After receiving greetings from Capitol employees during her birthday, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos graced the kick-off day of a seminar-workshop named “Intensive and Meaningful English Enhancement” aka Project IMEE at the Conference Hall of DepEd-Ilocos Norte last November 12.
Sponsored by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) – Ilocos Norte Schools Division, this first ever Project IMEE Seminar-Workshop lasted until Nov. 16, targeting to enjoin educational workforce across the province to develop approaches to better teach English.
“Education is the single best pathway out of poverty that every Ilocano knows well and desires,” said Gov. Marcos during her speech, citing this as the main reason for the inception of the said event.
“This year, I’ll simplify my birthday wish—that is to commit to education, not in a simple and business-as-usual fashion but by thinking the roots of the problem of education specific to our local conditions, specific to converging the assets that we have, inventorying what we have already and not thinking so hard about what we lack,” Gov. Marcos added.
On the other hand, according to Prof. Jeanette Dials, head of the Provincial Education Department, there is indeed a need for the teachers to reassess their practices, noting that some had already forgotten how to “conduct meetings” and other principles necessary to become a competent teacher.
The said seminar-workshop thus invited Prof. Jose Carlo G. de Pano, a faculty member of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, College of Arts and Letters in University of the Philippines-Diliman, as the resource speaker.
His module focuses on lectures and exercises which focus on re-training English educators about the core components of effective English communication, and on addressing various issues regarding the teaching of the English language.—Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO