(Introduced by Sen. Alan Peter “Companero” Cayetano)
Teachers mold today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders and productive, responsible citizens. The importance of the teaching profession was validated by a 1998 World Bank study, which pointed out that the role of teachers, is considered as the “single most influential factor” behind a student’s performance. This recognition is not new. More than four decades ago, or on June 18, 1966, our public school teachers rejoiced in the enactment of R.A. No. 4670, or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, which aimed “to promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers, their living and working conditions, their terms of employment and career prospects in order that they may compare favorably with existing opportunities in other walks of life, attract and retain in the teaching profession more people with the proper qualifications, it being recognized that advance in education depends on the qualifications and ability of the teaching staff and that education is an essential factor in the economic growth of the nation as a productive investment of vital importance”.
The present salary grade given to teachers is not the appropriate salary grade that teachers should be entitled to, based on their qualifications. According to the DepEd, ‘Teachers should have the equivalent salary grade of a 1st Lieutenant in the Philippine Army, SG 17.” This was the same finding of the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) way back in 1991, when they recommended that the salary grade of a Teacher 1 should be SG 17. The EDCOM Report concluded that the level of compensation of teachers is low “relative to the functional definition of the teaching job, the sensitiveness of the teaching responsibility, the technical requirements of the job, the time required for it and the intellectual demand it makes.”
The bill is in response to the clamor of our public school teachers for the urgently needed support, considering that their present compensation package places them in a peculiar situation of being just within the present poverty threshold. It also endeavors to place the teaching profession to be, at least in the same position as that of other professions like the police and the military in terms of compensation given the professions like the police and the military in terms of compensation given the qualification requirements of becoming a teacher. The bill also seeks to remedy the current problems of teachers relative to the provisions of the magna carta which since its enactment in 1966 continues to be unimplemented and to prevent the massive exodus of the members of the teaching profession who are seeking jobs in other countries, the type of brain drain that this country cannot afford.
This bill seeks to provide additional support and compensation for educators in basic education. First, it shall provide for an across the board additional compensation for educators. It will also afford the teachers a comprehensive package of additional benefits which includes a medical allowance of at least Php1,000.00 that will be given for check-ups and other medical expenses and an annual Magna Carta bonus to answer for the unpaid benefits due to the teachers under Republic Act No. 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers Act. It also authorizes the Local School Board to support the teachers in the form of allowances and other remuneration funded from local school board funds.
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND COMPENSATION FOR EDUCATORS IN BASIC EDUCATION
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy.- It is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote the welfare and economic well-being of public school teachers and personnel in basic education.
SEC. 2. Definition of Terms. -
a. Basic Education- shall refer to early childhood, elementary, secondary, alternative learning system (ALS), and education for those with special needs:
b. Locally-Funded Teacher- shall refer to a public school teacher who is hired and paid for, fully or partially, by a local government unit or any other local entity in accordance with the rules and regulations issued by the Department of Education (DepEd);
c. Non-Teaching Personnel- shall refer to officials and employees of the Department of Education who are not defined herein as public school teachers;
d. Public School Teacher- shall refer to a person engaged in: (1) actual classroom teaching in public basic education; (2) teaching in alternative learning system (ALS); (3) teaching and non-teaching employment with the Philippine Science High School System; and (4) school-based supervisory, managerial, administrative, and/or technical functions in public basic education.
SEC. 3. Beneficiaries.- The Additional Support and Compensation provided for in this Act shall cover the following: 1) public school teachers, 2) locally-funded teachers, 3) Philippine Science High School System teaching and non-teaching personnel, and 4) non- teaching personnel of the DepEd, excluding those occupying positions from salary grade level 30, under the DepEd schedule of salaries, and/or Assistant Secretary upwards.
