Today, September 10, 2020, erstwhile DepEd Caraga’s Assistant Regional Director Arsenio T. Cornites Jr., or “Sir Bebet” to his colleagues, marks the first day of his retirement from the Department of Education. After 44 years of faithful service, he has surely left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of those he had served, and his contribution to education will be forever etched in DepEd’s history.
Sir Bebet began his career in 1976 when he got his first provisional teaching job at Cabinet Elementary School, Cabadbaran District, Division of Agusan del Norte. He obtained his permanent teaching item in 1979 and served in the same Division for 15 years as Teacher I. He became Head Teacher III in 1991 and Principal at Tolosa Elementary School in 1993.
In 1997, he was promoted as Public Schools District Supervisor. Twelve years later, in 2009, he scaled the ranks as Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Agusan del Norte Division. He held this position for five years until he was appointed as Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) of the newly-established Schools Division of Cabadbaran City in 2014.
In 2015, he took charge as SDS of Butuan City Division for three years. He transferred back to Agusan del Norte Division in 2017. He served as OIC-Assistant Regional Director of DepEd Caraga from September 2019 until his retirement.
Born on September 10, 1955, to Mr. Arsenio T. Cornites, Sr. and Ms. Rosela Torotoro in Loreto, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Sir Bebet completed his primary education at Cabadbaran Pilot Elementary School in 1968 and secondary education at Northern Mindanao School of Arts and Trades in 1972. At a very young age, he learned to make a living as a shoeshine boy at local barbershops, as an ice drop vendor, pedal tricycle driver, and newspaper peddler during weekends. All these he did to support his education.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education, Major in Industrial Arts from Cebu School of Arts and Trade, Cebu City in 1976. He passed the Philippine Board Examinations for Teacher (PBET) in 1979. After finishing his MA in Educational Management at the same school in 1989, he completed his doctorate academic requirements at Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City in 1997. He also passed the Education Management Test (EMT) in 2008, MAT-B (CES Board) in 2009, and Assessment Center CES Board in 2011.
He and his spouse Camila D. Pedrano are blessed with three children namely, Armilyn, Mary Allen, and Amy Rouzela.
ARD Bebet is also known for his involvement in community works in his membership to different organizations such as Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Philippine National Red Cross, and United Church Men.