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In Western Visayas, 360K students have signed up for DepEd’s early registration program.

CITY OF ILOILO – During the early registration period for the school year 2022-2023, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas enrolled 360,571 students in the region.

In an interview on Tuesday, DepEd Western Visayas information officer Hernani Escullar Jr. said the number of learners in their database as of 4:30 p.m. on May 1 totaled 360,571 but had yet to be validated for the possibility of incorrect tagging or encoding.

There are 68,473 Kindergarten registrants, 104,400 Grade 1 registrants, 93,026, Grade 7 registrants, and 94,672 Grade 11 registrants.

“This will serve as the foundation for planning and preparations for the upcoming school year in terms of classrooms, student-teacher ratios, number of modules, learning materials, and other resources,” Escullar added.

The number is lower than the 387,156 early registrants from the previous school year.

“At this time, we don’t know if the encoding is still going on.” However, schools should continue to accept late registration applications, according to advice from our Planning and Research Division, because there could have been a delay or parents found it impossible to travel owing to possible constraints,” he added.

The deadline for early registration was April 30, 2022.

Learners from other grade levels who did not participate in the early registration process were automatically enrolled in the following grade level.

According to DepEd’s recommendation, the school year 2022-2023 will begin on August 22.

Meanwhile, the DepEd regional office will activate its regional election task force for the May 9 polls from 1 p.m. on May 8 to 5 p.m. on May 10.

Dr. Ramir Uytico, DepEd Regional Director, met with various school division offices and their legal section last week, according to Escullar, to discuss the preparations.

The steering group, operations, and legal support group, secretariat, call-center monitoring, data-base unit, logistics, and coordination mobile unit comprise the task force.

“Before, during, and after the elections, they will chronicle teachers and school-related difficulties and concerns,” he continued.

They can contact the task force through hotlines 0970-6457696 and 0995-414-6573, according to Escullar.

He stated that any complaints would be coordinated with appropriate agencies for a speedier response.

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