DR. YOLANDA S. QUIJANOUndersecretary for Programs and Projects
Dr. Yolanda Quijano is "married" to her profession as an educator for 43 years now. Right after receiving her degree in elementary education at the Leyte Normal School in 1967, she immediately began her career as an elementary school teacher. She taught for 15 years, dedicating a portion of her life as a special education teacher for the deaf in the Division of Leyte. With a doctorate degree in education, Master of Arts in Special Education and graduate certificate in Special Education all at the Philippine Normal University, her rising from the ranks came as a matter of course.Her appointment as Undersecretary for Programs and Projects culminates her life works as a specialist in primary and special education.
A career officer, she and the only female in the new group of undersecretaries but her long experience and historical knowledge of existing programs and projects earned for her the position.Dr. Quijano headed the Bureau of Elementary Education from October 2007 to July 2010. She was also the deputy project manager of the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP) from 2001 to January 2006. Through her stewardship, the project was a success, resulting to improved learning achievements, completion rates and better access to quality elementary education in different provinces.
She received various recognition from the DepEd community, including DECS Outstanding Employee of 1989 and a plaque of recognition in 1997 for having topped the Second School's Superintendent Licensure Examination. She also received scholarship awards with which she pursued International Course in Special Education of Deaf Children with Multiple Handicaps in the Netherlands, and the Public Management Development Program in Connecticut, USA, among others.With her advocacy in Special Education, Dr. Quijano conceptualized and implemented the SPED-BEE Inclusive Education and the establishment of the SPED Centers as Resource Centers in Inclusion.
She has also published several books and articles on SPED and primary education and was sought-after resource speaker in international and local conferences on special education. She is a member of various organizations that actively push for the right to education of children with disabilities and mental retardation.
Dr. Quijano currently teaches part-time at the Philippine Normal University and the University of the Visayas in Cebu City.