AFTER hosting the regional competition last December, Dagupan City hosted the National Festival of Talents with the theme “Celebrating Diversity through the Performance of Talents and Skills for Sustainable Inclusive Education” from January 29 to January 31.
NFOT, a program of the Department of Education, provides students with opportunities to showcase their talents through exhibition of their products and performances as proofs of their learning.
This year’s edition of NFOT included learners with disabilities, out of school youth and Muslim learners.
The program formally kicked off with a colorful street dance competition that highlighted each region’s respective culture and traditions.
Some 3,400 students and different learners from all 17 regions nationwide competed in the three-day competition held at CSI Stadia.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones and DepEd officials Usec. Lorna Dig-dino and Asec. Dr. Alma Ruby Torio of the Curriculum and Instruction, Dir. Leila Areola of the Bureau of Learning Delivery, Deped Regional Director Dr. Malcolm Garma, Asst. Regional Director Jess Amin, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna Bugayong, Asst. SDS Dr. Lourdes Servito and other officials from each delegation graced the opening ceremonies.
As host city and certified DepEd partner, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez welcomed the delegates to the “City of Achievers”.
Secretary Briones, thanked the mayor for her support that ensured the success of the event and commended Fernandez for her outstanding support to development of the youth in the city.
“We would like to thank Mayor Belen Fernandez for her consistent support not just in the efforts of DepEd but in her continuous promotion of talents, gifts, culture of Pangasinan and her full support for sports of the city, and in the province and region,” said Briones.
“DepED commits itself not only to the development of our learners in the sciences – in their studies, but also on those things that appeal to our souls, to our sense of identity, (the things) that give us beauty and help us survive all the challenges we are facing,” added Briones.
Individual and group contests included in the three-day competition were Technolympics, Industrial Arts, Home Economics, Agri-fishery Arts, Information and Communication Technology, Sining Tanghalan, Population Development, Tagisan ng Talino, and Special Program in Foreign Language or Language Skills Competition. (CIO/VVdV)
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