Mrs. Mercelita Jandayan-Labial

Mrs. Mercelita Jandayan Labial of Xavier University High School in Cagayan de Oro City was among ten (10) teachers from the elementary and secondary levels as winners in this year’s Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers.

As one of this year’s Outstanding Teachers, Mrs. Labial will be conferred with a gold medallion by His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III in Malacañang. She will also be presented with a plaque and cash amounting to Php 300,000 during the formal awarding ceremonies at Metrobank Plaza in Makati, which will serve as the highlight of the 48th anniversary celebration of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company on September 3, 2010.

Mrs. Labial will join the rank of 286 outstanding teachers, who have been honored by the Foundation since 1985. They automatically become members of the Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators or NOTED, an honor society of outstanding teachers committed to nurturing a culture of excellence and service among educators through professional development, publications, research, and advocacy in active partnership with government and non-government organizations.

Below is the article on Mrs. Labial:

Teaching nowadays has become advanced with the advent of technology. Teachers are now learning to integrate technology in their classroom instruction. One of which is the use of the internet in order to make learning more fun and interesting. Mrs. Labial is one of those who adopted the use of the internet in facilitating discussions and forums off-school for her students, a kind of distance learning. E-groups, e-mails, and social networking sites serve as channels for Mrs. Labial to maximize learning opportunities of which students can freely express themselves and reflect about their lessons. This has become advantageous for her as a teacher in order to address the immediate concerns and queries of her students and has become useful for her in the evaluation and measurement of student performances. This teaching innovation of Mrs. Labial has been instituted and was shared to other teachers influencing them to shift from the traditional to a constructivist approach of teaching.

She also conducted another training-workshop for teachers in the DepEd Division of Cagayan de Oro City specifically on the use of technology in teaching English Language and Literature which was funded by the International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Board.

Outside the school, Mrs. Labial is busy implementing a literacy program for young girls who were victims of rape, abandonment, and other types abuses who are under the custody of DSWD. Called LIPAD (Literacy Program for the Advancement of DSWD Girls), the program is conducted every first Friday of the month by the English Department and School of Education Graduate School Council of Xavier University.

As president of Xavier University High School Community Club, she was able to provide an all-expense paid training workshop for teachers and para-teachers belonging to the Indigenous Peoples (IP). A city-guided tour as well for graduating students from Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon was organized by them in order for them to experience life in the city.

Mrs. Labial has also trained the police force in Region X and Mindanao in terms of improving their communication skills and speech delivery and has trained personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority on technical writing and oral communications.


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