Enrolment sa mga pampublikong paaralan, pinalawig hanggang July 15 – Malacañang

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020   •   244

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig hanggang Hulyo 15 ang enrolment sa mga pampublikong elementary at high school sa bansa.

Inanunsyo ito ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa isang televised press briefing ngayong Martes, June 30.

“Ang mabuting balita po mga magulang extended ang enrollment until July 15, pero pwede ba po na huwag na natin hintayin ang July 15,” ani Roque.

“Pwede ba ho ngayon kapag pupuwede na, i-enrol na natin ang ating mga anak. Huwag naman natin pong hayaan na matigil ang proseso ng edukasyon ng ating mga anak bagamat mayroon pong COVID-19,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong araw sana matatapos ang schedule ng enrolment sa mga paaralan para sa School Year 2020-2021 ngunit mas pinahaba ito upang mabigyan pa ng pagkakataong mag-enrol ang ibang mga mag-aaral.

Batay sa datos ng Department of Education (DepEd) na naitala bandang alas-8 ng umaga ngayong June 30, aabot sa 15,907,786 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga estudyante na nakapag-enrol para sa darating na pasukan.

Nasa 15,222,315 sa mga ito ang papasok sa public schools habang 672,403 naman sa private schools.

Ayon sa DepEd, 57% lamang ito ng kabuuang bilang ng enrollees noong nakaraang school year na umabot sa mahigit 27 milyon.

Umaasa ang kagawaran na madaradagan pa ang bilang na ito dahil hindi pa nakokolekta ang ibang enrolment forms na drop boxes, particular na sa mga liblib na lugar.

Sinabi rin ng DepEd na pati ang enrolment sa private schools ay papayagan ring ma-extend ng lagpas sa Hunyo 30.

Tiniyak naman ni DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo na papayagan pa rin naman ang late enrolment kahit walang extension alinsunod sa umiiral na polisiya.

“Ang patakaran natin kasi, as long as they comply with the 80 days calendar days na requirement. So, since ang pagbubukas naman ng paaralan natin ay sa August 24 pi-pwede pa silang mag-late enrollees,” ani Mateo.

Samantala, sinabi rin ng DepEd official na pinagtutuunan nila sa ngayon ang paghahanda sa mga guro para sa gagawing blended learning delivery.

“Madami pa hong gagawin eh, tapos kung saka-sakali ihahanda pa natin yung mga teachers kaya nga patuloy yung mga training natin sa mga guro,” ani Mateo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

DepEd secures NTC’s support for TV, radio-based education

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has secured the support of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) for its television and radio-based education for the upcoming school year.

Based on NTC’s Memorandum Order No. 10-06-2020, radio and television operators are reminded to provide free assistance in broadcasting educational materials and instructions.

Deped Usec. Alain del Pascua said this is part of the department’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

“The Department is determined to strengthen education delivery through television, whether it is through commercial broadcast TV networks, free channels, government-owned TV stations, and even cable TV networks,” he said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Palace on petitions vs. Anti-Terrorism Law: Leave it to Supreme Court

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang will leave the Supreme Court (SC) to decide on petitions filed against the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace will abide by whatever the ruling of the SC will be on petitions questioning the constitutionality of the measure.

“The Palace will leave it to the SC to decide on these petitions and will abide by whatever the ruling is,” he said in a statement Sunday.

The Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last Friday, July 3 despite strong opposition from various groups over concerns of possible violations of human rights.

On Monday, various groups physically trooped to the Supreme Court to urge it to stop the enforcement of the new law, claiming that the measure contained provisions that are in possible violation of the Philippine Constitution.

On Saturday, a group of lawyers and educators submitted the first petition against the controversial law.

Malacañang earlier said that prior to its signing, the measure underwent thorough review by the chief executive and his legal team.

Nevertheless, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said groups opposing the law have the right to lodge their petition against the law.

“Iyong sa pagkuwestiyon nila sa ating Anti-Terrorism Law sa Supreme Court ay karapatan nila; hindi natin pipigilan iyan at we’ll even encourage them,” he said.

Esperon also reiterated that the measure aims to stop those who threaten, proposed and incite terroristic acts, and not people who abide by the law or those who express dissent.

He likewise stressed that the law clearly defines who are those considered as terrorists, and this does not include activists or people who only voice out their concerns and criticisms over social injustices.

“Itong ating law-abiding citizen ay walang dapat ikatakot dahil itong Anti-Terrorism Law ay para sa kapakanan at para sa seguridad ng mga law-abiding citizens. Ito ay ginawa para labanan natin ang terorismo. Ngayon, kung sino ang nagsasabing ito ay para sa kanila at tahimik naman sila eh huwag silang mababahala,” Esperon said.

The Anti-Terrorism Council is set to convene to review the law and draft its implementing rules and regulations, which will be submitted to Congress. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

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.

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