THE Department of Education (DepEd) 7, Cebu Hub for English Learning Excellence (CHELE), and Carmen Copper Corp. and its parent company Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the holding of the 2nd Region VII Spelling Bee.
The event is aimed at improving the English skills of the children in Central Visayas (CV).
After the MOU signing, Edgardo R. Paglinawan, Carmen Copper consultant for Safety, Health, Environment and Community Relations, turned over the P500,000 sponsorship check to CHELE executive director Thomas Magee to fund the activity. This is the second year that Carmen Copper is sponsoring the regional spelling bee under the firm’s social development and management program (SDMP).
SDMP is a comprehensive five-year plan toward the sustained improvement in the living standards of the host and neighboring communities of companies in the extractive industries.
The signatories of the MOU are Carmen Copper executive vice president and director Adrian S. Ramos, who was represented by Paglinawan, DepEd 7 Director Juliet Jeruta and Magee.
The brightest of the students from the Provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor will test their spelling and vocabulary skills during the main event set on Tuesday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ecotech Centre in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. There are 19 divisions of DepEd 7 participating in the event.
Last year’s winning words are “hallucination” in the elementary level and “gauche” in the high school level. This year, organizers have added the element of vocabulary in the competition to further enrich the children’s skills in the universal language.