The ARMM Government invites all education stakeholders to participate in the 2014 Brigada Eskwela (BE) with a theme, “Making Our Schools Safer”. The BE is otherwise known as “National School Maintenance Week” is an effort, time and resources to contribute by among stakeholders to ensure that school facilities are ready to use by the learners this coming opening of classes.
Mainit na pagbati sa lahat ng ating mga magsipagtapos, at sa lahat ng tagapamahala at kawani ng paaralan, mga guro, at mga magulang na tumulong at patuloy na gumagabay sa ating kabataan para makarating sila sa mahalagang puntong ito ng kanilang buhay.
Ang araw na ito ay isang patunay ng katatagan at kakayahan ng bawat Pilipino na muling bumangon matapos ang matitinding unos. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng liwanag sa bawat isa sa oras ng kadiliman, napatunayan natin na anumang hamon ang dumating ay ating kakayanin.
Sa gitna ng maraming pagsubok na ating hinaharap, hindi maiiwasan ng iba na isiping sumuko na lamang. Subalit sadyang matibay ang pusong Pilipino hindi nagpapatinag sa kahit anong pagsubok—dahil sa oras ng karimlan ay nakakakita pa rin tayo ng sinag ng pag-asa mula sa pagtitiwala at kasiyahan na ibinabahagi natin sa isa’t isa. Sa mga ganitong panahon, maaaring tayo ay nagalusan ngunit hindi kailanman nagpatalo.
Mga magsisipagtapos, ako ay umaasa na ang temang “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilpino” ay tumatak sa inyong kaisipan at magbigay ng inspirasyon para makamit n’yo and inyong naisin sa kabila ng mga hamon na darating—hindi lamang para sa sarili kundi para sa kapwa, at higit sa lahat para sa bayan.
Para sa ating mga nasa paaralan, ito nawa’y magsilbing isang paalala ng lakas at tibay ng loob na siyang dapat nananalaytay sa ating instutusyon. Umaasa akong patuloy nating maibigay ang nararapat sa ating kabataan.
Muli, binabati ko ang mga magsipagtapos. Hangad ko ang inyong tagumpay.
Mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino! Mabuhay kayong lahat.
BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO, FSC
The Department of Education (DepEd) announces this year’s theme for the Graduation Rites through DepEd Order No. 9 s. 2014. The rites should focus on the theme “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino,” to pay homage to the resilience of the Filipino spirit and its triumphs over the recent string of calamities it conquered over the school year.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro wants to maintain the solemnity of the occasion by remaining frugal and simple, “while the graduation rites mark a milestone in every learner, we should keep it prudent and economical. Extravagant attires and venues are not necessary to make an impression; the important thing is we send the message of nationalism, excellence and resilience to every graduate.”
In accordance with the School Calendar for SY 2013-2014, the Graduation Rites should be scheduled either on the 27th or the 28th of March this year. For regions or schools divisions who extended their academic year due to natural or man-made calamities, the Rites should be scheduled based on their respective revised school calendars as approved by DepEd.
All private and public elementary and secondary schools nationwide are expected to strictly comply with the requirements for graduation. Non-academic activities such as attendance to field trips and JS Promenade should not be imposed as a prerequisite to graduation. In line with this, DepEd also reiterates that while Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) may opt to give cash or in-kind donations, public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution to any student at any grade or year level.
In a separate Regional Memorandum (No. 20 s. 2014) released by DepEd Region 8 Director Luisa Yu, conduct of JS Promenades, Senior Balls, Graduation Balls and other closing activities is discouraged so as not to disrupt classes and to spare students and parents from additional financial burden. In the same light, Graduation Rites in Region 8 should be held the simplest way possible. Yu directs division officials to monitor compliance in their respective areas.
The Philippines, through the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Australian government will sign a Memorandum of Subsidiary Arrangement for the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Program this coming February 21, 2014, Friday at Neptali Gonzales High School, Mandaluyong City.
BEST is a 6-year Aus$150 million (PhP 6.1 billion) program aimed to assist the Philippines in improving learning quality and access to education in the context of the K-12 program. The program aims to improve teaching and learning as well as strengthen the information and management systems of Philippine public education.
President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in addressing the 2010 backlog in classrooms.
“Ang tagumpay po nating ito ay hindi bunga ng milagro, o ng dinoktor na mga numero. Kongkretong bunga ito ng pagkakaisa, dedikasyon, at propesyunalismo ng DepEd, ng DPWH, ng ating economic team na buong sigasig na pinapalago ang ekonomiya, at ng matuwid nating paggugol ng pondo,” Aquino said during the ceremonial turnover of the 66,813 classrooms at Carmona National High School (CNHS).
