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By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
MANILA, Philippines — Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday disclosed the planned expenditures of the Department of Education (DepEd) for 2012 in the interest of transparency and to keep the public abreast of its plans to improve basic education in the country.
“More than just being transparent, this is also our way of assuring the public that we heed their call to close resource gaps and we are doing our mighty best to achieve our targets,” he said.
Luistro explained that the proposed P238.8 billion budget of the DepEd passed Congress and is up for discussion at the Senate. This represents a 15 percent increase from last year’s P207 billion.
“Of this amount, P324 million will go to DepEd attached agencies, P14.5 billion will pay for retirement and life insurance premiums of employees and P8.9 billion will go to the miscellaneous personnel benefits funds,” Luistro explained.
The DepEd chief added that of the remaining P215.1 billion, P167.1 billion is allocated for salaries of its personnel including P2.8 billion in additional annual allocation for the 13,000 new teacher items and funds for the scheduled increase in wages of government employees in 2012.
“Another P26.3 billion will be used for maintenance and other operating expenses that will pay for utilities and minor repair expenses of schools as well as for the purchase of supplies and materials like chalks and paper,” he added.
From this amount will come P6.3 billion that will increase the number of beneficiaries under the Government Assistance for Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE). GASTPE, Luistro explained, provides alternative opportunities to deserving students whose families can afford to spend extra for private school tuition, and are selected from the graduating elementary students and are supported until they finish 4th year high school while complying with the minimum academic requirements of the program.
Luistro is also confident DepEd is on its way to meet yet another mandate of the president. “We are looking at the next two years to close our 66,800 shortage in classrooms and the almost 100,000 shortage in teachers,” he said. “By 2014, we will only construct classroom based on expected increase in student population,” he added
From the P21.7 billion in capital outlay, DepEd plans to use over P18 billion of its capital outlay to construct and repair a total of 15,000 classrooms and install 25,000 sanitation facilities.
“An additional 30,000 classrooms is expected to be constructed through public private partnership bringing the total target to 45,000 classrooms in just one year,” Luistro said.
The department, added Luistro, will also buy 2.5 million school seats to match the expected increase in student population when school year 2012-2013 starts in June next year. “Meanwhile, P1.8 billion of the outlay will be used for the procurement of IT equipment and textbooks, and to sustain the Internet connection of 7,000 public high schools nationwide,” he said.
Luistro said that part of the budget will also go to teachers. “Teachers’ basic pay will be increased to P18, 549 from P17,099 this year once the fourth and final wave of increases under the Salary Standardization Law III or SSL3 is put into effect next year. This wage hike will make their total monthly gross pay surpass the P20, 000 mark,” he said.
September 23, 2011
The Department of Education has released some P330 million in producing science equipment which was delivered to 435 public secondary high schools nationwide to improve the students’ learning and appreciation of science concepts and its applications.
Following this, DepEd through its National Science Teaching and Instrumentation Center (NSTIC) will hold a national consultative conference on the use of science equipment in Cebu City to prepare teachers on the proper handling and maintenance of these equipment.
Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the NSTIC together with Regional Science Supervisors and BSE representatives will review and finalize the experiment and repair and maintenance manuals which will be used for the subsequent regional training workshops which is set to start in October to cover the country’s 17 regions. NSTIC and the NSTIC- trained regional trainors will train one science teacher per science subject area (Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) in each recipient school.
“The training is very important for the science teachers to master the use and application of the new science equipment as well as the maintenance procedures to ensure long-term use of these equipment,” Luistro added.
A stronger science and technology curriculum in basic education is in the ten-point education agenda of President Aquino aimed at producing graduates who are geared towards a science and technology-driven economy.
Related to this, DepEd has added 100 new special science elementary schools this year, bringing to 200 the total number of elementary schools offering a specialized curriculum focused on the sciences.
“The marching order is for us to continue to find ways to develop a new generation of science and technology-savvy graduates who will bring us to new levels of economic progress,” explained Luistro.
The list of equipment, instruments and science learning tools include:
For Integrated Science : Aneroid Barometer, Assorted Glassware, Triple Beam Balance, Terrestrial Globe, Seismograph Model, Anemometer with Wind Vane, Magnetic Compass, Connecting Wires, Magnets, Alcohol Burner, Ring and Ball Apparatus, Various Conductor and non-conductor materials, Sun-Earth-Moon Model, Constellarium, Hydrometer, Rock Samples, Astronomical Telescope and Alcohol Thermometer, Maps, Map of World Climates, Map of Philippine Climates, Map of Philippine Volcanoes, Map of Starts, Posters, Layers of the Earth, The Richter Magnitude Scale and various consumables.
For Biology: Compound Microscope, Dissecting Set, Human Torso Model, Human Skeleton Model, Animal Mitosis Model, Assorted Glassware, Alcohol Thermometer, Triple Beam Balance, Cork Borers, Glass Slides, Assorted Chemicals and Consumables, Alcohol Burner and Safety Glasses and Home Gloves, Charts, Plant Cell, Animal Cell, Development of an Embryo, Mendel’s Law, Gene Map of Human Chromosomes, Food Pyramid, and Flower and Seed Structure.
