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3 minor planets named after 3 Filipino students

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

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).

GOOD NEWS!Three minor planets were named after three Filipino learners who bagged major prize in the 2018 Intel…

Posted by Department of Education – Philippines on Tuesday, 9 April 2019

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

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PH experiences longest day of the year due to summer solstice

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2019

The country experienced a total of 13 hours of daylight hours due to the summer solstice.

According to the Space, Science, and Astronomy Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Chief Dario Dela Cruz, the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the northernmost point in Earth’s sky.

“Ang summer solstice ibig sabihin kasi nito ang araw kasi ay nagmo-move ng 23.5 degrees papuntang North and then 23 degrees papuntang South, (The summer solstice is when the sun is moving 23.5 towards North and then 23 degrees towards South)” he said.

The sun had set around 6:27 p.m. Areas like Basco, Batanes and Baguio had around 13 daylight hours. Areas in Metro Manila also experienced more than 12 daylight hours.

The summer solstice also marks the end of a season. It marks the change from spring to summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the change from summer to fall season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Meanwhile, winter solstice will be experienced around December when the country will experience the longest night.

According to PAGASA’s Space, Science, and Astronomy Section, there is no need to be alarmed because a solstice is a natural occurrence.AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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NCRPO to impose sanctions vs establishments allowing students to enter during school hours

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will impose sanctions against establishments allowing students to enter their premises during class hours.

This was after NCRPO Director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar caught 12 high school students during his inspection.

They were playing online games and browsing social media at a computer shop called Sandbox CyberCafe in West Rembo, Makati City.

Eleazar said the establishment has violated Department of Education (Deped) Order 86, series of 2010 which bans students inside computer shops, malls, and theaters during school hours.

Based on the Deped order, violators may possibly face suspension or revocation of their permit to operate.

“Responsibilidad ito ng establisyimento na pagbawalan itong mga estudyante. Alam mo itong mga bata, alam mong mapusok iyan, (It is the responsibility of these establishments to ban the students. You know kids, they are very eager),” he said.

The NCRPO Director is already coordinating with the local government unit (LGU) in Makati for the corresponding sanction against Sandbox CyberCafe.

Meanwhile, all police community precincts and police station commanders were also ordered by Eleazar to inspect around the school area especially the computer shops.(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Deped region 7 to implement shifting of classes

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Department of Education (Deped) will implement shifting of classes since there are not enough classrooms to accommodate all the students.

Over 1,000 classrooms are still under construction, according to Deped 7 Information Officer Amaryllis Villarmia. She said the current classrooms won’t be able to accommodate over 2 million students in the region.

“Some of the classrooms are completed, some are ongoing, some are still about to be procured. It’s an activity all throughout the year, all throughout the school year,” Villarmia said.

Deped 7 is also expecting an increase in the number of enrollees for this year.

“We are expected to increase probably 2% more or more or less, same,” Villarmia said.

For queries and complaints, contact DepEd 7 through the following hotlines:


  • 414-7366
  • 255-4542
  • 414-7399

(with reports from Gladys Toabi)

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