Wilfreda Bongalos is the incoming schools superintendent of the Negros Oriental Division, and will assume the post on April 10, after a reshuffling in Region 7, especially for those who have attained the maximum stint of five years in one division.
Bongalos had been the division superintendent of schools in Bohol for more than five years.
Negros Oriental DepEd also has two new assistant division superintendents of schools, Faye Luares and Samuel Malayo, while the acting division superintendent of schools, Melanie Cabrera, is now the superintendent of schools in the Guihulngan City Division.
DepEd assistant regional director Salustiano Jimenez confirmed the designations in a meeting Monday with Gov. Roel Degamo, who welcomed and assured Bongalos of his all-out support.
He challenged the new officials to continue the plans and programs started by Jimenez, when he was still the DepEd Negros Oriental schools superintendent.
Degamo emphasized that education is second to health among his top priorities, and he has constructed 70 or more classrooms to fill the gaps and fielded as many extension teachers as he can in the implementation of the K to 12 program.
With the designation of Bongalos, Jimenez said he can now focus on his main job in the region while coming in once in awhile to address concerns of the sub-regional office in Dumaguete.
Meanwhile, Jimenez said DepEd is successful in coming out with the first graduates of the K to 12 program this year. In fact, Jimenez received feedback that a considerable number of graduates are going to work in businesses and industries.
He also said fund allocation for the construction of school buildings under the K to 12 program is not a problem, it’s in the implementation of the project by the Department of Public Works and Highways and its contractors.
Jimenez is coordinating with the DPWH to address the backlog, in preparation for the opening of classes in June.
Bongalos said her job will be made lighter with the full support and assurance of Degamo.*JG
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