For Chemistry : Alcohol Thermometer, Assorted Glassware, Electrolysis Apparatus, Cork Borers, Reagent Bottles, Triple Beam Balance, Alcohol Burner, Calorimeter, Burette, Pipette, Bunsen Burner, LGP Tank with gas, Osmosis Apparatus, Conductivity Apparatus, Condenser, pH Meter, Safety Glasses and Hand Gloves, Assorted Chemicals and Consumables, Charts and Cabinets for Corrosive Materials, Periodic Table of Elements, Laboratory Safety Rules, Basic Laboratory Apparatus.
For Physics : Archimedes Principle Apparatus, Open U-tube Manometer, Air Blower, Light Bulb and Dry Cell, Set of Connectors, Resistance Box, Introduction to Ratio-activity Kit, Switches, DC Ammeter, DC Voltmeter, Galvanometer, Set of Coils, Motor-Generator Model, Set of Hard Tools, Advanced Electromagnetism Kit, Graphing Calculator, Basic Electronics Kits, Fuse with Holder, Variable Power Supply, Turning Fork Set, Resonance Tube Set, Sound Signal Generator Kit, Loud Speaker, Wave Demonstration Set, DC String Vibrator, Musical Instrument, Basic Lens Set, Prism, Refraction Blocks, Refraction Tank, Student Optical Bench Set, Multimeter, Logic Gates Trainer and Assorted Glassware and Consumables Chart, Electromagnetic Spectrum and Radioactive Elements.
ARTICLE | JUNE 12, 2011 – 9:05AM
Manila, Philippines (June 12 2011) – The Philippines celebrates today its 113th Independence Day, the first under President Benigno C. Aquino III.
The president’s independence day speech is expected to be a preview of his upcoming upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday.
Today’s celebration kicks off with simultaneous flag raising in various historic sites.
President Aquino raises the Philippine flag at the Rizal Park. Other personalities shall do the same in other places including the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. leading the event; the monument of Andres Bonifacio in Caloocan City with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo; the Pinaglaban Memorial Shrine in San Juan City with Sen. Teofisto Guingona III; Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion in Manila North Cemetery with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; the Pamintuan Mansion in Angeles City, Pampanga with Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Davao City with Secretary Lualhati Antonino, and Cebu City with Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
Aquino will lead the Independence Day celebration at the Rizal Park where several activities are lined up to highlight the importance and significance of the event.
Valte urged the public to take part in the Independence Day activities.
“In your free time perhaps, you can go watch the Independence Day parade and all other activities. We also have a job fair,” Valte said.
The job fair and annual parade take place at the Rizal Park.
Valte also said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a congratulatory message through the US embassy in Manila reiterating US support to the Philippine government’s commitment to fight corruption, promote judicial reform, reduce poverty, and create opportunities for its people.
“The United States and the Philippines are long-standing friends and partners. We stood together during World War II to defend liberal democratic values. Today, we are working together on many new fronts,” Clinton said.
“Whether we are working to find ways to catalyze economic growth, helping victims of natural disasters, combating extremism, or calling for greater protection of human rights, our two countries share a vision of a better world,” she said.
US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said the Philippines and the US will maintain strong relationship “now and in the future” as Washington remains dedicated to being the Philippines’ partner whenever the country is in harm’s way.
Thomas said this is a “commitment born of our shared histories and close ties, and we are proud to stand by your side.”
