By Jake D. Fraga

Jake D. Fraga

Nothing can stop the teacher-researchers from presenting their research-based materials and innovations, not even a virus.

In an effort to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Schools Division of Surigao del Sur (Sursurdiv) through the Division Planning and Research Unit conceptualized the conduct of division research affair in a virtual way.

Every year, Sursurdiv holds a division research congress in order to showcase the research studies with innovative research-based materials crafted by the teachers. But due to pandemic, this year’s research affair has been whole lot different from what it used to be.

Online platforms and audio-visual materials have been employed to implement the first division virtual research congress. Dr. Celsa A. Casa, Curriculum Implementation Division Chief, acknowledged all the participants in attendance.

Roger B. Masapol, Director IV, Planning Service – DepEd Central Office, underscored in his keynote speech that coronavirus pandemic has changed the global educational landscape and thus our country needs to cope with the challenges in the new normal. “We need new ways of delivering education. We need more innovation to fill the gap brought about by the immediate shock from the pandemic.”

Moreover, Schools Division Superintendent Josita B. Carmen, CESO V, urged that “Research must not stop. Research must go on, even with COVID-19. We cannot afford to stop what is essential in improving the quality of education that we deliver.”

Digitizing Research-based Interventions

The 2020 Surigao del Sur Division Virtual Research Congress was participated in by 25 teacher-researchers representing their respective schools districts. A live streaming of digitized research-based materials and innovations was done through the DepEd Tayo – Surigao del Sur facebook page on June 30, 2020.

Video lessons, worksheets and modules, strategic intervention materials (SIMs), computer-aided instructional materials and documentaries are some of the digitized resources that have been presented virtually. All these contextualized materials have a common goal – to improve the academic performance of the learners amid viral crisis.

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Jasmin R. Lacuna emphasized that “more than ever, in this pandemic, we need the researches and the studies designed by our fellows to guide whatever decisions that we are going to implement.”

School Governance and Operations Division Chief Dr. Elvira S. Urbiztondo said that audio-visual materials presented by the teachers were tangible outputs of the research that they conducted and were quality assured and endorsed by the district.

Virtual Launching of ‘Bugsay sa Kahibayo’

Meanwhile, ‘Bugsay sa Kahibayo’ a Surigaonon phrase which means ‘Paddle of Wisdom’ was launched in print in 2014 as an official research journal of Surigao del Sur Division. But this year, it has been relaunched in digital as a local portal for the digitized research-based learning resources.

According to Senior Education Program Specialist and Head of Planning and Research Unit, Ms. Liza M. Guingguing, all digitized materials were stored in the local portal to make them readily available for anyone.

True enough, the spirit of research culture in the Schools Division of Surigao del Sur is so alive. Research, indeed, could make a big difference in the lives of the learners, even in this pandemic time. ■


NB. This article is a preview of the June 2020 issue of An Madayaw, the official publication of DepEd Surigao Del Sur Division.