San Juan, La Union – ‘Region One, Region First,’ exclaimed Regional Director (RD) Tolentino G. Aquino of the Department of Education Regional Office I (DepEd ROI) in support of the conduct of the Fourth Quarter Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Adjustment (RMEA) for Schools Division Offices (SDOs) held in this municipality on January 30-31, 2020.

Given a new lift this time, the said activity was an avenue for discussion of various issues and concerns that beset the quality of education of the school children.

There was a workshop on the alignment of regional programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) addressing the key performance indicators.

The Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs) conveyed suggestions on the possibility of making some revisions in the present K to 12 curriculum that will best suit to the needs of the Filipino learners. Some assessment matters were also tackled.

Issues on how learners are being assessed at the national level were questioned because they were only provided with reports pertaining to their ratings.

The SDSs would appreciate if they knew how they ranked in terms of the different standards or competencies being measured in the different assessments given by the Central Office.


Furthermore, no one has the knowledge nor idea how the assessment questions were constructed especially in the National Achievement Test given in the entire archipelago to the learners in Grades 3, 6, 10, and 12.

Meanwhile, in his message, Assistant Regional Director Ronald B. Castillo encouraged the participants to continue what they have started on the implementation of PPAs in their respective divisions.

He also stressed on the enclosure of a Research Agenda as well as the crafting of contextualized or localized policy in addressing the PPAs that will provide a better quality of teaching and learning.

In support of the statement of RD Aquino, he encouraged the participants to always prioritize the learners, for this, in Region One the learners are always the Regions’ first.


(By Melisa G. Del Prado – EPS – QAD)