The training was jam-packed with innovative ideas and revolutionary approach in teaching. The teachers were inspired because at back of their minds, they thought of how the training will be used to develop the future generations. Master Teacher I, Lea P. Bolic, from Palo I Central School shared her thanks to the sponsors saying, “It is so inspiring to see people who are really helping teachers through their resources. I hope and pray that this kind of program will continue and I may not know the people behind this program personally, [but] I pray that God may bless them always.”
So that the attendees may relay their learnings to their colleagues back at home and therefore expand the reach of the program, the teachers were selected from a diversity of schools in Leyte comprising: Alangalang I Central School, Alangalang National High School, Balocawehay National High School, Bato School of Fisheries, Bontoc National High School, Burauen Comprehensive National High School, Burauen National High School, Canmarating Elementary School, Cassidy Elementary School, Damulaan National High School, Dr. Geronimo B. Zaldivar Memorial School of Fisheries, Dulag Child Development Center, Inc., Dulag National High School, Hilongos National Vocational school, Hindang National High School, Julita National High School, Justimbaste Remandaban National High School, Lim-ao National High School, Marcelino R. Veloso National High School, Matlang National High School, Palo I Central School, Palo National National High School, San Joaquin National High School, San Miguel Central School, Taberna National High School, and Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and Home Industries.
The goals of the training included the following: to equip teachers for the K+12 program, to update them on the latest teaching strategies and content enhancement, to upgrade their facilitation, assessment, and test construction skills, and to ensure the sustainability of the program—regardless of TYKFI or FUSE being around. When asked how she views the long-term effect of the project, participant Nancy A. Japag (Teacher III) from Cassidy Elementary School, Carigara said “learning is a continuous process so this project enable us teachers to apply new trends of teaching towards our pupils,” she added, “not only knowledge, the most important is to provide skills to be learned by our pupils.” Similarly, Teacher III, Roderick L. Tipolo, from Balocawehay National High School shared his thoughts on how the training can assist them, “helping the nation on upgrading the quality of education through financial support is the best way because money is the thing that we don’t have.”
Each day had its specific objectives; meals and snacks were completely provided to ensure that the teachers are able to focus on the training, “The food and the snacks were good and nicely served,” according to participant (SST III) Rodel L. Cabuhoc from JRNHS, Tabontabon, Leyte. The 5-day training was opened by Dr. Fe Hidalgo where she touched topics on K+12 changes, Grade level Curriculum, Attitudes: Negativism to Positivism, and Dynamics. A pre-test was also given for the different subjects as pre-assessment for the next sessions. The tests were given by Dr. Lourdes Tayao and Prof. Rubi Sajise for English, Prof. Luciana Ilao, for Chemistry, Prof. Olivia Ungson, for Physics, Prof. Allan Canonigo for Mathematics, and Prof. Josefina Belen for Science and Health.
Out of the 33 participants, 30 were teachers and 3 were supervisors. As stated, the program targeted the different teaching positions. The most number of participants were in Teacher III level which had 9 members, followed by Teacher I and II which had 5 and 4 members respectively.
Subject/Area Number of Participants
Science and Health 6
Education Program Supervisor 3
The ‘Strategies and Content Enhancement’ training was delivered by the following lecturers per subject:
- English - Dr. Lourdes Tayao and Prof. Rubi Sajise (Day 1 and 2)
- Chemistry - Prof. Luciana Ilao (Day 1) and Prof. Emmanuel Garcia (Day 2)
- Physics - Prof. Olivia Ungson (Day 1 and 2)
- Mathematics - Prof. Allan Canonigo (Day 1) and Prof. Nympha Joaquin (Day 2)
- Science and Health - Prof. Josefina Belen (Day 1) and Prof. Josefina Belen/Prof. Lourdes Carale (Day 2)
Day 3 to day 5 general topics were facilitated by:
- Facilitation Skills - Dr. Fe A. Hidalgo (Day 3)
- Authentic Assessment - Prof. Jojie Calamlam (Day 4)
- Test Construction - Dr. Evelina Vicencio (Day 5)
All the speakers and facilitators were competitive and the best in their fields. “The speakers were all great. They are able to inspire us aside from teaching our minds with their expertise on the topic they discussed,” shared by Teacher II, Ligaya M. Cumpio from Burauen Comprehensive National High School.
The closing program was led by Dr. Lourdes Tayao; and of course the program would not be complete without the ‘challenge’ given by Dr. Milagros Ibe. After all, it is the aim of Tan Yan Kee Foundation that all its beneficiaries ‘pay it forward’.
It’s not hard to conclude that the 5-day Training the Trainer Program achieved its objectives. The facilitators also encouraged the participants to uphold and support their learnings even after the 5-day program since one of the goals is sustainability. “As long as the recipient of the program continue to advocate what they learned, the sustainability of the project would be long- term even if TYKFI is not around,” shared by SST I, Sue Gayle D. Marticio from Julita National High School. Similarly, Teacher III, Nestor Allan M. Matutes from Alangalang National High School shared his thoughts: “the project is beautiful and very important, we could not afford to neglect. And this will drive us to continue with all tap other concerned stakeholders for support.”
