The Department of Education will soon come out with a more comprehensive child protection policy to shield the child against abuse, exploitation and discrimination including bullying and other forms of violence against children in school.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said school personnel and the public in general must be reminded that corporal punishment and violence in any form is not allowed in public schools whether committed by adults or the children’s peers.
“We reiterate that school personnel who commit such acts are violating the provisions of Batas Pambansa 232 and that they can be held criminally liable including dismissal from the service,” added Luistro.
On the other hand, Republic Act 7610 listed down acts that constitute child abuse and are therefore considered a criminal offense. This includes psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment. Also included is any act by deeds or words which debase, degrade or demean the worth and dignity of a child; unreasonable deprivation of his basic needs for survival such as food and shelter; as well as failure to immediately give medical treatment to an injured child resulting to serious impairment of his growth, permanent incapacity or death.
In view of this, DepEd as early as 2006 issued DepEd Memo 297 Prohibiting Acts Constituting Violations of RA 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and the Family Code to set a limit on the substitute parental authority being exercised by some DepEd authorities.
The order specified that substitute parental authority can only be exercised within the school premises and it shall be exercised only to protect and promote the physical, mental and moral well-being of the students
To further strengthen the campaign against child abuse in school, DepEd is developing a more comprehensive policy in consultation with teachers and other stakeholders.
“This is a serious matter that we cannot put off nor delay because it involves the over-all well being of our learners which when not addressed promptly may negatively affect them for life,” said Luistro.
The proposed policy will cover measures to prevent abuses against children in the school and the processes to be observed when abuses are committed. It will also include the procedures to follow and possible referral to other concerned agencies.
Meanwhile, DepEd expresses its supports to the anti-bullying bill of Senator Antonio Trillanes which seeks to institutionalize its teaching in schools and the creation of public awareness on its ill-effects on child development. This is consistent with the mandate of DepEd which puts premium on child safety in schools while providing an environment conducive to learning.
DepEd also believes that addressing the issue on bullying in school cannot be simply addressed by dismissing or suspending the offending child because it requires a more thorough approach that involves both the school and the parents to be able to get to the root of why a child resorts to bullying. Oftentimes, bullying is a manifestation of problems that stem at home.
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The number of public schools that breed future Filipino scientists has now reached 200 nationwide, with the addition this school year of 100 new schools that offer specialized curriculum focused on the sciences.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the 100 new special science elementary schools (SSES) consist of Special Education (SPED) Centers with programs for the gifted and the talented and selected regular schools which passed the SSES screening procedures.
“We feel that it is time to add more science-oriented schools in addition to the first SSES in 2007 which was composed of 57 schools and another 43 in 2009 because we need to train more scientists to support national development,” added Luistro.
The stronger focus on science education is included in the ten-point education agenda of President Aquino.
“We support the vision of the president to strengthen science education because a strong foundation in the sciences is one of the building blocks of a progressive economy,” Luistro explained.
SSES is a project of DepEd designed to develop Filipino children who are equipped with scientific and technological knowledge and skills plus creative and positive values that will make them catalysts in spurring research and development thrusts.
SSES provides enriched curriculum for Mathematics and Science where gifted and talented learners are provided a venue and exposure to develop their aptitude and skills.
Teachers in SSES are equally trained to measure up to the expectations of teaching specialized courses in math and the sciences and must be committed to the vision of fully developing the scientific minds of young learners.
SSES are appropriately-equipped with laboratory rooms, science apparatuses and equipment, ICT-based learning resources as well as Science, Math, English textbooks and supplementary materials.
“We also provide our students in the special science program academic and co-curricular opportunities to reach their full potential, thus, they join science camps, investigatory projects, academic competitions as well as networking with other science-oriented schools both locally and within the ASEAN region.”
The SSES curriculum provides longer instruction time in Science. For Grades 1 to 3, instruction time is 70 minutes. For Grades 4 to 6, it is 80 minutes. The school head/teacher may further enrich the curriculum if they feel it is necessary to address the needs of the pupils.
