To build up personnel and institutional capacity on basic education research, DepEd Division of Tanauan City conducted a three-day training for school research coordinators at the Gov. Modesto Castillo Memorial Center last May 24-26.

Schools Division Superintendent Edna Faura Agustin initiated the research conference as part of the Well-Harmonized Opportunities for Learners Excellence (WHOLE), a Division banner program.

“We hope to engage more teachers in research activities to improve teaching and learning as well as transparent governance; aside from providing a continuing forum on research trends and issues,” said Maria Liza M. Faustino, Senior Education Program Specialist for Planning & Research during the workshop orientation.

“This will also be a showcase and sharing of the  best practices, research conducted, and the research proposals by our educational leaders,” Faustino added.

Representing the Division Office – School Governance and Operations Division, Education Program Supervisor Apolonia M. Landicho challenged the participants to equip themselves on research and “make the grade for the Gawad Patnugot”, the Region IV-A Calabarzon’s awards program for service excellence.

The workshop activities for the 60 teachers included education research themes, crafting, and presentation of proposed title led by Gertrudes I. Malabanan, EPS in Science and Research.  Research methods and data analysis was discussed by Dr. Florinda C. Gagasa, EPS in Technology and Livelihood Education, while the prescribed outline of basic research proposal or action research, criteria and scoring were tackled by Dr. Cresencia A. Castillo, EPS in English.

Faustino also reported about the Basic Education Research Fund (BERF), a financial assistance scheme to assist and reward research proposals. Vivian L. Petrasanta, Senior Education Program Specialist in charge of Human Resource Training and Development together with Leoncia L. Lopez, Education Program Specialist II for Monitoring and Evaluation managed the workshop proper.  Dr, Merlino J. Placino, Planning Officer III, Ms. Ritchel O. Lopez, IT Officer and Mr. Xander B. Castillo, Education Program Specialist also assisted the three-day project management and implementation. (Danilo Mutia)