Parents supports revival of mandatory ROTC but fears possibility of abuse

admin   •   February 17, 2017   •   13135

PHILIPPINES — Some parents support the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to include the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in school curriculums.

They believe that this will help the youth understand the importance of discipline, leadership and patriotism.

But despite of the support, there are still some parents that worry over the possibility of the training being used to inflict violence among students.

Some of them say that the said program will be good for their children, but insist that the school management should assure that this will not be abused and must be carried out properly.

Virgilio Lindayao, a concerned parent, “ ROTC is okay but the thing is, the previous ROTC was not good, due to incidents of violence, deaths and occurrence of hazing by trainers and officers.”

Meanwhile, according to the group UP Vanguards, an organization composed of retired cadet officers, who are also knowledgeable in ROTC, the implementation of this program among students will be a great help to enhance their abilities in emergency response, and security defense, in case a need arises in their communities.
President Duterte has recently approved the inclusion of mandatory ROTC in curriculums of senior high school students, both in public and private schools.

But the implementation of the program is still pending until such time, that amendments on some provisions of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) law will be made by Congress and Senate. — Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

Over 700 private schools suspend operations this school year —DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020

A total of 748 private schools have temporarily suspended their operations for this school year due to the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as reported by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Based on DepEd’s report, aside from the 748 out of 14,435 private schools that temporarily closed, 3,233 teachers and 40,345 students were affected.

Meanwhile, a total of 398,930 students from private schools have transferred to public schools.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, however, remains hopeful that these schools would resume their operation once the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mag-improve ang economy baka magbago din sila ng kanilang pananaw lalo na iyong iba may mga recognition na talaga sila ang sinasabi naman nila temporary for this year hindi sila magbubukas muna (Once the economy improves, they, especially those schools with recognition, may have a different perspective. They did say it will only be temporary for this year),” she said.

Briones also said the government already has plans to provide assistance to the private school owners as well as teachers affected by the closure.

Sa proposed budget next year may mga proposals na mag-set aside ng pondo para matulungan itong mga private schools na nagsasara lalo na ang mga teachers (In the proposed budget next year, there are proposals to set aside funds to assist private schools that temporarily closed, including teachers),” she added. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Gov’t urged to compensate private school teachers amid pandemic

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy is calling on the government to compensate teachers of the private sector who are also affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Herrera-Dy cited around 300,000 private school teachers who also need government aid.

The lawmaker argued that private school teachers depend largely on students’ matriculation to earn a pay unlike public schools teachers who are subsidized by the government. 

Herrera-Dy also said that small private schools are not covered under the government’s small business wage subsidy program which provides P5,000 to P8,000 monthly wage subsidy to eligible employees in the private sector.

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations earlier reported that a number of private schools are currently on the verge of permanent closure due to financial constraints.

Apart from teachers, Rep. Herrera-Dy also called for assistance to non-teaching personnel in the private sector. 

DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded parents that enrollment in all public schools in the country, both elementary and secondary, will start on June 1, 2020. 

The Department advises parents to prepare their children for the upcoming opening of classes on August 24. 

DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo on Friday (May 22) said parents may enrol their children online or call the school so they don’t need to go personally to observe physical distancing. 

Meanwhile, parents may call DepEd’s hotline 8636-1663 and 8633-1942 or email the agency at action@deped.gov.ph for enrollment concerns though DepEd is still finalizing adjustments in the enrollment procedures. 

Parents will be asked about which learning system is applicable to their children in view of the adjustments due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. 

Enrollment runs until June 30.

“Sa bagong enrollment guidelines, ang kanilang dating class adviser ang siyang mag-i-input o kaya ay mag-e-enroll sa kanilang mga estudyante para sa susunod na school year, [Under the new enrollment guidelines, their former advisers will be the ones to input or enroll the students for the next school year],” Usec. Escobedo said.

“May mga platforms na gagamitin katulad ng online enrollment at meron ring SMS at pwede ring tawag thru hotlines na ibibigay ng mga eskwelahan, [There are platforms that are available like online enrollment, SMS, or they can call to the hotlines that their respective schools will provide,]” he added. 

Escobedo said DepEd is constantly coordinating with the House of Representatives as regards the adjustments that the agency wants to apply in the country’s education system in the coming school year. 

The official ascertained that the Department is now preparing all the needed learning materials based on the level of health risks of  COVID-19 infection. 

The DepEd official maintained that face-to-face classes remain restricted in areas that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 identified as ‘high-risks.’

In relation to this, DepEd has issued a memorandum order detailing different options for alternative work arrangements among teaching and non-teaching staff under the Department to ensure that proper protocols are observed specifically social distancing and minimum health standards. 

Meanwhile, Escobedo said the DepEd is appealing to the HOR for additional funds in order to provide teachers with laptops that they need to cope with the new normal in the education system. 

The said additional funding, likewise, will be used to establish clinics in school premises, procurement of thermal scanners and hygiene kits. 

Sa Kongreso po ngayon ay pinag-u-usapan na po talaga ay ang mga susunod na batas para mapag-bigyan po talaga ang Executive Department na magkaroon sila ng flexibility na matugunan nila ang pangangailangan para dito sa panlaban sa Covid-19,” noted Rep. Roman Romulo, Chairman of the House Committee on Education. 

[In fact in Congress at present, we are discussing a proposed bill that will grant the Executive Department flexibility in responding to the needs of the public to combat COVID-19.]

The HOR has asked DepEd to submit in July a concrete plan on how it will efficiently deliver the lessons to students without compromising the quality of education so that Congress will be able to assess the needed additional funding. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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