On February 10, 2022, DOST Siquijor PSTC and the Siquijor Provincial Science High School teamed up in the training of the latter’s teachers and in incorporating GAD elements into their pedagogy.
As part of its In-Service Training (INSET), the Siquijor Provincial Science High School pegged support from the DOST Siquijjor PSTC in the provision of a resource speaker on Gender-Based Differentiated Instruction. DOST Provincial Director Engr. Mario E. de la Peńa responded the invitation by sending Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, his office’s Science Research Analyst/Information Officer to do the task.
In his message to the teachers of SPSHS, Engr. de la Peńa said:
“We in DOST SIQUIJOR PSTC are honored to have been invited to be part in the training of the faculty and staff of Siquijor Provincial Science High School under the leadership of Mr. Arvin H. Magpiong.
As the Provincial Director of DOST SIQUIJOR PSTC, I consider myself as an ardent supporter of the policies of Gender and Development or GAD. In fact, our office has been awarded twice as the BEST GAD implementing agency in DOST Region VII. Thus, without any hesitation, I am sending Mr. Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, our Science Research Analyst-Information Officer to be with you and to share with you some discussion about GAD in the context of formulating lesson plans for the delivery of instruction to your students.
May I tell you also that we can work together as partners in bringing science for the people and I find you to be one of the most capable – noting the demanding standards that you set for your studentry and your teachers.
For equality and equity, we pursue change on terms that really matter.”
Mr. Arbon emphasized during his lecture that one of the most decisive things teachers must bear in mind is that owing to the brain and neurological differences between males and females, their styles of learning are also different, and so the strategies of instruction must be tailored as to favor both male and female students in a classroom.
At the end of the lecture, the teachers of SPSHS showed a renewed determination to upgrade their teaching strategies in the delivery of instruction.
The training which took place in Becano Beach Resort, Paliton, San Juan ended with an auspicious note that SPSHS would take the challenge of being a faithful pipeline of GAD under its educational mandate to engage students into meaningful learning.
(Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, DOST SIQUIJOR PSTC SRA-IO)