education | 07/25/2010 12:29 AM
September 3, 2012: The Department of Education (DepEd) told SunStar.com it seeks to attain the one-to-one ratio of books and armchairs to students before the end of 2013. The DepEd's proposed 2013 budget of P293.2 billion also targets to close the classroom gap next year by building over 17,000 new classrooms.
June 5, 2012: Textbook Count is a joint government-civil society monitoring program that aims to ensure that the right quality and quantity of textbooks are received by the right beneficiaries at the right time.
With the CY 2010 and 2011 procurement, the DepEd will be able to achieve a 1:1 student to textbook ratio in SY 2012–2013. By SY 2012–2013, the DepEd will have a zero backlog on textbooks. (Continue reading)
December 5, 2011: The Department of Education was put under fire after civil society watchdogs say that about 30 million copies of textbooks, valued at P1.317 billion, were procured by direct contracting. This violates RA No. 9184 which stipulates that all state procurements should be done through competitive or public bidding. (Continue reading)
September 14, 2011: The Department of Education launched the Textbook Count, a program aiming to monitor the quality and quantity of textbooks delivered and received by the right beneficiaries. This program is a joint government-civil society monitoring program, led by the Ateneo School of Government's G-Watch and the DepEd's Instructional Materials Council Secretariat. (Continue reading)
education | 07/25/2010 12:30 AM
February 3, 2013: The construction of 9,000 classrooms will begin in February 2013 in Regions 1, 3 and 4A. (Continue Reading)
October 17, 2012: A new four-classroom building was donated to Department of Education by the Union Bank of the Philippines in Barugo National High School in Southern Leyte. (Continue Reading)
October 8, 2012: The Department of Education (DepEd) signed an agreement with two associations tasked to build 10,000 classrooms for DepEd’s Public Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP). (Continue Reading)
June 3, 2012: Even teachers and students donated money to the Entire Nation (TEN) Moves campaign spearheaded by the private sector, which aimed to collect enough funds to build 10,000 classrooms across the country. Donors were asked to give P10 per day for 10 months. (Continue Reading)
February 4, 2011: The signing today of an agreement between and among the Department of Education (DepEd), the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has formalized the commitment the LPP has put forward during their 2nd General Assembly on August last year.
The idea raised during the August convention of LPP was adopted by municipalities and cities through the Leagues of Municipalities and Cities, respectively, which have earlier entered into a covenant with DepEd to address shortages in school buildings and classrooms. With this, DepEd has the full support of local government units in building more classrooms for public school children. (Continue Reading)
Mindanao, Health, Education | 07/25/2010 12:56 AM
I will ensure basic education, health, and sanitation facilities and services for IP communities.
I will look into the immediate situation of security of IP communities in areas of ongoing armed conflict.
June 13, 2013: The Department of Education said it has set aside P100 million to fund the education of indigenous peoples. (Continue reading)
January 13. 2012: The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that it created an office that will implement programs and activities pertaining to the education of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the country. (Continue reading)
economy, education | 07/25/2010 1:34 AM
An Aquino administration will partner with the private sector in building infrastructure for urban and rural agriculture and renewal energy initiatives, and in applying appropriate technologies for sustainable development. It will invest in people to keep sectors competitive and healthy.
