ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT Introduction
nature of operations of the Division of City of Balanga lies on Deped’s
mandate to provide school system, assist the Filipino child to discover
his/her full potential in a child-centered and value driven
teaching-learning environment and thereby, enable him /her to create
his/her own destiny in global community.
FY 2006 coincides with
the inauguration of the division’s bldg last June 14, 2006, which was
constructed thru the combined efforts of City Mayor Melanio S. Banzon,
City Councilor Romulo M Triguerro, Chairman on Education, Vice Mayor
Noli A. Venzon and the then Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Nora M.
Among the major accomplishments of the Division this year, are as follows:
Delivery of Educational Service
Basic education enrolment currently stands at 19.57 thousand children,
61% of which (11.87 thousand) represent the elementary portion, while
39% (or 7.7 thousand) represents the secondary portion. Of the total
basic education, 83% are in the public schools. The gross participation
rates are 84.15 and 65.73 for elementary and secondary education,
respectively, with the girls outperforming the boys.
enrolment figure for 2006 is slightly higher by 1.25% children from
2005. A rapid appraisal of the situation points to poverty as the main
cause of the very modest increase, as exacerbated by the high cost of
education and the need for students, particularly those at the high
school level, to seize employment opportunities to augment household
The Division’s strategies for motivating parents and
students to enroll in the schools included in the implementation of the
“Oplan Balik Eskwela” which refers to community-level campaigns
nationwide for parents to pre-register children of school age prior to
the June opening of school year. This is being done with the active
support of the local government and other community stakeholders.
Complementing this campaign is DepEd’s award of scholarship subsidy to
students who cannot be absorbed by the public schools, known as the
GASTPE Program. This program comes in two modes – the first is by
contracting private schools to organize classes for public school
excess students known as “Service Contracting Scheme”. The second mode
is by awarding education vouchers to poor but academically deserving
elementary graduates known a the Education Vouchers Scheme (EVS) on
Early Childhood Education (ECE), the Division continues to work with he
local government units for the provision of preschool education. The
current enrolment in DepEd’s portion of ECE stands at 638 children,
mainly through the DepEd Preschool Program and the Education Service
Contracting Scheme with LGU’s and PTCA’s.
For children, youth
and adults who have real difficulties attending he formal schools, the
Division offered alternative modalities for delivering basic education
services, namely “ alternative delivery modes” (ADM and “alternative
learning System” (ALS). For ADM at the elementary level, such programs
as Distance Education for Public Elementary Schools and Multi-grade
continue to be implemented. In terms of ALS, he Division continued
implementing the Basic Literacy Program and Accreditation and
Equivalency Program and BP-OSA (Balik-Paaralaan for Out-of-School
Adults) which are mainly modular learning and through mobile teachers
or community-based instructional managers for those children, youths
and adults who are in unique or difficult situations.
2. Organizing Schools .
The 19.57 thousand students enrolled in the basic education system are
accommodated in 30 elementary and secondary schools within the City of
Balanga, 60% of which are public and the remaining 40% are private.
ensure that there will be enough student places in the public schools,
the Division of Balanga City in partnership with the City Local
Government will provide a total of classrooms with the latters program
on Logo Find. With this project, it is estimated that the classroom
–pupil ratio will lower o 1:45 to improve learning conditions.
3. Improving the Holding Power of Schools
As measures of basic education efficiency and effectiveness, the
Division has posted cohort survival rates for elementary and secondary
are 84.19% and 44.12% respectively. Drop-out rates are 0% for
elementary and 8.16% for secondary.
To this end, the Division
launched the “ Food for Schools Program” mainly for the very young
learners in the each school because they are the most at risk of
leaving the school system as they are prone to sickness due to
malnutrition. This program is funded by the school canteen proceeds.
4. Improving the Quality of Basic Education.
The achievement scores of public school students in Grade 6 and 4th
year high school in the concluded national achievement test are far
from desired. On a per subject area basis, the scores ( expressed in
mean percentage scores) are as follows : Grade 6 English – 70.37% ;
Math – 71.71% ; Science – 57.48% ; Filipino – 73.25% and Hekasi –
75.25% . On the other hand, the scores on are a follows: English –
65.41% ; Math – 51.36 : Science – 57.54% ; Filipino – 58.92% and Hekasi
– 59.26%. The Division ranked first in both elementary and secondary in
the regional rank list of the National Achievement Test ( NAT), out of
the seventeen (17) divisions in Region III. It managed to sustain its
achievement when it first topped the NAT in SY 2004-2005.
5. Improving the Relevance of Basic Education.
The DepEd continues to strengthen the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC)
to keep it up-to-date with socio-economic, cultural, scientific,
technological and other developments.
In addition, despite the
fact that this division topped the National Achievement Test for two
consecutive school years in whole Region III, the mean percentage score
(mps) is still below than mastery level of 75%. With this poor
performance in national achievement tests by Grade 6 and 4th year
students, coupled with high drop out and low cohort survival situations
in secondary level, compelled DepED to introduce what is now known as
Technical-Vocational Education. The strategic underpinning of HS
Tech-Voc Education is to help high school students acquire some skills
that will help them earn a living while and after completing basic
education – a reality that needs o be conformed head-on.
6. Student Assessment.
As a way of gauging performance and competitiveness, the Division of
City of Balanga continues to administer standardized national
achievement tests to Grade 6 & 4th year high school students
yearly. Test results are immediately fed back to the teachers,
disaggregated in terms of students’ mastered and least mastered skills
to facilitate re-focusing of lessons and/or remediation.