Dr. John A. Magno, our new Secretary, about himself.

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 Time and again, the road ahead is both uncertain and unpredictable. Philosophy of Man has always    emphasized that that man comes into this world like a question mark – more than the love that gave him  reason for being he is left with a whole lifetime to put meaning to his existence.

 I also clearly remember what Philosophy explained about fallen-ness and historicity. I came into this world  with certain things that were not of my free choice – my family and my name, among others. I never had  choice of the family I was to be born into, I never chose my name, and neither did I have choice of the way I would be raised nor the place I grew up in. However, Philosophy likewise explained that I have choice of freedom – that from the things that I have been “fallen” into, I am left with the space to chart my life and make it whole – the way I want and the way I realize it must be.

Looking back at my own historicity, I have the least regret of the experiences that have made me who I am now. The sunsets of my years have been well lightened by the many significant sunrises that provided the needed rays of light that could have easily eclipsed my many plans and dreams. All have made me who I am now and who I will be in the future. Time and experience have certainly fixed my sight on the journey I have to take.

School and education have certainly molded me to who I have become. Like many other simple families, my parents have toiled hard to send me to school and provided me with the opportunities to learn life with others and outside the confines of the home. I take pride in my modest beginnings – a simple family, an ordinary community in Basilan – but I take greater pride in big dreams and my efforts to work for them. School was going to be my vehicle, I was convinced. From then on, I took education as seriously as I could: my teachers were my models and every word they uttered was Qur-anic truth. I took them with no jest and thought that if I did, I was well on the road to a bright future.

True enough, after college, determination and firmness of conviction ushered me on to the most noble of professions – teaching. Certainly, I knew that I had what it takes to lead students to where they must be and what they must learn. Seeing myself in the students I taught, I envisioned every single one of them as an “empty jar” that needed to be filled – filled with knowledge and values that would be enough armor for them to weave their own dreams and futures. Their expressions of wonderment fascinated me no end and the same were to be my very own inspiration to strive more and do better. In my hands were part of their future and in passion to teach lies their capacities to appreciate both life and education.

The classrooms of the Western Mindanao State University were my home for some of the most significant years of my professional life. While the classrooms transfused in me the life that I must have for the young, the push to learn more for them was to be my continuing passion. I counted not the hours but the change I effected in the minds of the young. I counted not the days but the gradual transformation the young manifest in the way they act and the words they say. Then I knew that I have found my niche – school. With a keen interest in culture, I was an easy choice to help run the university’s Culture and Arts Office that, during my stint, launched some of the most significant events in the university including the publication of the first-ever Culture and Arts Journal.

The merits of my dedication then opened new opportunities for me – the chance to share in the “burden” of administration. A beginning academic I was, I became Assistant to the Vice President for Corporate Affairs – poking into every detail of corporate management and learning the ropes of fiscal work. None could be more significant in my academic professional career than those that my administrative work provided – a glimpse into middle management work operations and the skill of dealing with people.

With both education and my consciousness, I moved" on to pursue higher education. Starting out with learning the essential rudiments of Public Administration, I decided to complete studies in the area that I have the greatest interest in: Industrial Psychology. People have always been my greatest interest and, I thought, that expanding my knowledge base in human behavioral studies would make me understand the Bangsamoro people better – their hurts, their sentiments, their aspirations, and their dreams. The De La Salle University in Manila was to be my choice to pursue Graduate work. The significant years I have spent in the university have been the most memorable and challenging, bar none. To this day, when memories stream back, they are never without the experiences of hardships that went along the struggle to survive if only to make bigger dreams come true.

Fresh from graduate school in 2011, I took on to what is yet to be the biggest pivot in my professional life: I joined the transitional team that was tasked to effect change in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. With a trailing uncertainty, I committed with a team of idealists to institute reforms in the ARMM. Nothing more than courage pushed me to take the radical choice to shift to governance work in an arena unknown to me and an area strange. But I knew it was what I have always wished for: to work with and for the Bangsamoro people. Finally, the many words of idealism uttered within the confines of the classroom will be tested in the real world. As an old adage says: “…dream dreams and be willing to pay the price to make them come true.” Then was my time to make them come true. There was my crucible to test my words.

