CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — In line with the celebration of National Teachers Month, Department of Education (DepEd) honored Wednesday Outstanding Teaching and Non-Teaching Personnel in Central Luzon.
DepEd OIC-Regional Director Malcolm Garma said recognizing and giving awards to teachers who have exemplary achievements, commitment, and passion is one way to uplift the welfare of public school teachers while recognizing the outstanding performances of non-teaching personnel in schools and in the various division offices of DepEd in Central Luzon is likewise an effort to ensure quality service that will also benefit the teachers.
“In turn, we can serve our teachers better in the hope that they will also teach better, thus making our schools better,” Garma added.
The 10 Outstanding DepEd Teaching Personnel in Region III are Raquel Moana Abolencia (Cabanatuan City), Mary Ann Angeles (Zambales), Gerard Bada (Zambales), Alma Bautista (Mabalacat City), Ruby Empania (Nueva Ecija), Maria Lucille Gabriel (Bulacan), Melandro Pascual (Malolos City), Allan David Valdez (Cabanatuan City), Raymond Villafane (Bulacan), and Johnny Viray (Pampanga).
Meanwhile, the Outstanding DepEd Non-Teaching Personnel are Christine Atienza (Malolos City), Raquel Climaco (Bulacan), Maura dela Torre (Bulacan), Ramon Garcia (Angeles City), Pilar Ignacio (Bataan), Josefina Naguit (Bataan), Josephine Pineda (Pampanga), Pepito Sembrano (Balanga City), and Marietta Silva (Balanga City).
Awardees were selected after the preliminary round of the search process which includes paper screening and validation by the Preliminary Screening and Selection Committee composed of Regional Division Chiefs and Education Program Supervisors and the final round of the search process composed of the interview for the two categories as well as demonstration teaching for the teacher category conducted by an external board of judges composed of representatives from the higher education institutions and civil society organizations/non-government organizations.
The external board of judges was composed of Angeles University Foundation College of Education Dean Elvira Balinas, University of the Assumption College of Education Dean Dexter Balajadia, Dominican School of Mexico Principal Jessica Calma, and Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation President and CEO Clarita Magtoto. (CLJD-PIA 3)Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu