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Thursday, May 25, 2017

ACT News: P5,000 “chalk allowance” sought

ACT News: P5,000 “chalk allowance” sought

ACT: P5,000 “chalk allowance” sought


ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro urge the Lower House to immediately hear and approve their bill increasing the allowance for teaching supplies to P5,000 per school year.

Tinio and Castro filed in June last year House Bill 474 or the Teaching Supplies Allowance Act to hike from P2,500 to P5,000 the cash allowance for the purchase of chalks, erasers, forms, and other classroom supplies and materials. Popularly known as the “chalk allowance,” it is given yearly to classroom teachers in public schools.

The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading a counterpart bill to HB 474. Approval on final reading is targeted next week before Congress goes on break.
“Another school year is about to open, and our teachers will again feel the pain of buying chalk, papers, and other supplies they use daily in their classrooms using their own money,” said Castro. “Congress should grab this opportunity to approve the bill and significantly reduce this burden of teachers.”
A former classroom teacher, Castro explained that increasing the allowance to P5,000 will double teachers’ funds for supplies to P24.75 per school day.

The allowance was only P700 in 2012 but increased to P1,000, then to P1,500 in 2015 and P2,500 this year, due to amendments to the annual national budgets proposed by Tinio, and with Castro starting with the 2017 budget.

Tinio urged the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, the panel where the bill is pending, to immediately hear HB 474 and endorse it for approval by the House in plenary, considering the Senate action.

Tinio added that, along with the chalk allowance, Congress should also increase the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools. “The perennial problem of insufficient funds for the maintenance and operations of public schools is what forces our teachers to buy teaching and classroom necessities out of pocket,” he said.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DepEd to reactivate Oplan Balik Eskwela centers nationwide

DepEd to reactivate Oplan Balik Eskwela centers nationwide

DepEd to reactivate Oplan Balik Eskwela centers nationwide


PASIG CITY, May 23, 2017 – To ensure a smooth opening of classes come June 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to reactivate the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) centers nationwide from May 29 to June 16, 2017.
The OBE aims to address commonly encountered problems at the start of the school year, which will ensure that learners are properly enrolled and will be able to attend school on the first day of classes.
The commonly encountered problems may include issues about students transferring from private school to public school, classroom assignment, power and water supply, peace and order, and Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP), among others.
Under the OBE, the DepEd Central Office (CO) shall set up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) at the Bulwagan ng Karunugan, which will serve as the information and complaints processing and routing zone for the duration of the project.
Moreover, DepEd CO has already disseminated necessary information and guidelines to its regional and division offices, and schools nationwide for the conduct of the OBE2017.

Early preparation

To better capacitate the regional information officers and other OBE personnel in addressing public concerns, a national orientation on the OBE 2017 was conducted on May 22, 2017 at the Bulwagan ng Karunugan, DepEd CO in Pasig City.
Some of the topics discussed at the event include Learner Reference Number (LRN) and Learner Information System (LIS); Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE); Philippine Educational Placement (PEP) Test; K to 12; enrollment policies; Kindergarten; Alternative Learning System (ALS); Madrasah Education Program; Special Education (SpEd) Program; Disaster-preparedness; and Child Protection Policy, among others.

Final leg of K to 12 implementation

The first official batch of Grade 12 learners and new batch of Grade 11 learners under the K to 12 program of the Department are set to troop to senior high schools nationwide on the opening of classes for School Year (SY) 2017-2018.
In a recent press conference, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo said, “Ang binabantayan natin ngayon ay tungkol doon sa usapin ng Senior High School. Alam naman natin na last year ay nagsimula na tayong magkaroon ng mga Grade 11 learners na ngayong pasukan ay mga magiging mga unang opisyal na batch ng Grade 12 learners.”
“Ang mga concerns na possible nating matanggap ay tungkol sa SHS voucher program dahil kamakailan ay binuksan muli natin ang online application at ni-release ang results para rito,” Mateo added.

