Schools Division Office Tayabas gathered 100 teachers for a five-day training workshop on Facilitation Skills of Pool of Facilitators for Learning and Development held at St. Jude Cooperative, Brgy. Isabang, September 2 to 6.

The said training was aimed to capacitate potential trainers, facilitators, and writers to assist the SDO in developing training programs, support the conduct of various training in the division, develop the KSAs for facilitation and management of learning and learning environment, and craft training proposals, training designs, session guides and slide decks for training programs in the division and schools.

The training also had a power-house of certified national and regional facilitators in the person of Erickson Gutierrez, Gayle Malibiran, Christian Hernandez, Mervin Tortoza, Evelyn Navia, Pascual C. La Rosa Jr., Chinita Tolentino, Shiela Penano, and Aileen Vocal.

The training enhanced the participants’ facilitation skills, the “process” skills used to guide and direct key parts of organizing training. Confidence, proper gestures, physical appearance, voice were among the skills enhanced during the training.

During the last session, the trainees translated the skills they learned in a 30-minute practicum of concepts and principles. The learning opportunities were designed to enable the participants for facilitation to develop and exhibit a professional level of work performance. The group was graded by certified facilitators – Gutierrez, La Rosa, Nadina Gaton, and Movita Cruzat who all displayed their sound judgment.

The Learning Facilitators were in constant coordination with Jisela Ulpina, OIC of HRDD and Grace Cabili who served as the Officer-in-charge of the entire program, and Fideliza Luces, SEPS-HRTD.

 “Be a lifelong learner. One of the things that happened in this training is the enhanced level of confidence. I am packed with knowledge, skills, and techniques needed to be an efficient and effective facilitator,” said Akeem Aaron Valdeavilla, a Grade 5 and 6 teacher of Busal Elementary School.     

“There’s more to facilitation than meets the eye. The training paved the way to open new opportunities, challenges, and beginnings. The practicum was a mixed emotion. Excitement, shock, and optimism,” said Michael Leonard Lubiano, Master Teacher I of Stand Alone Senior High.

Schools Division Superintendent Catherine P. Talavera said in her message delivered by SGOD Chief Edwin Rodriguez that the division is investing money, time, and effort to produce facilitators that will develop training design and conduct facilitation in the schools, and to create certified regional and national facilitators(Annadel O. Gob, Teacher III, Tayabas West Central School III)