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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TESDA Instructor Wins Dangal ng Bayan Award

Naida G. Lasangre, 51, an instructor at the Lupon School of Fisheries, a TESDA technical-vocational institution in Lupon, Davao Oriental, has won the Civil Service Commission’s 2008 Dangal ng Bayan Award.

She is one of the seven winners of the CSC’s yearly search for outstanding government employees, and was selected on the basis of her remarkable achievements in aquaculture education and development and community extension work.

As a government employee, she was also cited for her simple living and commitment to democracy.

Lasangre goes to work with her husband even during Saturdays and Sundays. She was one of those instrumental in enabling LSF to avail the highest amount of grant in Region 11 provided under the TESDA’s Jobs Directed Scholarship Program. It was she who prepared the Institutional Implementation Plan for Aquaculture, the LSF’s Distinctive Area of Competence (DAC), which hastened the release of an P8 million soft loan from the government of Germany for aquaculture processing tools and equipment.

A TESDA National Model Employee awardee in 2006, Lasangre, who has been teaching for 27 years, has been instrumental in the development of the LSF fishpond, which now greatly aids in the education of LSF’s aquculture students.

TESDA means Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“Because of her contribution to the development of the fishpond, LSF aquaculture students now train in bangus grow-out production hands-on, instead of through CDs and tapes which was the case before,” said Delia Lorica, LSF administrator.

“The LSF also now earns from the fishpond, it being the school’s second-highest income-generating project,” she added.

A mother of seven children, four of whom have ventured in tech-voc careers, Lasangre is an active member of the Couples for Christ and the Philippine Aquaculture Society. Her husband, Edgardo, is also an aquaculture instructor at the same school.

Her achievement in community-based training in agri-fishery is well known. She trained farmers in Barangay Rang-ay, Banay-banay, Davao Oriental in growing tilapia in a grow-out pond and taught them tilapia processing to add value to the product.

In Belayong, San Isidro, another Davao Oriental town, she trained a group of Muslims whose chieftain is a rebel returnee in growing tilapia in cages and processing them into ‘tamayo’. Today, about 50 families enjoy the fruit of her labors by engaging in tilapia growing.

TESDA director general Augusto Boboy Syjuco lauded Lasangre for her achievement when she met her and her husband in his office.

“TESDA is proud to have an employee winning the prestigious Dangal ng Bayan Award,” he said, noting how Mrs. Lasangre has motivated students in Lupon and other communities to pursue careers in tech-voc education.

Lasangre, along with the other awardees, will receive her award today from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Malacanang.

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