The first batch of SSES pupils who have a complete science education from Grade 1 to 6 will graduate in school year 2012-2013. SSES are the feeder school for science-oriented high schools strategically located nationwide.
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A comprehensive guideline on the use of P535.19 million intervention funds to further strengthen the redesigned technical-vocational education programs (STVEP) in terms of infrastructure and capabilities has been released by the Department of Education.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the release of intervention fund is meant to produce a new generation of highly-skilled workforce who has the competencies and skills to be absorbed by both local and international job markets.
There are currently 282 DepEd-supervised technical vocational schools across the country.
DepEd, through its Tech-Voc Task Force Office, is implementing various intervention strategies including the allocation of funds for the construction of multi-purpose laboratory workshops, provision of competency assessment subsidy, capability-building program for tech-voc teachers, curriculum enhancement and other tech-voc led activities.
DepEd has allocated P419.3 million to construct new multi-purpose laboratory workshops for each of the 282 tech-voc schools nationwide. Arts and trade which has 156 schools got the biggest share at P234 million, agriculture was alloted P119.16 million for its 81 schools and fishery will receive P66.2 million for its 45 schools.
The construction of new laboratory cum workshops will address the shortage of functional facilities which is crucial in the application of acquired concepts. “It is crucial to have enough laboratories and proper working areas so that students can experience the practical application of theories that they learn in school,” said Luistro.
A tech-voc facility can be an arts and trade workshop building, food laboratory building, nursery and greenhouse for agriculture and fishpond for fishery.
Currently, the workshop area of the 282 tech-voc schools are classrooms which have been converted into working areas and are therefore below the standard workshop facilities required by training regulations.
“We really need standard workshop area/facilities to make it conducive for the hands-on training of our students,” Luistro stressed.
Meanwhile, the provision of competency assessment subsidy (CAS) is needed for the assessment of the competencies of the students in various areas of tech-voc specialization. The assessment subsidy for fourth year graduating students covers pre-assessment, supplies and materials, assessors’ fee, transportation allowance and other incidental expenses during assessment which is conducted by TESDA.
The CAS allocation was pegged at some P57.4 million.
Luistro explained that a national certification level I or II or certificate of competency can be given to those who pass the assessment. “This serves as a license attesting to their technical capability and global competitiveness and therefore entitles them to become middle-level workers,” he added.
The capability program for teachers teaching 21 areas of specialization in arts and trades, agriculture and fishery was allocated some P20.8 million. It has two components. One is skills enhancement training and assessment where teachers expose themselves with the latest trends and technologies which they can impart to their students. The other is training and assessors’ methodology where participants who have completed the training program and have gone through the assessment process can become assessors themselves for other schools.
There are also the Tech-voc Task Force spearheaded capability-building programs which include the SEAMEO in-country training program, orientation for tech-voc administrators, benchmarking of best tech-voc related practices, strategies and models and semestral program performance review and planning. DepEd has set aside some P3.16 million for these activities.
Related to this, about P21.8 million was earmarked for curriculum development where some of the activities include a workshop on the integration and revision of the tech-voc curriculum in relation to the eventual implementation of the K to 12 program. The validated curriculum which would also include instructional materials will be printed and delivered to the 282 tech-voc schools.
Other Tech-voc Task Force-led operations/activities get some P12.5 million to cover various operational expenses.
Luistro pointed out that, these guidelines shall serve as the basis for the allocation, release, utilization and reporting of the use of intervention funds.
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Produce a video or a poster honoring your teacher and win prizes for you and the teacher you are paying tribute to.
The Department of Education launched this contest among elementary and high school students nationwide to bring to national consciousness the key role teachers play in society. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the very first video and poster-making contest is part of the Teachers’ Month celebration this September which will culminate in October 5, the World Teachers’ Day.
“Through this contest, we would like to encourage elementary pupils and high school students to creatively express how much they honor and value their teachers using multi-media,” added Luistro.
