How classroom teaching is aligned with the 21st century teaching as outlined in the RCTQ-supported Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) was the top consideration when the DepEd Division of Makati launched their division-wide Search for the 21st Century Makatizen Teachers as part of their National Teachers’ Month celebration this year.

Dr. Gonong watches and rates classroom teaching demonstrations by the eight teacher finalists at Nemesio A. Yabut Senior High School in Makati City on September 24.

RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong was tapped as chair of the panel of judges that selected this year’s winners along with Philippine Normal University associate professors Dr. Voltaire Villanueva and Dr. Ma. Corazon Sigua.

The competition is the Division of Makati’s response to the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) of the Civil Service Commission which mandates all government agencies to give rewards and recognition for outstanding personnel.

Out of 3,000 teachers in Makati, 15 qualified as official nominees. From this number, 8 (eight) were picked as finalists, and only three were selected as 21st Century Makatizen Teacher Awardees at a ceremony on October 4.

The three members of the panel of judges from the Philippine Normal University for the Search for the 21st Century Makatizen Teacher Awardees: Dr. Voltaire Villanueva, Dr. Gina Gonong and Dr. Ma. Corazon Sigua

The eight finalists were judged based on their use of technology, pedagogy and content in teaching.

“We believe that teachers should have the abilities to manage educational technology tools and the integration of ICT in classroom teaching, should be adept with art and science of teaching, and be familiar with current trends in their respective areas of specialisation,” said Mr Neil Vincent C. Sandoval, Education Program Supervisor of the DepEd Division of Makati.

“Aside from wanting to give recognition to best and deserving teachers, we really want to increase awareness on the PPST,” Mr Sandoval added.

Launched and adopted as a DepEd policy in 2017, PPST defines what competencies constitute teacher quality both in pre-service and in-service education, and in the context of the K to 12 reform.

The event is supported by the City Government of Makati.