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In accordance with DepEd Order No. 32, s.2017, Republic Act 9710, RA 11313, and RA 9262, the School held a seminar on “Reskilling Teachers on DepEd Order No.32, s.2017.” 2017 known as the Gender- Responsive Basic Education Policy: Setting the School Environment Ready Towards Achieving Gender-Fair Learning” on August 24-25, 2023 at Tropical Village National High School’s Multi-Purpose Room participated by all teaching and selected non-teaching personnel of the school.
The school activity was spearheaded by Dr. Mark Airon P. Creus, Principal IV, with the support of school GAD Coordinator Mrs. Susan C. Sibulo. The seminar is intended to increase teachers’ awareness of the existing Gender-Responsive Basic Education Policy guidelines, promote understanding and open-mindedness in dealing with other gender-related issues and concerns in the school setting, and instill empathy in their attitudes toward themselves and others.
The program for day one began with the registration of all participants. Mrs. Mariglo S. Bayot, Head Teacher III, welcomed all participants. It was followed by the National Anthem and ecumenical prayer through audio-visual presentation. Mrs. Susan C. Sibulo, Head Teacher I and GAD Coordinator delivered the statement of purpose. Mrs. Hadassah Recare, G10 teacher then presented the participants via an audio-visual presentation.
The seminar started with an overview of DepEd Order No.32, s.2017 discussed by Mrs. Susan C. Sibulo. Following that, a screening of the film Street Children in the Philippines took place. Mrs. Sonia Reyes facilitated the sharing of ideas and opinions on the subject content. Participants actively shared their thoughts and opinions.
The program for day two began with the registration of all participants. It was followed by the management of learning facilitated by the Mapeh Department. Mrs. Susan Sibulo discussed the second topic which is about Gender-Responsive Instruction and Curriculum. Ms. Irene Dulay also discussed the last topic which focused on the Gender Responsive Learning Environment. After the discussion participants actively engaged in the open forum facilitated by Mrs. Sonia Reyes, OIC-Department Head of Araling Panlipunan.
The awarding of certificates was facilitated by Mrs. Mariglo S. Bayot. Head Teacher III. The two-day seminar was profitable and memorable because it was jam-packed with new learnings and amazing experiences obtainable at a GAD seminar. Furthermore, the presence of skilled and dependable speakers, as well as the enthusiastic engagement of all participants added to the success of the seminar. Mrs. Lina Potanted, Master Teacher I, officially ended the program as she delivered her closing remarks. The activity ended at exactly 12:00 nn.
Ms. Irene Dulay stated, “In order to achieve a gender responsive learning environment, we need to consciously see and manage gender differences to counter stereotyping. Educators should demonstrate professionalization of teachers and school leaders on this topic so that these critical actors are aware of gender challenges in the education system. Following this training, educators should be armed with the knowledge needed to foster a more gender-aware environment in their classrooms and schools.”