Dr. Romeo J. Yarcia, “Romy” to his close friends and relatives, is known to many as an untiring, versatile and accomplished educator, having risen to rank from an elementary grade teacher in various DepEd schools in Nueva Vizcaya to District Supervisor in Dupax del Norte District and subsequently in Bayombong II District where he retired on July 1, 2006. A holder of a doctorate degree in Education major in Educational Management from Saint Mary’s College, now a university, and Master of Arts in Education, major in School Administration and Supervision at Baguio Vacation Normal School, Baguio City, his devotion for teaching is very evident as even before he retired from the government service he was already teaching as a part-time professor in the Graduate School of Aldersgate College since 1995 and continues to be one to the present.
But what many others may still not know about Dr. Yarcia is his passion for writing. One of the greatest accolades in recognition to Dr. Yarcia’s writing ability is his being taken in as the new editor-in-chief of the Vizcaya Advocate, a pioneer community newsweekly based in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, vice Edgar L. Daniel who resigned because of illness.
When Dr. Yarcia joined the college, his skill in the pen was recognized immediately by Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan, AC’s President and did not give a second thought of designating him as the moderator of the Professional Paragon, the official newsletter of the Graduate School, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research and Development both of Aldersgate College. Subsequently, he was designated by the President as Officer-in-Charge of the College Research and Development Office, in November 2009, where his functions included (a) publication of the Journal of Research and Development , (b) formulation, coordination and implementation of the College Research and Development Agenda, (c) establishment and maintenance of Data Base Information of all research and development projects conducted by all academic units, development centers, and college programs and projects, and (d) maintenance of Research Development Website.
His passion for writing was already evident even during his college years at SMC, where he completed his BSEED course in flying colors, having received cum laude honors, when he was selected through screening test and tasked as the editor-in-chief of the Marian, a student publication, for 2 years. In his stint as an educator, the late Superintendent Dr. Benjamin G. Lodriguito tapped him as the editor-in-chief of the Division Newsletter. He has also been invited as resource speaker in various press conferences from school to regional levels and has been editor-in-chief of the NVPSTA, Herald since 1975, editor of the Summit, Solano I Newsletter, Trailblazer, and Bayombong II Newsletter. Furthermore, he has served as contributor and editor in various CAVRAA publications for several years, to Modern Teacher, Philippine Journal of Education, the Vizcaya Advocate and Dalton Post.
Married to Nena Mendoza Calata, MAED, a retired Teacher-in-Charge, their union is blessed with two kids, a boy and a girl, namely: 1) Romeo Emmanuel II, BSA, MPA, Division Planning Officer II of DepEd Division Office, who passed the Civil Service Career Professional and Sub-professional with grades of 90 and 87 respectively, married to Catherine D. Non, DepEd Division Office employee, with one child, Romina Jandie; and 2) Maggie Ronalyn Y. Bacani, BEED, MAED with best thesis and with honors, Master Teacher II – Teacher-in-Charge of P.D. Galima Elementary School, married to Fidel M. Bacani, OFW in Taiwan, with 2 children – Ira Corinne, Grade VI pupil, and Fides Candy, Grade V pupil of SECS.