After a series of teacher trainings and field testing have been conducted nationwide, the Public Education on the Rule of Law Advancement and Support (PERLAS) Teaching Exemplars on the Rule of Law were formally turned over to the Department of Education for integration into the basic education curriculum. PERLAS II aims to educate and inform the public, especially the students in public elementary and high schools, on the functioning of a society that is anchored on the justice system. It is a work in progress among DepEd, Supreme Court, Libertás (Lawyers’ League for Liberty), and funding institutions such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through The Asia Foundation (TAF), and the World Bank. DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said that PERLAS will help the department in upgrading the quality of education in the country. “When we say quality education, it should be the kind of education that goes beyond the lessons in mathematics, science, English, and other subjects. It should be something that will not only teach minds, but will also touch hearts and will mold the students into becoming responsible and law-abiding citizens.” He added that once finalized, PERLAS will be fully integrated in the elementary and secondary curricula. These teaching exemplars are lesson guides integrating concepts of The Rule of Law into subjects in the basic education curriculum. Specifically, PERLAS will use teaching and learning methods that are appropriate and relevant to the students’ respective learning competencies. Dennis Russell Baldago, Chief Judicial Reform Program Officer of the Supreme Court – Program Management Office, said that the teaching exemplars are the Judiciary’s own contribution to the country’s educational system. “The Supreme Court wanted a project that can further empower the Filipino youth and contribute to their socio-civic development by the understanding and observance of our laws. The PERLAS Project is a long-term investment for the children,” furthered Baldago. PERLAS-Phase 1 created a total of 100 model lesson plans on the Rule of Law for elementary (60) and high school (40), which was designed by curriculum writers from the DepEd and the University of the Philippines. These touch on a variety of topics centering on the basic concepts of The Rule of Law. Concepts such as gender equality, environmental sustainability, and citizens’ and indigenous peoples’ rights are also integrated. The lesson plans also emphasize on having a strong judicial system and the roles that all citizens should play to help make that system work. In the High School level, the PERLAS exemplars also teach the students the concept of citizens’ participation in governance processes, and the accountability of government institutions. According to Atty. Roberto Cadiz, Executive Director of Libertás, there is an urgent need for today’s youth to learn the Rule of Law. “Dapat maaga pa lang, maituro na sa mga kabataan ang pagrespeto sa batas. Nagiging kapansin-pansin sa ating lipunan na punong-puno tayo ng mga maling interpretasyon sa batas o kaya naman, maraming tao ang hindi gumagalang at nagrerespeto sa batas,” said Cadiz. He furthered that with this integration, “basic education can help the students develop the core values needed to establish a just society.” Also, a “Manual for High School Students” which discusses subjects ranging from the Philippine Legal System to the application of legal concepts was written by Atty. Racquel Ruiz-Dimalanta of Libertás for reference of teachers and students in the high school level. Initial teacher trainings on how to fully utilize the exemplars were also conducted. These were participated in by 112 teachers representing 82 schools from around the country, wherein 46 of which were from high school level and 66 were from elementary level. The exemplars were tested in 100 public schools in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Feedbacks based on the testing results were used in the revision and improvement of the exemplars. Lawyers from the Supreme Court and Libertás ensured the accuracy of the Exemplars’ legal contents while education experts reviewed the lesson plans in terms of their appropriateness and relevance to the basic education curriculum.
All systems go for January 29 DepEd’s Early Registration
The Department of Education has set January 29, 2011 as early registration day in public schools to ensure that all school-aged children are enrolled for school year 2011-2012 and achieve universal participation in basic education.
Based on Department Order No.2, the early registration targets all five year olds to be enrolled in kindergarten and all six year-olds in Grade 1. Early registration is also mandated in public secondary schools to guarantee the enrolment of incoming first year students in their preferred high school.
“Early registration is in line with our efforts to ensure that DepEd remains on track in meeting our MDG targets and Education For All (EFA) commitment as the 2015 deadline comes closer. We are doing every possible means to uphold this commitment of reaching all children of school age,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
Carrying the theme “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista Ngayong Enero,” the pre-registration will allow the department to determine the interventions needed to ensure that the EFA commitment is met.
Luistro added that DepEd will work closely with local government units, barangay officials, parents, civic organizations, business sector and other education stakeholders to make the necessary preparations and address potential needs when classes open in June.
“With early registration, the department will also have enough time to come up with education interventions and prevent students from dropping out of school,” the order stated.
According to Luistro, one of their tasks is to convince parents help DepEd in bringing their children to schools, keep them there and finish basic education.
In previous years, DepEd conducted early enrollment activity in secondary level in line with its Drop-Out Reduction Program (DORP). But this is the first time that the department goes full throttle in the ground mapping of school-aged children for early registration in all three levels – Kindergarten, elementary, and secondary.
“The early registration has a special emphasis on Kindergarten because we want to ensure that every child gets all the support needed to create a head start in education. We should make our young children’s first school experience enjoyable so that this positive experience will motivate them to remain in school and complete their education,” noted Luistro.
The department will conduct a massive advocacy campaign to encourage parents and the entire community to support the ground mapping of all school- age children all over the country. OSEC COMMUNICATIONS DEPED COMPLEX, MERALCO AVENUE, PASIG CITY 1600 T (02) 6316033 F (02) 6364876 WEBSITE http://www.deped.gov.ph EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of the campaign includes Child or Youth Find Activities from January 10 to 28 which shall be initiated at the division and school levels in collaboration with the barangay. In finding child and youth enrollees, DepEd, together with barangay officials will have to do home visits and refer to previous data on family mapping as their guide to ascertain the number of enrollees in every household.
Likewise, street visits shall be conducted by designated education supervisors of the Division Offices to get the profile of the five- and six-year old street children and prospective first year high school students who should be in school in June 2011.
Children from indigenous cultural communities and the Special Education (SPED) centers that cater to children with disabilities shall also be mobilized to ensure early registration of the targeted enrollees.
High school principals and staff shall work with Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan chairs to locate elementary graduates who have not enrolled in high school or those who dropped out from first year high school and make sure they register early so that appropriate program interventions could be planned.
This action from the DepEd Quezon division office went through a gamut of praises from among the teachers.
Sariaya West had been longing for a leader that will effectively function for the good of the district.
“We hope that order will prevail in our district,” some of the teachers commented.