To assist in the final preparation of the Regional and Division Education Plans, the Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD) spearheaded by Dr. Melna R. Albano, Chief Education Program Supervisor, through the technical assistance of the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST), organized the last phase of the Harmonizing the Planning System: Strategic Plan/Division Education Development Plan (DEDP) Capacity-Building Workshop at the Tagaytay International Convention Center on January 30 to February 1, 2017.

A total of 114 participants from the Regional Planning Committee (selected Chiefs and Education Program Supervisors) and the Division Planning Committee (ASDS, CID Chief, SGOD Chief, SEPS for Planning and Research and Planning Officer) attended the event. In his opening remarks, Mr. Edwin Calubag, PDO IV of the Planning and Programming Division of the DepEd Central Office, gave a few reminders. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialists from BEST led by Mr. Rey O. Macalindong, with the assistance of Mr. Clemente Rasul, Mr. Niel Christian Villagonzalo, and Mr. Solitario Discar facilitated the workshop.

The first part was an overview of the topics that were discussed in the previous three workshop series. Mr. Macalindong also discussed the importance of consistency in developing plans, wherein the DEDP must be congruent with the SDO’s key performance indicators and strategic directions. After the plenary session, participants were given time to finalize their DEDP presentations in preparation for their defense.

On the 2nd day of the workshop, participants from the 19 School Division Offices present were divided into four groups. Parallel sessions happened wherein representatives from BEST and the regional office evaluated their DEDP. Comments and suggestions were given to improve the SDO’s strategic plans.

The workshop ended with another plenary session, wherein Mr. Macalindong discussed the appraisal process. Through this workshop, the activities of the Regional Office and schools Division Offices were synchronized. Indeed, Region IV-A CALABARZON has achieved another milestone in providing quality education. Kudos to the Regional and Division Planning Committees!  (Jumar M. Sadsad- Educ. Program Specialist II and Katrien D.S. Dagmang- Planning Officer III, Policy, Planning and Research Division, PPRD Regional Office)