Aquino also stressed that this achievement would not be possible without the help of local government units and the private sector that contributed in building the classrooms. These classrooms, which range from one-story structures to multi-floor buildings, were constructed using national and local government funds and donations from the private sector.
“Sunud-sunod na binura ng DepEd ang mga backlog na minana ng kanilang sektor. Ngayon nga po, sa wakas, abot-kamay na ang ating pangarap na magkaroon ng pampublikong edukasyon na tunay na manganganak ng pagkakataon para sa ating mga kabataan,” he said.
He said that the administration will maintain its commitment to education, and will fulfill its promise to every Filipino child. He added, “Layunin po ng inyong gobyernong handugan sila ng sapat na kakayahan upang itaguyod ang sarili, ang pamilya, at ang kanilang bayan.”
Secretary Br. Armin Luistro also emphasized the importance of coming together towards a common goal for the education sector. “This is a collaborative work of private organizations and public institutions, showing commitment to quality education for Filipino learners,” he said.
Preparing for a brighter future
Through the continuous support of various sectors, DepEd was able to close the not only the backlog in classrooms but also the needs on textbooks, school seats, and teachers in 2012.
“Mulat po tayong hindi pa tapos ang ating misyon, at mayroon pa rin tayong mga pagsubok na dapat lampasan,” Aquino said.
With the constant strides of DepEd towards development in basic education, Aquino added, “Sa abot po ng ating makakaya, titiyakin nating matutugunan ang batayang pangangailangan sa sektor ng edukasyon; at sisiguraduhin nating pati ang pagkukulang sa mga susunod na taon ay mapapaghandaan at matutugunan din.”
DepEd’s various classroom construction programs from 2014 onwards shall address yearly increases in student population and prepare for the full implementation of senior high school (grades 11 and 12) in 2016.
The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) presented 66,813 classrooms to President Benigno S. Aquino III to address the 2010 backlog.
“This is a collaborative work of private organizations and public institutions, showing commitment to quality education for Filipino learners,” Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said at the ceremonial turnover of classrooms at Carmona National High School (CNHS), one of beneficiaries of additional classrooms. He emphasized significant role of the private sector and local government units (LGUs) in delivering the kind of education that every Filipino child deserved.
The education chief expressed his gratitude to the “partners in education” from the private sector, LGUs, and DPWH in fulfilling its promise to the Filipino learners. “Before, this is just a dream—a seemingly impossible dream—but with the help of our friends from different sectors, both public and private, we are able to carry on our commitment to address 2010 backlog in classroom,” he added.
The classrooms, which range from one-story structures to multi-floor buildings, were constructed using national and local government funds and donations from the private sector. More than 35,000 classrooms were funded by the national budget; 13,189 classrooms built using LGU funds; 14,886 from local donations; 1,215 from foreign donations; and 2,242 from PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) I.
He also thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III for his continuous and unwavering support to the education sector. “Through the support and trust of our President Aquino, we are able to accomplish this.”
Continuing commitment to basic education
“The Department of Education will continue to provide basic inputs to address incremental enrolment, regular wear and tear, and senior high school (SHS) requirements,” Luistro said. He added that DepEd shall construct more classrooms in 2014 to prepare for the full implementation of SHS (grades 11 and 12) in 2016.
Private high schools and other non-Department of Education (DepEd) schools that wish to offer senior high school (SHS) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program may refer to the guidelines sent out recently by DepEd.
The guidelines are for the national implementation of the senior high school program in non-DepEd schools starting school year 2016-2017 and onwards under Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. SHS (grades 11 and 12) allows students to choose among four tracks – Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts & Design – which are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the release of the guidelines is pursuant to Section 30 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10533.“We are sending out these guidelines to help interested private institutions that wish to be a part of this innovative thrust to upgrade Philippine basic education,” he added.
DepEd Memo No. 4 series of 2014 has identified 3 categories for institutions which may wish to offer senior high school.
Category A pertains to private schools recognized by DepEd to offer secondary education (Year I- IV) and private schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).
Category B refers to non-DepEd schools that have been issued permits by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to offer any training courses or by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to offer any higher education program. This category also includes schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the FAAP. Also under this category are other non-DepEd schools which have been granted at least Bronze accreditation status by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission.
Category C includes other individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Application to offer SHS will only be accepted by email at email@example.com addressed to the DepEd Secretary. A copy of the application [EIU1] should also be sent to the office of the concerned DepEd regional director on or before April 15, 2014.
More information can be obtained from the K to 12 Secretariat at telephone numbers 631-5057 and 638-3703 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.