San Fernando City, La Union – “The purpose of organizing advisory council is to have a regular venue for partnership between Department of Education (DepEd), Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and TEIs are the ones producing teachers in Region 1,” Regional Director Malcolm S. Garma emphasized during the Region 1 DepEd-TEIs assembly.

The assembly was held at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region 1, San Fernando City, La Union on August 13, 2019 which was attended by CHED officials and different TEIs in Region 1.

“When you know each other, half of the work is done,” OIC Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Jessie L. Amin shared this mantra of Third Level Officials during his welcome message. ARD Amin also assured that this assembly will create an atmosphere of having better acquaintance among DepEd and TEIs.

In his Message of Commitment, OIC Director Rogelio T. Galera of CHED RO1 pledged to journey with DepEd hand and hand to realize the noble objectives of the Regional Teacher Education Advisory Council (RTEAC). “Teaching profession is not only the noblest, but is the foundation of all professions,” he underscored.

DepEd RO1 Field Technical Assistance Division (FTAD) Education Program Supervisor (EPS) Angelita V. Muńoz also presented the issues and concerns on Field Study and Practice Teaching.

CHED RO1 EPS Juan Primitivo P. Petrola responded on the issues and concerns raised and presented possible solutions and recommendations for the RTEAC board’s approval.

FTAD EPS Sarah Q. Casuga presented the nomination and voting guidelines and procedures for the RTEAC while the Election of the Board of Directors was facilitated by ARD Amin. The newly elected RTEAC officers will officially have their Oath Taking on the next assembly of TEIs.

Through DepEd RO1 FTAD led by Chief Education Supervisor Lorenzo C. Agustin, and with the Manifesto of Support from TEIs and CHED, the convergence and partnership will carry on as it had started successfully during the first convergence.

(Abigail A. Cabilin, ORD-PAU)