My brief stint as Regional Chief of Staff laid before me the challenges I never expected but none could have been more significant in magnitude of work I had to complete. “Chief-ing the Chief” was to be my personal mantra for excellence. After all, coping with the Chief’s standards was an endless work – every hour was a surprise, every minute was a dare to do better, every second was a reminder to responsibility. More importantly, I have to constantly remind myself that it was the people who mattered most.

The short period I took for myself was going to be a long leave for sincere introspection. While options to move over to new areas came, I was too slow to accept any. Like a constant whisper that deafens, the lure to serve is far too strong to resist. Finally, I have chosen to return and serve Muslim Mindanao and its people.

The task of education is never a bit less than to shape a people’s future. Time and again, even at the beginning of formal education and the establishment of schools, education is the very springboard of development.

Sadly, to this day, very few have come to terms with the reality that nothing could be more viable for change to happen than building the base of any nation – the people. When census reports show that literacy rates dwindle, it is not unusual to infer that progress will come at snail pace. The very reason for a dragging economy and a sluggish society is the quality of its human resource. It is from people that development spurs because it is people who will benefit from it. The very genesis of change must be continually enhanced.

The paradigms of learning should never neglect the fact that when people resist change, none could ever be done. It is this fact that schools should never lose sight of. Schools are products of a dynamic social system and reflections of it. And if schools are too far to reach, then schools must go to the people.

The dream of a literate ARMM is never impossible. From us it must start.

My dream lives on. My dream is in my hands. I must TREAD ON.

Request for Certificate of Employment, Service Record and Certification of Leave Credits

Clients: Current and Former Officers and Staff of DepEd-ARMMRequirements:·         Accomplished Request SlipSchedule of Availability of Service: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM (No noon break)During Ramadhan: Monday to Friday

Fees: None

Total Processing Time: 19 minutes

How to avail of the service:
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 Submit the accomplished request slip Receive the written request and forward to assigned employee Personnel Section/ Administrative Assistant (ADAS)  II Ground Floor, BAFOSS Office Main Building, ORG Compound 3 minutes
Check the record of the requesting party and prepare the Certificate 3 minutes
Sign certification Bureau of Administration, Finance and Other Support Services  (BAFOSS) / Director II or Designated Officer-in-Charge 5 minutes
Forward signed certification for releasing to authorized employee Personnel Section/ ADAS II 5 minutes
2 Claim certification Release signed Certificate Personnel Section/ Administrative Aide (ADA) I 3 minutes

DepED-ARMM hires new teachers

teacherThe DepED-ARMM augment teaching force for the School Year 2015-2016 in response to the shortage of teaching personnel in the Region. Initially, a 117 teaching applicants, who passed and undergone recruitment procedures from the province of Lanao del Sur, signed their approved appointments, yesterday, March 12, 2015, as a manifestation of their keen and willingness where they be assigned and deployed.

Seated from left : Atty. Sittie Mariam Balahim, Dir. Fatima Abubakar, Dr. John A. Magno, Hon. Zia Alonto-Adiong, and Dr. Sammy Pandapatan.

Image from FB RIO DepED-ARMM

2015 Graduation Message of Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC

Congratulations to our dear graduates! My appreciation goes out to the teachers, school administrators, staff, and parents who have supported and walked with our graduates to reach this milestone.

Today is a testament to your collective efforts—the fruit of your hard work and perseverance. Once again, you have proven that with competence, compassion and a zeal for excellence you can accomplish anything.

Dear graduates, as you turn a new leaf towards the achievement of your dreams, bear in mind the values and lessons you have learned throughout your stay in school. Your education has given you the skills to move forward, to pursue your purpose, and to actualize your dreams. Your education continues to cement your foundations to become a better Filipino; one with a keen sense of both self and community, and one who is mindful of diversity that is grounded on acceptance, tolerance, and peace.

