SLAC Sessions and Seminars

  Tobacco Free Generation Symposium held in TES

As part of the commitment to the city initiative and vision for a healthy population and to reduce prevalence and eventually eliminate youth and adult smoking and to prevent high – risk population on engaging on tobacco usage, a Tobacco Free Generation Symposium was held in Tortugas Elementary School on December 17, 2015 at 9 o’clock in the morning.

This was attended by grade five and six pupils and was facilitated by Mr. Jowee Zabala together with Nurse Aileen Sioson of the City Health Office.

They explained the importance of healthy living and the bad effects of smoking to the smoker himself as well as to his loved ones and acquaintances.

The symposium concluded with a commitment from the participants to support their cause by spreading or sharing what they have learned especially to the members of their family who smoke.

Meanwhile, this cause “Tobacco – Free  Generation was launched on December 14, 2015 at Plaza Mayor de Balanga. And this was spearheaded by the Philippine Pediatric Society – Bataan Chapter and Bataan Medical Society.      

               TES attends Division training in MAPEH

Two teachers from Tortugas Elementary School (TES) attended Division Training - Workshop on Strength and Conditioning of Athletes to help them identify the strengths and weaknesses of their athletes and to formulate a sensible training program to address the athletes’ limitations,  was conducted on August 14 and 15, 2015.

TES MAPEH Sports Coordinator, Mrs. Connie M. Andrade and Ms. Mary Grace C. dela Cruz, teacher – coach were among the   participants of the training  - workshop.

Others were from private and public elementary and secondary schools were the participants of the training - workshop held at Tenejero Elementary School audio – visual room.

The facilitators tackled and performed the different Functional Movement Screen  and the corresponding corrective exercises.

As a workshop for the participants, they asked them to do the same activities.

 Coaches attend Division Sports Clinic

Teacher—coaches of Tortugas Elementary School attended Division Cli-nic in Sports Coaching on September 26, Saturday at Balanga Elementary School  to enhance their coaching capabilities.

The Sports Clinic updated the participants  on the rules and regulations of the  game or event that they will participate in the City Meet. Meanwhile, new techniques and strategies in coaching were discussed.


Division Folk Dance Workshop held

 To preserve and pass history and culture through folk dance, a Division Folk Dance Workshop was conducted.

Primary teachers from Tortugas Elementary School (TES) attended the seminar. The facilitators, who were Masters in  Physical Education and Sports (MPES) discussed the selected folk dances of the different regions of the country.

During the workshop, the facilitators stressed that folk dances should not be choreographed or should change its original steps. It should be danced how it was performed by the ancestors or folks. They further emphasized    that   folk dance is a way of  preserving the authentic steps and movements of the dances which shows the tradition and values of the folks in the provinces.

As a culmina-ting activity and to test the skills of the teachers after the three days of training, a folk dance competition was held. TES teachers together with their colleagues  in  Bataan ACES Foundation, St. Joseph School in Dona Francisca and Cupang danced “Konan”, a folk dance originated in the province of Pangasinan. They were recognized as second place winner in the competition.

“Konan” is folk dance depicting  wedding feasts where the bride boasts her skill in dancing with a coin on her forehead. Meanwhile, its name was derived from the old Spanish-era silver coin the “conant”.

Narrative Report on Roll – out on Data Management

and Information Technology


A Roll – out on Data Management and Information Technology was conducted on June 24, 2015 at the Audio – Visual Room of Bataan National Highschool.

The activity started with a prayer using the AVP. Then the singing of the national anthem and Dugong Balangueno followed. An enthusiastic roll call was done before the welcome remarks of Mr. Armand Capili, Principal IV of the host school.  

The ICT division coordinator and the planning officer I facilitated the activities.

They explained the process and guidelines in using the Enhanced Basic Education Information System and Learner Information System for registering, enrolling and updating learner profiles from public schools, private schools and alternative learning system.

They also tackled the FAQs and resolution of data issues like :

*      Invalid username or password. User cannot log in.

- SDO resets password of SH through backend facility.

- School Head or designated ICT Coordinator resets password of Class Adviser through LIS.

