SDO Guimaras welcomes new ASDS

Young. Handsome. Dignified.

These were the first impressions of the Schools Division of (SDO) Guimaras Family to the new Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS) as his photo was posted on the welcome tarpaulin at the main gate before he arrived on February 8, 2021.

At exactly 10:45 a.m. while the Division Personnel were lining up with their flag lets and were singing the “Welcome Song,” Nordy D. Siason, EdD, CESO VI, the new ASDS was ushered by Roselyn J. Palcat, EdD, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS).

During the short Welcome Program at the SDO Rooftop, SDS Palcat delivered a message before the attendees composed of Unit Heads; Personnel from CID, SGOD, Finance, and Administrative Sections as well as from the Office of the SDS.

“I am honored to work with a goal-oriented ASDS who will be my partner in leading and managing SDO Guimaras. With our partnership (even if we are new in Guimaras) and the cooperation of those who have been in Guimaras for a long time, we can sustain the honor that this Division has gained,” stressed SDS Palcat.

ASDS Siason shared to the group a brief background of himself, his family, his ideals and aspirations for the Division.

“I have heard of many good things about you, people of Guimaras and I know that I will not have much problem here. I will be true to my mandate which is to assist the SDS,” said ASDS Siason.

The program continued with this remarks from Rowena Carillo, Education Program Supervisor and Lady Dean of the Program, “Now that we meet him in person and listened to him, we can conclude that he is indeed young, handsome, dignified and (let us add) brilliant.” Joining the company of “Sir Nordy” (as he is fondly called) to send him off were his better-half and Associate Dean of the College of Education of West Visayas State University, Amabel Siason; and Education Program Supervisors of SDO Iloilo, Kim Arceña and Liza Balogo. 


Making excellence our way of life!

Excellence is deeply ingrained in the consciousness of the Schools Division of Guimaras (SDO Guimaras) workforce. This is what fuels the Division’s educational endeavors. Having the school children in mind, the Division continuously explores new possibilities and creates innovative enterprises.

One of the stunning proofs of its passion for excellence is being in the Top 5 shortlisted semifinalists of the 2019-2020 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction (SAFE-CI) specifically in the Category for Most Learning-Focused Division.

L-R: CID Chief Elleda E. De la Cruz, SDS Roselyn J. Palcat, EdD, CESO VI, ASDS Novelyn M. Vilchez, PhD, CESO VI. Waiting for the virtual awarding ceremony via Zoom to start at the SDO Audio-Visual Room.

This national feat was triggered by the 2019 Regional Service Excellence Award where the SDO Guimaras garnered seven of the 13 awards at stake. 

The awards won are the following: 1st Runner-up for Top Performing Schools Division Office, Champion for the Best Office of the Schools Division Superintendent, Champion in Curriculum Implementation, Best in Curriculum Implementation, Best in Curriculum Contextualization, Best in Financial Management, and Best in Performance Management.

L-R: CID Chief Elleda E. De la Cruz, SDS Roselyn J. Palcat, EdD, CESO VI, ASDS Novelyn M. Vilchez, PhD, CESO VI applauds as the Certificate of Recognition is presented onscreen live via Zoom during the Virtual Awarding Ceremony.

“Being acclaimed as 1st Runner-up for Best Performing Division among the 20 schools divisions in the entire Region VI is indeed an honor for us but we must not rest on our laurels; we must continue to strive for excellence in everything that we do,” remarked Novelyn M. Vilchez, PhD, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent. 

Thus, SDO Guimaras continues to make excellence as its trademark under the leadership of Ma. Roselyn J. Palcat, EdD, CESO VI, OIC – Schools Division Superintendent.

 This notable accomplishment in the Regional Level paved the way for SDO Guimaras to be the entry of DepEd Region VI in the SAFE-CI, an initiative of DepEd Central Office.       

For SDO Guimaras, excellence is not a one-shot-deal but a lifetime commitment because  the Guimarasnon children deserve the best.