SEC. 4. Additional Compensation. – An amount of Nine Thousand Pesos (Php9,000.00) per month shall be granted to those mentioned in Sec. 3 of this Act as additional compensation to their existing salary and benefits: Provided, That said amount shall be paid in three (3) equal tranches, as follows:
First Year – P3,000 per month;
Second Year – an additional P3,000 per month:
Third Year – another additional P3,000 per month;
Provided further, That in succeeding years, said support compensation shall be continuously paid in full to the beneficiaries: Provided furthermore, That said additional compensation shall be considered as part of the basic salary for the purpose of computing retirement pays and bonuses that the beneficiaries under this Act are entitled to: Provided finally, That the support granted under this Act shall be without prejudice to future increases in the basic pay of the herein beneficiaries.
SEC. 5. Additional Support. — The following additional support is hereby authorized:
a. Support in the form of allowances and other remuneration funded from local school board funds
Any law, executive issuance, department order, local ordinance, and the like, to the contrary notwithstanding, the Local School Boards, as defined in the 1991 Local Government Code, are hereby authorized to augment the existing allowances of herein beneficiaries to be sourced from the Special ‘Education Fund (SEF): Provided, that the implementation of this authority shall not in any way prejudice the required budgetary allocation to address the school building and classroom shortage in the area.
b. Medical Allowance
The herein beneficiaries shall receive an allowance for medical check-up in the amount of One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) per year.
c. Magna Carta Bonus
In consideration of the many unenjoyed and unimplemented provisions of Republic Act 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers of 1966, the DepEd is hereby authorized to grant an annual Magna Carta bonus to public school teachers and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd. The maximum amount of the Magna Carta bonus shall be equivalent to the entitlement a teacher or a non-teaching personnel should have received under RA 4670 but which has not been realized in a given budget year. The funding for this bonus shall be sourced from savings or other sources as may be determined by the DepEd.
SEC. 6. Appropriation.- To immediately implement the provisions of this Act, the initial funding shall be sourced from the savings of the Executive branch of the government and other possible sources that may be determined by the Office of the President, and subsequent funds needed shall be included in the General Appropriations Act for the year following the approval of this Act.
SEC. 7. Transitory Provision. – Notwithstanding Section 2 (b) of this Act, all locally-funded teachers shall enjoy the benefits herein granted: Provided, That within three (3) years from the approval of this Act, locally-funded teachers who fail to comply with said Section 2 (b) shall cease to be covered by this Act.
SEC. 8. Separability Clause.- Should any provision herein be declared unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity of the other provisions of this Act.
SEC. 9. Repealing Clause.- All laws, decrees, orders, rules, and regulations or other issuances or parts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SEC. 10. Effectivity.- This Act shall take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.
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DepEd Memo No. 164, s. 2012
September 18, 2012
15TH PHILIPPINE MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (PMO)
To: Bureau Directors Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents Heads, Public and Private Secondary Schools
- The Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) will hold its 15th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) this School Year 2012-2013.
- The PMO aims to:
a. stimulate the improvement of Mathematics education in the country by awakening greater interest in, and appreciation of Mathematics;
b. identify and motivate the mathematically gifted;
c. identify potential participants to the International Mathematical Olympiad;
d. provide a vehicle for the professional growth of teachers; and
e. encourage involvement of public and private sectors in the concerted promotion and development of Mathematics education.
3. The 15th PMO shall be carried out in the following three (3) stages:
a. Qualifying Stage: October 13, 2012 (Saturday). The qualifying/elimination stage is a two-hour multiple choice examination consisting of thirty (30) questions, fifteen (15) of these questions are worth two (2) points each, ten (10) are worth three (3) points each and five (5) are worth six (6) points each. The competition will be between high school students in each area (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region). There will be at least one (1) testing site in each of the regions.
b. Area Stage: November 17, 2012 (Saturday). The area stage is a three-hour written competition consisting of twenty (20) questions worth two (2) points each and three (3) open-ended questions worth eight (8) points each. There will be testing centers in each of the regions with qualifying participants.
c. Final Stage: January 26, 2013 (Saturday). The national/final stage is a written and oral competition between the top twenty (20) participants (national ranking) of the area stage. This competition will be held in Manila. Test development (preparation, analysis and evaluation of questions and problems to be used in the competition) begins in August 2012 and continues throughout the year.