Inter-Agency Task Force

Furthermore, to ensure that all school opening concerns will be addressed, including those concerns outside the purview of the Department, DepEd will assemble the OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
“Every year nagbubukas tayo ng Oplan Balik Eskwela Command Center kung saan ang ating mga kaibigan sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan at ang mga nasa private sector ay tumutulong upang matugunan ang mga concerns sa pagbubukas ng klase,” Mateo mentioned.
“Alam naman natin na ang mga issues at concerns tulad ng daan, electricity, canals, at marami pang iba, ay hindi sakop ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon kaya kinakailangan nating sumangguni sa mga nararapat na ahensiya at pribadong sector,” Mateo further explained.
The OBE-IATF is composed of the Department of Energy (DOE); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Health (DOH); Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Manila Electric Company (MERALCO); Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS); Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Office of Civil Defense (OCD); Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); and Philippine National Police (PNP).
This effort is pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 55, series of 2017, or the 2017 Oplan Balik Eskwela, which is available at http://www.deped.gov.ph/memos/dm-55-s-2017.

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News: DepED Statement on the School Opening in Mindanao

News: DepED Statement on the School Opening in Mindanao

DepED Statement on the School Opening in Mindanao


The opening of classes in public elementary and high schools, including those in Mindanao, will push through on June 5 as scheduled.

The Department of Education (DepEd) further emphasizes that schools will not be used as evacuation centers. In Marawi City, the provincial capitol and the Mindanao State University (MSU) will serve such purpose.

Finally, the Department reminds all sectors concerned to ensure the neutrality of schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace. Similarly, students, teachers, and personnel must be spared from any form of violence, intimidation, or threat.


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NEWS: Duterte may expand martial law to Visayas

NEWS: Duterte may expand martial law to Visayas

Duterte may expand martial law to Visayas

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MANILA (UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday bared that he might expand the coverage of his martial law declaration to Visayas if terror groups spread their activities outside Mindanao.

This after declaring Mindanao under martial law following clashes between government troops and the Maute terror group on Tuesday.
“I may decide to expand the area to include the Visayas because it is just a walking distance actually. Because of the many islands, they can always escape there and begin another terroristic activity,” Duterte said in his speech upon arriving from Russia.
“I ordered the military and navy to embargo the islands, especially the sea that separates Mindanao from the Visayas," he said. 
Visayas, which for long had been insulated from major terror attacks, was recently gripped by the arrival of members of notorious kidnapping group Abu Sayyaf in Bohol. Government forces have managed to decimate the terrorists, who had attempted to invade the popular tourist destination.

The President also said he might place the entire country under martial law if the Islamic State, to which the Maute Group has pledged allegiance, penetrates Luzon. The group has carried out deadly attacks in key cities around the world.
"If I think that the ISIS has already taken foothold also in Luzon and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people," Duterte said.
Along with the declaration of martial law, Duterte also suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, enabling government forces to arrest anyone charged with rebellion or invasion without a court-issued warrant.

The President also said he was mulling the imposition of curfew in selected areas in Mindanao, such as Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato and Zamboanga Peninsula.

Duterte rushed home from Russia Wednesday afternoon after declaring martial law in the entire Mindanao in response to violence in Marawi City, where a gunfight between government troops and the Maute Group had erupted a day earlier. 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said 6 government troops have died from the clashes.

Gunfights erupted Tuesday as government troops were about to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, an Abu Sayyaf leader who has been named the Philippine head of the Islamic State. The US government is offering a $5-million bounty for his capture.

The terrorists burned several structures in the city, including a Catholic church. A parish priest and several parishioners were also held hostage.