The contest theme is “My Teacher, My Hero.” The poster-making contest is open to all elementary pupils whilehe video-making is for high school students, both public and private schools. Only one entry will be accepted per school. The entry must be original, unpublished, student-produced and recent.
The champion will receive one android phone and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It while the teacher who is the subject of the tribute will get P3,000 and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It. The first and second runners-up will get one Talk n Text Panalo Phone and one Smart Bro Pre-Paid Plug It each while the teacher will receive the same set of prizes as their students.
The total running time of the video must not exceed one minute and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject My Teacher, My Hero – Video Tribute on or before September 23, 2011, the deadline of submission.
Files must be in a file format that can be uploaded to any one of the popular websites that support video content such as Facebook, You Tube, Vimeo, Megaupload, etc. The contest entries and finalists will be uploaded to www.facebook.com/depedtmc for public viewing and online voting which will run from September 26 until October 2, 2011.
For the poster-making contest, pupils may use oil, water color, acrylic, pastel, pen or ink (except 3- dimensional art materials) on ¼ illustration board. The entry must be sent to the DepEd Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA) at 119 Ground Floor, Mabini Building DepEd Central Office, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. The awarding for both contests is on October 5, during the World Teachers’ Day celebration.
Further inquiries about the contest may be directed to Joey Pelaez, Executive Director of CSCA at telefax nos. (02)636-3603 or 631-8495. Interested participants may also send a message via www.facebook.com/depedtmc or www.facebook.com/csca.deped
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The Department of Education, in support of the United Nations Literacy Decade, will hold the 2011 National Literacy Conference aimed at creating public awareness on the role of literacy in attaining a peaceful and sustainable future.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the conference will be participated in by peace and education workers from the government and private sector. It will also become a venue for sharing good practices on peace literacy and good governance being implemented by various groups across the country.
The conference will be from September 27 to 29, 2011 at the Imperial Palace Suites in Quezon City.
The Philippines scored a win in the 2011 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes when Tagum City was awarded for its exemplary accomplishment in achieving a thriving business community as a result of its peace education campaign. One of the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the National Literacy Hall of Fame Award to Tagum City for being a three-time first place winner in the Outstanding Local Government Unit in the National Literacy Awards.
Expected to attend the two-day seminar are bureau, center and regional directors or their representatives, schools/city divisions, superintendents and assistant superintendents of the Alternative Learning System and formal education.
Also attending are ALS coordinators and mobile teachers especially those belonging to 5th and 6th class municipalities, as well as officers of government agencies with extension programs involving literacy or continuing education. The invitation is also extended to heads and members of non-government organizations and civil society groups involved in universalizing literacy in the regions; heads of local government units, barangay chairpersons and kagawad members, barangay health workers who also work for literacy.
One of the outputs expected from the participants is a peace and literacy action agenda that includes programs, projects and activities for community development.
Interested parties may call the Literacy Coordinating Council at telephone numbers (02) 631-0579, 631-0567 and 635-9996.
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With over P1 billion committed so far for classroom construction, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte becomes the latest province to be counted in under the Department of Education- Local Government Unit classroom construction counter-parting program aimed at easing classroom shortage in public schools.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro signed the counter-parting agreement with Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to build 44 classrooms in Paoay Lake National High School and in Paoay Central Elementary School, allocating P50 million for the project.
To date, nine provincial and another nine city governments have signed an agreement with DepEd to build a total of 1,347 new classrooms for a total LGU share of some P616 million. Including the share of DepEd, the total counter-parting fund now runs to some P1.129 billion.
Classroom shortage is a perennial problem in the Philippine public school system owing to the unabated population growth such that the department has to accommodate at least a million new entrants to public schools each year. The introduction of universal kindergarten in all public schools as part of the proposed K to 12 education reform program also resulted to the sharp demand for classrooms across the country.
“We welcome this latest addition to the growing number of LGUs that want to participate in the counter-parting program. Sa pagtutulungan kaya nating punuan yung mga kulang na classrooms at ang iba pang pangagailangan ng ating public schools,” said Luistro.