This year’s graduation theme “Saktong Buhay: Sa De-Kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday” calls to mind the importance of education as we build the foundations of our dreams. Let this be a reminder of the stories of our fallen and living heroes, soldiers and teachers alike, who persevered in their education to secure a decent life for their families. It impresses upon us the power of education in unlocking doors of opportunities and in enabling us to pave the path to a dignified and productive life, a life that is lived not only for ourselves but also for others.

As you forge ahead, you will experience moments of victories and defeats: Let your triumphs be an inspiration for other people; let your losses serve as your motivation to strive for excellence. Let all these collective experiences inspire hope in us to seek greater heights and aspire for a higher purpose. Throughout it all always be mindful of the people who help you along the way and pay it forward to others who will need your help too.

For us in the schools, may this theme guide us all as we go forth and realize our mission to provide Filipino learners a quality education that will empower them to attain their life goals.

Mabuhay kayo!

This entry was posted on March 12, 2015, in Messages.

Filing of Complaints or Appeal or Motion for Reconsideration.

 

Filing of Complaints or Appeal or Motion for Reconsideration (Legal Unit)Clients: Any individual with complaint against DepEd-ARMM Officers and Staff (Teaching or Non-Teaching personnel from the Regional Office and from the different divisions

Requirements:

 

Filing of Complaint

 

·         Full name and address of the complainant

·         Full name and address of the person/s complained of, as well as his/her/their position/s and office in the DepEd-ARMM

·         A narration of the relevant and material facts which show the acts or omissions as allegedly committed by the person/s

·         Certified true copies of documentary evidence and affidavits of his/her witnesses, if any

·         Certificate of Non-Forum Shopping

·         Complaint shall be under oath

 

Filing of Appeal

 

·         Notice of appeal

·         Appeal Memorandum (3 copies)

·         Proof of payment of the appeal fee

 

 

Filing of Motion for Reconsideration

 

·         Motion for Reconsideration

 

Schedule of Availability of Service: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM (No noon break)

During Ramadhan: Monday to Friday

 

Fees:

Total Processing Time:  1 Hour and 5 Minutes

 

Filing of Complaints – 16 minutes

Filing of Appeal – 35 minutes

Filing of Motion for Reconsideration – 15 minutes

How to avail of the service: Filing of Complaint
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 File the complaint along with the requirements at the Records Section Receive the complaint and other documents, if any Records Section/ Administrative AideADA III Door 3 from DXAE-FM Radio Station, DepED Compound, ORG Complex 10 minutes
2 Receive the copy of the documents/complaint Issue the receiving copy of the client Records Section/ Administrative Aide (ADA) III 1 minute
Forward to the Legal Unit, Office of the Regional Secretary for recommedndation Office of the Secretary / Chief Admin. Officer III 2nd Floor, Main Bldg. Office of the Secretary, DepED Compound, ORG Complex 5 minutes
How to avail of the service: Filing of Appeal
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 File the appeal along with the requirements at the Receiving – Office of the Regional Secretary Receive the notice of appeal/appeal memorandum and other documents, if any, and require the client to pay the filing fee Records Section/ Administrative AideADA III Door 3 from DXAE-FM Radio Station, DepED Compound, ORG Complex 10 minutes
2 Pay to the cashier Process payment and issue Official Receipt (O.R.) Cash Section/ Disbursing Officer I Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC), ORG Compound 15 minutes
3 Return to the receiving office. Present Official Receipt (OR) Receive Proof of Payment (O.R.) and the appeal Office of the Secretary/ Chief Admin. Officer III 2nd Floor, Main Bldg., Office of the Secretary, DepEd Compound, ORG Complex 5 minutes
4 Receive the receiving copy of the appeal Issue the receiving copy to the client 5 minutes
Forward to the Legal Unit, Office of the Regional Secretary
How to avail of the service: Filing of Motion for Reconsideration
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 File the Motion for Reconsideration at the Records Section Receive the Motion for Reconsideration and issue the receiving copy to the client Records Section/ Administrative AideADA III Door 3 from DXAE-FM Radio Station, DepED Compound, ORG Complex 10 minutes
Forward to the Legal Unit, Office of the Regional Secretary for recommendation Office of the Secretary/ Chief Admin. Officer III 2nd Floor, Main Bldg., Office of the Secretary, DepED Compound, ORG Complex 5 minutes

2014 Graduation Message of Sec. Bro. Luistro

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Mainit na pagbati sa lahat ng ating mga magsipagtapos, at sa lahat ng tagapamahala at kawani ng paaralan, mga guro, at mga magulang na tumulong at patuloy na gumagabay sa ating kabataan para makarating sila sa mahalagang puntong ito ng kanilang buhay.

