By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
In line with its efforts to provide opportunities for learners to showcase their talents in various fields, the Department of Education (DepEd) will hold the 2020 National Festival of Talents (NFOT) in Isabela.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd Memorandum No. 138 series of 2019, enjoined students from both private and public secondary schools nationwide to start preparing for the 2020 NFOT scheduled from February 17 to 21 to be hosted by DepEd Region II.
With theme, “Authentic Filipino Talents and Skills: Breaking the Barriers for Inclusive Education,” the DepEd – through the Bureau of Learning Delivery-Student Inclusion Division (BLD-SID) – will hold the 2020 NFOT in Ilagan City, Isabela.
Briones said that the 2020 NFOT aims to “provide opportunity for learners” from public and private secondary schools as well as learners from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) “to showcase their talents and skills through exhibitions of their products, services, and performances.” The event, she added, also aims to “provide opportunity for teachers and learners to explore the culture of the host region.”
The festival, Briones explained, will focus on language, arts, social studies, and technology and livelihood education through exhibitions of the youth’s products and performances as evidence of learning.
Learners who are enrolled in public or private secondary schools (Junior and Senior High Schools for School year 2019-2020) and those officially enrolled in the secondary level ALS with a Learner Reference Number (LRN) for this SY may participate in the 2020 NFOT.
Among the areas for skills exhibition include Technolympics for Technology and Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational Livelihood; Sining Tanghalan for Music and Arts; Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL); Musabaqah for ALIVE; Sign Language and Braille Reading and Writing for learners for Visual Impairment (VI) and Hearing Impairment (HI); National Population Development for Social Studies (Araling Panlipunan); Pambansang Tagisan ng Talino for Filipino; and Science Processes and Practices On-Site Test for Science, Technology and Mathematics.
Meanwhile, Briones said participation of the regions in the 2020 NFOT is “not compulsory” — thus, “regions are not required/obliged to participate in all different skills exhibitions or contests if funds are not enough or due to other valid reasons.”
Briones also reminded that “there shall be no registration fee” during the 2020 NFOT, however, travelling expenses of participants going to and from the venue shall be charged to local funds or other sources, subject to the accounting and auditing rules and regulations.”
Likewise, Briones advised the head of the regional delegation to coordinate closely with the host region and schools division to provide the details of the participants’ arrival and departure from the venue to ensure “proper administrative arrangements with the concerned committees.”