Tawi-Tawi schools included in the RITM's STH National Prevalence Survey

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) conducted a National Survey on the prevalence of Soil-Transmitted Helminthes, Schistosomiasis and other intestinal Parasitic Infection among public school children nationwide. 

For ARMM the survey went through with school health personnel in the forefront of conducting the PTA meetings/orientations and actual collections which were done on a school-to-school basis among selected public Elementary and National High Schools on September 1-5 and September 8-11, 2014 respectively. Prior to this the concerned health personnel were given orientation on May 19-20, 2014 in Zamboanga City.

The conduct of survey was simultaneously done in all provinces of ARMM that targeted five (5) schools per division which were randomly selected by the RITM that covered one (1) pre-school, three (3) Grade 3 and one (1) Grade 10 (4th Year High School) with at least 60-70 samples in each grade level. 

In Tawi-Tawi, all students who will be positive for parasitic infection will be given proper medication after results have been released by the RITM. For Tawi-Tawi Division schools were: Hji. Yunos ES, Batu-Batu Central School, Hji Akbar Ulama Memorial ES, Pagasinan ES and Sanga-Sanga National High School. RITM and Regional DOH staff came to Tawi-Tawi to personally monitor the conduct of the said activity and received the samples. Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital Laboratory Department did the microscopic examination of the samples collected. (tinsangkula/DepEd Tawi-Tawi).

DepEd-ARMM issues Weblog-based documentation and reporting system for selected programs

Regional Secretary Atty Jamar M. Kulayan signs DepEd-ARMM Regional Memorandum number 264, s . 2014, for the adoption of Weblog-based documentation and reporting system for selected programs.

"Weblog-Based Program Documentation, Reporting and Cross-Learning System is the use of online technology particularly free weblog service to track program progress, promote cross learning and continuous improvement among implementers, and engage the wider community in the spirits of transparency, democratic participation and accountability. It makes program monitoring and feedback quick, easy and inexpensive."

This innovative system will cover Special Programs in the Arts (SPA), Sports (SPS), Journalism (SPJ) and Foreign Languages (SPFL); Strengthened Technical and Vocational Education Program (STVEP); Science, Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) and Senior High School Program (SHS).

To operate this system, Implementing Schools assign one program teacher, who is internet literate, to collate and upload school data into the weblog on a monthly basis; provided all school data shall have prior scrutiny of and approval from the school head. School heads, teachers and students who have access to the internet shall be encouraged to visit, benchmark their school performance and express their opinions and comments in the weblog’s comment box. In expressing opinions and responding to other comments, propriety shall be observed all the time. When the internet in the locality is slow, implementing schools may burn a CD and submit the same to the Regional Office. All compliance and non-compliance will be acknowledged in the weblog.

The following weblogs have been created specific to the following programs:
Special Program in the Arts (SPA) - armmspa.blogspot.com
Special Program in Sports (SPS) - armmsps.blogspot.com
Special Program in Journalism (SPJ) - armmspj.blogspot.com
Special Program in Foreign Languages (SPFL) - armmspfl.blogspot.com
Strengthened Technical and Vocational Education Program (STVEP) - armmstvep.blogspot.com
Science, Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) - armmstep.blogspot.com
Senior High School Program (SHS) - armmshs.blogspot.com

"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa ARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa ARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"