Thursday, May 31, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
|Teacher Annie shares her takeaways from the workshop.|
I met her during the K-3 teacher training in Mindoro early this month. Her story as teacher to Mangyan children in Labo, Bacud Oriental Mindoro is inspirational. She writes stories for her students in Mangyan language so that she can further teach them how to read and write in level 2 language.
Read on and get to know her more!
If not a teacher today, what would you be?
If I am not a teacher surely I am a social worker or a founder of a foundation that supports and takes care of the children, like orphans.
What do you teach the Mangyans and describe your experience being with them in their community?
To become a teacher of the Mangyans is not easy.
It was a culture shock for me actually. Before one reaches the place where they live, one would need to walk for four to five hours on mountains and cross sixteen raging rivers. No cellphone signal. Going home before the sunset is not really possible because of the distance. The language used by my pupils is really alien to me. It is difficult to stand in front of them when I talk a lot in teaching lessons and in giving them activities that none of them would get the correct answer because of the language barrier. One thing more, most of them attended the class with an empty stomach.
There are times when I cannot eat well because I am thinking of them. Giving up to this kind of work came to my mind. I cried every night because I felt useless. Then one afternoon when I was about to give up, my pupils came around me and said they want to play with me. They held my hands and said, "Madam eglaro tam isna sa baskebolan ". It means I have to play with them in the playground. From then on, I realized that I have a mission in Labo and in the life of each child in the community.
|Teacher Annie reaches her destination at mid-morning after crossing rivers and climbing mountains.|
The next time I ascended, I brought food for the Mangyan kids and we cooked them simple food for lunch. We do this now every day. I started to solicit food from my friends, school supplies and used clothes for them. I studied their language and used them in my everyday teaching with the kids. I was happy with the result because I am in the stage of winning the battle. I am really happy to be with my students.
I learned their language by interviewing the adults of the community. I have a notebook of words and its translation in their native language and of course I used their mother tongue in school. It really works!
Now, I am writing stories just for them. It is written in their mother tongue with Filipino subtitle. I am communicating to one of my possible donors for a library. Honestly I just want to have published story books so that it would be my legacy to them when the time calls me to leave that place.
|Teacher Annie (far right) with cultural workers in the Mangyan village at Labo, Bacud Oriental Mindoro|
Friday, May 18, 2018
|Arvin Delen holding a copy of A Tale of Two Dreams|
Mr. Delen is 27 years old from Leuteboro II, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro. He finished elementary education at Leuteboro Elementary School in 2003 and secondary school at Leuteboro National High School in 2007. He graduated from the Philippine Normal University (PNU) Manila as scholar (Trinidad M. Albarracin Scholarship) with the degree of Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) last March 21, 2012. He took Librarian Licensure Examination last November 3-4, 2012 and Licensure Examination for Teacher last September 25, 2016. His first job was in Don Bosco Technical College as High School Librarian for almost a year.
He met a vehicular accident in 2013 thus, he stayed at home for almost 2 years. Once fully recuperated, he applied to the DepEd Division of Oriental Mindoro as Librarian II, where he is serving as Division Librarian up to the present.
1. As a Division Librarian in the DepEd, enlighten us on the nature of your work and community involvement in Oriental Mindoro.
As Division Librarian, one of my tasks is to manage, maintain and monitor uploaded catalogue of materials in the LRMDS Portal. The LRMDS Portal is a web based catalogue and repository of learning, teaching and professional development resources. It functions as a clearinghouse. That is, it provides information about the location of resources (hardcopy and soft copy) and allows users of the system to access directly digitized versions of resources that are published and stored within the LR Portal repository. But, this portal is still in the process of upgrading the system and as Librarian, I only provide technical assistance and identify the needs of the division Library Hubs and Learning Resource Centers.
2. What has been the most challenging experience you had, so far? How did you overcome the challenge?
The most challenging experience I had was my accident last June 6, 2013. I overcome the challenge by praying and believing that everything happens for a reason and (that) I can survive.
