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The Department of Education (DepEd) has raised its concern about the limited number of principals to supervise all schools in the province.

Dr. Natividad Bayubay told Palawan News on Friday that she is aiming to satisfy the need for additional school principals in Palawan.

“Ang nakakalungkot dito sa Palawan they have 800 plus schools and we only have 274 principals. Kulang po, so sana ma-satisfy natin ‘yong need for principals,” she said.

Bayubay said that there is a need to review school programs and improve what can be improved.

“We need to review kung ano ‘yong naka-prepare na program pa nila that can still be improved, that’s the thing we should do. I’m just letting them go with the program kasi end of the year na, hindi ako pwedeng mag-change ng program,” she said.

She also said that the re-shuffling of school principal both elementary and secondary schools and district supervisors are still considered as it was mandated that they will move after five years.

“Every five years po kasi ang re-shuffling for principals and district supervisors so expected na magmo-move sila from one assignment to another after five years,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bayubay said that localization is still being considered in the hiring process for teacher 1 applicants because of the guidelines from the central office and the localization law.

“Wala pong necessary changes sa guidelines because it was a standard from the central office that we observe. Kung may papalitan lang sa hiring ay ang membership ng committee. Localization naman ang standard procedure natin for applicants for teacher 1,” she said.

Localization is the process where the teachers will apply to the schools in their locality which will be assessed by the division screening committee. The teacher from the same locality is the priority applicant. Meanwhile, in high school, the specialization is prioritized in the selection process.

She also mentioned that as of now she has no idea as to how many items are ready to deploy for Palawan. However, she said that the hiring would be pushed through by January.


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Jayra Joyce Cañete Taboada handles the law and order and the science and education beats. She is also a licensed professional teacher.