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Briones rejects donations sourced from gambling

 No to PAGCOR funds. This was the sentiment expressed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, declaring that money sourced from gambling is “anti-developmental.” Briones said the Department of Education (DepEd) will no longer be accepting donations sourced from gambling and related activities to fund programs for public schools. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) is among the biggest donors of DepEd– particularly in funding classroom construction for public schools nationwide. “I have always been against gambling as a source of funding for development, Briones, a public finance expert, said. She justified her position by declaring that while “you tell your people to be thrifty, to plan and to budget but you’re also telling them to take a chance.” Under her term, Briones said DepEd will no longer be accepting donations  from the state-run agency but will …

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CHED slams false Internet reports on Mandarin subject in schools

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) appealed to the public yesterday to refrain from sharing “false” and “malicious” articles from “questionable resources” to avoid confusion among its stakeholders. CHED called the attention of netizens, particularly those who are using social networking sites, to avoid posting or reposting online articles that do not contain verified information. The Commission is particularly referring to an online article from a blog site NewsPH entitled, “CHED: Mandarin to be part of Elementary, High School and College Curriculum as preparation for PH-China Partnership.” Amid the “newfound friendship” between the Philippines and China, the satirical article – found on http://thephnews.blogspot.com/2016/10/ched-mandarin-to-be-part-of-elementary.html - cited that CHED is “pursuing to add Mandarin subject to all levels in preparation to Philippine's future partnership with China.” However, CHED said that the write-up is “entirely false …

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DepEd: Nurture, understand ADHD students and issues

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday campaigned for increased awareness on Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), especially among students in schools. DepEd Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, in DepEd Memorandum No. 167 series 2016, earlier urged both public and private schools to participate in the 2016 National Awareness Week which culminates today. The week-long celebration, he stressed, is aimed at increasing public awareness on the effects of the characteristics and social issues faced by people with ADHD. Muyot also noted that the celebration also seeks to “promote understanding and acceptance of people with ADHD” and to “campaign for equal rights and access to basic services such as education, health, and development with are often denied to persons with disability.” Together with the ADHD Society of the Philippines, Muyot encouraged schools to support the occasion to provide …

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DepEd appeals: don’t spread unverified #walangpasok announcement

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday appealed anew to the public, netizens in particular, to refrain from posting announcements of class suspensions especially those cited from “unverified” sources. This comes after DepEd issued a public apology when a tweet Wednesday, October 19, that classes in Metro Manila for Thursday had been suspended due to Super Typhoon Lawin, caused confusion after it was later deleted. “In an effort to catch all announcement from different sources (government agencies, LGUs, schools, etc), a tweet from a fake account of a trusted agency was quoted,” DepEd said. The agency admitted that its official Twitter account, @DepEd_PH, mistakenly posted false information about class suspensions for schools in the National Capital Region (NCR). “Unfortunately, the tweet was shared and quoted before it was taken down,” it explained. “This apology …

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Leni: Good governance key to ARMM progress

Vice President Leni Robredo stressed that good governance remains the key to progress in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). During the ARMM Colloquium 2016 held at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City Friday afternoon, Robredo stressed that ARMM has a special place in her heart because her late husband Jesse, loved the said region. “Jesse spoke of ARMM with much admiration for its people and also a depth of understanding for its long history of injustices and development challenges,” she said. Robredo shared that the year before the then Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary passed away, “he was very hopeful in starting a comprehensive program of reform for ARMM,” citing that if “we could do it in ARMM, we could do it anywhere.” The keys to ARMM’s …

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DepEd sets mandatory drug test for teachers, staff

Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali recently stressed that while the DepEd is pushing for the mandatory drug testing for public school teachers and school personnel and random drug testing for students, the illegal drugs menace is not a widespread problem in the education sector. “It’s not really a problem in a context that we have to be alarmed or disturbed,” Umali said when asked about the number of teachers and school personnel who may be involved in illegal drugs. “Let there be no mistake about this, if there are reported cases, very minimum – napakaliit na bilang lang,” he stressed. While the cases of school teachers and personnel who are reportedly involved in illegal drug use are very isolated, Umali stressed that DepEd is giving its full support to the …

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Proper handwashing saves lives and prevents diseases

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday led activities marking the 2016 Global Handwashing Day (GHD) to increase the awareness among the over 25 million learners nationwide on the importance of proper handwashing. Education Secretary Leonor Briones acknowledged the power of children to influence others when it comes to proper hygiene and sanitation. “We consider them as the best agents in this initiative because they would share these lessons with their families and communities,” she stressed. Life-saver Students of Kalayaan Elementary School in Caloocan City  were once again reminded of the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.  DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, DepEd NCR Director Ponciano Menguito, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Regional Director for NCR Corazon Flores, German Development …

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One million pencils campaign launched

To provide pencils for learners in the country’s poorest municipalities, the Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging all public and private schools nationwide to participate in an initiative that aims to collect one million pencils. Dubbed “One Million Lapis,” the pencil-collecting campaign is led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and supported by DepEd. The campaign is one of the major activities of the CWC for the National Children’s Month (NCM) to be celebrated in November. In DepEd Memo No. 169 series of 2016, Undersecretary Alberto Muyot expressed the Department’s full support to the “One Million Lapis” campaign and enjoined all schools to join the initiative. In the said memo, Muyot explained that the “One Million Lapis” campaign aims to collect one million pencils to be given to underprivileged children …

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DepEd holds two-week early registration for Senior High

The Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a two-week Senior High School (SHS) early registration to help incoming SHS students to come up with informed decisions regarding their choice of tracks suitable to their skills and interests. Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd Memorandum No. 161 series of 2016, announced that the SHS early registration for school year (SY) 2017-2018 is scheduled on October 16 to 29, 2016. This will be implemented after the conduct of the SHS Career Guidance Program (CGP) and the Career Guidance Week starting onMonday, Oct. 10. “The CGP aims to guide Grade 10 students in making informed decisions regarding their choice of SHS track suitable to their skills and interest,” Briones said. “This will also enable them to pre-register into SHS for SY 2017-2018,” she added. Briones said …

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DepEd hails, honors teachers as PH marks Nat’l Teachers Month

Education Secretary Leonor Briones commended and expressed her sincere gratitude to the country’s teachers for their unwavering commitment and service to strengthen the community and build the nation by enhancing the learning capabilities and protecting the welfare of learners.  “Being a teacher in itself is already a tremendous job,” Briones said. “Teaching with unwavering commitment despite the odds is a true service to the country,” she added. HONORS, TRIBUTES TO TEACHERS  Last September 30, the Department of Education led two simultaneous celebrations to express the education sector’s appreciation for the important role of teachers in implementing the educational reforms in the country.  In observance of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM), DepEd organized two events – one at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City hosted by DepEd National Capital Region (NCR) and another at the Ateneo de …

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