Bacnotan honors outstanding educators
November 11 2014
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bacnotan recognized the winners of the Search for Outstanding Teachers, Head Teacher/Principal, Day Care Worker, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), and Barangay Health Care Worker (BHW) during the awarding ceremony held at the Bacnotan Town Plaza on October 10, 2014.
The search was the brain child of Acting Mayor Francisco Angelito Fontanilla to recognize and honor teachers/educators in their heroic role and exemplary efforts in strengthening communities and in building the nation. This initiative was in consonance with the 2014Teachers Month Celebration. Dr. Rowena C. Banzon, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd La Union graced the culminating and awarding program as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. Dr. Banzon was impressed with this activity. She stated that the Search for Outstanding Principal, Day Care Worker, BNS, and BHW was first in the province.
After a month long selection process, Bacnotan produced its first batch of outstanding educators in the municipal level who were carefully chosen based from the following criteria: personal qualities and character; instructional/ leadership competence and teaching effectiveness; professional and community involvement. The search was open not only to teachers and principals but also to volunteers and community workers engaged in providing education to the people of Bacnotan.
The awardees were as follows: Outstanding Principal- Dr. Jovita Y. Lopez, Principal IV of Bacnotan National High School; Outstanding Secondary Teacher- Mrs. Elena P. Licos, Bitalag Integrated School; Outstanding Elementary Teacher- Mr. Rommel Berganio, Bitalag Integrated School; Outstanding Day Care Worker- Mrs. Salvacion Pacetes, Carcarmay Day Care Center; Outstanding BHW- Mrs. Juanita Buccat, Barangay. Legleg; Outstanding BNS- Mrs. Ester De Francia, Barangay Nagsarabaoan.
The finalists were: Teacher Category (Elementary)-Mr. Lester Bucasas, Teacher III, Nangalisan Elem. School; Mrs. Evelyn Gamboa, Master Teacher II, Bacnotan Central School; Mrs.Merlene Gaona, Master Teacher II, Zaragosa Elem. School; Mrs. Yolanda Marquez, Master Teacher 1, Paratong Elem. School and Mrs. Aida Opinion, Teacher II, Sta. Cruz Elementary School. Day Care Worker Category- Mr. Rommel Montipalco, Zaragosa-Lisqueb Day Care Center.Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Category- Mrs.Arlene Pabalan, Barangay Nagsimbaanan. Barangay Health Worker (BHW) Category- Mrs. MarilouAlmirol, Barangay Bitalag; Mrs. Thelma Catbagan, Barangay Sapilang;Mrs. Sonia Lumangcas,Barangay Poblacion and Mrs. Lucila Pangilinan, Barangay Sta. Cruz.
The board of judges and evaluators was chaired by Hon. Francisco Angelito L. Fontanilla, Acting Municipal Mayor. The members were: Honorable Virgilio Antolin, SBM, Chairman –Committee on Education; Mr. Rominel Sobremonte, EPS La Union Division; Mrs. Susana Millares, Retired Public Schools District Supervisor; Dr. Maria Teresa Bautista, Head Teacher III, BNHS; Dr. Annabelle Pada, Municipal Health Officer, LGU Bacnotan; Mrs. Rosemarie Calpito,MSWDO, LGU Bacnotan; Mrs. Roelita Asprin, ECCD Supervisor, Provincial SWDO; Mrs. ZenaidaSellem, SWO II, Provincial SWDO; Miss Nievelyn Casuga, District Nurse Supervisor, PHO; Mrs.Letecia Palacay, Development Management Officer V, PDOHO; Mr. Nestor Rillorta, President, Federated PTA President and Mrs. Divina Fontanilla, NGO.The winners received trophies, cash prizes and certificates of recognition.