DepEd early this year signed a memorandum of agreement with the League of Cities, League of Municipalities and League of Provinces of the Philippines and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the implementation of the classroom construction counter-parting scheme. The DBM will assist the DepEd in identifying the appropriate funding sources under its budget and facilitate the release of allotment upon submission of required documents.
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Strengthen environmental education and match this with concrete school-based activities that will preserve and protect the environment.
This is the marching order of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to both public and private schools nationwide as contained in DepEd Order No. 52 s. 2011. The move of the education chief is pursuant to Republic Act 9512 entitled “An Act to Promote Environmental Education and for other Purposes.”
“I urge all public and private schools to take the lead in promoting environmental awareness by enhancing environmental education and by pursuing activities in schools that nurture the environment,” said Luistro.
Toward this end, DepEd directs all public and private schools to intensify lessons regarding environment on all science subjects, in classroom discussions, drills and activities.
To integrate environmental protection in related learning areas, Luistro instructed the DepEd’s Bureau of Elementary Education, Bureau of Secondary Education and the Alternative Learning Systems to review the existing curricula and adjust them accordingly.
Relative to this, Luistro also ordered the creation of Youth for Environment in School Organizations (YES-O) in all public and private elementary (Grades 4 to 6) and secondary schools and have them registered in the Division Office. The YES-O shall take the lead in implementing environmental activities and advocacies of their respective schools.
Student membership should be voluntary and no membership fee shall be collected from the students. “We want environmental concern to grow naturally from the hearts of our young that is why we give them enough elbow room to grow but with clear guidelines,” explained Luistro.
Subject to the rules and regulations of the schools, the YES-O may be allowed to conduct fund-raising activities within the school premises to support environmental programs and activities. YES-O shall be under the supervision of DepEd’s Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs.
Meanwhile, Luistro also instructed school officials and teachers to use instructional materials such as books, visual aids, teaching guides and materials to reinforce the teaching of environmental issues.
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Have you ever said thank you to at least one of your teachers who created a big difference in your life?
If not, this is your chance as the Department of Education launches a campaign that encourages every Filipino to say a word of thanks to their teachers – a fitting highlight to the annual celebration of Teachers Month this September and World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said it is but proper that the country dedicate a whole month to recognize teachers for their unique role in preparing students for the future, in strengthening communities and in building a nation.
“I think we should regularly take time to revitalize the image of teachers and draw public attention to their value in society,” said Luistro.
All public and private elementary and secondary schools, division and regional offices are enjoined to conduct programs and activities that support the Teachers Month and the World Teachers Day.
One of these is the say “thank you” campaign where students are encouraged to write a letter, send a card, offer a gift or post a greeting in various social networking sites.
“We have many creative ways and various media platforms to be used to express our gratitude to our teachers,” added Luistro.
DepEd likewise enlists the support of television and radio station anchors, hosts and artists to say “thank you” to their mentors in their respective programs.
Schools are encouraged to feature stories or write-ups on their teachers through their school papers, websites and Facebook accounts. They can also submit these write-ups to local newspapers and national broadsheets.
Moreoever, DepEd division and regional offices can mobilize support from the community and commercial establishments in paying tribute to teachers by encouraging them to give discounts, freebies and special treats and promos for the whole month of September until October 5.
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The Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation (GKDCF) has offered its 346 classrooms nationwide to be used for extension classes for 5-year old children who are enrolled under the Department of Education’s universal kindergarten program.
“Our gratitude goes to the foundation for offering not only their facilities but their teachers as well,” a beaming Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
Under the arrangement, added Luistro, children are officially enrolled in public elementary schools but shall recite or hold classes in GKCDF classroom under a volunteer teacher from the foundation. The teacher will use the National Kindergarten Curriculum Guide developed by DepEd.
DepEd’s started implementing the universal kindergarten program this year to give 5-year olds enough preparation on the rigors of regular schooling. Many studies have shown that a learner who has a pleasant pre-school experience is more likely to complete basic education.
The sudden surge of enrolment in pre-school which is offered by the government for free aggravated the perennial problem of classroom shortage in public schools.
