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The Academic Chair of the College of Education, Dr. Roque A. Bongcac, attended the second national convention of Teacher Education Institutions designated as Centers of Excellence (COEs), Centers of Development (CODs) and Centers of Training Institutions (COTs). With the theme, Moving Forward with the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS), the convention was held on March 4-5, 2009 at the Legenda Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales. The convention is held annually for the selected teacher education institutions to draw some programs that will enhance the standards of teacher education.

The Hon. Vilma Labrador, Undersecretary of Programs and Projects of the Department of Education, delivered the keynote speech on behalf of the DepEd Secretary, the hon. Jesli Lapus. Labrador underscored the need to upgrade teacher education to make it globally competitive.

Dr. Nenalyn defensor, Commissioner of higher Education, also delivered a talk highlighting the gains of the program of reviving the normal schools in the country and enhancing their standards. She claimed that her office had released millions of pesos for the program.

The focal point of the convention was the presentation of the new Table of Specification for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). By September 2009, the first batch of graduates of the new teacher education curriculum will take the LET; thus the need to disseminate information on the contents and nature of the new LET.

Dr. Beatriz G. Torno, Executive Director II of the Teacher Education Council served as overall chairman of the convention.

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