Archive | July 2013

DepEd, BSP to award best financial education teachers

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have launched the national search for outstanding teachers who effectively teach students the value of savings and financial education.

Called GURO ng PAG-ASA ( Gantimpala para sa Ulirang Pagtuturo ng Pag-iimpok at Araling Pansalapi), the search will reward teachers who exhibited exemplary dedication in teaching the habit of savings using teaching guides in Edukasyon sa Pagpakatao (EsP), Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan  (EPP) and Araling Panlipunan (AP).

“While the search will officially start on October 2013 and culminate in January 2014, we want to drum up public awareness at this point so that many people will realize the importance of financial literacy,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC.

Based on DepEd Memo No. 117 series of 2013, the search is for public elementary school teachers handling any one of the learning areas in EsP, EPP and AP and have been using the teaching guides on financial education for at least one school year. Also eligible for nomination are teachers of these subjects who garnered a performance rating of at least ‘very satisfactory’ during the search period. Principals and/or school heads or the district supervisor can nominate.

The criteria is composed of three parts. The first part is instructional competence and teaching effectiveness which has 75 points. The second part is professional and community involvement which is assigned 25 points. The third is ‘plus factor’ which should be focused on documentation of school-based sustainability program that promotes the value of saving, money management and entrepreneurship which earns additional 20 points.

There will be 12 national finalists: 3 from Luzon (1 teacher of EsP, 1 teacher of EPP, 1 teacher of AP), 3 from Visayas, 3 from Mindanao and 3 from the National Capital Region. The top three national winners will receive P100, 000.00 each in cash prize, a medal and a complete set of computer with printer. The schools of the national winners will each receive a projector with screen.

The rest of the national finalists will each receive P50, 000.00 and certificates of recognition. Their respective schools will be given a plaque of recognition for their support on propagating financial education in the school and in the community.

A special prize of P10, 000.00 will be awarded to a student or to class who initiated sustained savings program that promote financial education and entrepreneurial activities in school or at home.

Reiterating class suspension rules

The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded the public that the decision to suspend classes when there are no storm signals falls under the various local government units (LGU). “The government recognizes the need to streamline the procedure in suspending classes,” says Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro FSC, adding that those “on the ground” will have a better assessment of the local situation.

Executive Order No. 66 s.2012 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino states “In the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAGASA, localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) concerned, in coordination with PAGASA and the NDRRMC, specifically in flood-prone or high risk areas.”

However, the rules on automatic suspension of classes remain. Storm Signal No 1 suspends classes in kindergarten, No 2 in elementary and high school, and No 3 in college, including graduate school and government offices.

Around 410,000 public school teachers to receive bonuses

PASIG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) submitted July 12th the first batch of validated reports required for the release of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB). Consisting of 145 out of 191 divisions (75.92%), the first batch covers 29,284 schools with 409,725 eligible employees (teachers, non-teaching, and teaching-related personnel).

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will take around a week to process the documents, after which the bonuses would be downloaded to the Regional or Division offices. The second batch of reports is expected to be completed and submitted to the IATF soon.

Bonuses range from Php 5,000 (satisfactory) to Php 35,000 (exceptional). DepEd employees who are recipients of national awards such as Literacy Awards and national awards from the Civil Service Commission and Metrobank Foundation in FY 2012 are already guaranteed beneficiaries of the maximum amount of Php 35,000.

Based on Executive Order 80 s2012, the PBB is a scheme that intends to reward government employees based on their performance and promote greater accountability in the public sector.

DLSU and DepEd Announce scholarship opportunities for public school graduates

De La Salle University (DLSU) is awarding full scholarship grants to 50 deserving graduates from public high schools under its Vaugirard Scholarship Program (VSP). Aligned with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) drive to strengthen public-private partnerships towards achieving Education for All, the scholarship includes a full waiver on tuition, miscellaneous and other fees throughout their stay in DLSU, a monthly stipend of Ten Thousand Pesos (P 10,000.00) to cover accommodation, food and travel expenses, and advance enrollment privileges. Cash incentives also await those who graduate with Latin Honors.

       DepEd has already selected 29 public schools nationwide that will serve as testing centers for the administration of the DLSU College Admission Test (CAT) from October to November 2013.  Application fee is free for all graduating public high school students.

     For application requirements and other information about the program, all concerned may contact the Office of Admissions and Scholarships of DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila at telephone nos. (02) 536-0225; (02) 524-4611 local 162 or visit the website at www.dlsu.edu.ph/scholarships/vaugirard-deped.

DepEd prioritizes government science scholars in teacher hiring.

Government science scholars will get priority in hiring when they apply for a teaching job in public secondary schools.

This is contained in Department of Education (DepEd) Memorandum  114 series of 2013 which enjoins all DepEd regional directors to prioritize in hiring scholars who graduated under the Department of Science and Technology –Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) program.

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said DepEd needs the expertise of  these graduates  to address the critical need for teachers in  mathematics and other  science-related fields. “ This fresh infusion to our teaching force is DepEd’s contribution   to nation-building as the country’s  economic activities are becoming more and more  science and technology-driven,” he added.

The DOST- SEI scholars have signed an agreement  that upon completion of their courses, they are required to teach in public high schools in their home region for a period equivalent to the number of years they benefited from the scholarship.

“These scholars  must pass the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) within the year as a pre-requisite for a permanent position, ”explained Luistro.

Philippines to host 6th ASEAN Schools Games in 2014

The Philippines, through the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will host the 6th Association of South East Asian Nations Schools Games (ASG) on December 2014, even as the country is set to host the ASG golf tournament in November this year.

The Philippines participated in the recently concluded 5th ASEAN Schools Games in Hanoi, Vietnam where it sent  selected  2013 Palarong Pambansa medalists. The contingent won three bronze medals in boys’ volleyball, girls’ basketball and boys’ javelin throw. Bryan Jay Pacheco bested the Palarong Pambansa record and his personal best in javelin throw. Pacheco also broke the Palarong Pambansa record in shot put.

“I am proud of our athletes and commend their discipline and dedication to their sport.Moreover, I am glad that they are able to participate in event such as this and serve as ambassadors of goodwill to our neighbors,” said Education Secretary Br Armin A. Luistro FSC, adding expressed his appreciation to PSC for actively supporting DepEd in developing the Filipino athletes.

“We are looking forward to hosting the 6th ASG next year.”

The ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) is an annual sporting event which aims to enhance friendship among students around the region. It also seeks to promote ASEAN solidarity among the youth through school sports and provide opportunities for school athletes to engage in cultural exchange.

The 5th ASG was participated in by the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The events were track and field, sepaktakraw, swimming, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball, and pencaksilat.

DOST-SEI & DepEd announces science scholarship applications for 2014

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) through the Department of Education (DepEd) announces the 2014 DOST-SEI Science and Technology Undergraduate Scholarships’ nationwide examination on September 22, 2013.

The scholarship is open to all qualified graduating high school students from public and private high schools nationwide.

Deadline of application form submission is August 23, 2013.  Application forms can be obtained at the Science Education Institute, 2/F Science Heritage Building, DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City, DOST Regional offices or downloaded from the DOST scholarships website at http://www.science-scholarships.ph.