To address the various issues and concerns regarding private schools, the Department of Education Region IV-A CALABARZON through the Quality Assurance Division (QAD) conducted a Capability Training-Workshop on Different Issues and Concerns on Private Schools at The Linden Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City on September 26 to 27.

The objectives of the said training-workshop include the sharing of participants’ experiences, issues, and challenges encountered relative to anti-bullying and sanction against erring parties. It also aimed to update participants on the Guidelines of GASTPE, Home Education Program, Open High School Program, Learner’s Reference Number, Learning Information System, Curricular Offering Classification, and develop a mechanism to expedite the processing of Special Order.

Participants in this activity were personnel from the schools division office which included SGOD Chiefs, SGOD Education Program Supervisors, Personnel in-charge of private schools, Legal Officers, SEPS in Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning Officers, and personnel involved in the processing of Special Orders. QAD personnel headed by Chief Edenia O. Libranda and education program supervisors were also present.

Topics discussed during the activity included the GASTPE guidelines which were discussed by Regional FAPE Coordinator Lerma Y. Calingasan. Regional Statistician Adrian A. Bullo tackled Help Desk Ticketing System, School ID System Issuance, and Updating of SHS Curricular Offerings and Classification. Legal issues and concerns affecting private schools and students were explained by Legal Officer Jocelyn L. Martin while Guidelines on Application for Home Education Program and Open High School Program were discussed by QAD-EPS Danilo H. Ilagan.

Regional Director Wilfredo E. Cabral graced the said activity and emphasized the importance of quality service and knowing the tasks of a public servant to serve from the heart and with humility. Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director Ruth L. Fuentes expressed her warm message and challenged the participants to improve the processes regarding the different issues and concerns on private schools.

In line with this, QAD Chief Libranda challenged the participants to practice and embrace the objectives of the said training-workshop. She also encouraged the participants to relay and express their issues and concerns on private schools matters. Furthermore, she urged them to come up with unified steps and processes particularly those which involve private schools. (Buenalyn M. Manuel, Education Program Supervisor, DepEd CALABARZON – Quality Assurance Division)