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2-day Teachers Seminar on Values Education held in Region 1

Mel Castro
October 15, 2007

La Union- The 2-day Teachers Seminar on Values education was held at the DepEd Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC), San Fernando City, La Union on October 2-3, 2007 with the Theme: "Institutionalizing the Culture of Heart in the Family, School and Society."

It was initiated by the Dep-Ed Region 1 Regional Director Dr. Ligaya Soledad Miguel in coordination with Mr. Raju Banskota, UPF Coordinator. There were 105 participants that were well represented from the 13 Divisions of Region 1. They were composed of Administrators, Principals, District supervisors and Values Educators in their respective schools.

The program starts with the Doxology and National Anthem from San Fernando National High School Choir and an Opening Remarks by Dr. Michael G. Zablan. Dr. Zablan stressed the important role of educators in molding the society especially the youth. He challenged the Region 1 educators to be number 1 educators on Values Education.

Dr. Miguel also encouraged the participants and took the challenge in raising the standard of morality in their schools and society by becoming a model example in our family.

The first lecture was presented by Dr. Edgar Tanate entitled, Introduction to UPF and the Principles of Peace. Followed by the lecture of Dr. Federico Niduasa entitled, UPF Theory of Education and the topic Ethics and Morality was presented on the last part of the 1st day.

All the topics that were presented were well accepted by the participants. Everybody was so stunned and reflected how organized it is and practically applicable to every person to hear such a lecture.

During their reflections, the representative of supervisors said that this seminar is one of the most important seminars she has attended where lecturers or presenters were professionals in different fields like attorney or engineer but expert in teaching Values Education and they have high integrity because they do what they teach. One administrator suggested that the seminars should be done also in Regional, Division, District and School levels in the Department of Education.

Immediately after the closing program, the Supervisor of San Carlos City requested a meeting with Dr. Zablan to organize Studentsí Seminar in her Division Office in San Carlos City.

The seminar was also a breakthrough in financial matters because all the participants were required and paid their registration fees and even wanted to refund all the seminar expenses. The output of this seminar is to also organize the True Love Power in every high school in Region 1 and PTARP for the teachers in order to gather participants for the coming Global Peace Festival and expanding our networks Nationwide for National Restoration.

The Fil Vision Trading of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Sanchez in Bauang, La Union helped too in the local preparation as a co-sponsor in organizing the seminar as coordinated by the WCARP La Union and Northwest Luzon Cluster Region lead by Mr. Cesar De Loza and Mr. and Mrs. Alfon Buyayo, respectively.

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