The Department of Education (DepEd) signed a memorandum of agreement today with the city government of Makati and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), formalizing the modeling of Senior High School (SHS) in the University of Makati (UMak) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
The agreement was signed by DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, Makati Mayor and UMak Chairman of the Board of Regents Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, and TESDA Director General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva.
The city government of Makati, through its locally funded University of Makati is taking the lead in modeling the proposed Senior High School (SHS) program. Modeling of SHS will help the Department identify best practices in preparation for the nationwide implementation of Grades 11 and 12 in SY 2016-2017.
DepEd began rolling out K to 12 this school year with new curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 (or 1st Year Junior High School).
“We support K to 12 because it is aligned with the needs of industry partners of Makati and we have long been implementing at the UMak an integrated lifelong learning program among our students,” said Binay.
According to Luistro, the Senior High School Program will help shift the attitude of parents and students into believing that the completion of secondary education is more than just preparation for college, and that it can be sufficient for employment and career readiness.
“Senior high school program will offer our students various specializations leading to different career paths, without denying them a chance to pursue college education if they so desire. Embedded in the Senior high school program are TESDA-recognized skills that can lead to productive employment after graduation from high school,” he said.
When classes opened in June this year, UMak took in its college-bound freshmen students as Grade 11 students. Two years of SHS allow students to mature and integrate acquired academic skills and competencies with their eventual career paths. The UMak SHS program offers specializations in Science and Technology, Business Education, Information Technology, Business Process Outsourcing, Performing and Broadcasting Arts, Athletics, and Allied Health Services.
“We hope to erase the stigma that blue collar jobs are inferior to a university degree. At the same time, we want parents and students to realize that there are viable and lucrative career options beyond those enabled by a four-year college degree,” explained Villanueva.
Graduates of the University’s SHS program have the option to take TESDA assessment for national skills certification and get employed or explore entrepreneurial opportunities. They can also pursue a college degree in UMak.
Over 160 schools in flood-affected areas are currently providing shelter for over 14,000 families affected by flooding due to continuous rains in Luzon.
In an emergency meeting called for by Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC this morning, he instructed Schools Division Superintendents of Department of Education – National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) to work closely with Local Government Units as well as the City Social Welfare and Development Offices in their respective areas.
“We need to make sure that we have enough supplies to provide for the needs of evacuees under our care. Let us work hand in hand with our City and Baranggay officials to ensure that urgent needs are provided given the current situation,” Luistro said.
NCR has the largest number of evacuees with 9,741 families housed in 115 schools. In Region 3, there are 2,568 families in 36 schools, while 17 schools in Region 4A are providing shelter for 2,180 families.
Aside from ensuring the smooth operation of schools used as evacuation centers, local officials of DepEd NCR are currently finalizing a plan for the resumption of classes including provisions for make-up classes. Details of which will be released tomorrow, August 9.
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Since its inception, the social mobilization campaign TEN Moves, which aims to build 10,000 classrooms across the country, has inspired individuals, corporations, and educational institutions to make their move in order to improve the education of Filipino students.
One of the Philippines’ highly urbanized areas and a center for trade and industry in the Visayas region is making a significant move in support of TEN Moves. Cebu has pledged Php1,898,300.00 to boost the campaign, through the donations of local corporations and organizations.
For Atty. Manuel Gordon, President of the Ayala Business Club Cebu, Inc. (ABCCI), one of the prime movers of the campaign in the area, supporting TEN Moves is one step to ensuring that Filipino children have a solid educational foundation, through environments that support and encourage learning, regardless of their age, heritage, or location.
“Our youth deserve classrooms that will give both their bodies and their minds the room to discover and to learn,” states Atty. Gordon. “Through TEN Moves, every Filipino can make a crucial investment in the educational future of Filipino children everywhere.”
Joining the ABCCI in moving for TEN Moves are the Bank of the Philippine Islands-Cebu, Marriott Hotel-Cebu City, Cebu Holdings, Inc., Globe Telecom, Honda Cars-Cebu, Inc., and Isuzu-Cebu, Inc.
As of July 2012, 2,741 classrooms have been pledged for TEN Moves’ mother campaign, Bayanihang Pampaaralan, with 880 classrooms having been built.
As Cebu joins the campaign to build 10,000 classrooms, Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC commended the commitment of private-public partnerships to education, which has allowed TEN Moves to make a difference in the lives of Filipino children.
“The TEN Moves campaign is the campaign of the Filipino people,” says Secretary Luistro. “The continued outpouring of support from individuals, the academe, non-government organizations, the private sector, and local governments is testament to the possibilities that we can achieve for our children, if we all work together.”
“With the help of every Filipino, we hope to fill up the classroom backlog, and ensure that every Filipino child and educator will have the space that they need to fully appreciate the gifts of learning,” continues Secretary Luistro.
For Mario Deriquito, Senior Director of the Ayala Foundation and a primary mover of TEN Moves, education remains a key contributor to the success and development of a nation. “With the participation of Cebu in this campaign, we hope that it will inspire more communities to make their move to improve the state of education in the Philippines, to help the country stay on course to true development.”
