Over 3,000 teachers from the majority of the towns under the Bondoc Peninsula District gathered for the Quezon Educators Research Convention (QERC) at the Southern Quezon Convention Center, Gumaca on March 18.

The participants of the said event were from the southernmost municipalities of Quezon, namely: San Francisco (662), Catanauan (629), Macalelon (253), Mulanay (601), Pitogo (246), San Narciso (431), and Agdangan (130), thus reaching a sum of 3,011 participants for the first day of the convention.

With the theme, “Humanizing Basic Education in the Advent Industry 4.0 through Research Initiatives,” the event aimed to improve the education landscape through research. It focused on encouraging teachers to craft their own researches to improve the teaching-learning process in order to increase the level of learners’ performance.

In this line, Dr. Juanito A. Merle presented his research titled, “The Challenges Encountered by DepEd Quezon Schools in the Initial Implementation of Senior High School Program: Basis for SHS Program Adjustments and Policy Formulation for Enhanced SHS Program Implementation.”

Furthermore, previews of 30 other research studies conducted by teachers from different schools in Quezon were showcased. Among the educational issues discussed by these researches focused on reading and literature, numeracy, nutrition, science and technology, social sciences, remedial instruction, student discipline, school-community relationship, and inclusive education.

As one of the division’s frontrunners in the sustainability of research programs, Carlito D. Rocafort, OIC-Regional Director of DepEd CALABARZON and the event’s keynote speaker, challenged the participants to act as problem-solvers in their own classrooms by identifying the glitches that hinder students to flourish academically and non-academically and to come up with validated results and data that will serve as basis for decision making. Furthermore, he dared DepEd Quezon to maintain its excellent and quality performance in the field of research.

“I was inspired to conduct my own research not only because of its advantage in career promotion but also for its incontestable contribution to the advancement of the educational system as a whole,” a newly hired Senior High School teacher from Casay National High School, San Francisco District and first-time research convention attendee commented.

The division hopes that through the QERC, more school personnel will be interested in conducting researches and teachers will be able to magnify their strengths and overcome their weaknesses in research writing. (Art Margaret V. Limpiado, Teacher, Gumaca National High School, DepEd- Division of Quezon)