*      Why is it crucial not to allow others to use your own account?

- This is very important in securing data in LIS and guarding the accountability of legitimate user.  All information entered in the database are responsibilities of the account holder.

*      For correction of name, gender and date of birth of learner in LIS, would this be considered as addendum in existing administrative/legal processes for correction of data in Form 137, diploma and other document?

- We like to remind that instructions for correction of learner’s basic profile and grade/year level are limited and only for the use of housekeeping in Learner Information System (LIS) database and does not amend the existing legal process in correcting learner’s document like Form 137 and Diploma. The correction of these documents should still be reviewed and/or endorsed by Division Office to the Office of the Regional Director for resolution.

The last activity of the roll – out was to work on  the LIS of each school, but then the updating of the LIS was rescheduled on June 29, 2015, so the facilitators just asked the participants  about the Best Practices of the school that locked their LIS ahead of the others.

SLAC ON School Dengue Surveillance 

                        Tortugas Elementary School, in its effort to prevent the rampant population of dengue carrying Aedes mosquitoes, has started the setting up of the Ovicidal-Larvicidal Trap or OL Trap within its premises. The Mosquito OL Trap is a contraption designed to decrease the population of such mosquitoes.

                        Prior to the setting up of OL TRAP, a School Dengue Surveillance Refresher Training specifically on setting up the OL TRAP was conducted on September 25, 2013 at the school’s AVR at 4:00 in the afternoon.

                        The OL Trap is a project of the DOST in partnership with DepEd, DOH and DILG which is aimed in minimizing the numbers of dengue cases by eliminating dengue carrying mosquitoes at its incubation stage (larva stage). It is to be utilized to protect students from any possible dengue outbreak. 

                        The OL Trap kit has three important parts; a black container with 250ml of water, a pack of OL pellets and a small strip of lawanit measuring 1” x 6.5” (like an ice drop stick) which serves as a stirrer to the solution and the main trap wherein mosquitoes are expected to lay their eggs on and a larvicide solution to kill the mosquito larvae that will hatch in the strip of wood and in the solution. Exposure of the hatched larvae to the mixture will instantly kill it. The OL Trap does not kill adult mosquitoes but prevents the next generation of mosquitoes from reaching adulthood.

                        The traps were monitored for a period of 6 days and the larvae were cleansed using boiling water. As a new innovation, the OL TRAP serves as one of the effective ways to eliminate the emergence of the dengue carrying Aedes mosquitoes but the best way is still to keep our surroundings clean.


            The faculty together with the principal of Tortugas Elementary School was able to conduct a SLAC regarding on HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention in the workplace with the goals of orient the participant on the implementation of HIV and Aids Education in the workplace. And equip the participant with the knowledge to prevent HIV transmission to others and for those who have not acquired the virus and to avoid getting infected.

            The SLAC is started with a prayer led by Mrs. Allen P. Macalinao followed by singing of the national anthem conducted by Mrs. Connie M. Andrade. A word of wisdom was given by Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro.

          In the SLAC proper, Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro introduced and oriented the teachers about the history of HIV, STI and AIDS. She discussed the importance of it. Mrs. Jennifer N. Pajares discussed the Module 3 and given some important details regarding to her topics.  

The SLAC ended with the commitment such as to implement the Action Plan and be a part of the advocacy in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission in the workplace for the welfare of the students, teachers, parents and community to experience good health and happy life.  It ends at five-thirty in the afternoon.


          Action research is a research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a "community of practice" to improve the way they address issues and solve problems.

Action research involves the process of actively participating in an organization change situation whilst conducting research. Action research can also be undertaken by larger organizations or institutions, assisted or guided by professional researchers, with the aim of improving their strategies, practices and knowledge of the environments within which they practice. As designers and stakeholders, researchers work with others to propose a new course of action to help their community improve its work practices.

The school head and teachers of Tortugas Elementary School held a SLAC session on the Action Research last August 30, 2013 which is about how to make an action research.

