DILG tells LGUs to help DepEd enforce ‘new normal’ learning delivery in public schools

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020   •   449

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday urged local government units (LGU) to assist public schools in their respective areas and support the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education (DepEd).

In a statement, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said LGUs should use the special education fund (SEF) to support the localization of DepEd’s learning continuity plan and to assist public schools in their areas in adjusting to the ‘new normal’ in learning delivery modalities.

Malaya said local chief executives should immediately convene their respective local school boards to discuss which of the new learning modalities identified by the DepEd can be utilized in their respective areas.

They should also tackle allocations for the SEF, as well as identify and provide the necessary support to their teachers and learners, stressing that there is only less two months left before the next school year starts.

“In a crisis, we need all the help that we can get at ang SEF ay tulong na itinatadhana ng ating batas para sa pagpapanatili ng matibay na pundasyon at kalidad ng edukasyon sa ating bansa,” Malaya said.

“Hinihikayat natin ang LGUs na gamitin ito ngayong malaki ang kinakaharap na pagsubok ng ating sektor ng edukasyon,” he added.

Under the Local Government Code, the local school board (LSB) is a body created on the provincial, city, and municipal levels that determines the supplementary budgetary allocation the LGU can provide for the operation and maintenance of public schools nationwide, among others.

Section 272 of the Local Government Code states that “the proceeds from the additional one percent (1%) tax on real property accruing to the SEF shall be automatically released to the LSBs.”

Malaya said that the board’s function in providing support to public schools will be a big help in the implementation of the learning continuity plan this school year which “will be more challenging in comparison to the previous ones.”

“We may have a lot on our plate nowadays pero hindi natin kailanman dapat kalimutan ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” he added.

The DILG spokesperson also urged LGUs to assist in the enrollment activities by providing kiosk or center in the barangay for the distribution and collection of enrolment forms of learners in public schools in their respective areas and assisting schools in the delivery and collection of printed modules from the homes of the students.

Hindi requirement ang pagsusuot ng uniform sa public schools ngayong pasukan – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Department of Education (DepEd) na hindi obligado ang pagsusuot ng uniform para sa mga nag-aaral sa pampublikong paaralan sa darating na pasukan.

Ginawa ng DepEd ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na isang opisyal ng kagawaran sa Cebu ang naghihikayat na magsuot pa rin ng uniporme ang mga estudyante kahit online ang klase.

Giit ni DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo, hindi naman istriktong requirement ang pagsusuot ng uniporme kahit noong wala pang COVID-19 pandemic.

“Kasi noong face-to-face [classes] nga hindi natin nire-require e bakit pa natin ire-require kasi ang rationale dun ayaw naman natin na dagdagan pa ng gastos ang ating mga magulang,” ani Mateo.

Ngunit paglilinaw ni Mateo, hindi nito saklaw ang mga pribadong paaralan dahil may sariling polisiya ang mga pamununuan nito ukol sa pagsusuot ng uniporme.

Payo naman ng DepEd sa mga estudyante na kahit nasa bahay lang at online ang klase ay magsuot pa rin ng maayos, angkop at kumportableng damit. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24, nais ipagpaliban ng ilang senador

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Isinusulong ng ilang senador ang pagpapaliban sa nakatakda sanang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 lalo na sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim pa rin ng mahigpita na community quarantine restrictions.

Ayon kay Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, ang chairman ng Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, dapat ipagpaliban ang pagbubukas ng klase sa mga lugar na maaari pa ring mapasailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine dahil sa nagpapatuloy na banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Ang pinakabasic component ng learning continuity plan is yung self-learning module na idedeliver sa bahay-bahay, na pipick-upin sa school. Pero paano natin gagawin yun if the situation is worsening?” ani Gatchalian.

“Kung ang areas ay ma-extend ng MECQ, we should just postpone the school opening on those areas because hindi natin pwedeng palakarin yung mga guro natin, palabasin yung mga magulang natin sa kondisyon na lumalala,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi rin ng mambabatas na sa ilalim ng Republic Act 11480 na kamakailan ay isinabatas ng Kongreso, binibigyan ng “flexibility” ang pangulo pagdating sa pagpapaliban sa pagbubukas ng klase sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Inamyendahan ng batas ang Section 3 ng Republic Act 7797 na nagsasaad na hindi dapat lalagpas sa buwan ng Agosto ang pagbubukas ng school year.

Naniniwala naman si Senator Francis Tolentino na dapat munang tapusin ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang implementing rules and regulations (IRR) ng Republic Act 11480.

