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.