On February 1, Pagbilao East Elementary School (PEES) joined other schools across the country in the conduct of DepEd’s Early Registration.

With the theme “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista Na,” this year the nationwide Early Registration for school year 2020- 2021 for public schools was set from February 1 (Saturday) to March 6 (Friday).

The PEES team is composed of three Kindergarten teachers, six Grade One teachers, the Student Pupil Government family headed by SPG Adviser and officers, and the principal as the chairman of the team. Prior to the scheduled early registration, dissemination of advertisements and flyers, hanging of tarpaulin, meetings with local and barangay officials and civic organizations, and house to house campaign were conducted by the school.

Early birds received a “starting kit” – an envelope with one pad, a pencil, eraser, and a box of crayons. SPG officers were in the frontline to accompany the parents to the registration area located in the covered court of the school compound. Other SPG officers handed flyers to passers-by to inform the community of the on-going activity and spread the news to their friends and relatives. Biscuits and candies were also served to parents waiting for their turn.

PEES also catered to out-of-school children (OSCs), PWDs, dropouts, and indigenous people in support of DepEd’s advocacy in giving equal access to education for all Filipino learners. The school provided all the necessary measures to make sure that no one is left behind in the District of Pagbilao.

The total number of kindergarten pupils registered was 94 while the Grade One entrants, 160. An increased for the school year 2020- 2021 enrollment was evident. The school anticipates more enrollees before June opening. 

This month-long registration became more organized due to the strengthened information dissemination noted by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones in the DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018 titled Basic Education Enrollment Policy to anticipate the numbers of enrollees for school year 2020-2021 and ensure that every school will be able to accommodate incoming learners.

Early registration was first conducted in 2008, in compliance with Deped Order No. 62, s. 2008, primarily for incoming High School Students. In 2011, DepEd Order No. 2, s. 2011, the early registration was extended to Kindergarten and Elementary to achieve the Millennium Development Goal in education. (Roxanne M. Edrad, Pagbilao East ES, Pagbilao, Quezon Province)