“We welcome this offer of GKDCF because it concretely addressed classroom and teacher shortages which we all know is a continuing challenge for DepEd considering the increasing number of enrollees which do not go lower than one million new entrants every year,” explained Luistro.
DepEd is duty-bound to accept into its fold all students who want to enrol in public schools as part of its mandate to make education accessible to all Filipinos.
The universal kindergarten program is the first step in the K to 12 basic education reform program under the Aquino administration aimed at producing high school graduates who have the skills to enter the world of work, better prepared for college education and ready for the global market.
Luistro directed all school officials beginning at the regional level to coordinate with GKCDF coordinator in their areas and identify the public elementary schools needing additional classrooms and thus, make use of the foundation’s facility. He also urged them to monitor and provide technical assistance to the GKCDK volunteer teachers.
“We will also invite the foundation’s volunteer teachers to participate in school-based and division training so that we can also help in further honing their teaching skills,” Luistro said.
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Ten teachers from across the country were given nationwide recognition for doing what they do best and for loving the profession to bits.
Teachers from public schools dominated this year’s awardees stressing the point that limited teaching resources need not result to mediocre output.
Eight public school teachers from the elementary and secondary levels, including one professor each from the University of the Philippines-Manila and the University of Santo Tomas emerged as winners in the 2011 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers.
Panabo City, Davao Del Norte and Tiaong, Quezon produced their first outstanding teacher awardees in this year’s Search.
The winners from the elementary category are: Marcela E. Jingco of Angeles Elementary School (Angeles City); Lora E. Añar of Bukidnon State University (Malaybalay City); Dr. Teodora D. Conde of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School (Sta. Cruz, Manila); and Djhoane C. Aguilar of Panabo Central Elementary School (Panabo City).
Winners from the secondary category are: Dr. Chelo C. Tangan of Cagayan National High School (Tuguegarao City); Buenaventura D. Luces of Lusacan National High School (Tiaong, Quezon); Vilma C. Ambat of Baguio City National High School (Baguio City); and Maricel S. Franco of Nueva Vizcaya General Comprehensive High School (Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya).
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the selection of the winners each year has proved that we have no shortage of mentors who wholeheartedly share to the next generation of Filipinos their wealth of knowledge and love for learning. He added: “ Outstanding Filipino teachers, I assure you, can stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best.”
Dr. Jericho Thaddeus P. Luna of the University of the Philippines-Manila (UPM) and Dr. Allan B. De Guzman of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) are the awardees for the higher education category.
“Humbling is the discovery, year upon year of the Search, of the selfless commitment and courage of these exemplary educators to withstand challenges in order to nurture the minds and the hearts of our young students,” said Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña. “Our utmost admiration goes to all the awardees, for even in the busiest cities or remotest barangays, they selflessly fulfill their vocation in cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally preparing the youth of our country,” he continued.
The winners were selected from 175 nominees coming from various public and private educational institutions in the Philippines, of which 40 qualified as regional finalists. The regional finalists underwent interviews and teaching demonstrations before the members of the preliminary board of judges identified top performers for each category. Twenty (20) of the regional finalists were then selected to become the national finalists.
The national finalists then faced the Final Board of Judges for this year’s Search co-chaired by Senator Loren B. Legarda and Associate Justice Martin S. Villarama, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Also serving as judges were: Congressman Lorenzo R. Tañada III of the 4th District of Quezon Province; Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla of the Province of Leyte; Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency A Selverajah; Far Eastern University (FEU) president Dr. Lydia B. Echauz; and PTV broadcast journalist Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez.
This year’s Outstanding Teachers, together with the winners of the Search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) and the Search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldires (TOPS), were conferred with gold medallions and plaques by His Excellency President Benigno Aquino in Malacañang Palace. They were presented with plaques and a total cash prize close to Php 10 million for the three (3) Searches. They will also be presented in the formal awarding ceremonies during Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company’s anniversary celebration on September 5, 2011.
This year’s winners will join the rank of 296 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.