February 03, 2018

CBE has entered into a partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF), through their Coalitions for Change (CfC) in Basic Education Program, for the implementation of “Turo-Turismo.” Turo-Turismo is a tourism-focused SHS program which was piloted in the Province of Bohol in May 2015 and replicated in Cebu and Siquijor Provinces in July 2017. The main objective of the program is to immerse SHS teachers handling tourism-related subjects in tourist establishments and for them to develop instructional plans (I-Plans) based on actual work experience and exposure to the industry. Prior to immersion, CBE organized a Pre-Immersion Program on October 18-20, 2017 that intended to orient the pre-selected teachers about Turo-Turismo and prepare them for immersion. They were subsequently assigned to work places that matched their area of specialization and underwent immersion for a total of 120 hours required by the program. After the teachers completed their industry immersion, CBE facilitated a Post-Immersion Workshop which was held on November 22-24, 2017 at the DepEd Ecotech Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. The workshop was aimed at: gathering learnings and experiences from the teachers’ immersion; developing content for learning resource materials and training plans based on the teachers’ immersion experience; and, aligning the learning resource materials and training plans with industry standards. The first day of the program was graced by the presence of DepEd-VII Regional Director, Dr. Juliet Jeruta who expressed her pride at seeing teachers gain first-hand experience on industry-level kind of work. Dr. Jeruta wished them the best of luck as they apply their learnings in the classroom setting. As part of the workshop, Mr. Ionel Terogo of the Univ. of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) trained the teachers on how to develop content and resource materials using Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approaches. His inputs were the bases for the teachers to craft their instructional and training plans. The workshop was made remarkable by the participation of industry partners who shared recommendations on how to enhance the plans. TESDA, DepEd and DOLE representatives were also on hand for their own insights. The interesting exchange of opinions and perspectives between industry and government throughout the workshop led to the realization that certain policies by both sectors are inconsistent and do not meet. This is one of the pressing issues that CBE intends to address, together with TAF and the relevant agencies, over the course of program implementation. The last day of the program had Mr. Henry Grageda, Turo-Turismo Program Manager, as guest. Mr. Grageda conveyed his appreciation to the teachers for their hard work and for successfully completing the immersion program. He further gave credit to partners from industry and government for their collaboration and partnership. The program ended with the distribution of certificates to the participants. The teachers also submitted to CBE a portfolio which contained their instructional and training plans and thorough documentation, supported with journals and photos, of their immersion.