By Felix N. Codilla III
ORMOC CITY, Jan. 29 — A public elementary school teacher from Ormoc City topped an online essay writing contest on quality education sponsored by a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Remie D. Puno, school administrator of Lao Elementary School, bested 55 other entries from all over the country and one from the state of Maryland in the United States of America.
The contest was launched by the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education Inc. (Fuse), an NGO partner of the Department of Education (DepEd).
A former teacher of Ormoc South Central School, Puno attended a training organized by Fuse in Borongan, Eastern Samar in May 2008.
Fuse provided the participants with audio-video materials on modern teaching methods which she relayed to her co-teachers during an echo seminar.
Sometime last year, she received a text message from the foundations facilitator informing her of the contest.
The contests theme was Igniting My Passion for Teaching in which contestants should narrate in writing how the Fuse seminar improved their teaching methods.
Puno was not interested to join at first but was prodded by her husband. I didnt think of winning actually, but just to satisfy him, she said.
The City Council has passed a unanimous resolution commending Puno for winning the contest.
The resolution was sponsored by Councilor Filomeno P. Maglasang, chairman of the Committee on Education. <p<Puno also received a cash incentive from Mayor Eric C. Codilla. (PNA) scs/FNC