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Korean ‘Hangeul’ not replacing Filipino in school curriculum – DepEd

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

A Korean language textbook used in Filipino school curriculum

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified that Korean language is not a replacement for Filipino language in school curricula.

Reports said 10 selected schools in the country have started to teach “Hangeul” or Korean language in class.

This drew flak on social media because many thought it would replace or totally scrap the Filipino language in school curriculum.

“Again Korean is an elective and special program na dinagdag po natin sa mga foreign language na existing na noong 2009 pa. Again ano po iyong 5? German, Mandarin, Nihonggo, French and Spanish; and now we have Korean,” explained Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla.

DepEd argued that from kindergarten until the students reach Grade 3, the medium of instruction is the mother tongue, which is Filipino, and other local dialects for some subjects in schools.

This is in contrast to the claims and opinions of many on social media.

In fact, DepEd said, they have been consistent in strengthening and promoting the Filipino language to school children and teen students.

 “Hindi po papalitan ng Korean language ang ating Filipino language. Definitely not because the Department of Education is enhancing and improving our Filipino and panitikan as a core subject. So, major po iyan; walang bata na magtatapos ng K12 na hindi nag-aaral ng Filipino at panitikan kasi siya po ay core subjects,” Sevilla reiterated.

Sevilla noted that aside from the Filipino language, two other subjects use Filipino as a medium of instruction and these are Araling Panlipunan which discusses culture and history of the Philippines; and the Values Formation which, by the name itself, deals with good values practiced by Filipinos. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)


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Teachers in Mindanao not backing out as BEIs—Deped

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

File photo: Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors during an election

The Department of Education (Deped) said there hasn’t been reports of teachers in Mindanao backing out as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

More than 200,000 teachers are needed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assist in the upcoming elections on May 13.

Comelec has previously declared the whole Mindanao as election hotspot due to threats of armed and terrorist group.

READ: Comelec declares entire Mindanao, other areas as 2019 poll hotspots

Deped Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said “I guess the local situation will still be important because even in non-hotspot areas, it’s the usual but you can also be sure that teachers have been there and done that in the longest time that we’ve been involved as a support institution for the conduct of the elections.”

Deped explained that teachers have the right to back out from serving in the election if their area is under threat.

During these situations, the police and the military will replace teachers as members of the electoral board.

Under Republic Act 01756 or Election Service Act or ESRA, serving in the elections is voluntary work.

Aside Mindanao, areas under Comelec control also include Daraga, Albay; Jones, Isabela; Lope de Vega, Northern Samar, and the whole province of Abra.

“I think to the extent that Comelec has not approached us to talk about a crisis situation then we feel that it’s still in order,” Malaluan said.

Meanwhile, Deped also hopes that Congress will approve the proposed budget for the honoraria of teachers voluntarily serving in the May 13 elections.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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DepEd denies banning ACT members from poll duties

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

Members of the Act Teachers party-list during a protest rally | Photo credit: Act Teachers Party-List Facebook Page

The Department of Education (DepEd) has confirmed that members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) or other teacher’s organizations will continue to perform their election duties.

In a statement, DepEd reiterated that there has not been any order coming from the Central Office that prohibits ACT members or any teachers’ unions/associations from serving as part of the electoral boards in the upcoming midterm polls.

The education department also expressed disappointment over the statement of ACT party-list on their Facebook page alleging DepEd local officials of prohibiting ACT party-list members from serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI).

“Before condemning, ACT should come forward with specific and validated incidents when alleged DepEd local officials prohibited election service of their members who are public school teachers,” according to DepEd.

The department also advises ACT partylist to raise the matter to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which constitutes and appoints the electoral boards through election officers.

“It may be asked whether membership of public school teachers and other government employees in an electoral party, such as party-lists, does not violate the laws prohibiting civil servants from engaging in partisan political activities. Again, this is an issue best addressed to COMELEC, and the Civil Service Commission,” DepEd said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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DepEd to raise teachers’ ‘chalk allowance’ to P5,000 in 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for additional chalk allowance for public school teachers in 2019.

At present, public school teachers are receiving only P3,500 for chalk allowance annually.

When it was first implemented in 2015, the initial P1,000 chalk allowance was later raised to P1,500.

In 2017, through the national budget, it was raised to P2,500.

This year, an additional P1,000 pesos was added making it to a total of P3,500.

The said allowance covers teachers’ expenses for classroom supplies such as chalk, pens, erasers, and paper among others.

Deliberations on the DepEd proposed budget will push through on Tuesday (December 11) which will specifically discuss cash allowances and benefits of teachers across the country.

“The increase will be for next year. In fact, there will be more in 2019 but we do not want to announce hangga’t hindi po nagiging batas iyong budget for 2019,” said Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla.

Apart from this, Sevilla said they will try to ask approval for some financial benefits that may be given to teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools while still waiting for salary increase.

“The Secretary and the whole department has worked hard na madagdagan hindi lamag ang chalk allowance kundi iba pang benepisyo na nakalagay naman sa Magna Carta ng Teachers and employees,” she added.

Sevilla assured that DepEd offices across the country have already processed the anniversary bonus of teachers which should have been received by them even before the month of December.

‘We will ensure na lahat po ay makakatanggap po ng year-end bonus. All the employess of Deped Should have the anniversary bonus,’ Sevilla concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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