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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Philippine Cultural Education Program Task Force (NCCA-PCEP) subsidized the training of 35 public school teacher-scholars in a credit-earning post-baccalaureate teacher enhancement program, the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education, at the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Institute of Graduate Studies and Research April 16-May 12.

NCCA-GDCE Project Director Elmar Beltran Ingles said the program is an intensive training designed to integrate functional understanding of local and national history, culture, heritage and the arts into the five core subject areas – social sciences, languages, science, mathematics and music, art, physical education and health (MAPEH).

The program expands the teacher-scholars’ knowledge base in Philippine history, culture, heritage and the arts, provides hands-on opportunities for critical dialogue with local culture and arts and develops knowledge structures, framework and information systems that integrate history, culture, heritage and the arts into the formal curriculum of basic education.

MSEUF-GDCE Dean Dr. Benilda N. Villenas said the 35 teacher-scholar grantees are from the divisions of Lucena City, Quezon, Marinduque, Calapan City and Oriental Mindoro selected after a rigorous screening for Level 1 of the training program - Hiyas Alimagno, Roberto Almedilla III, Jho Ann Bunag, Roderick Jose Calivara, Romel Calucin, Aldwin Capistrano, Jan Lester Carabido, Chona de Ramos, Ma. Vicotira de Villa, Marwin del Alpeche,

Vanessa Ellaga, Ramonito Elumbaring, Ronalyn Jariel, Ginalyn Lat, Junet Andrea Lavarro, Cherry Ann Layson, Dafoddyl Manila, Milea Martinez, Phil Christian Merino, Rosalie Nanad, Rhovie Nañadiego, Isagani Nañez,

Alfredo Oblefias, Alfredo Orbe, Claire Osena, Abel Otico, Berlinda Paroan, Mark Joseph Rabutazo, Erwin Ramos, Adoracio Remo, Marie Antonette Romasanta, Randy Sales, Maan Grace Tolosa, Armida Valencia and Celerina Villafuerte.

Level 1 requires the teacher-scholars to produce researches on local history, reflection papers, and group and individual lesson exemplars on culture-based basic education within a 216-hour intensive training to provide continuing teacher training and development of culture-based instructional materials for utilization in the basic education curriculum.

The 35 teacher-scholars will return in Summer 2013 for Level 2. Enverga University has submitted the program to the Commission on Higher Education that upon approval will credit previously earned units in the GDCE leading to the completion of Master of Arts in Education major in cultural education.