SOGOD, Southern Leyte, July 21 (PIA) -- Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Genis Murallos of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Southern Leyte Division cited the creation and establishment of more schools at the top of the list of accomplishments that promote the learning process.
"One of the most notable milestones of the Division is that we actively seek to expand access to education," SDS Murallos said during his second State of the Division Address (SODA) held inside the SLSU covered court here on Tuesday, July 16.
"We want to improve access to quality education for all children no matter where they live," Murallos further declared, even as he recognized the supportive effort of local government units in areas where new elementary and high schools had emerged.
He said in 2018, three junior high schools were created, such as the Sto. Nino National High School (NHS) in Hinunangan, the Malitbog NHS in Malitbog, and San Isidro NHS in this town.
Also established last year were two integrated schools, the Kahupian Integrated School in Sogod, and the Saub Integrated School in San Ricardo.
For the first half of this year, one elementary school, the Juangon Elementary School in Juangon, Malitbog, and three more integrated schools: Beniton Elementary School in Bontoc, Hitawon Elementary School, also in Bontoc, and Catmon Elementary School in Saint Bernard, were opened.
"We are also proud to inform our educational partners that all 42 secondary schools in the division, or 100 percent, now has SHS programs, offering academic and TVL tracks," Murallos said.
He added: "Today, the Division of Southern Leyte has 296 elementary schools (where five are Integrated Schools), 45 Junior High Schools, and 42 Senior High Schools."
A division address was a new mandate of the DepEd to acquaint or update various stakeholders on the present learning environment situation and to know about future plans or direction, a top education official disclosed.
Last year's first SODA, which was set a year after Murallos' return to the province, dwelt more on the 10-year strategic direction of the DepEd division, but this year was more detailed, the second SODA itself lasted one hour, interrupted by at least 10 loud applause from an audience mostly composed of head teachers and some local chief executives.
This time around there are talks Murallos was set to be transferred to the Maasin City schools division, his first assignment about a decade ago.
"There is an impending transfer of assignments for all Schools Division Superintendents. Be that as it may, this is my commitment to Southern Leyte Division: I will remain your servant and fulfilling my duty to you is my highest and only reward," Murallos ended, to the thunderous clapping of everyone. (LDL/MMP/PIA-8, Southern Leyte)