Interested donors are encouraged to donate P300 a month for 10 months to help build the construction of 10,000 classrooms under TEN Moves. To learn more about TEN Moves, please visit www.tenmoves.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Regional Directors of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) recently held a three-day Inter-agency Regional Directors Consultation Workshop at Bayview Park Hotel Manila. The conference aims to strengthen the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also widely known as the Philippine conditional cash transfer (CCT).
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman, during the dialogue, lauded the contribution of partner agencies including the local government units and civil society organization in ensuring that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program achieve its goal of keeping children in school and keeping them healthy.
Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said, “CCT can remain a national program implemented in coordination with LGUs and the DILG acts as bridge between the national government and local chief executives.”
On education, DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that they have allocated funds to further close the gaps in education supply side.
“We also now have the Learners Reference Number for all students enrolled in the public school system. All Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are tagged in our database. It will soon be easier to monitor and track the attendance of the children,” Sec. Luistro said.
DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona committed for the mobilization of the Community Health Teams (CHTs) to ensure the health of beneficiaries particularly of women and children.
“The Community Health Team (CHT) are mobilized not only to check on the health of beneficiaries but also to provide information on good health practices particularly for pregnant women and children,” said Sec. Ona.
The dialogue was also attended by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindadano (ARMM) OIC Vice Governor Hadja Bainon Karon and ARMM DOH Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Jr.
The three-day workshop focused on updates on program implementation, issues and concerns encountered by implementing regions, and commitments from participating agencies on how to resolve identified concerns.
DSWD is the primary implementing agency of the Pantawid Pamilya and the three other national agencies play important roles in the program implementation. DepEd helps in monitoring the compliance of beneficiaries in terms of the 85% attendance requirement. DOH provides health services for the children and pregnant women and helps in monitoring their compliance to health conditions. Lastly, DILG helps in the provision of supply side requirements such as additional human resources, and health and educational facilities.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a rights-based social protection program that aims to prevent the intergenerational cycle of poverty by ensuring that 3-14 years old children go to day care centers and schools with 85% minimum attendance and pregnant women and 0-14 years old children get basic health services. By investing in the human capital of the poor, it is hoped that they are assured of a better future and will be equipped with necessary skills to contribute to their community and to the growth of country as a whole.
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Yes, there is free training in the sciences – and it comes with free lunch.
Pursuant to Department of Education Memo No. 129, series of 2012, there will be free training for science club advisers , science teachers and enthusiasts for both elementary and high school and all they have to do is make a request.
The free training offer is ongoing from the last week of July 2012 to end of March 2013. It is open to all public and private schools and is under the auspices of the Science Club Advisers Association of the Philippines (SCAAP).
“This is part of our continuing thrust to improve the teaching of sciences in basic education with the hope of producing a new generation of science-oriented learners,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The training program aims to continuously revitalize science education pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 28 dated September 4, 1986 and Presidential Proclamation No. 264 dated September 23, 2002. It shall be conducted upon request preferably on Saturdays from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. No registration fee will be collected and free lunch will be served.
The training supports the implementation of the enhanced science education curriculum under the K to 12 Basic Education Reform Program. “This will help strengthen the capabilities of science club advisers and teachers which they will impart to their students,” Luistro added.
K to 12 is a component of the Go Education campaign which seeks to address teachers’ training, education resource gaps and curricular change.
Interested parties may contact SCAAP at Mobile 0949-8236899 or email email@example.com.
The Department of Education will start implementing the school-based education and prevention campaign nationwide to provide accurate information and comprehensive knowledge on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the workplace.
Education Br. Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC said the directive to conduct the orientation workshop on HIV and AIDS education is pursuant to Republic Act (R.A.) 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 and the Civil Service Commission Guidelines in the Implementation of Workplace Policy and Education Program on HIV and AIDs.
“This move is guided by a sense of urgency to address the unabated increase in the incidence of HIV infection in high- risk areas in the country,” explained Luistro.
The Philippines is one of two countries in Asia which has registered a spike in HIV incidence in recent years. “This is happening while the rest of the region has been experiencing a downward trend,” Luistro added.
Official documents from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health reported 313 cases in its 2012 March AIDS Registry, which means ten cases of HIV infection are being reported in the country every day.
DepEd has already finished the training of trainers on HIV/AIDS information and prevention program for the National Capital Region last July 11 to 13 for participants from the initial 8 Metro Manila divisions. The second batch of training was held last July 18 to 20 and was attended by 8 more NCR divisions. The Visayas leg will be held in Cebu on August 8 to 10 while the Mindanao leg will be in Davao on August 15 to 17, 2012.
The Department, with assistance from core trainers of the education committee of the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) will conduct the orientation for DepEd officials from the regions and divisions, including health personnel and administrative officers, education supervisors as well as alternative learning personnel.
