In recognition of the untiring and unwavering efforts and contributions of DepEd Regional Offices, Schools Division Offices, and Public Schools in ensuring quality learning among all types of learners even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education through DepEd Memorandum No. 002, s. 2020 launched the 2019-2020 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction (SAFE CI). This initiative aims to acknowledge and recognize the exemplary contributions of these offices who are whole-heartedly serving the public school learners by providing them with quality education.
On February 5, 2021, the SAFE CI Awarding Ceremony, which was participated by DepEd central and field officials was conducted via Zoom and DepEd TV Facebook Live. The opening program commenced at exactly 8:00 am. Prior to the start of the awarding proper, the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Diosdado M. San Antonio gave his words of gratitude along with the Secretary of the Department of Education, Prof. Leonor Magtolis-Briones for the inspirational message.
Asec. Alma Ruby Torio, Asst. Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction giving her welcome remarks
|Usec. Diosdado M. San Antonio, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction giving his words of gratitude|
The winner for the Most Learning-Focused Public Elementary School category and the recipient of the SAFE CI Plaque of Recognition is San Francisco Pilot Central Elementary School of SDO Agusan Del Sur, CARAGA Region under the leadership of Glyna A. Moscosa. Other finalists who qualified on the said category and awarded with a Certificate of Recognition are Dinalupihan Elementary School of SDO Bataan, Region III headed by Ma. Fe Teresa Penaflor; Dolores Central Elementary School of SDO Eastern Samar, Region VIII headed by Mario Cabunas Lascano; Balogo Elementary School of SDO Bukidnon, Region X headed by Nancy R. Prantilla; and Marbel 1 Central Elementary School of SDO SOCCSKSARGEN, Region XII headed by Ma. Fe Lita S. Yparraguirre.
Under the category Most Learning-Focused Public Junior High School, Ozamiz City National High School of SDO Ozamiz City, Region X under the leadership of Lilibeth Abamonga came out on top as the bearer of the Plaque of Recognition. Other finalists who received a Certificate of Recognition under that category are Pinaripad National High School of SDO Quirino, Region II headed by Catherine V. Atchuela; Dahat National Vocational High School of SDO Camarines Sur, Region V headed by Zaldy R. Rivero; Salunayan High School of SDO Cotabato, Region XII headed by Annie M. Samillano; and Bayugan National Comprehensive High School of SDO Bayugan City, CARAGA Region headed by Minda I. Teposo.
For the Most Learning-Focused Public Senior High School category, Bukidnon National High School of SDO Malaybalay City, Region X under the leadership of Susan S. Olana secured the top rank and received the Plaque of Recognition. Other finalists who were awarded with a Certificate of Recognition are Sorsogon National High School of SDO Sorsogon City, Region V headed by Marilyn Barbin-Divina; Tanque National High School of SDO Roxas City, Region VI headed by Susana L. Leccio; Notre Dame Village National High School of SDO Cotabato City, Region XII headed by Yusoph Thong A. Armino; and Bayugan National Comprehensive High School of SDO Bayugan City, CARAGA Region headed by Minda I. Teposo.
For the category Most Learning-Focused Schools Division Office, SDO Cavite Province from Region IV-A CALABARZON under the leadership of Schools Division Superintendent Rommel C. Bautista obtained the number one rank and received the SAFE-CI Plaque of Recognition. Other finalists who qualified to receive a Certificate of Recognition are SDO Quirino from Region II headed by SDS Flordeliza C. Gecobe; SDO Angeles City from Region III headed by SDS Leilanie S. Cunanan; SDO Guimaras from Region VI headed by SDS Ma. Roselyn Falcat; and SDO Cabadbaran City from CARAGA Region headed by SDS Gilda G. Berte.
The recipient of the SAFE CI Plaque of Recognition for being the Most Learning-Focused Regional Office for 2019-2020 is DepEd Region X, Northern Mindanao under the leadership of RD Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot. Other finalists are Region IV-A CALABARZON headed by RD Wilfredo E. Cabral; Region VI headed by RD Ma. Gemma M. Ledesma; Region XII headed by RD Allan G. Farnazo; and CARAGA Region headed by RD Francis Cesar B. Bringas.
A Certificate of Recognition was also given to the SAFE CI Screening Committee Members for their efforts in ensuring the integrity and credibility of the awarding results.
The LCC Secretariat wishes to congratulate all the SAFE CI winners, as well as the DepEd Curriculum and Instruction Strand for the huge success of this initiative. The Department of Education, along with all other bureaus and offices regardless of their strand and location stands as one family which supports a foundation of trust, excellence, and camaraderie to fulfill a mutual obligation to serve the country and provide quality education to public school learners.
Terence Joshua Canlas