          The program started with a prayer, followed by the singing of the national anthem and an energizer through Audio Visual Presentation (AVR). Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro, the Principal II of Tortugas Elementary School welcome everyone warmly before the session starts.

    The school head, Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro and Ms. Mary Grace A. Dela Cruz, Grade II teacher, discussed the Action Research which they learned from a seminar held at Balanga Elementary School. Ms. Mary Grace A. Dela Cruz discussed her Action Research with a title”Enhancing the Listening Skills of Grade II pupils to Promote Comprehension”. After the orientation and discussion of Ma’am Dela Cruz the teachers were given a chance to ask a questions regarding to their topics and at the end of the slac the teachers were given the certification of participation.

                                    DENGUE PREVENTION ORIENTATION

        The orientation was initiated and facilitated by the caring and hardworking school principal, Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro.

                She believes there’s really a need to have this kind of information dissemination especially during the rainy season to prevent the spread of dengue fever. Hence, she tackled and even showed pictures of dengue fever, its origin, its symptoms and prevention.

            According to her lecture, dengue fever is an illness caused by the dengue virus which is spread by the Aedes mosquito. Unlike the common house mosquito,  Aedes mosquito has black & white stripes on its body and legs. It usually bites during the day. The Aedes mosquito lays its eggs in clean, stagnant water. A pool of water as small as a twenty cent coin is all that is needed for it to breed. Only the female mosquitoes feed on blood, as they need the blood protein to lay their eggs. In the life cycle of  Aedes mosquito, it takes about a week to complete the 4 stages consisting of the egg, larva and pupa stage. Each female Aedes mosquito is able to lay up to 300 eggs. Its life span is two to three weeks.

                A person has dengue fever if he/she has a fever that does not go away even after a few days; He/ She may also experience headaches, muscle and joint pains, skin rash, and vomiting. Dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever are the most common diseases spread by the Aedes mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can carry 4 different types of dengue viruses hence one can be infected with dengue fever more than once. If a person had dengue fever before and is infected again, he / she is more likely to develop the more deadly and serious dengue haemorrhagic fever.

                Mosquitoes cannot transmit the dengue virus amongst themselves; they need to first bite a person who is already infected with the dengue virus. The infected mosquito will then carry the dengue virus and pass it onto a healthy person when it bites him/her and causing them to fall sick. The cycle then continues with the new victim.

                Therefore, the most important thing to do is to stop the Aedes mosquito from breeding by removing all stagnant waters so that it can’t lay its eggs.

                Mrs. San Pedro then emphasized the 10-minute mozzie wipe out exercise that you could work on to help get rid of stagnant water in and around your house. These are:

*      Change water in vases on alternate days.       

*      Remove water from flower-pot plates on alternate day.

*      Turn over all pails and water storage containers.

*      Tell your parents or any adults in your house to cover bamboo pole holders when they are not in use.

*      And tell your parents or any adults in your house to clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.

*      Do not litter. Rubbish such as cups ad bottles can collect rain water and breed mosquitoes.

 As a last remark, she challenged the Grades II and III pupils that they too, can also help prevent dengue by telling people what they have learned today. They should tell their family, friends and neighbors why mosquito breeding is bad and how they can help stop it.


Narrative report on the administration of Physical Fitness Test

Since, the Department of Education is concerned with the development of the learners which is to be integrated; the importance of physical fitness was also given priorities. Hence, Tortugas Elementary School conducted a SLAC Session on the Administration of Physical Fitness Test on July 12, 2013 at 3:00 in the afternoon. The SLAC Session begun with a prayer by Mrs. Allen Jane P. Macalinao followed by the singing of the National Anthem led by Mrs. Connie M. Andrade. Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro, Principal II encouraged the teachers to help the pupils become physically fit. To prepare the teachers to do the practicum, Mrs. Anna May D. Macalinao facilitated the energizer.

During the lecture, the facilitators emphasized the importance of physical fitness. According to them, Physical fitness is one of the most important factors that allow us to lead a healthy and active life. It keeps people in the exact frame of mind and boost metal sharpness and concentration. A person who is physically fit will be more confident in public places because they feel more comfortable than others who are not fit. Physical fitness allows us to perform daily activities and face physical and emotional stress during moments of increased intensity. If we are physically fit we have good physical health and mental health. Being physically fit helps people to perform exercise well in all circumstances.