4. The winners of the PMO will automatically be qualified to join in the Mathematics training team for the 2013 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO is the largest and most prestigious international mathematics competition among secondary school students from all over the world. The representatives of the country to the IMO will be selected from a pool of high school students who will undergo intensive mathematics training during the summer 2013.
5. The traveling expenses of the students, including their teacher-coach from public schools in various venues of the competition shall be charged to local funds or other sources subject to its availability and the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations. The participants from private schools shall make arrangements with their respective school heads or administrators.
6. For more information, interested individuals may contact any of the following:
Dr. Jose Ernie C. Lope
Director, 15th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO)
Ms. Jumela B. Sarmiento
President, Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP)
Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org .ph Website Address: http:/ / www.mathsocietyphil.org
7. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.
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The Literacy Coordinating Council of the Department of Education has revealed the winners of the 2012 National Literacy Awards. This award recognizes outstanding local government units that made remarkable inroads in bringing literacy to more community constituency.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the awards bring home the point that education is a very rewarding investment for the LGUs because an educated constituency can bring more progress to the community. “When the LGU invests in education, they are better armed to solve persistent social problems such as peace and order and livelihood,” added Luistro.
For the component city category the winners are: the city government of Balanga, Bataan under Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III, 1st place; the city government of Tabaco, Albay under Mayor Cielo Krisel L. Luistro, 2nd place; the city government of Tuguegarao, Cagayan under Mayor Delfin Telan Ting, 3rd place; the city government of Alaminos, Pangasinan under Mayor Hernani A. Braganza, 4th place and the city government of Malaybalay, Bukidnon under Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri, 5th place.
Under the highly urbanized city category, the winners are the city government of Davao under Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, 1st place; the city government of Pasay, NCR under Mayor Antonio G. Calixto, 2nd place; the city government of Butuan, Caraga under Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, 3rd place; the city government of Tacloban under Mayor Alfred Romualdez, 4th place; and the cities of Baguio under Mayor Mauricio Domogan and General Santos under Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio tied for 5th place.
In the Municipal Level Class A category, the winners are Plaridel, Bulacan under Mayor Anastacia Vistan, 1st place; San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte under Mayor Alfredo Valdez Jr, 2nd place; Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon under Mayor Rogelio N. Quino, 3rd place; Laak, Compostela Valley under Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro, 4thplace and Calauan, Laguna under Mayor Felissa L. Berris, 5th place.
In the Municipal Level Class B category, the winners are Cuyo, Palawan under Mayor Andrew L. Ong, 1st place; Bato, Catanduanes under Mayor Eulogio R. Rodriguez, 2nd place; Laoac, Pangasinan under Mayor Silverio Alarcio Jr, 3rd place; Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte under Mayor Lolita Moral, 4th place and Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol; under Mayor Miguelito B. Galendez, 5th place.
In the outstanding literacy program category the winners are Pamana Ka: Paaralang Mangyan na Angkop sa Kulturang Aalagaan in San Jose Mindoro Occidental proposed by Sr. Aristea R. Bautista, FMM, 1st place; Education For All: A Way and Ways Towards Empowering Self and Communities of Digos City proposed by Cor Jesu College—Br. Polycarp Institute for Community Development Foundation, Inc. 2nd place; FCF Literacy Program: Handog Aral sa Ikauunlad ng Buhay in Bgy. Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Ecija proposed by FCF Minerals Corporation—Runruno Livelihood Foundation, 3rd place; Buhai-Kamalayan in Naga City proposed by Universidad de Sta. Isabel, 4th place and the Out-of-School Youth and Adults Community-Based Eco-Friendly Literacy Program in Alaminos City, Pangasinan proposed by Junior Chamber International, Hundred Islands, 5th place.
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DepEd employees nationwide move to Google Apps for Education
The Department of Education (DepEd) today announced that it has leapt into the cloud and moved the department on to utilize Google Apps for Education. Over 600,000 teachers, staff and administrators across the archipelago will soon be able to connect to a common electronic mail (e-mail), chat and calendar system (Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar), as well as cloud collaboration tools (Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Groups) to help them communicate more easily and efficiently.