“First we create awareness, then we communicate accurate, appropriate and comprehensive information, and then we institute measures on how to prevent its spread by translating such knowledge into positive behavioral change. This can be done through a continuing education and information campaign that is culture and gender-sensitive for our employees and teachers, said Luistro.
DepEd is duty-bound to accelerate the implementation of its HIV and AIDS education program in compliance with its duties and responsibilities as a member of the PNAC.
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Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe turns over today to Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC the symbolic key to the newly-constructed two-storey ten- classroom school building for the students of Maria Clara High School in Caloocan City.
The construction of the school building was financed by the Japanese government under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Society Projects.
Luistro said the new building would mean better environment, more conducive to learning for Maria Clara High School’s more than 2,000 students. “We thank the Japanese government for their generosity and their solidarity with the Filipino learners. Surely, this gesture helped bridge the classroom gap we are slowly erasing,” he added.
MCHS started in June 2000 as an annex school of Caloocan High School, the biggest school in Caloocan City. The current school site used to belong to Maria Clara Elementary School. It was then converted into a high school when student population ballooned to 2,084 in SY 2009 – 2010.
In 2009, then school Principal Helen Grace V. Go, requested the Embassy of Japan for additional classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of enrollees. The request was granted in 2011 and the building was completed in April 2012.
As of June 30, 2012, the school’s enrollment is 2,193.
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The Department of education (DepEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will conduct an assessment of on- going information communications technology for education (ICT4E) initiatives to better integrate ICT in the K to 12 Curriculum. Read more…
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On July 18, 2012, the Department of Education (DepEd) received bid submissions for its Public Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP).
Of the six pre-qualified PSIP bidders, BF Corporation-Riverbanks Development Corporation Consortium and Citicore Holdings Investment, Inc.-Megawide Construction Corporation Inc. submitted technical and financial proposals for the PSIP.
The first phase of the PSIP comprises 3 Contract Packages -Contract Package A, which corresponds to 2,157 classrooms (with furniture, toilet and fixtures) for 666 public schools in Region I; Contract Package B, which corresponds to 2,885 classrooms for 592 public schools in Region III; and Contract Package C, which corresponds to 4,259 classrooms for 946 public schools in Region IV-A. In total, 9,301 new classrooms will be built for 2,204 schools in these Luzon regions under the PSIP.
As part of their technical proposal, each of the bidders constructed a 2-storey, 4-classroom mock up structure in Sta. Isabel Elementary School and in Malolos Marine National High School in Bulacan. A technical team comprised of the DepED, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Labor and Employment’s Occupational Health and Safety Center, and the Ernst and Young Consortium (the DepED PSIP’s transaction adviser) will evaluate the compliance of the mock up structures against the PSIP’s Minimum Performance Specification and Standards startinh next week.
The DepED expects to award the PSIP contracts in August 2012 so that construction can commence this year. Upon acceptance of the classrooms, a ten-year lease period will commence where DepED makes annual payments to the winning bidder. During the lease period, the winning bidder undertakes periodic maintenance activities on the classroom structures every 4.5-5 years, while the DepED is responsible for day to day wear and tear.
“With all systems go under the PSIP scheme, I am confident that we will be able to achieve zero backlog in classrooms by 2013” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
Indeed, the construction of classrooms and other school infrastructure under this public private partnership scheme will enable DepED to tap private sector technical and financial resources to improve the quality of school facilities and fast-track the wiping out of classroom shortages in public schools. Succeeding phases of the PSIP will be implemented in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
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The Department of Education (DepEd), will hold a series of interactive mall exhibits to raise awareness about its K to12 basic education curriculum reform program dubbed GO! Education (Greater Opportunities! Education). The tour will kick off at The Block Atrium Activity Center in SM North EDSA on July 27.
DepEd has partnered with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), United States Agency International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBED) for the exhibit which will also be held at SM malls in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao.
“With the interactive exhibit, we hope the public would understand how our GO! Education program could help provide solutions to increase the competency of our public school teachers, improve our basic education curriculum to be at par with global standards and build more classrooms and other learning facilities with the help of both public and private partners,” said DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The exhibit will be divided into three walk-through sections. Go! Teachers! tackles the problems, existing policies and solutions to produce highly competent teachers; Go! K to 12! offers a look at the new basic education curriculum and what it aims to achieve while Go! Classroom! talks about addressing the problem of classroom shortages.
During the exhibit kick-off, GO! Education ambassadors will be on hand to expound on the features and benefits of the K to12 education program.
Public school teacher Lou Sabrina Ongkiko of the Culiat Elementary School in Quezon City will talk about teacher training, mother of five Peachie Flaviano will answer parents’ concerns on the two additional years of high school while DepEd-Bicol Assistant Regional Director Diosdado San Antonio will discuss how the government promotes the public-private partnership scheme to build much needed classrooms.
“I know that some people are still skeptical about this, but with small steps, we at the Department of Education believe that we’ll be able to move towards greater opportunities through a reformed educational system,” Luistro added.
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