Mrs. Jennifer N. Pajares, Nutrition Coordinator and Mrs. Connie M. Andrade, School Sports Coordinator, facilitate the activity. Mrs. Pajares discussed about curls up, trunk lift, push ups, sit and reach and arm span while Mrs. Andrade tackled kilometer run, sitting height, standing long jump, basketball pass and 40 meter sprint.

The teachers are required to administer Physical Fitness Test among her pupils so that she may know their weakness/es. By evaluating the result of the physical fitness test, the teachers are expected to help them be physically fit.

A challenging message by the faculty president, Mrs. Connie M. Andrade and the distribution of certificates closed the program.

Narrative report on revisiting the ncbts / tsna / ippd 

The Department of Education is presently pursuing a package of policy reforms in the quality of basic education. These policy reforms are expected to create critical and further accelerate, broaden, deepen and sustain the improved education effort already. This policy reforms is referred to as the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA). One key element in the reform agenda is the establishment of the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS). This is a framework that establishes the competency standards of the teachers, learners and stakeholders. These policy reforms  are able to appreciate the complex set of skills that each  teacher must possess in order to carry out a satisfactory performance response as to the need for an instrument that identifies the professional strengths and the teachers, the NCBTS-Teachers' Strengths and Needs Assessment (TSNA).

In response to this DepEd initiative, the teachers, pupils and stakeholders of Tortugas Elementary School prepared the reports on such policy reform last School Year 2012 - 2013. Since it’s already 2013 – 2014, a SLAC on Revisiting the NCBTS / TSNA / IPPD was done last July 24, 2013.

The activity started with a prayer lead by Ms. Neriza Puno, Grade III Teacher followed by the singing of our National Anthem conducted by Mrs. Novalyn Cauilan, Grade V Teacher and a roll call by Mrs. Anna May Macalinao, Grade I Teacher.

In the seminar proper, Mrs. Jennifer Pajares introduced and oriented the participants about the NCBTS. She discussed the importance of updating  such kind of report. Mrs. Connie Andrade discussed the TSNA and IPPD.

The participants updated their NCBTS, TSNA and IPPD while Ms. Grace B. Almario prepared it  for the first time since she is a new teacher.

The SLAC ended at five thirty in the afternoon.

Narrative report on Seminar – Workshop for Campus Journalists


        Campus Publications are vital tools for the development of the school not only for the administration but also for the pupils and every other personnel working in the institution. In a national perspective, student publications have become a major effective tool of communication since students need channels of communication for a variety of reasons, including access to education and information.

      In this connection and pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, otherwise known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, and in support of DepEd Order No. 221, s. 2013, Tortugas  Elementary School conducted Seminar – Workshop for Campus Journalists on July 11, 2013 at the TES Audio Visual Room.

     The objectives of the seminar – workshop were to promote understanding among campus journalists the importance of journalism by expressing it through different journalistic endeavors and approaches; promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media; and select pupils who will compete in the Division Schools Press conference.

         The participants of the seminar – workshop where the top ten pupils from grades four to six.

         The Seminar – Workshop activities commenced with a prayer led by Mrs. Allen Jane P. Macalinao followed by the singing of the National Anthem conducted by Ms. Grace B. Almario. Mrs. Zenaida C. San Pedro, Principal II, inspired the campus journalists through her message. She was also the first resource speaker wherein she discussed the importance of campus journalism and paper management. The next resource speaker was Ms. Mary Grace C. dela Cruz, School Paper Adviser. The categories that she discussed were Newswriting wherein after the lecture she asked the participants to make a news story using the fact sheet; her next topic was Sports Writing in her output, she presented a three minute video of a basketball game and asked the pupils to make a sports news about the play they had just viewed; and her last topic was Copyreading and Headline Writing, she asked the pupils to copyread and write the headline of the news story given to them. Then, the third resource speaker was Mrs. Neriza P. Cabreta, co – adviser of the school paper. She lectured about Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartooning and Photo Journalism. In Editorial Writing, the topic of her output was “What name you prefer our country to be used officially “Pilipinas or Filipinas”? Why? She also asked them to draw a cartoon with the same topic. The next two topics were about Feature Writing tackled by Mrs. Anna May D. Macalinao and Science Writing shared by Ms. Grace B. Almario, both are co – advisers of the school paper.