“DepEd is an incredibly large and complex organization. With 200 divisions and 45,000 schools in more than 7,000 islands, we were looking for a way to streamline communications in order to draw the organization closer together” said DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda. “Engaging an E-mail or web-mail service will address many of these communication and collaboration challenges. With this collaboration with Google, we will significantly reduce our IT costs” he continued.
From editing reports, to sharing teaching materials, Google Apps will allow DepEd employees, no matter how remote, to connect and collaborate in real time.
“Google is delighted to be supporting DepEd harness the power of the web to work more efficiently and collaboratively. Providing access to information and education is central to what we do, so it’s very exciting to see this happening at scale in the Philippines with this national project” said Samuel Cheung, Google Apps Supporting Program Regional Manager for South East Asia, Google.
With 29 million Filipinos already online — many using shared or mobile devices — this 21st century approach to education was a natural choice for DepEd.
Launched by DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, the program will allow DepEd to join over 16 million teachers and students around the world who are already using Google Apps for Education.
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The search is on for the 2012-2013 Kabayan Ten Outstanding Public School (TOPS) students who will be the beacon in encouraging the Filipino youth to excel and lead the way towards genuine public service.
The awards which consist of Academic Excellence and Exemplary Leadership categories are open to all currently enrolled fourth year public high school students nationwide.
The awards will give recognition to public high school students who, despite facing challenging circumstances, have achieved success in academic works and student leadership.
Aside from medals, certificates and cash awards, the winners will also enjoy full college scholarship in participating schools, including the payment of miscellaneous fees plus a monthly allowance during the entire duration of the college course.
For the Kabayan Academic Excellence Awards, there will be four winners, one each from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region. There will also be four winners in the Kabayan Exemplary Leadership Award, one each from the four major regions.
There will also be two winners for the Kabayan Special Achievement Award which shall be chosen by the national level search committee from among the 40 national finalists who passed the school and division level searches.
The deadline of submission of nomination at the school level is November 16, 2012 and December 21 for the division level search. The awarding ceremony is set on March 11, 2013.
The award is presented by the Kabayan Noli de Castro Foundation, Inc., DepEd, SM Foundation, Inc., Rotary Club of Makati West, Rotary Club of Midtown Quezon City and JobsDB.com.
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Four of the ten happiest Pinoys recognized in a recent awarding ceremony are teachers.
The search for the happiest Pinoy is a joint project of Cebuana Lhuillier and the Department of Education which aims to find the most optimistic and resilient Filipino in the country.
The winners are student Arnel Alipao of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, marriage counselor Gilda Fortunato of Gumaca, Quezon, social worker Rommel Arellano of Limay, Bataan, teacher and peace worker Connie Emborong of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, public school teacher Marcelo Otinguey of Kapangan, Benguet, UP Math instructor John Gabriel Pelias of Quezon City, entrepreneur Gerald Raymundo of Pasig City, alternative learning system coordinator and teacher Concepcion Tababa of Tubungan, Iloilo, businesswoman Rebecca Tiusonco of Borongan, Eastern, Samar and utility worker Leonardo Villanueva of Malabon City.
“DepEd is happy that even in contests such as this, teachers continue to be recognized as the face of inspiration and hope to other people,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
Emborong is an advocate of “wear a smile”. She reminds participants of all her training sessions to wear a smile all the time. At present, she is one of the editors of the newly developed Peace Education exemplars which will be used in teaching Peace Education and Children’s Rights among shoolchildren in the province of Lanao del Norte. As a peace advocate, she is also a speaker/resource person and curriculum writer on the subject of peace education, gender and development and children’s rights.
Public school teacher Otinguey believes in the motto “Life is service”. Despite stories of disservice and inefficiency in public service, he continually explored ways to broaden his horizon and initiated advocacies in health, education, environment, safety, etc such as livelihood training to students, out of school youths and stay-at-home mothers. His resourcefulness and determination helped provide books and other educational materials for various schools and communities. He is also a recipient of 2005 Lingkod Bayan/Presidential Awards from the Civil Service Commission.