When it comes to my job right now, the most challenging part was the acceptance of the culture shock I experienced during my first year in working here in DepEd. I overcome this by simply being me and to get along with everyone. And also, being happy and loving my work. I pray always.
|With Arvin Delen (L) and Karol Manalaysay (R), Alice Panares and Bernadette Solina-Wolf|
Standing are public teachers of Oriental Mindoro
3. As a Division Librarian, how are you helping the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Mindoro?
As a division Librarian, I am helping our IPs here in Mindoro by visiting and knowing their needs when it comes to reading materials. It is very challenging for me because sometimes there is no allotted budget for them for their reading materials. I have to be very versatile and ask for help from other stakeholders and other institutions which can give support for them.
4. Why Library and Information Science (LIS)?
Library and Information Science for me is a God’s will. It is His profession for me. This profession helped me to flourish as an individual. It is very important because libraries provide scientific services and fullfil social needs. It is essential in our society because human skills can be developed without any formalized training for some. Moreover, LIS is vitally important for development. Therefore, librarians, libraries, and library associations, as well as information systems, all play a role in fostering creativity, innovation, and dealing with people's needs and expectations.
Thank you and God bless!!! ☺
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
from the 40 Kindergarten to Grade 3 teachers who attended DepEd’s first workshop
on book evaluation and design with storytelling and illustration last May 5 and 6, 2018
in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.
“There might be a part 2!” program host and DepEd Librarian 2 Arvin Delen
told the trainers at the end of the highly successful workshop.
Superintendent Malou Servando and Lampara Publishing
House, the Division Training workshop on Managing Resources: Book Evaluation
and Book Design for Filipino Children with Storytelling and Book Illustration based on
Philippine Culture equipped teachers on how to evaluate a book, use existing children’s
books to promote reading, and create their own storybooks based on their particular
needs and local culture.
|L-R: Arvin Delen (DepEd Division Librarian), trainers Zarah Gagatiga, Alice Panares, Bernadette Solina-Wolf and |
Karol Manalaysay (Project Development Officer, DepEd Oriental Mindoro)
Zarah Gagatiga, and Ilustrador ng Kabataan founding member and established children’s book illustrator Bernadette Solina-Wolf. For 1.5 days, they taught the teachers techniques in storytelling, writing,
and illustrating their own stories in highly interactive sessions at the Kamayan Penthouse Resort
in Dalahican, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.
Oriental Mindoro who won the 2017 National Competition for Storybook Writing for Kindergarten
to Grade 3 Teachers for their originally written and illustrated book, “Si Tamaro at ang Kagubatan.”
They are Eleonor Q. Bicol, Mary May Rolaine S. Alvea, and Ginalyn S. Deniega.
|Teachers Eleanor Q. Bicol, Mary May Rolaine S. Alvea and Ginalyn S. Deniega|
DepEd organizers Arvin Delen and Project Development Officer 2 Karol Manalaysay
encouraged participants to share what they learned with other teachers and expressed
their desire to see Oriental Mindoro teachers win again in the next national storybook
Sunday, May 13, 2018
For the meantime, here is a short video clip of my tandem telling with Teacher Nelsa, a member of the Hanunio Mangyan community.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONSThe National Book Development Board (NBDB) is calling for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) Grant for 2018. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25% of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a maximum grant of P200,000.00 each.Categories include I. Supplementary Reading Materials written in the Mother Tongue (Grades 1 to 3); II. Supplementary Reading Materials for Senior High School Students (Grades 11 and 12); III. Supplementary Reading Materials for All Grade Levels
HOW TO APPLYSubmit the following documents:
- Applicant’s curriculum vitae (in the case of juridical entities, its SEC registration documents, as may be applicable, and the curriculum vita of the authors-applicants).
- A sworn statement indicating that the submitted work is an original and unpublished work, and that the applicant is the copyright-holder of the work.
- A project proposal with project objectives; proposed scope of work (i.e., table of contents); timeline; budget and resources; and other relevant information supporting the author’s capacity to undertake the project.
- NBDB Certificate of Registration.
