Deped: Dgte best host for ASEAN Schools Games

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed that Dumaguete City in partnership with the provincial Government of Negros Oriental will be the ideal host of the ASEAN Schools Games slated this November 2020.

DepEd OIC-Undersecretary Atty. Revsee Escobedo said the city, with the support of the provincial government, is capable of ensuring that the 12th edition of the ASEAN Schools Games would be most memorable in the history of the annual meet of the best student-athletes in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Escobedo stressed that upon learning that it is the turn of the Philippines to host the ASEAN Schools Games, it was almost a unanimous decision that Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental will be the host of the annual international meet as announced by Deped Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones.

He cited the efficient and long experience of Dumaguete City in successfully hosting national sports events like the Palarong Pambansa, National University Games, Little League Philippines, and Batang Pinoy.

“The readiness and proximity of the playing venues, the total support of the local officials led by Governor Roel Degamo and Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, the efficiency and capability of the working committees, world-class tourist destinations, good hotels and the hospitality of the people make Dumaguete City the best host for the games,” Escobedo said.

This also strengthens Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo’s thrust to make the city one of the prime sports tourism destinations in the Visayas region and the country.

For two straight years in 2017 and 2018, Dumaguete City has been awarded as the Best Sports Tourism Organizer of the Year and runner-up as Sports Tourism Destination of the Year next to Subic Bay Freeport in 2017 by the Philippine Sports Tourism Forum.

The 12th ASEAN Schools Games adopts the theme: “Inspire, Play and Experience,” which according to Escobedo would prove Dumaguete City capable of hosting one of the most memorable sports events in the game’s history.

Both the Philippine Sports Commission and DepEd will look for means in order to upgrade or build the sports facilities for athletics, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, archery, and sepak takraw since it is an international commitment of the Philippines as a country to make sure that the games will be successful.

Escobedo estimates some 3,000 foreign and Filipino athletes to gather in Dumaguete City, in addition to the expected arrival of their supporters and the ministers of Sports and Education of the 10 member ASEAN countries.

Public elem schools in Dgte benefit from e-classroom

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Photo op during the launching of ICT upgrading system led by DOST Regional Director Richard Burgos (center) together with partners: (l-r, seated) Provincial Adminstrator Dr. Henry Sojor, Don Ramas Uypitching of RCDE, Badeeh Naifeh of Rotary International, Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Dr. Juliet Jeruta of DepEd, Gilbert Arbon of DOST, and Dr. Dino Dipositario of LGU Dumaguete.


About 25,000 pupils in 18 public elementary schools in the city will now be provided with information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom to increase learners to operate in an information age.

Under the innovative ICT-based learning system or e-classroom upgrading, a wireless computer network will be installed in each of the computer laboratory in the 18 public grade schools.

Pupils from Grades 3 to 8 will be able to use the computer learning centers using their tablets.

Science and Technology Provincial Director Gilbert Arbon of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the schools that have this system will no longer use the conventional desktop but use a wireless network with the server and WiFi router.

“Since there are free open source content providers available like the Kulebre platform, the DOST’s STARBOOKS digital library which has a lot of information related to science and technology, especially in the Philippine context on sciences, can now be accessed by the pupils and teachers,” explained Arbon.

The ICT upgrading initiative is a joint project of the Rotary International with Rotary Club Dumaguete-East (RCDE) as host institution partnering and the city government of Dumaguete providing the hardware for the schools under Department of Education (DpeEd), and DOST which also offered some of the equipment to the schools.

Rotary International represented by Badeeh “Bud” Naifeh said his club provided about $67,000 for the project, of which the city also has a counterpart of $42,000 for the purchase of computer hardware.

Rotary is now providing tablets to each pupil to lessen the electricity bills too.

“As a peace corps volunteer, I saw these under privileged children here do not have access to computer learning. I think this project is a wonderful gift for the children allowing them to be more proficient in English and be more proficient in Math because this kind of computer learning in computer that they are going to experience in their lives,” said Naifeh.

Rotary’s goal is to provide and teach the young people the benefits of educations to break the cycle of poverty.

This prompted the Rotary to start with Grade 3 pupils.

That means they will be competitive when they reach in high school and later on also in college which IT education is needed to digital economy, said Naifeh.

For her part, DepEd Provincial Superintendent Evangel Luminarias said the partnership between the local government unit of Dumaguete, DOST, Rotary, and DepEd provides opportunities for pupils to enhance quality education.

RCDE Past President Don Ramas Uypitching also pledged to DOST that Ramas Uypitching Sons Inc. (RUSI) Foundation will donate at least 10 kiosks in public high schools in the city.

“But as we have experienced, the more needy ones are those in the farthest barangays and so we will need recommendations from DepEd Negros Oriental, of which schools are the most remote ones that really need our attention and support,” said Uypitching.

“I will extend also my donation of computers to San Carlos City where Regional Director Richard Burgos of DOST7 comes from because the city is also close to my heart,” he added.

The benefaction will be done thru RUSI Foundation, RCDE, and Free Masons.

“What is important is letting our pupils learn from this hardware, these computers that are made available to them, said Uypitchin


Cebuano News: Electric company mi “energize sa off-grid NegOr schools”

By Leandria Pagunsan

Mikabat sa 8 ka tunghaan sa Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Negros Oriental ang nakutayan na sa kuryente pinaagi sa School Electrification Program (SEP) sa One Meralco Foundation (OMF). 

Gipahigayon ang ceremonial turn-over sa Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System, Multimedia Equipment ug sa Energy Education Flash Cards niadtong Agosto 26 sa DepEd Region Vll-Sub Regional Office sa Dumaguete City.

Gitumong sa SEP pag “energize” sa tunghaang  publiko sa mga lagyong lugar sa bukirang bahin tibook nasud aron mapauswag ang “learning experience”  sa mga estudyante sa mga “off-grid schools.”

Ang 8 ka tunghaang nahatagan sa multi-media package naglakip sa 49-inch LED TV, laptop computer ug print scanner gikan sa “Employees’ Fund for Charity, Inc. (MEFCI) sa Meralco.

Ang mga tunghaang bag-ohay lang nga na“energized” mao ang Apo elementary School sa Dauin; Bago-bago Elementary School, Kanggabok Elementary School, Pedro R. Abul Memorial High School ug San Isidro Elementary School sa Sta. Catalina, Salingkubong Elementary School ug Nawacat Elementary School sa Siaton ug Palay Elementary School sa Manjuyod.

Sa gihimong ceremonial turn-over, mibutyag si DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones nga ang edukasyon dili mo uswag kung walay sugang dagitab ug kuryente ang tunghaan.

Adunay ambisyon ang DepEd tumong sa 21st century education skills nga mohatag ug kahigayonan sa mga gradwado sa senior high school nga makapadayon pagtungha sa kolehiyo o manarbaho ba hinoon human mabansay sa science and technology, culture, music ug history.

“Kung walay kuryente limitado ang kahibalo nga makab-ot sa estudyante sa iyang pagtungha,” matud ni secretary Briones.

Gitumbok usab ni Briones nga ang edukasyon pundasyon ug sumbanan sa ekonomikanhong paglambo ug mahinungdanon ang kuryente aron makab-ot ang kauswagan.

Gipasalamatan usab ni Briones ang One Meralco sa suporta niini nga makutayan ug kuryente ang tunghaan sa kabukiran ug sa multi-media package nga gipaambit sa mga empleyado sa Meralco.

Samtang si Region Vll Director Juliet Jeruta nagpasalamat usab sa One Meralco Foundation sa ilang proyektong “energization”ug sa mga multi-media equipment nga gipanghatag nila.