(L-R) Project Leader Dr. Sarah Namoco, Director of Extension Office Dr. Maria Teresa Fajardo, CSTE Dean Dr. Laila Lomibao, USTP-CDO Chancellor Atty. Dionel Albina, ASDS-DepEd El Salvador Dr. Aliena Dajay, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Oliva Canencia.
On July 15, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between USTP-CDO and the Department of Education (DepEd) El Salvador Division for capability training of faculty on research amidst the new normal.
The agreement was prompted by the request from DepEd El Salvador to capacitate its faculty to continue engaging in research despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. CSTE faculty will serve as consultants and resource speakers during the project.
“We have to have a skill set for our teachers to acquaint with the new normal using advanced technological infrastructure,” shared Atty. Albina. “After all, this is the mandate of USTP as a premier university of science and technology.”
Atty. Albina also expressed high hopes that with the training, DepEd teachers may be able to identify the specific problems in our educational system and find effective and innovative solutions to respond to the various educational contexts of the region. Recently, the Philippines was ranked very low in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy among 79 countries, and lowest among the participating ASEAN countries in the PISA 2018.
“SUCs like USTP must respond to the challenge. We start with this training, and later on we can understand the problem within the educational system,” he added.
USTP CDO was represented by Chancellor Atty. Dionel Albina, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Oliva Canencia, Director of Extension Office Dr. Maria Teresa Fajardo, College of Science and Technology Education (CSTE) Dean Laila Lomibao, and Project Leader Dr. Sarah Namoco. Several CSTE faculty members were present to show their support.
The DepEd El Salvador Division team was represented by the SDS of El Salvador City Dr. Olga Alonsabe (represented by ASDS Dr. Aliena Dajay), Chief of Curriculum Dr. Ninian Alcasid, Chief of Governance Dr. Rolly Labis, Coordinator of Research Karen Abanes, and Research Partnership Focal Person Merogim Mugot.
“We are all excited to embark on this new journey, but we are also very nervous with what will happen. With your help, I know that the problems we will encounter will be lighter. We know that you are there to support us,” Dr. Dajay shared during the event, referring to the new mode of instruction that schools must face.