Camiguin (CebuanoLalawigan sa Camiguin; KamiginProbinsya ta Kamigin) is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) off the northern coast of Mindanao. It is geographically part of Region X, the Northern Mindanao Region of the country, and was formerly a part of the Misamis Oriental province.

Camiguin is the second-smallest province in the country in both population and land area after Batanes. The provincial capital is Mambajao, which is also the province’s largest municipality in terms of both area and population.

The province is famous for its sweet lanzones, to which its annual lanzones festival is dedicated, and its interior forest reserves, collectively known as the “Mount Hibok-Hibok” Protected Landscape, which has been declared by all Southeast Asian nations as an “ASEAN Heritage Park.” The province also boasts three national cultural treasures, namely the Old Bonbon Church ruins in Catarman, the Sunken Cemetery of Catarman, and the Spanish-era watchtower in Guinsiliban. The three sites were declared to possess “outstanding historical, cultural, artistic, and/or scientific value, which is highly significant and important to the country and nation.”

Additionally, the island province has numerous important cultural treasures, such as the old Mambajao Fountain, the old Mambajao Municipal Building, the facade of the Santo Rosario Church in Sagay town, and 14 heritage and ancestral houses. The sites were declared to have “exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance” to the Philippines. All cultural treasures were declared by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. There have been moves to establish a dossier nomination for the province to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 The making of a new division office

In retrospect, the old office has accommodated a variety of DepEd operations and transactions during the past year. The department’s workforce has expanded significantly over the years, requiring the need for a more spacious and pleasant working environment, leading to the aim of constructing a new office building.

To that end, the department’s goal became a reality when it obtained funding to construct a new structure, which was made possible by the tireless efforts of DepEd Camiguin officials headed by SDS Reynaldo Manuel Jr., CESE, SDS Egdardo V. Abanil, CESO VI, and ASDS Lanila M. Palapar and ASDS Sunny Rey F. Amit. Camiguin’s local leaders, headed by Congressman Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo, Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, and Yñigo Jesus D. Romualdo, have also shown their support.

And on January 8, 2020, the groundbreaking ceremony for a new two-story DepEd Camiguin facility at the Business Center, Lakas, Mambajao, and Camiguin was conducted, adding to the excitement. Finally, on April 8, 2021, it was officially inaugurated.

How does it help the working force of DepEd Camiguin?

The new two-story DepEd-Division Office building addresses the demand for a working environment as the division’s number of teaching and nonteaching staff increases. It creates an enabling and supportive environment for service providers and motivates employees to accomplish their goals. Workers will be more motivated to complete their duties if they work in a safe and secure atmosphere. In return, DepEd’s key stakeholders may expect more easy, quick, and efficient government services.

What is the underlying value that contributes to the realization of the new building?

The development of DepEd Camiguin’s new division office building is the result of all the organization’s leaders and stakeholders working with the provincial government of Camiguin. This tremendous support has continued to demonstrate the importance of Bayanihan among DepEd personnel and other stakeholders in the province of Camiguin.

It depicts this year’s DepED 123rd Founding Anniversary theme, “Bayanihan Para sa Edukasyon,”  in accordance with Administrative Order No. 322, s. 1997, titled Authorizing Certain Government Agencies to Undertake Activities in Preparation for their Centennial Anniversary Celebrations in 1997, 1998, and 1999, and thus recognizing June 23, 1898, as the DepEds Foundation Day.

What precisely is the focus of the theme?

Bayanihan is a Filipino term used to describe people working in solidarity to achieve a common goal. Even in the most challenging times, the Filipino nation’s Bayanihan spirit shines brightly, and the Department of Education is fortunate to see this as we work together to provide hope through excellent education.

This year’s theme, Bayanihan para sa Edukasyon, expresses DepEd’s commitment to continuously provide quality basic education through the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the learners, including teaching and non-teaching personnel, during this difficult time. With that, Camiguin will continue to maintain its purpose and vision in accordance with its slogan, “batang taga isla, una sa Edukasyon”.




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Email: camiguin@deped.gov.ph
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