September 02, 2021 – Less than two weeks before the opening of School Year 2021-2022, the Department of Education (DepEd) trained around 500k teachers and personnel during the second edition of a week-long Virtual In-Service Training (VINSET) launched on Monday.

For the first three days, the second edition garnered 554,562 participants, surpassing the overall participation rate of the first in-service training last March 2021 with 517,754 participants within five months.

“The opening of School Year 2021-2022 is fast approaching. As we prepare our plans and programs for the upcoming school year, we also want to prepare our teachers and school heads through these upskilling activities,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

The second edition of the training focused on capacitating the teachers to use different online learning modalities, including DepEd Learning Management System, DepEd Commons, DepEd TV, and DepEd Radio.

To run until Friday, September 3, the week-long virtual training for public school teachers offers guided programs and international skill certifications by Microsoft, Adobe, and Google.

Furthermore, the sessions can help educators maximize and handle the property and technology tools in delivering online education and ensure that the platforms will be child-friendly. The program will also assist the participants in utilizing emerging technology tools and applications to maximize the use of the cross-platform operating system.

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua positively noted during the opening day that the second VINSET reached more participants due to recent sim card distribution.

“This is a testament of you, our public school teachers, your passion, commitment, and dedication to your chosen profession, your advocacy to educate our nation’s youth… Kaya nararapat lamang na bigyan kayo ng tamang suporta at serbisyo upang patuloy nating maihatid ang dekalidad na edukasyon sa ating mag-aaral,” he said.

VINSET is jointly spearheaded by the Offices of the Undersecretary for Administration, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, and Undersecretary for Field Operations, and is organized by the Information and Communications Technology Service.

“Finally, we are expected to be skillful in navigating the education technology so that we can create more interesting lessons for the children,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.