“So, sana madaliin natin ito kasi matagal na naman ‘tong na-publish. Apparently, nakalimutan niyo, nakaligtaan niyo. In your rush to make the August 24 deadline which has been amended,” ani Tolentino.

Depensa naman ng DepEd, isinasapinal pa nila ang IRR at nagpapatuloy pa ang konsultasyon sa iba’t ibang sector.

Sinabi rin ng kagawaran na maaaring makipag-pulong kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Education Secretary Leonor Briones ukol sa isyu ngunit hindi pa tiyak kung ano ang isusumite nilang rekomendasyon.

Sa ngayon anila ay tuloy ang school opening sa Agosto 24.

Tiniyak rin ng kagawaran na may inilatag na silang mga hakbang upang maseguro ang kaligtasan ng mga guro sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19.

“Wala po dapat tayong ipangamba na baka po mahawa ang ating mga guro dahil epektibo po yung ating rules dito on alternative work arrangement, na hindi naman po sila inoobligang pumasok sa ating mga paaralan,” ani DepEd Undersecretary Toni Umali.

“’Yung first two weeks natin ay devoted to psychosocial intervention and debriefing activities,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na prayoridad sa ngayon ng DepEd na maipamahagi sa mga mag-aaral ang self-learning modules na gagamitin sa unang dalawang linggo ng klase.

Una nang iniulat ng DepEd na 38 porsiyento o katumbas ng 82 school division offices sa bansa ang nakakumpleto na ng printing ng mahigit sa kalahati ng kinakailangang modules para sa unang bahagi ng school year.

Habang nasa 61 porsiyento o 132 school division offices naman ang hindi pa nakakatapos sa printing ng self-learning modules.

Sa huling tala ng DepEd, mahigit 23 milyong estudyante ang nag-enrol mula kindergarten hanggang grade 12 para sa School Year 2020-2021.

Mas mababa ito kumpara sa 27 milyong enrolees na naitala noong nakaraang taon.

Ibig sabihin, nasa apat na milyong kabataan ang hindi naka-enrol para sa darating na pasukan.

Naniniwala naman ang kagawaran na madaragdagan pa ang bilang ng mga enrollee sa mga susunod na araw. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

DILG orders police deployment in remittance centers distributing SAP 2nd tranche

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it has directed all police stations across the country to deploy police officers in remittance centers distributing the second tranche of the government’s subsidy under Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

In a statement, the DILG said this is to ensure that health protocols, including social distancing and the mandatory use of face masks, are being implemented in the remittance centers where SAP beneficiaries are claiming their government assistance.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued this directive to Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Guillermo Eleazar, according to the department’s spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

“Our field offices have monitored long lines in some remittance centers, we advise them to practice social distancing at all times to protect themselves and their families,” Malaya said.

“We are also urging the barangay to assign barangay tanods to remind the public of the minimum health standards together with the PNP,” he added.

He said the Pulis sa Barangay/Quarantine Rules Supervisor, the PNP’s COVID-19 focal person in the community, have also been directed to supervise all barangay tanods to be deployed in remittance centers to ensure the implementation of minimum health standards to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Malaya also encouraged SAP beneficiaries to maximize the use of cashless transactions since financial service provider (FSP) platforms like GCash and PayMaya mobile applications can be used to purchase products. 

“Kung puwedeng hindi na nila i-encash at dumiretso na sila sa mga grocery o botika na tumatanggap ng cashless transaction mas mabuti, mas walang contact. Mas protektado tayo sa virus,” he said.

But if the beneficiaries will insist on getting their assistance in cash, Malaya said they must practice physical distancing together with other minimum health standards to avoid transmission of COVID-19. 

He explained that acquiring the virus by not exercising physical distancing will defeat the whole purpose of the assistance.

He said based on reports from the DILG’s field offices, more than a million original and waitlisted family beneficiaries nationwide have received their emergency subsidy through electronic means.

Waitlisted families are those who were not accommodated during the first tranche but were deemed to be qualified by the local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Leading with most waitlisted beneficiaries receiving their aid is Region 3 followed by Regions 12, 6, 10 and the National Capital Region.

Meanwhile, 430,445 original beneficiaries from six regions previously under enhanced community quarantine have also received their 2nd tranche of financial aid according to Año. Only limited regions of the country previously under ECQ are entitled to a 2nd tranche of the SAP.

He said that 201,983 of the original beneficiaries from Iloilo Province and Bacolod have received their 2nd tranche of the SAP while in Benguet, a total of 100,646 were benefitted followed by Albay Province with 93,527; CALABARZON with 18,038; Cebu Province with 12,951; and, Pangasinan with 3,300.

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