DAVAO CITY—Educators in Compostela Valley are coming up with their own reference material, both to inculcate local patriotism as well as wider local knowledge of local geography and history, to be used in the grade-school level.
Titled in the vernacular “Ang Akong Probinsiya” (“My Province”), the material would be in the category of an instructional module to be used as a “local reference and official benchmark of information for teachers.”
The reference material would be taught in the Araling Panlipunan, or Social Studies, subject in Grade 3. The material was intended to increase awareness of residents in the province, which formerly formed part of the eastern half of Davao del Norte until it became a separate province in 1997.
A large part of the province belonged to what the Mines and Geosciences Bureau classified as Eastern Mineral Belt of the country, due to the province’s rich gold deposits.
The provincial government linked up with the Department of Education (DepEd) on the project, as it selected 14 Araling Panlipunan teachers in Grade 3 to write the module.
The teachers underwent a writeshop on September 12 and 13 in Nabunturan and organized by Dr. Grace Pontillas, the new Education program supervisor of the “Araling Panlipunan and Values Education” of the ComVal DepEd.
The trainers were Dr. Roque Langcoy, chairman of the elementary education department; and Dr. Virginia Nillas, coordinator of the research division, both of the University of Southeastern Phlippines-Tagum City campus.
The Provincial Planning and Development Office and the two offices under the Provincial Governor’s Office, the tourism office and information dissemination section, also provided the necessary baseline information materials to the workshop.