MLErs: We took our eyes off the ball…

On July 10, 2012, I got the following email from Lino Gerona, a.k.a., Michael Faelnar:

Tue, July 10, 2012
Re: MTB MLE Workshop for 3rd & 4th quarters for Grade 1.
From: Lino Gerona <>

To: Aurelio Agcaoili <>; Jose Padre <>; Gloria Baguingan <>; Pearl Pearl <>; Santiago Villafania <>; Fred Cabuang <>; Ernest C. Turla <>; “” <>; “” <>; Irvin Sto. Tomas <>; Israel Aves <>; Voltaire Oyzon <>; Harvey Fiji <>; “” <>; Firth McEachern <>

I am at DepEd’s RELC in Marikina as a reviewer of instructional materials
in Sinugbuanong Binisaya. Been here since July 8. Will be home July 13
as I will be in Cagayan de Oro July 13-16. Dr. Jes Tirol is here to review the
mathematics materials.

Here are translation, review and encoding teams for twelve languages: Ilocano,
Pangasinan, Kapampanagan, Tagalog, Bicol, Waray, Hiligaynon, Sinugbuanon,
Meranao, Maguindanao, Bahasa Sug, Chavacano de Zamboanga:

1. Ilocano Group:
I met the following members of the Ilocano team:

Natividad P. Carag, Region 2
DepEd Cagayan Division
email address:

Elvira A. Salas, Region 2
DepEd Cagayan Division

Ma. Theresa F. Macaltao
PSU Bayambang, Pangasinan
email address
mobile 09126397703

Octavio V. Cabasag
DepEd Cagayan Division
email address
mobile 09058424795

Grace Donata S. Abugan
DepEd Cagayan Division
email address:
mobile 09283172294

Leila P. Areola
DepEd, Division of Cagayan
email address:

2. Pangasinan
These are the Pangasinan Team members I met:

Joselito D. Daguison
PSU Bayombong, Pangasinan
email address:
mobile 09214368183

Leticia F. Macaraeg
Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
mobile 0929070937

Josephine A. Diokno
San Carlos City
mobile 09276262252

Editha V. Luna
Dagupan City
mobile 09396232409

Lilibeth A. Magrang
San Carlos City
email address
mobile 09173487789

Rica C. Macam
San Carlos City, Pangasinan
email addres

Christopher A. De Vera, Ed. D.
Calasiao, Pangasinan
email address:
Mobile: 092337370569

3. Kapampangan

The Kapampangan Team:

Leonara M Alingcastre
Mexico, Pampanga
email address
mobile 09275321105

Edna L. Severo
Apalit, Pampanga
email adress:
mobile 09178548212

Grace G. Sabado
Lubao, Pampanga
email address
mobile 09296059955

Nelia D. Bamba
Region III EED, San Fernando, Pampanga
email address
mobile 092972998624.

4. Bikol

The Bikol Team:

Amelia T. Botin
email address:

Maribelle R. Lita
email address:

Agnes M CAmposano
email address:

Claire B. Barcelona
email address

5. Waray

The Waray Team

Rosemarie M. Guino
email address:
Tacloban City
mobile 09163638906

Ma. Victoria G. Corige-Casoy
Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
2/F Watson Bldg., JP Laurel Street
Malacanang Palace Complex San Miguel, Manila
mobile 09081876762

Ronela R. Anasarias
Eastern Samar Division
Sabang Central Elementary School
email address:
mobile 09276948729

Ramira R. Tayoni
Cassidy Central Elementary School
email address:
mobile 09185007027

Gretel Laura M. Cadiong
Division of Tacloban City
email address:
mobile 09163350221

Jason R, Gaduena
Tanuan 1 Central Elem.School
email address:
mobile 09062356588

I have listed the Sinugbuanon, Hiligaynon and
Chavacano teams separately.


This last-minute effort to catch up with learning materials for MLE at this late stage since DepEd Order No. 74 was promulgated in July 2009, just tells me that we, MLE advocates, took our eyes off the ball; we failed miserably to follow up closely on the hills of Deped Order No. 74. Our thinking that Deped Order No. 74 was a huge victory lulled us into forgetting that there was a lot of follow-up activity to be done immediately after the Order institutionalizing the use of MTB-MLE nationwide was signed. For one, we failed miserably to recognize and involve experienced writers in the target languages, hence DepEd, as per the aforementioned email, has to scramble with “translation, review and encoding teams” to generate the learning materials so required and stipulated in DepEd Order 74.

There were a couple of MTB-MLE workshops (Cagayan de Oro in Feb. 2010 and Iloilo City in Feb. 2012). However, a cursory examination of the papers presented in either venue yields the impression that the organizers failed to control the desired content of either workshop and thus wasted some of the opportunities to focus on the production of MTB-MLE learning materials.

To be fair, those “translation, review and encoding teams” may still come up with some surprises but I still believe that the established and experienced writers in Ilocano, Pangasinan, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Ilongo, etc., could have done a much more professional job.

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