DepEd Lipa City fully supports the development and professional growth of its teaching personnel. The need for INSET cannot be underestimated as the number of teachers and learners’ increases. It is very important to enhance teacher’s performance as well as motivating them as it secures the growth and achievement level of educators.

Relative to this, Division of Lipa City conducted the 2019 In-Service Training (INSET) for teachers which focused on the first Pencak Silat Training on October 21 to 25 at the Lipa Academy for Sports Culture and Arts (LASCA).

Pencak Silat is an Indonesian martial art that needs full-body fighting which incorporates grappling, strikes, and throwing. The sport is practiced for self-defense. Participants of the training were 19 elementary and secondary teachers from private and public schools in Lipa.

Milgreg De Leon (Pencak Silat Tanauan City Coordinator), Ramiel Hernandez (Provincial Coordinator of Batangas) and Adrian Ramos (Lipa City Coordinator) facilitated the training. Teachers were introduced to Pencak Silat through learning by doing. They also underwent written and practical examination. Meanwhile, students from Batangas City demonstrated the sport through the guidance of Hernandez.

“Ang mga batang ito ang magiging representative ng STCAA,” Hernandez said.

“Ang layunin ng training na ito ay upang makabuo ng Lipa City Pencak Silat team. Sa Lipa City po ay hindi tayo magkakalaban. We are team. Isang pamilyang na magpapalaganap ng Pencak Silat na may tamang sistema kaya huwag po kayong mag-aatubili na magtanong at magpatulong. Sama-sama po natin buuin ang Pencak Silat ng DepEd Lipa City,” Ramos explained.

The result of Teacher’s Strength and Training Needs Assessment (TSNA) 2018 were the basis in developing the INSET for teachers. (Adrian P. Ramos, Teacher III, Bulacnin Integrated National High School, Division of Lipa City)