May 24, 2024

Volunteer teachers from the Benguet Police Provincial Office are ready to assist the Department of Education-Benguet in its blended learning modality when the school year opens Oct. 5.
BPPO Director Col. Elmer Ragay said they have 26 personnel who have a background in education that would render services to DepEd. These are policemen and women who are former teachers or graduates of Bachelor of Science in Education prior to entering the police force. 
Ragay said the police who will act as volunteer teachers covers each of the 13 municipalities of the province. He added their office has always been ready to assist DepEd since they have the program called “Pulis ko, Titser ko” in which policemen go to the different schools to conduct information drive on the responsibilities of the police towards the community and on various laws affecting them.
The laws discussed inside classrooms include Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children, RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Exploitation and Abuse, R A9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 as well as talks on crime prevention, and the rights and responsibilities of the child, among others.
He added the police would still be under supervision of DepEd authorities.
Benguet PPO will continue to coordinate with DepEd regarding the volunteer teacher program as well as providing logistics for the distribution of modules to be used by the learners.
DepEd-Benguet has reported that learners will use module-based and blended learning while TV and radio-based instructions will also be employed to reach learners in far-flung areas.
Earlier, DepEd – CAR Director May Eclar said the para teachers or volunteer teachers they are targeting to partner with for the implementation of the learning continuity program are those graduate of education who are working at the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire, and the Philippine Army, among others.
Eclar, during the education stakeholders’ convergence memorandum of agreement signing on July 29, said this is to ensure that the volunteer teachers would be able to handle the learners well.
She said they needed the assistance of these partner agencies for volunteer teachers because based on their survey, only 60 percent of the parents said they can be able to assist their children in learning.
The rest said they are hard up in assisting their children due to various factors such as unavailability of parents or guardian and educational attainment of parents, among others. – Ofelia C. Empian