Meanwhile, Pelias is a living proof that poverty is not an obstacle to achieve and excel. He graduated Summa cum laude with the degree BS Mathematics from UP Diliman achieving the second highest general weighted average in the UP Diliman history — 1.016. At present, he is already teaching at the Institute of Mathematics at UP Diliman despite enticing offers from multinational companies for him to work in their companies. His continued involvement in UP is his way of giving back to his school which had allowed him to achieve his dreams despite several drawbacks.
As part of the alternative learning system, Tababa has traveled to far-flung villages where many have not seen a book. Her goal is to inspire her students to change their lives through education. To her, teaching is not bound by the four walls of the classroom so she expands the gift of education wherever and whenever opportunity comes. She has even risked her life and that of her entire family to pursue her chosen vocation. Her daily routine includes a 23-kilometer walk from Tubungan, Iloilo to the farthest barangays — where a precarious peace and order situation looms but this does not stop her in reaching out to the rebels and convincing them to resume their studies have become the focus of her advocacy. She introduced the BAOL (Barangay Aid on Literacy) program or mobile library to encourage them to study together with their families at their own pace. She bravely used education as a weapon to fight illiteracy, poverty and attain peace in her hometown. Because of her dedication to her profession, she was a finalist in the Metrobank Foundation 2007 Search for Outstanding Teachers and an honoree in the Bato Balani Foundations’ “The Many Faces of the Teacher 2011.
Luistro added that the search brings home the point that happiness can be found while in the service of others. “We note that the winners derive their positive outlook from serving the needs of other people,” he added.
The criteria for judging are: a constantly cheerful face and optimistic outlook; proven ability to rise above life’s challenges; and positive impact in the lives of others.
DepEd at the beginning of the school year launched a “Wear a Smile” campaign to bring out a cheerful atmosphere in the campuses and influence pupils and students to look forward to every school day.
“The wear a smile campaign will remind them that a smile can draw out positive energy from students and fellow teachers,” Luistro added.
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The Department of Education will continue to administer the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory (Phil–IRI) for Grades 2 to 6 pupils this school year to assess the reading skills of elementary students in public schools.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that it is important to assess the reading capability of students because reading is the foundation of all academic learning. “If a pupil fails to master basic reading skills at the outset, it will be a constant struggle for them to get through other disciplines successfully, thus depriving them of the chance to become literate and productive individuals,” he added.
For Grade 1 pupils however, Phil IRI will not be used until such time that a national reading assessment in mother tongue have been implemented. Hence, all schools are encouraged to strengthen the locally-developed, school-based assessment in support of the Mother-Tongue- Based Multi-Lingual Education.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 143, series of 2012, teachers are still required to accomplish the pupil’s individual reading profile and consolidate reports for the schools profile.
The information culled from the assessment shall serve as one of the bases in making decisions for planning an appropriate school-based teaching and learning instruction as well as a reading program to improve the performance of the pupils. The assessment results shall also be considered in the preparation of the school improvement plan.
Literacy improvement is a high priority of the DepEd and the national government.
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“Take a pro-active stance against water-borne diseases. Take the upper hand against leptospirosis.”
This is the call of Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC as he rallies the DepEd community to take the lead in preventing the spread of leptospirosis and other diseases prevalent during the rainy season.
The Department of Education has issued a memorandum that urges school authorities to take precautionary measures to arrest the increasing cases of leptospirosis and other health-related diseases in schools caused by flood.
Based on DepEd Memo No 153 s. 2012, Luistro ordered the mobilization of all school health and nutrition personnel to disseminate information on the prevention of diseases prevalent during the rainy season.
“We also enjoin the student governments, scouts and youth leaders to create awareness on the ill effects of leptospirosis and other water-borne diseases,” Luistro added.
Luistro also urged school heads to use all available means to make the school population aware of disease prevention through school organs, classroom discussion and even during Parent Teachers Association meeting.