        Mrs. Macalinao asked the pupils to write about K – 12 Curriculum while Ms. Almario asked them to write something about nutrition.

           Announcement of winners and distribution of certificates closed the workshop.

These are the list of winners in each category:

Newswriting: Katrina Dalde

Feature Writing: Therese Nulod

Science Writing: Nikki Triguero

Sports Writing: Mark Joel Sanchez

Photo Journalism and Lay – outing: Dayanara Jean Laborcero

Copyreading and Headline Writing: Arabela Almario

Narrative report on the Administration of SIP – RAP

     In K – 12 Basic Education Curriculum, English is our L3, meaning that it is the third language that we have to study. It is also expected that we should have a good command of the language or at least be communicative competent. In doing so reading is a very essential tool hence, the City Division of Balanga thru the initiative of Dr. Merlinda Tablan, Education Specialist in English, devised an intervention program called SIP – RAP that will help our school children read texts according to their grade level.

     Dr. Tablan notified the reading and testing coordinators of each school about the program on July 5, 2013 at 3:30 in the afternoon at Balanga Elementary School, Talisay, City of Balanga.

     Mrs. Jennifer N. Pajares, Testing Coordinator and Mrs. Neriza P. Cabreta, reading Coordinator attended the meeting. They were informed of the goals, time frame and importance of the SIP – RAP.

    These were the processes that Tortugas Elementary School did in support of the SIP – RAP program.

Ø Information dissemination of the reading and testing coordinators to their respective school managers and their co – teachers.

Ø Submitted list of pupils in need of the intervention program in each grade level except Grade I.

Ø Met the parents of the beneficiaries of the program on July 8 at 4:00 in the afternoon at the school’s AVR. This meeting informed them of SIP – RAP’s importance and how they will work hand in hand with the reading teachers; they were also asked to sign the Parent’s Consent.

Ø Conduct of SLAC Session to make the necessary instructional materials in preparation for the administration of the program on July 9 at 4:00 in the afternoon at the school’s AVR. The SLAC session started with the usual opening program. The facilitators were the Reading Coordinator, Mrs. Neriza P. Cabreta and her reading teachers namely, Mrs. Anna May D. Macalinao, Grade I, Mary Grace C. dela Cruz, Grade II and Mrs. Rofelia Buenaventura, Grade III discussed the importance, goals and expected outcomes of the program. All the teachers did their part in making the instructional materials to be available on the formal administration of the program.

Ø The time frame for this intervention Program was from July 15 2013 – February of 2014.

Ø The administration of SIP – RAP in Tortugas Elementary School was July 15, 2013.

Ø Post Tests will be given to the pupils who benefitted from the program. The results will be used for the evaluation of the program.

5th Education Summit

In continuous search for quality education in preparation for the University Town 2020, the 5th Education Summit was done for two days in Emiliana Hall on July 16 and 17.

On July 16, the attendees of the 5th Education Summit were the new set of Homeroom PTA, General PTA and Federated PTA Officers as well as teachers and school managers of the different schools in the City of Balanga. It was done in the afternoon. As usual, the program started with a prayer, singing of the National Anthem and Dugong Balangueño with the use of the audio visual presentation. Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent informed the attendees about the status of the Basic Education in the Division City of Balanga. He shared the Performance Indicators on Efficiency, the things that the Division failed to accomplish last year and the things that the division is accomplishing now. Then Dr. Pozon was followed a special number from the teachers of Cataning Elementary School. 