It was one of the training’s goals to impart innovative teaching approaches to the participants as well; this specific objective was realized, as also told by teacher Ligaya M. Cumpio, “It helps a lot in enhancing the skills of the participants. We need trainings like these because time is changing and we need to cope up with changes in order to produce learners who can deal with the fast-based world.”
The participants were further interviewed regarding their key takeaways from the program. Teacher Rodel L. Cabuhoc also indicated that the project helped him a lot in improving his knowledge of facilitating skills together with test construction. “This would be a great help in the improvement of the educational system,” and “the speakers were so great and profound imparting their expertise, the materials were given to aid our learnings, the staff were accommodating and helpful, very good facilities,” he added. All the comments were heart-warming, which is a testimony of the meaningful efforts of TYKFI, FUSE and DepEd.
For and in behalf of mathematics group, we are deeply honored to be chosen once again to participate in this very valuable training, a very uncommon opportunity for teachers who live in far flung province, Leyte, which was just destructed by the typhoon Yolanda.
We consider this training a very significant event in our life to meet and be trained by persons of exceeding qualifications and of high caliber no other than authors and consultants of curriculum development.
Indeed we gained more than a lot from them especially in the idea of constructivism, in facilitating training, and test construction. With this new and enhanced knowledge we gained, we commit ourselves to live by the vision of the FUSE and Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. and our facilitators in upgrading the standards of education. We dedicate ourselves to the purpose for which we are chosen and sent to participate this training.
We assure 100% support and participation to the incoming training of DepEd, Leyte Division, to share as what Dr. Ibe said “God’s Grace” of knowledge to our co- teachers back in Leyte. With humble heart and sincerity we accept the challenge to be an instrument of God’s grace in sharing the knowledge we learned from this training to the rest of the teachers in our Division. -- Rolando Almorado, Teacher I, Hindang National High School, on behalf of the MATHEMATICS GROUP
“If I were able to see further, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants” by Sir Isaac Newton Physics group is thankful for the giants for without them, we would not be here.
First of all our OMNIPOTENT GOD, for the blessings, good health, guidance and an unforgettable opportunity besides of sins and weaknesses.
Leyte Division, for the faith and trust to us.
Tan Yan Kee Foundation, for sponsoring the travel expenses, providing nutritious food and very conducive venue.
City of Makati, for letting us stay in Makati Friendship Hotel that is really comfortable to live in.
FUSE, for sharing what they have and moulding us to be effective and efficient trainers.
This training change our perspective especially in the principles, modern techniques, differentiated strategies/approaches towards upgrading the standards of education in line with the K to 12 curriculum.
With these, we guarantee to proactively face the challenges that will occur in the future, be careful and conscious of the needs of our participants and learners. Share and apply the learning in a contextualized manner. Advocate the community in upgrading the standards of education. Most of all, serve as a steward of learning to our co- teachers, learners and to the whole system.
—Irhyn Reyes, Master Teacher I, Dulag National High School on behalf of the PHYSICS GROUP
On behalf of the Science and Health participants, I should humbly say that we are not influenced by superstition, rather, with person we boast that we are presently clothed with blessings.
For a span of time we’ve been showered with rain, we have been in our utmost desire to replenish the decaying knowledge which are stocked up in our mind thru the brilliance of fresh ideas. And here is how the sparks of intelligence from the experts have been showered onto the floor of the garage of our understanding.
Thank you so much. We are so grateful to the incomparable experts whom without hesitation and greediness furnished us the necessary weapons used to combat the adverse ignorance and moves us forward and push us upward in order to join the global battle of technology and advancement, as we are the agents of change for the better and who will context if I say for the best.
With this, we are challenged to come into a vow to take special care of it and let it flow and bear fruits. To the Foundations, FUSE and Tan Yan Kee, Makati Family, To the lovely facilities and trainers, active trainees and to all who are behind the training who give life. We command overflowing blessings to your whole family and with his Glory and Honor be to our Almighty God.
Thank you.—Milky Estrella, ES Principal I, Canmarating Elementary School, on behalf of the SCIENCE AND HEALTH GROUP
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remains as your legacy.
Valuing integrity and quality education
–Sharing and integrating knowledge, expertise and best practices and resources
–Enhancing professionalism in education—Allan Garnace, Teacher III, Alangalang National High School, on behalf of the CHEMISTRY GROUP
To our sincere and unselfish FUSE Family, our mothers in the Division, my fellow active participants.
Giving up should never be an option. In life, we should always be ready to face a new challenge, strong enough to overcome a new problem and determined enough to start all over again if all fails and never give up!
Therefore, in behalf of the English group of Leyte Division, we commit ourselves to put into action and sustain the Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives of the program that is upgrading the standards of education in Leyte, producing a sociolinguistic, linguistic and discourse competent learner with the use of the appropriate strategy and thus upholding the quality of education in the Philippines.—Estrellita Morano, Teacher II, Palo National High School, on behalf of the ENGLISH GROUP