- Manuscript Format: in 12-point type, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins, and sequentially numbered on 8.5’ x 11’ bond paper; in quadruplicate copies. A digital copy shall also be submitted.
APPLICATION PERIODDeadline for submission for the Supplementary Reading Material written in the Mother Tongue is on 31 July 2018 and deadline for the Supplementary Reading Materials for all other grade levels is on 30 September 2018.Interested applicants should email their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: NBDTF 2018 Application (Name of author/s or organization).You may download a copy of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9521, National Book Development Trust Fund Act, here. CONTACT INFORMATIONFor inquiries, please contact:National Book Development BoardUnit 2401 Prestige TowerF. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center,Pasig City 1605, PhilippinesTelefax: +632 570 6198 or +632 687 1804Email: email@example.com
- Manuscript Substance: at least 25% of the manuscript, written in the identified language category for Supplementary Reading Materials written in the Mother Tongue, and in English or Filipino for Supplementary Reading Materials for all other grade levels.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Pibo by Christian Oliver Cruz
Details of the 2018 Wordless Book Prize and the PBBY book awards can be read here: https://pbby.org.ph/awardees_2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The blog’s Filipino Librarians of the month is a consortium. The Consortium of the South awarded its most outstanding librarian of 2018, Ms. Kit Pedrasa of the Lyceum, Calamba Laguna. Apart from this initiative of recognizing the professional excellence of their community members, they also hold workshops and fora, build stronger networks and camaraderie. Know more about them through this interview I had with its current officers.
1. How did COTS begin and why a consortium?
Consortium of the South was initiated by University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS)-Dalta, Las Piñas in the year 2010. The founding president was Mr. Anthony M. Tamayo of UPHS-Dalta.
It is composed of six (6) member institutions:
1. University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
2. Southville International School and Colleges
3. San Beda College Alabang
4. Olivarez College
5. Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna
6. PATTS College of Aeronautics
To date it has 10 members, Manila Tytana Colleges, Immaculate Heart of Mary College, Paranaque, Laguna College of Business Administration, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba.
The Consortium was established because there was a need for collaborative ventures between and among schools. It is open to higher education institutions with common and shared interests in providing opportunities
for the advancement of higher education institutions with the goals of raising the achievement of all students and improving quality in higher education. Its essence is to enrich and enhance the other members.
2. What services and programs COTS implement that has been successful among its members? Why and how has the service or program successful?
Libraries or Learning Resource Centers is one of the seven (7) basic elements for twinning, linkages and networking among the members. The library committee intends to boost its presence in academic settings through specific breakthrough programs for library clients. Its goal is to share knowledge and resources among library administrators in the field of library management, assessment and services.
Resource Sharing and inter-library loan service (ILL), sharing of best library practices among its members, recognizing outstanding librarians and library personnel of the year and conducting training or workshop for its
members based on the training need assessment.
This program has been successful because member schools is strengthening its resource sharing by providing guidelines on the inter-library loan of resources and services. Student researchers among its members has
availed this services by visiting and doing research among the CotS member schools.
This school year is the 3rd Search for Outstanding Librarian and Library Personnel of the Year. The search was successful, member schools have sent and participated in the search.
Sharing of library best practices is continuous. Every meeting the host institution will share at least one library best practice. Member schools are encouraged to do the same activity or library practices.
The first library training/workshop has been conducted last April 13 at Manila Tytana Colleges. The training was attended by 15 participants both librarians and library assistant from different member schools. The
workshop is free for the members.
3. What are the goals of the outstanding library staff and librarian award?
The search was conducted to empower librarians and library support staff and to develop inspiration, self-confidence and dignity to our profession.
4. What does COTS have for the community in the future?
The CotS library committee will continue to support the library consortium by developing and improving library services and programs. The group will also continue to provide library activities to its librarian and library staff that will make them more efficient, productive and effective CotS library personnel.
To date, COTS does not have a social media account yet. You may get in touch with them through Marife Madronio Tejero of the Manila Tytania College.