RCTQ joins in virtual signing ceremony for DepEd-PNU MOU to support teachers, school leaders
The RCTQ team led by Dr. Gina Gonong attended the virtual ceremony on the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Normal University (PNU) on 14 April 2021 for a partnership that was born from RCTQ’s technical assistance to the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP).
DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and PNU President Dr. Bert J. Tuga signed the MOU that seeks to provide a systematic and integrated professional development for DepEd’s growing numbers of teachers and school leaders, among other areas of cooperation.
RCTQ is assisting PNU in terms of ensuring the quality assurance on the alignment of the program with the professional standards. RCTQ’s work is aligned with its role identified in DepEd Order No. 11, series of 2019 or the Implementation of the NEAP Transformation, which named the Center as the provider of technical assistance.
“This MOU formalizes, legitimizes, and puts into record that DepEd and PNU are officially engaged as we have been for decades on strategic partnerships,” said Sec. Briones.
In his presentation explaining the rationale of the agreement, DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan said that DepEd has strengthened its collaboration with PNU during the term of Secretary Briones mainly through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Transformation Study undertaken by RCTQ in 2018. The Study led to the issuance of three DepEd policies and one DepEd memorandum that help transform NEAP. RCTQ’s continuing technical assistance in the NEAP transformation was specified in DO No. 11, s. 2019.
Usec. Malaluan, however, said that current collaborations between the two institutions, “have been ad hoc in nature,” and that this MOU “provides a more definite framework, identifies areas of work, institutionalizes and strengthens collaboration, and better fulfill our respective legal mandates.”
Through the MOU, Usec. Malaluan said DepEd and PNU “agree to identify areas of cooperation that address their respective mandates, towards upgrading the professional development of teachers and school leaders; and to provide the foundation and framework for particular joint programs, projects, and activities to be agreed upon in separate written Understandings.”
In his message, Dr. Tuga said: “Through the signing of the MOU, we witness the strong desire of DepEd and PNU to further enhance the quality of our teachers and our learners. This also shows that PNU as the National Center for Teacher Education (NCTE) is committed to wholeheartedly uphold its mission in nurturing innovative teachers and education leaders in our schools, and in safeguarding the quality of education in the country.”
The MOU specified five areas of cooperation: i) pre-service teacher education, ii) teacher education and teaching standards, iii) researches and case studies, iv) in-service continuing professional education of teachers, school leaders and academic supervisors, and v) database of select education resources.
The first project under the MOU is the Linking Standards and Quality Practice (LisQuP) which PNU Vice President for Academics and LisQuP Project Director Dr. Jennie Jocson described as “a two-year assistance to DepEd to develop and deliver differentiated and standards-based professional development programs with focus on making quality practice common practice among education personnel.”
A specific partnership between PNU and DepEd-National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP), LiSQuP aims to upskill and reskill teachers and school leaders through customized programs consisting of academic course work, job-embedded learning (JEL) activities and practice, and specialized and focused training, and will be delivered through the PNU’s flexible learning delivery (FLD). Up to 2,820 DepEd teachers, school leaders and education personnel are targeted to take up any of PNU’s 12 master’s programs, eight (8) doctorate programs, and two (2) executive programs through the LiSQuP project.
Sec. Briones added: “Through this agreement, our teachers and school leaders will be able to pursue higher education, such as MA and doctorates, in a very respected and well-established institution which is also an NCTE. This is supported by the Human Resource Development Fund of DepEd.”
During the same event, NEAP Director Mr. John Arnold Siena presented the scholarship maximization program, the facility that will support the participation of teachers and school leaders in the LiSQuP project.
Dr. Tuga thanked DepEd “for trusting PNU and for the opportunity to help teachers and educaton leaders in the field.”
“I am convinced that this is just one of the many collaborations between DepEd and PNU as we both train and prepare the next generation of teachers and school leaders for the next 100 years or more. Your future scholars are in good hands with PNU,” Dr. Tuga said.
The Ceremonial Signing was attended by DepEd undersecretaries Dr. Diosdado San Antonio and Atty Usec. Revsee A. Escobedo, as well as by PNU VP for Research, Planning, & Quality Assurance Dr. Ronald Allan Mabunga, PNU VP for University Relations & Advancement Dr. Lordinio Vergara, and RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=2544https://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-04-lisqup2d-1024x557.jpghttps://www.rctq.ph/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-04-lisqup2d-150x150.jpgNewsLiSQuP,NEAP,NEAP Transformation