Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST ) Teacher Education Institution (TEI ) spearheaded by Dr. Ma. Asusina Asuncion E. Echaveria, was chosen by the Department of Education in line with its K to 12 Basic Education Program as the service provider for the Regional Mass Training of Grade 8 teachers in Mathematics and Technology Livelihood Education held last May 6 – 31, 2013.
WVCST – TEI as the service provider facilitated the accommodation, food, venue as well as the management of training programs and reproduction of Teachers’ Guides and Curriculum Guides for the trainees that reached to 1,894 with a budget of Php 9,659,400.00, 25% of which coming from DEP-ED and 75% was temporarily provided by the College and soon to be reimbursed by the Department of Education. This training ran for 15 days from May 6-10, 2013 for Mathematics teachers, May 20-24 for TLE teachers first batch and May 27-31 for the second batch. The covered gym and some classrooms in the campus served as the venue of the training . However, the trainees were housed in different hotels in the city while the College provided the meals.
Grade 8 teachers all over Panay and Guimaras participated in the said training and were trained by DEP-ED and also by the faculty of WVCST.
Despite the short notice, the College was able to come up with a successful training and accommodation. To top it all, it was rated by the Department of Education as EXCELLENT. As Dr. Echaveria humbly says, “Though we were rated as excellent, we believe we still have a lot to learn and improve in facilitating and providing services in such kind of big trainings. However, we were also happy and proud to be rated as such.”