NorMin Social Development Committee pushes priorities to open
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 13 – Members of the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council (RDC)-10’s Social Development Committee (SDC) have presented in a recently held video conference the interventions for the opening of School Year (SY) 2020-2021.
Tangub City Mayor Jennifer W. Tan, chairperson of the SDC-10, highlighted the priority needs of the education sector to ensure a smooth opening of classes in August.
SDC-10 has identified and supported numerous interventions such as the development of digital infrastructure to support flexible learning modalities; policy recommendations of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 on the implementation of the special curricular programs at the secondary level; mobilizing student-teachers for the distance learning mode as their internship program; and utilization of traditional media (i.e., TV and radio) to simultaneously broadcast orientation for parents and guardians on distance learning and other flexible learning modalities.
“For basic education, enrollment is at 842,174 or 64 percent of the total target of P1.3 million,” Regional Director Arturo B. Bayocot of DepEd-10 said.
DepEd-10, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-10 and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-10 are expediting preparation for the delivery of distance and flexible learning modalities in time for the school opening to ensure access and inclusivity of quality education.
Moreover, the body endorsed to the council the request of the Department of Health (DOH)-10 to expand the provision of basic requirements of the region’s provincial hospitals, especially laboratory equipment. The conduct of mandatory Rapid Test or Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test for all incoming persons to region 10 is also endorsed to enjoin the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (RITF-EID) for consideration and provision of the mechanism for funding support.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology-Mindanao Cluster 2 (DICT-MC2) presented its online connectivity initiative for the region. The agency relayed its medium-term goal of providing additional fiber signal towers to pair with fiber radios of primary and secondary schools to enhance internet connectivity for distance learning.
Assistant Regional Director Frederick Amores of the DICT-MC2, announced that they had proposed 384 locations for region 10 alone. This can be translated to 1,536 sites through the Management Information System strategy. DICT-MC2 plans to partner with local service providers and local government units to identify priority areas for the sites.
“Bulk of the allocations are diverted to DepEd Schools. We hope to address connectivity issues in remote areas. Also, DICT has signed an agreement with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to use the corporation’s 8,000 km of Fiber Optic line,” shared Director Amores.
The body also approved to endorse the following: a) the 2019 Regional Development Report priority action areas for the remaining plan period, b) the recalibrated targets and results matrix of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update, c) the Regional Recovery Program for COVID-19 Results Matrix, and d) the policy research agenda of the social development sector for the approval and adoption of the Council.
The Committee is also expanding the membership of the committee to include the State Universities and Colleges as regular members for approval by the Council, while a special committee on the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program is proposed to be created under the RDC-X. (NEDA-10)