May 9, 2013: The Department of Agriculture (DA) facilitated the trial export of Mindanao-produced organic black rice to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The organic black rice was produced by the Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative, the pioneer organization in bios dynamics technology farming in Mindanao and is also the biggest supplier of organic rice in the country. Furthermore, Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alacala said that the rice shipment is an achievement for the Philippine rice farmers since it has almost been fdecades since the Philippines exported rice products. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/05/09/mindanao-exports-organic-rice-to-the-middle-east-market/ )
April 17, 2013: Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) Utilities Inc. signed a 28-year lease of contract with the government-owned and controlled corporation Phividec Industrial Authority to put up a 405-megawatt power plant in Misamis Oriental. “In other words, we are not just increasing Mindanao’s maximum capacity. Beyond that, we are reinforcing their entire energy supply with more reliable and stable sources. We are making their energy infrastructure much more competitive. We should also not forget that in constructing these power plants, Filinvest will be injecting 29-30 billion pesos into Mindanao’s economy, while giving jobs to two thousand workers in the process” said President Benigno Aquino III in his speech for the contract signing. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/17/speech-of-president-aquino-at-the-ceremonia... )
April 10, 2013: In the Pacific Energy Summit held April 2-4, Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla stressed the importance of renewable energy (RE) in achieving the Energy Reform Agenda’s thrust on energy security, optimal energy pricing, and sustainable energy system. “There should be sharing among nations in strengthening RE knowledge and technologies in terms of research, development and demonstration activities towards technology innovation and standards interoperability, capacity building through knowledge sharing, policy advice and technology transfer, and windows for financing and long term investments, among many others,” Petilla said in his speech. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/10/doe-chief-strengthens-ties-with-trans-pacific-countries-for-renewable-energy-development/ )
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Education | 07/10/2013 11:20 PM
In his speech during the Brigada Eskwela last May 2012, Aquino said that he will let CHED monitor the nursing schools in the country to ensure the quality education the nursing students are getting from their schools.
"Inatasan natin ang CHED na tutukan at bantayan ang mga paaralang may mababang passing rate sa iba’t ibang mga kurso, tulad ng sa nursing licensure exam, at ang may mga mapupurol na programa."
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Education, Sports | 07/11/2013 11:14 PM
In his Speech at the Filipino Community Event in Auckland, New Zealand, President Noynoy Aquino promised to eliminate classroom shortage by 2013 with Secretary Bro. Armin Lusitro leading the Department of Education.
"Tapos sa nine and a half years po ng nauna sa akin, hindi nila natapos ‘yung classroom shortage. Ang pangako na naman po sa atin ng DepEd; next year, tapos na ‘yung 66,800 classrooms na kailangan natin."
"Naglaan tayo ng 292.7 bilyong pisong pondo para sa edukasyon, upang ang minana nating 66,800 na backlog sa classrooms at ang katakut-takot na kakulangan sa mga gamit pampaaralan ay matugunan na."
Education, Sports | 07/11/2013 11:55 PM
In his speech at the at the 2012 Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan awarding, President Noynoy Aquino assured the government's support to local artists and promised to create programs that will help local arts and culture flourish.
"Tungkulin po ng Estado na panatilihin, pangalagaan, at pagyamanin ang ating sining at kultura. Sa pangunguna ng National Commission for Culture and the Arts, at sa pakikiisa ng iba’t ibang sektor, patuloy tayong magbibigay parangal sa ating mga manlilikha, at maglalatag ng mga programang susuporta sa ating katutubong sining."
Education and Sports | 07/12/2013 6:05 PM
In his 3rd State of the Nation Address, President Benigno Aquino III promises to provide a budget for students to have access to PC tablets for reading materials in schools.
" Yung libro nga ho pala dito, hinahabol po natin na ‘yung ating reading materials ay magiging tablet based. Doon po sa henerasyon ko, hindi po tabletas ‘to [laughter], PC tablet ang pinag-uusapan para klaro lang ho. Dahil alam ho n’yo, ‘pag ho saka-sakaling may nahanap na error diyan; uutusan lang po n’ong kanyang server papalitan ‘yung impormasyon diyan. Hindi na po natin ire-recall ‘yung mga librong sangkaterba. At ginagawan na rin ho ng paraan na naka-lock in sa system para wala hong magnanakaw dito. Dulo po, mas madali na ho sa estudyante na kailangan rin naman talagang IT knowledgeable kung gagamitin natin ito. Hinihintay na lang natin, Bro. Armin, ‘yung pagbaba nang kaunti ng presyo at malapit na po sa target natin. Isasakatuparan natin ito sa pamamagitan ng inilaan nating 238.8 bilyong pisong budget para sa Department of Education ngayong 2012. [Applause] Tumaas po nang tatlumpong bilyong piso ang naturan badyet dahil mataas na rin po last year at next year ho siguro patataasin pa ni Brother Armin. "