Related to this, school officials are directed to collaborate with the local government units and municipal health officers for a referral system for students and teachers who show symptoms of sickness.
“It will surely help our cause if we maintain a clean environment and a well-informed citizenry on the prevention of diseases,” Luistro pointed out.
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Some 165 tech-voc teachers who themselves are nationally certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have gone through National Trainers Training Certificate (NTTC) Level 1 training program to prepare them to become assessors- a role they need to assume as the need arises to help cater to the increasing enrolment in tech-voc secondary schools nationwide.
Graduates of secondary tech-voc schools have to go through assessment by TESDA-certified assessors in order for them to earn a certificate of competency or a National Certification (NC) 1 or II depending on their skills proficiency.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that the department provides continuing skills enhancement training and assessment for secondary tech-voc teachers who are teaching competency-based curriculum in 26 areas of specialization in arts and trades, agriculture and fishery in collaboration with the National Tech-Voc Educational Training Trainers Academy (NTTA)-TESDA.
Therefore, an assessor from one school can also be an assessor in other schools as long as he/she is commissioned by TESDA.
DepEd’s Strengthened Technical and Vocational Education Program (STVEP) equips high school students with TESDA-certifiable skills to prepare them for the world of work, post-secondary education or entrepreneurial opportunities.
“Our goal here is to bring back the dignity of blue collar jobs by producing highly-skilled workforce demanded by the community and the industry sector,” said Luistro.
STVEP is also aligned with the goals of the K to 12 Basic Education Reform Program that aims to produce high school graduates who are prepared for employment or college education.
In arts and trades, the 14 areas of specialization offered in DepEd’s 282 tech-voc high schools across the country are: automotive technology, building construction, cosmetology, drafting technology, electricity, electronics, furniture and cabinet making, food technology, garments, hardware servicing, machine shop, plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning and welding. In agriculture, the areas of specialization are animal production, crop production, horticulture and food processing. In fishery, the specialization includes fish capture, fish culture and fish processing.
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The Asia Pacific College (APC) of SM Foundation and IBM Philippines is opening the door for more Alternative Learning System (ALS) high school passers of the Department of Education to become its ADM (APC-Don Bosco-Manila Times College) senior high school scholars to be trained for the burgeoning Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
The scholarship offers tuition fee discount to deserving ALS passers.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the first batch of 11 ALS passers is now enrolled at APC for a special curriculum in Grade 11 and 12 of senior high school that will lead to a high-paying job in the BPO sector.
The scholars are taking up Services Management Program which includes specialization tracks in business communications, service culture, principles of systems thinking, fundamentals of business processes outsourcing and an internship program in BPO companies where they will be paid a minimum wage. APC sought ALS passers from the list provided by DepEd to go through the pilot program for Grade 11 and Grade 12 under the K to 12 basic education reform program.
“We are grateful to APC for offering to model senior high school (ADM Higher School) in partnership with the Business Processing Association of the Philippines. This will give our ALS passers a chance to be trained in BPO Service Management while on scholarship” said Luistro.
BPAP has earlier signed an agreement with the consortium of APC, Don Bosco Schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centers, and The Manila Times College to pilot the senior high school program under K to 12 in a two-year certificate course called Higher School Program with a specialization in BPO Service Management. It is a ladderized course that will give students the chance to be hired in the BPO industry in two years or have the option to proceed to a degree course in IT at APC, Nursing at the Manila Times College, or Engineering at Don Bosco.
Bureau of Alternative Learning Systems Director Carol Guerrero said the scholars see the APC offer as a ticket out of poverty. According to Guerrero, “the first batch of scholars were chosen because they made good in the Accreditation and Equivalency Test and they have the aspiration to land jobs beyond what is now available to them such as messengers, photocopiers, baggers and barkers.”
Tata P. Medado, APC Corporate Communications Director, said that they chose the ALS passers because they want to explore alternative sources of potential BPO talents beyond those from traditional sources. “The BPO business is here for the long haul and we want to produce trained BPO talents with entry level skills,” according to Medado.
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