DepEd – Balanga City is always supported by Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, City Mayor, since the core of his administration is education. The goal of his administration is for  Balanga City to be a World Class University Town in 2020.  The good city mayor reported the accomplishment and the things to be accomplished for realization of the goal or vision of his administration. Mayor Joet also present a video presentation of Bill Gates. He accentuated the importance of evaluation. After the message of Mayor Joet, oath taking ceremony followed. Since its Education Summit, talks from the experts were the highlights of the summit. The first talk was done by Dr. Levi P. Verona, Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development. He talked about Social Entrepreneurship. According to him, Social Entrepreneurship is mastering you, mastering the situation and mastering social enterprise. He emphasized one can’t cross to the next process unless he already mastered himself. Then, a video presentation of Dr. Hall Urban’s talk followed. He discussed the three keys to good parenting. 

The serving of snacks marked the ending of the first day of the Education Summit.

On July 16, the prayer, singing of National Anthem and Dugong Balangueño thru an audio – visual presentation commenced second day of the Education Summit. Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent, greeted and inspired the educators. He encouraged the teachers to give importance to the topics that will be shared by the resource speakers. Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, City Mayor of Balanga, welcomed and showed audio – visual presentations of the possible constructions for the further development and progress of the City of Balanga.

The first resource speaker was Dr. Fred Jones. His topic was “Tools for Successful Teaching: Effective Disciplining, Instructing and Motivating”. The second resource speaker was the author of “Lessons from the Classroom”, Dr. Hall Urban. His topic was “Character Education That Works”. Since, there was a very limited time, Dr. Urban was not able to share the 20 Good Things Teachers Do which was the highlight of his book. But he managed to share eight lessons from it. These were:

  Good teachers share one special quality. “Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It’s about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students.”

  Good teachers have two important goals. “Intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

What research tells us about good schools and character education

1. “Good schools ensure a clean and secure physical environment.”

2. “Good schools promote and model fairness, equity, caring, and respect.”

3. “In good schools, students contribute in meaningful ways.”

4. “Good schools promote a caring community and positive social relationships.”

  Good teachers form partnerships with parents. Parents are teachers too.

Four types of parents:

1. Ghost parents – never or rarely meet or have contact with them – they don’t call.

2. Helicopter Parents – constantly hovering over their child, the school, the administration, and especially the classrooms.  They do get involved – too involved.

3. Nightmare parents – some are impossible to please – some blame the teachers – some love to threaten lawsuits. (small percentage of all parents)

4. Dream parents – close to 60% of his parents were absolutely wonderful.- Always said yes to teacher requests. Powerful partnerships and some great friendships. 

  Good teachers start teaching at the door. Greeted each student individually at the door - simplest, least time-consuming, most enjoyable, and most energizing thing I ever did as a teacher.

  Good teachers teach manners and the Golden Rule. “What you accept, you teach – What you permit, you promote”. “Be proactive, not reactive”

Three ways of communicating:

1. Words – about 10-15% of our message

2. Tone of voice – about 40% of our message

3. Body language – about 45-50% of our message

The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.

  Good teachers create a caring community. 

Just as children need caring attachments to adults, they also need caring attachments to each other.

The peer culture is a powerful moral teacher and influence on student behavior.

When students are part of a legitimate caring moral community in the classroom, they learn morality by living it.

  Good teachers protect the atmosphere from toxic words. Toxic:  poisonous, contaminated, lethal vs. Nourishing: healthful, beneficial, wholesome.

Emphasize courtesy and a professional level of language

Ask your students what people who swear frequently reveal about themselves

Be specific

Eliminate other offensive words

  Good teachers nourish the atmosphere with kind and affirming words. 

Give encouragement

Express thanks

Acknowledge others

Extend greetings

Give a compliment

Congratulate someone

Teach, give instruction

Offer words of comfort

Inspire others

Celebrate and cheer

Inquire, express interest

Mend relationships

Make other laugh

Show faith and trust

Share good news

Praise, honor, build up

Express caring

Show understanding and empathy

Give approval

Extend an invitation

Show courtesy and respect

Give helpful advice



Offer to help

Tell the truth

Point out the good

Use terms of affection

Supply needed information

Communicate love

They called it a day after the open forum by the educators and the speakers.