DepEd assigns education specialist as new regional director for Region 12

November 11, 2009 12:07 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Nov. 11 – The Department of Education (Deped) has designated an experienced education specialist from the Caraga Region as the new regional director for Region 12 effective November 16.

Luz Almeda, DepEd Region 12 director, said Wednesday she will officially end her present assignment in the region on Friday after she was designated starting Monday next week as the new regional director for Region 10 or Northern Mindanao.

She said DepEd central office named DepEd-Caraga regional director Isabelita Borres as her replacement.

“I’m bringing with me valuable learning experiences highlighted by the good character of our educators here and the positive working relationship among education personnel and officials,” Almeda said.

Under Borres, who holds a doctoral degree in educational management, Almeda said she expects the region to continue to improve in terms of its performance in various education competencies, especially in the national achievement test (NAT).

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus recently cited Region 12 as this year’s most improved region in the country for its outstanding performance in NAT after it jumped to seventh place in the national ranking from 16th during the previous years.

The 2009 NAT results showed that DepEd Region 12 posted a mean percentage score of 66.38 or an improvement of 33.50 from its 2006 rating of 49.72.

Region 12 covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.

During Almeda’s three-year stint as DepEd Region 12 director, the region hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 2007 and the National Schools Press Conference in 2008.

On Tuesday, DepEd Region 12 formally moved to its new regional office building worth P31 million at the designated regional center in Koronadal City.

Almeda was recently sent by DepEd central office to undergo executive training on public fiscal management at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University in the United States,

She also attended a benchmarking training on pre-school education sponsored by the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund in Wellington, New Zealand.

Borres, who rose from the ranks starting as high school instructor at the Surigao del Norte School of Arts and Trade, received her official appointment last June as full-fledged regional director of DepEd in Caraga or Region 13.

She had served as education program specialist and later moved up to become division and then regional education supervisor in DepEd Region 10 or Northern Mindanao. (PNA)

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