Ang araw na ito ay isang patunay ng katatagan at kakayahan ng bawat Pilipino na muling bumangon matapos ang matitinding unos. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng liwanag sa bawat isa sa oras ng kadiliman, napatunayan natin na anumang hamon ang dumating ay ating kakayanin.

Sa gitna ng maraming pagsubok na ating hinaharap, hindi maiiwasan ng iba na isiping sumuko na lamang. Subalit sadyang matibay ang pusong Pilipino hindi nagpapatinag sa kahit anong pagsubok—dahil sa oras ng karimlan ay nakakakita pa rin tayo ng sinag ng pag-asa mula sa pagtitiwala at kasiyahan na ibinabahagi natin sa isa’t isa. Sa mga ganitong panahon, maaaring tayo ay nagalusan ngunit hindi kailanman nagpatalo.

Mga magsisipagtapos, ako ay umaasa na ang temang “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilpino” ay tumatak sa inyong kaisipan at magbigay ng inspirasyon para makamit n’yo and inyong naisin sa kabila ng mga hamon na darating—hindi lamang para sa sarili kundi para sa kapwa, at higit sa lahat para sa bayan.

Para sa ating mga nasa paaralan, ito nawa’y magsilbing isang paalala ng lakas at tibay ng loob na siyang dapat nananalaytay sa ating instutusyon. Umaasa akong patuloy nating maibigay ang nararapat sa ating kabataan.

Muli, binabati ko ang mga magsipagtapos. Hangad ko ang inyong tagumpay.

Mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino! Mabuhay kayong lahat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO, FSC
Secretary

Enrolment in Public Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary.

 

Enrolment in Public Pre-School, Elementary and SecondaryClients: Students and Transferees 

Requirements:

 

Pre-School and Elementary

·         Birth Certificate for pre-school and Grade I pupils

·         Report Card for Grade II-VI pupils/students

 

Secondary

·         Birth Certificate for first year students

·         Report Card

·         Certificate of Good Moral Character

·         2 ID pictures for first year

 

Transferees

·         Certificate of Good Moral Character

·         Forms 137 and 138

·         Reading ability assessment / Placement Test

 

 

Schedule of Availability of Service:

 

Pre-School and Elementary: Two (2) weeks before the start of the academic school year

Secondary: April-May

 

Fees: None

Total Processing Time:

Pre-School and Elementary:  1 hour and 53 minutes

Secondary: 1 hour and 53 minutes

How to avail of the service: Pre-School and Elementary Enrolment
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 Submit requirement/s Receive, assess, and evaluate requirement/s submitted School/ Class Adviser or Enrolling Officer Designated Classroom  or School Area 10 minutes
2 Undergo assessment test/interview (for Grade I and Transferee) Conduct assessment test/interview School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom  or School Area 30 minutes
Process result of test/ interview School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom  or School Area 1 hour
3 Receive notice of admission to the school Provide to client notice of admission School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom  or School Area 3 minutes
4 Enroll and receive books Accept pupils and distribute books School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom 10 minutes
How to avail of the service: Secondary Enrolment
Step No. Client Step Agency Action Responsible Office/ Position Location of Office Maximum Duration of Step
1 Submit requirement/s Receive, assess, and evaluate requirement/s submitted School/ Class Adviser or Enrolling Officer Designated Classroom  or School Area 10 minutes
2 Undergo reading ability assessment / placement test (for transferee) Conduct reading ability assessment / placement test School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom  or School Area 30 minutes
Process result of test/ interview School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom
3 Receive notice of admission to the school Provide to client notice of admission School/ Class Adviser Designated Classroom 3 minutes
4 Enroll and receive books Accept students and distribute books Teacher-in Charge Designated Classroom 10 minutes