DepEd official cites chabacano workbook as model for LGUs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2011 17:23

The chabacano workbook “El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano” produced by the city government for use in the day care centers and public elementary schools has been cited as a model in the implementation of Department of Education (DEPED) order that encourages mother tongue based multi-lingual education for learners to read and write in the first language.

Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, who was in the city yesterday, said this, as he lauded Mayor Celso Lobregat for initiating the production of the workbook as part of the city’s literacy efforts.

“This will be a model and encourage other local government units to develop some materials in the context of their locality”, ASEC Mateo, who keynoted the DEPED-initiated Literacy Forum with NGOs, LGUs and stakeholders at the Western Mindanao State University  yesterday morning.

Mayor Lobregat, who welcomed the participants to the forum, rolled out the city government’s efforts in making education accessible to young Zamboangueños stressing that literacy is top priority of his administration.

Literacy, he said, can only be achieved through education related infrastructures and programs, as he enumerated the tremendous efforts of the city to make education accessible to young Zamboangueños. He presented to the crowd a copy of the Primer Alfabeto Chabacano which will be distributed for use in pilot schools initially starting this school year.

Mateo, who was given a copy of the book said the DepEd is very impressed and appreciative of what the Lobregat administration is doing to ensure that the children are in school and are learning.

“We appreciate and acknowledge the intervention being done by the city government right now not only in terms of those (literacy) programs but also in terms of giving more classrooms to address the backlog and hiring more teachers through local government funds,” the DepEd official declared in an interview after the opening program.

Zamboanga City, he stressed is leading the way in putting into action the department’s advocacy of partnership and networking with LGUs and other stakeholders to increase literacy rate in the country.

DepEd order 74, series of 2009, issued by former Sec. Jesli Lapus encourages mother tongue based multi-lingual Education for learners to read and write in the first language. This order and the city government’s continuing efforts to conserve and preserve the chabacano language and commitment to education are the main reasons for the production of El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano.

Mayor Lobregat said the workbook, authored by Prof. Bert Torres, will be piloted in 5 elementary schools identified by the DepEd and in day care centers run by the city government.

Prior to its utilization, the city government through the local school board and the Council for Culture, Arts and History in coordination with the DepEd will train day care workers on how to use the workbook, according to the mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias