Three minor planets were named after three Filipino students after winning second place in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.
“Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Keith Russel Cadores of Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City, Camarines Sur each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location,” according to a Facebook post of the Department of Education (Deped).
Their team won second place in the “Energy: Physical” category for their work in the design and development of Solar-Tracking Arduino-Rooted PV Panels. They represented the Philippines after winning in the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) in 2018.
For almost two decades, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory have been naming asteroids discovered by their institute in honor of high school students who excel at science competitions.—Aileen Cerrudo
MANILA, Philippines – Classes for some 1.9 million students in three regions in Mindanao remain suspended after a strong earthquake jolted parts of the island on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday.
In a statement, DepEd said the magnitude 6.3 temblor affected around 3,873 schools with 1,989,260 learners from 17 divisions in Davao, Soccsksargen and Bangsamoro regions.
The tremor also damaged a total of 40 schools, based on DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service released on Friday.
The department said a date for the resumption of classes in the said areas has yet to be announced.
DepEd assured it will “facilitate the delivery of immediate assistance to ensure learning continuity.”
As of Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded more than 400 aftershocks ranging from 1.5 to 5.5 magnitude and intensity of I to VII since the strong quake.
The quake left five people dead and 89 others injured, according to an update posted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The Department of Education (Deped) will distribute a P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5.
Based on Department Order No. 026 series of 2019, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shall facilitate in the release of funds to the respective Deped Regional Offices.
It also stated that public school teachers who are on absence without leave (AWOL) as of September 30, 2019, had committed an offense from September 30, 2018 to September 30, 2019 will not receive the incentive.
Newly hired teachers after September 30, 2019 will not also be covered by the World Teachers Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB).
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones expressed her gratitude to the teachers for their unwavering commitment to hone the country’s future leaders.
“We are heading closer and closer to our goal of delivering quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education,” she said in a statement.—AAC
The budget allocated for the Department of Education (DepEd) for the year 2020 is around P551-billion.
This is higher than the current department budget.
At Thursday’s Senate hearing on the proposed DepEd budget, as senators questioned the country’s quality of education, Secretary Leonor Briones admitted that the inadequate number of teachers remains a problem.
“Definitely size matters. The size of Finland, the size of Singapore, the size of the Philippines. 27 million learners, 900 thousand teachers,” Briones claimed.
The DepEd chief added that the department also considers early pregnancy as another serious problem.
“Ang instruction kasi ng President is: starting age 9, umpisahan na ang pagturo ng reproductive health [The president’s instruction was: starting age 9, we should start teaching reproductive health]. We’re taking it seriously and we are working closely with the Department of Health,” Briones said.
The Commission on Population report showed that the rate of teenage pregnancy in the country remains high, with close to 196,000 Filipinos age 15 to 19 getting pregnant every year. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
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