The Department of Education Region I is extending its heartfelt commendations and gratitude to all the school administrators, faculty members, non-teaching personnel, partner line agencies, local government units, private sectors, people’s organizations, media practitioners, and other stakeholders for providing their unparalleled support in the implementation of distance learning for the School Year 2020-2021.

          The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed brought one of the greatest challenges in the delivery of basic education. It has caused anxieties and uncertainties to parents and learners that nearly led to a plan of allowing the school year to pass without being enrolled or attending classes.

          However, the idea of giving up has never occurred in the minds of DepEd leaders. Thanks to the wisdom and leadership of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones who stressed what the Department of Education strongly stands for in times of crisis: “Learning must continue, education must continue. With COVID, the children cannot wait, education cannot wait.”

          Inspired by this thought, fear was replaced by passion, perseverance, and dedication that education continues even in times of global health crisis facing possible risks, and threats. Hence, the determination of the teaching and non-teaching personnel was strengthened and sustained by their resilience and innovativeness. They designed pedagogical strategies through the different learning delivery modalities that were implemented observing strict compliance to health and safety protocols. These initiatives were as well reinforced by both internal and external stakeholders who have been consistent partners in educating, developing, and empowering our youth. Thank you, our dearest stakeholders.

          With our collective and earnest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence, we have hurdled the diverse challenges of education, emerged victorious, and became effective in the delivery of much-needed knowledge and essential competencies to our learners.  Records show that the enrollees obtained a passing percentage of 99.18%, a manifestation that DepEd reaped the fruit of its hard work. 

The entire academic year 2020-2021 has been a complete challenge, but because of the genuine resolve of the DepEd Secretary and other education officials, together with DepEd field officials and personnel, education has continued even during pandemic and it has reached successful and productive end.  This commitment will always be acknowledged and appreciated in the years to come.

          Beloved parents and learners, accept our profound congratulations as we close another fruitful school year. You have done a remarkable achievement. We look forward to a better School Year 2021-2022.

          DepEd Regional Office 1 & the Fourteen Schools Division Offices