DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones launched Sulong Edukalidad, DepEd’s flagship program to address the challenge of quality in basic education. It comprises four pillars, namely: (1) K to 12 curriculum review and update; (2) Improving the learning environment; (3) Teachers’ upskilling and reskilling; and (4) Engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration.

Within the pillar of Teachers’ upskilling and reskilling, the key reform initiative is the transformation of NEAP.

The components of the Transformation include the organizational transformation, through the increase in permanent items and reorganizing the functional units; the program transformation, through the introduction of a recognition system to ensure the quality and integration of in-service professional development programs, courses, and training for teachers and school leaders; and the upgrading of facilities, such as the rehabilitation and renovation of the NEAP in Teachers Camp to transform it into a well-equipped and technically advanced training facility.

During the meeting, Undersecretary Malaluan also shared the performance of Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

BCNHS performed above the Philippine average and even above Thailand and Indonesia in all three assessed subjects of Math, Science, and Reading.