Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines - Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Arturo Bayocot lauded the Scholarships for Teacher Education Programs to Upgrade Teacher Quality in the Philippines (STEP UP) scholars in a partnership mixer held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel August 2.
“I chose to become an educator because I...wanted to share to the world the value of education and tradition… to help people cultivate a culture of heart,” shared Naomi Olohoy, a recent scholar-graduate.
STEP UP is a five-year scholarship campaign by Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) funded by the Australian government. It gives an opportunity for individuals of different backgrounds to become licensed professional teachers. Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU) is STEP UP’s partner institution in Northern Mindanao.
Dr. Bayocot addressed the 29 scholar-graduates in attendance, along with representatives from XU, local DepEd, and other partner institutions.
“I have no doubt that you will become excellent teachers but just be patient especially if you are not hired in the system yet,” Bayocot said. He assured the scholars that all have a chance at being ranked and placed within public schools in the region, however guidelines and protocols must still be followed.
Dr. Bayocot also shared the different initiatives the region is undertaking to improve its hiring including standardizing processes across divisions. He also reminded the scholars that they still have a responsibility to update themselves in their applications and not rely solely on the division to inform them.
To close the mixer, PBEd Executive Director Love Basillote ceremoniously turned over 73 scholar-graduates from XU to the DepEd. PBEd has been conducting a series of nationwide mixers to forge stronger partnerships and assist its scholars in their bid for public school employment. The advocacy and sustainability meetings were held in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, Metro Manila, Laoag, Zamboanga, and finally in Cagayan de Oro.