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Participants display their certificates as they pose with The speaker, Mr. Albacete, discusses the importance the speaker and SDO Officials of handling finances for the teachers

In its earnest desire to help alleviate the looming financial woes of some teaching and non-teaching personnel in the division, the SDO San Juan City has staged the first edition of a 3-Phase Financial Literacy Program entitled “Mainstreaming Financial Literacy in SDO San Juan City” last September 10, 2018 at the SDO Conference Hall. A great number of participants from the schools and offices within the division stormed the venue to learn the basics of handling finances.

The invited speaker, Mr. Elmer C. Albacete, Senior Education Program Specialist of SDO Las Piñas City and a Financial guru, ran through the different situations that financially gripped most teachers and thereby affecting the quality of their teaching. He said, “DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones is bent on educating our teachers about financial literacy because it has been discovered, based on statistics, that many teachers are doubly burdened in their jobs due to financial problems they’re into”.

Financial Literacy is an answer to the World Bank study in 2015 that reported that one in 10 Filipino adults did not appear to have a “good grasp” of any of the basic concepts of managing their finances. And educators are not exempted in this dilemma. “Holding this type of seminar is a timely response to that call”, the speaker added.

The seminar is a ‘brainchild’ effort of the father of SDO San Juan City, Dr. Joel T. Torrecampo, who himself believes that financial literacy is the key to better learning outcomes. “When we truly understand the needs of our teachers, we help improve their performance in the field. And this seminar is just one of those many ways of helping them to be better professionals”, he explained.

The Schools Division Office has continuously been committed in helping the learners, teachers and all personnel in all aspects of their growth which include their financial well-being. With the directive of DepEd in mind, nurturing a culture of financially literate SDO San Juan is a hallmark of productive output in the workplace as well as influencing and teaching the majority of learners and stakeholders.

For her closing remarks, Mrs. Flordelisa D. Pereyra, OIC-ASDS, congratulated the participants in their journey towards financial freedom. “Financial Literacy has been conceptualized by the Department of Education as a battle cry to drastically address the financial woes of the teachers. The takeaways of this seminar imbibes the SDO desire to help all you as members of our SDO family”, she said.

Article written by:

Mr. Jay F. Macasieb, DEM

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