Tacloban City has new city schools division superintendent
TACLOBAN CITY – The city schools division has now its new leader after Ronelo Al Firmo assumed his post as the provincial superintendent of Northern Samar division starting January 25, 2012.
The assistant city Division superintendent of Ormoc, Meliza Magan, took over the post of Firmo as the division superintendent of Tacloban effective January 26, this year.
The assistant schools division superintendent, Carmela Tamayo, in her welcome address during the welcome ceremony of the new superintendent said held last January 26, said that the change of leadership at the city division could somehow changed the different organizational structures they have before.
“This is the challenge to the transition of management because having new leaders means shift of priorities, organizational scheme and has the so called “see” and “observe” behavior. Observation would be done by both the new leader and his colleagues,” she said.
Tamayo specified that a change of leadership involves culture, processes and people.
According to her, if there is a change on the organizational scheme, training on their functions is necessary to be conducted.
Tamayo cited that based from researches people resist on the change of leaders because they already feel comfortable with the old one, they are afraid of losing out, and their identity and status might be affected.
She also discussed that the different signs why people tend to resist for a change are anger, hatred, and withdrawal.
The assistant division duperintendent however clarified that the Department of Education (DepEd) Tacloban is exactly the opposite of all the description she mentioned.
“We are here because we want to let you feel that we are open to build a strong coalition with you (referring to Magan) by showing you a network of change of companion,” she explained.
“We would like to be involved,” Tamayo added.
The official pointed out that in order to establish such coalition, everyone needs to be partners by having day to day communication, to initially work and made some innovation on the management, have teamwork and adopt leadership.
As a backgrounder, Tamayo said that the city division is comprised of six district offices, 40 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools, three night high schools and 27 private schools. The total elementary enrollees is 30, 575 and 17, 072 secondary students. They also have 457 teaching staff, 106 non-teaching personnel, 553 elementary teachers and 868 secondary teachers.
The assistant division superintendent also revealed that there are nine division program specialists, six division coordinators and nine division chiefs.
The Express learned that Magan is the 14th division superintendent assigned in the city starting from Manuel Lausen on 1971 up to Firmo, who was the recent superintendent. (REY GERILLA GRADO)
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