Bato Dela Rosa, Nancy Binay files for the 2019 Senatorial race

Marje Pelayo   •   October 12, 2018   •   4910

BOC Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Senator Nancy Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Notable personalities showed up at the Palacio Del Gobernador on Friday (October 12) on the second day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections.

Senator Nancy Binay was accompanied by her brother former Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay in filing her COC.

Senator Binay said she will focus on the country’s tourism industry should she win another term in the Senate.

“Nakikita ko ho na marami pang dapat gawin sa industriya ng turismo. Isa iyon sa ipu-pursue ko kung tayo ay nabigyan ng panibagong pagkakataon,” she said.

Next to file was outgoing Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa who was accompanied by his supporters.

Dela Rosa maintained that his main platform of government is for the elimination of illegal drug operations in the country.

He said he is still too young to retire and still has the energy to serve.

“I am too young to retire…56 years old. Alam kong malakas pa ako. Kaya ko pa. Marami pa akong madeliver na serbisyo sa taong bayan,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

Binay is running under her father former vice president Jejomar Binay’s coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) while Dela Rosa is running under the ruling party Partido Demokratikong Pilipino PDP-Laban. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

 

Training of public school teachers for distance learning to be completed by July—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2020

The training of public school teachers for distance learning is set to be completed by July, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

During the Senate Committee hearing on Thursday (June 25), DepEd reported that only 40 percent of the 800,000 public school teachers have completed their training.

Deped Undersecretary Tony Umali said there will be a massive training to be led by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

Senator Nancy Binay, meanwhile, questioned DepEd for the lack of “mapping” to determine the best learning modality in various areas in the country.

“Iyong training na gagawin sa teachers dapat angkop sa kakayahan ng lugar. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal. So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap iyong ganung klase ng pagtuturo? (The training for teachers should be appropriate for the area. For example, let’s say in Bukidnon or Cordillera which we know have difficulty in signal. Why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching kids when we know that mode of teaching would be difficult),” she said.

DepEd said they are conducting surveys to determine the capacity of students and teachers for alternative learning modality under distance learning.

“Kasi po kasabay nga po ng aming registration form ay may survey, dapat malaman namin kung ano ba ang pinakamabisang modality, pamamaraan ng pagtuturo at pag-aaral ng mga bata, (With our registration form, we also have a survey. It should help us determine what is the best modality, mode of learning for the students’ education),” Umali said.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already prepared the educational radio programs and scripts for the digital programs for Grade 9 and 10 Math and Science lessons.

Meanwhile, DepEd calls on private schools to suspend tuition fee hike and other fees.

“The Department of Education appeals to private educational institutions in basic education to defer increases in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for School Year 2020-2021. In view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” DepEd said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Gatchalian, Binay test negative for coronavirus

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2020

Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay on Tuesday announced they tested negative for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In separate statements, Gatchalian and Binay both confirmed they are not infected with the virus, and thanked everyone for their prayers, support and encouraging messages.

The two legislators earlier submitted themselves to a voluntary home quarantine after a resource person who later tested positive for the virus attended a Senate hearing they were both in.

The Senate was closed earlier for disinfection, but Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that the upper chamber will remain “business as usual” to ensure that legislative work would continue even while community quarantine is being enforced.

Gatchalian said that with his negative test result, he is now ending his self-quarantine.

“After submitting myself to a COVID-19 test last Friday, I’m happy to announce today that I tested negative for the virus. Thus, I am ending my self-quarantine,” he said in a Facebook post.

Binay, however, said she will continue to stay home and finish her 14-day quarantine.

“I will still continue with my 14-day quarantine. Hindi pa po tapos ang laban natin kontra sa COVID-19, and we don’t want to have a false sense of security,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

The two senators also called on the public to seriously follow the regulations set by the government, including strict social distancing, practicing of proper hygiene, and home quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“There’s a lot of work to be done especially in the middle of this crisis while the number of infected cases continues to rise. We must pool our resources together to fight this dreaded virus. Hinihikayat ko po ang lahat na sumunod sa mga panuntunan na inilatag ng ating gobyerno para hindi na lumobo ang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID-19,” Gatchalian said.

“COVID-19 is a serious matter. Let’s take the necessary precautions in protecting ourselves for the sake of our families and everyone else,” Binay said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Luzon region under enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to April 12.

The Philippines has so far recorded 142 coronavirus infections with 12 deaths.

Bato confirms his US visa has been canceled

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday (January 22) that the United States (US) has cancelled his visa.

Dela Rosa said he was informed about the cancellation of his visa when he made an inquiry about his visa status on Monday (January 20).

“I received their official answer […] informing me that my visa is no longer valid for travel to the United States,” he said in an interview.

The Senator also said the US Embassy did not provide any reason regarding the cancellation of his visa or until when the visa will remain canceled. However, he can still reapply for another visa.

“No reason was stated,” Dela Rosa said. “Should I want to apply for another visa, I may apply.”

A resolution was filed before the upper chamber of the US Congress which allows the US Executive Branch to impose travel restrictions and sanctions against human rights violators including officials involved in the detention of former Senator Leila de Lima.

However, there is still no confirmation if Dela Rosa’s canceled visa is related to the said resolution.—AAC

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