Florentino Camaquin Integrated School (FCIS) in Ilocos Norte houses the first Inclusive Learning Resource Center (ILRC) in the region.
The ILRC in the region aims to contribute to the realization of Department of Education’s mission to protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, inclusive, and complete basic education.
Learners with disabilities shall be given the opportunity to learn together with their peers in a child-friendly and inclusive general education classroom while they get the support for care, rehabilitation as well as additional learning support from the ILRC.
Leading the inauguration were Regional Director Tolentino G. Aquino and Vintar Mayor Richard A. Degala, on September 1.
For the initial phase, classrooms of FCIS were converted for the ILRC and which shall serve as the prototype model that will set the standards in the gradual expansion of ILRCs in the next years.
Said ILRC shall provide the necessary support services to all types of marginalized and disadvantaged learners which are important in carrying out various activities and programs of the department in improving access to and quality of education, as well as participation of all learners.
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, to make education learner-oriented and responsive to the needs, cognitive and cultural capacity, and circumstances and diversity of learners, DepEd Regional Office I supports the initial conversion of the School Special Education centers into ILRCs.
The Lib Van Caravan of FCIS was also launched on the same event.
It is a mobile learning center with complete learning materials such as books, and electronic gadgets, aims to bring education closer to the learners especially in the far flung areas.
News and Photos by: Mary Ann Grace Dulay, Education Program Supervisor, CLMD