The Department of Education is mandated to provide quality, complete basic education that is equitably accessible to all and lay the foundation for lifelong learning and service for the common good. The Division of Olongapo City has been actively engaged towards attaining that task and the EFA goal. The establishment of schools with the invaluable help and support of the local government and the community demonstrates continued efforts to provide quality complete basic education for all in a safe and motivating environment. As of June 2015, the Division has 87 public and private pre-elementary, secondary and integrated schools to cater educational services.
Aside from formal education, the SDO prioritizes Alternative Learning System as well. It offers alternative delivery mode of interventions to meet the needs of people in different communities. The Division has anecdotal and statistical evidence of the effectiveness of these Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM) in supporting positive outcomes for students. Alternative Learning System (ALS), Indigenous People Education (IPEd), Abot Alam, Open High School/ Modified In-School Off- School Approach (MISOSA), Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE), and Abot Alam are in situ programs.
Alternative Education is arranged through consortia with DepEd and non-DepEd schools and other organizations mostly, NGOs. The SDO manages the relationships with various education providers through a memorandum of understanding or agreement. The providers are mandated to employ registered teachers to deliver the programs.
In terms of ALS, it continues implementation of the Basic Literacy Program and Accreditation and Equivalency Program and Balik-Paaralan for Out-of-School Adults. Mobile teachers or BPOSA facilitators mainly utilizes modular learning method for children, youth and adults in difficult and/or distinct situation.
Special programs being implemented geared towards academic and curriculum advancement are as follows: Special Program in Journalism, Special Program in Foreign Language, Special Program in Sports, Special Program in the Arts, Science & Technology/Engineering Curriculum/Special Science Elementary School, Information and Communication Technology, Special Education for the Gifted and Children with Special Needs.
We dream of Filipinos who passionately love their country, and whose values and competencies enable them to develop their full potential and contribute meaningfully to serving the nation. As a learner-centered public institution, the DepEd continuously improves itself to better serve its stakeholders.
To protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete BE where: students learn in a child-friendly, gender sensitive, safe and motivating environment; teachers facilitate learning and constantly nurture every learner; administration and staff, as stewards of the institution, ensure an enabling and supportive environment for effective learning to happen; and community and other stakeholders are actively engaged and share responsibility for the developing life-long learners.
- To ensure access to, promote equity in, and continuously improve the quality of BE
- Lead in the development and implementation of the DEDP, programs, and standards consistent with the national educational policies
- Building partnerships and networking with stakeholders
- Effectively and efficiently manage the financial, human and physical resources of the schools division.
- To improve the capacity and capability of the schools to accommodate and to keep all school-age children in school and to complete the 12 year basic education cycle
- To ensure the full implementation of the articulated BE curriculum (Pre-school, elementary, secondary and ALS) through localization/Indigenization and innovations in teaching the various subject areas towards the improvement in the quality of learning outcomes.
- To provide schools and learning centers and the Division Office with a physical environment that is conducive to effective teaching and learning.
- To implement an efficient and effective HRD Systems to ensure availability of competent education leaders, teaching and non-teaching personnel for the schools, learning centers and schools division office at all times.
- To ensure provision of adequate resources to schools and learning centers by strengthening and sustaining
- relationships and collaboration of education stakeholders and providing technical assistance in line with the resource mobilization to support special programs and projects for increasing access to and enhancing the delivery of quality Basic Education.