MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb 22 (PIA) – The Project UGMAD Southern Leyte was officially launched, February 21, 2017 with 25 banner-projects for 25 banner schools throughout Southern Leyte province.

  Project UGMAD Southern Leyte is under Project Lead - Empower, Achieve, through Data-driven Decisions (LEAD) of the Department of Education, said Lyna MaucesaGayas, Senior Education Program Specialist.   The launching ceremony was held at the Southern Leyte Coliseum, she reported.   DepEd’s LEAD project is in pursuance to Republic Act 9155, which highlights the role of school leaders in localizing basic education policy and principles into projects and services that would fit and address the needs of school communities.   Gayas said that that the launching ceremony was graced by DepEd Regional Director Dr. Ramir B. Uytico who lauded the division for responding to the challenge of creating data-driven school banner projects in collaboration with all education stakeholders.   “The regional chief emphasized that effective stakeholder partnership is crucial and key to strong public schools,” Gayas quoted Uytico. That if there is collaboration and shared decision making among educational stakeholders, the problem will no longer be about the children, it would become “our problems” and the schools and the learners as well, Gayas added.   The source added that it is very important for the Division Office to closely monitor the implementation of the 25 Banner Projects of the 25 pilot schools under Project UGMAD. The launching ceremony, he said, is just the beginning of the project, the implementation is still of utmost importance.   Also present in the launching were the local chief executives of the province of Southern Leyte; Chief Administrator of the province, Mr. Jayson Calva; Congressman Mercado's Chief of Staff Rodrigo Credo; friends from the media; Student Government presidents, School Heads, Public Schools District Supervisors, among other chiefs of schools and personnel, Schools Division Superintendent, and Project LEAD consultant, Mr. Rico P. Lucena. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)