The President is mandated by the Constitution to submit to Congress his justification for declaring martial law within 48 hours of his declaration. The legislature will then conduct a review and decide by a majority vote whether to uphold or revoke the declaration.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

DM No. 93, s. 2017: A TEACHERS’ SUMMER CAMP

DM No. 93, s. 2017: A TEACHERS’ SUMMER CAMP

NATIONAL SEMINAR-WORKSHOP ON THE MAGNA CARTA FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS, PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONISM, AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION: A TEACHERS’ SUMMER CAMP


To:
  • Undersecretaries
  • Assistant Secretaries
  • Bureau and Service Directors
  • Regional Directors
  • Schools Division Superintendents
  • All Others Concerned
1. The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition will hold the National Seminar-Workshop on the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, Public Sector Unionism, and Human Rights Education: A Teachers’ Summer Camp with the theme Rights and Responsibilities for Teacher and Child-Friendly Schools from May 25 to 27, 2017 at the Aringay Central Elementary School, DepEd Division of La Union, Aringay, La Union.

2. The Conference aims to deepen the understanding of teachers and administrators on their rights and responsibilities and their role in promoting Human Rights Education. It specifically aims to:
  • a. equip the teacher-leaders and school heads with knowledge on Magna Carta for Public School Teachers and the public sector unionism;
  • b. formulate policy recommendations on teachers’ organizations;
  • c. facilitate the formation of teachers’ organizations in the grassroots; and
  • d. support the Department’s mandate to teach human rights and popularize the rights-based approach in teaching.
3. The target participants are teacher-leaders, heads of teachers’ organizations, and school heads from public schools and sector unionism.

4. The participants from the Department of Education are authorized to attend on official business. A registration fee of One Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P 1,500.00) shall be charged to each participant to cover accommodation, meals, conference kit, and other incidental expenses.

5. For more information, all concerned may contact the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) Secretariat at telephone no. (02) 444-6564, Ms. Darlene Loro at
mobile phone no. 0935-327-9359, or Mr. Benjo G. Basas, TDC National Chairperson, at mobile phone no. 0927-335-6375.

6. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
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Friday, May 19, 2017

New English/Filipino Learning & Reading Instructional Materials

New English/Filipino Learning & Reading Instructional Materials

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Briones rallies Negrense communities for Brigada Eskwela 2017

Briones rallies Negrense communities for Brigada Eskwela 2017

Briones rallies Negrense communities for Brigada Eskwela 2017


PASIG CITY, May 19, 2017 – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones urged the communities to be involved in making schools clean and safe for learners the entire year as she led the Negros Island Region (NIR) launch of Brigada Eskwela 2017 hosted by the Schools Division of Dumaguete City.
“What makes Brigada Eskwela special is not only the teachers are involved but also the parents and the spouses of the teachers,” Secretary Briones said. She further emphasized the importance of the spirit of volunteerism among the school personnel and the larger community in making schools ready, not just during Brigada Eskwela but the whole year round.
Around 1,500 participants from the 16 schools divisions of NIR converged at Dumaguete City National High School for the half-day activity participated by superintendents, assistant schools superintendents, curriculum and governance chiefs, school principals, teachers, non-teaching personnel, PTA officials, and education stakeholders. Regional officials led by Director Gilbert T. Sadsad and Assistant Regional Director Salustiano T. Jimenez were also present in the activity.
In the spirit of Brigada Eskwela, the 16 schools division of NIR did a fund-raising project called “Gugma Ko, Halad Ko sa Binagyo” (Our Love for the Typhoon Victims), for schools in Camarines Sur that were heavily damaged by typhoon “Nina.“ During a ceremonial turnover led by Sadsad, the principals of Nato National High School, Ocampo National High School, and Sagnay Central School each received more than half a million for classroom repair.
Dumaguete City Schools Division Superintendent Evangel M. Luminarias welcomed the delegates from the different schools divisions in the regional launching of Brigada Eskwela. Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo also graced the event and lauded DepEd in honing young learners to become better and law-abiding citizens of the country. The local chief executive told the audience that DepEd will always have his administration’s full support in the implementation of programs and projects. Remollo also added that he has already allocated a budget for selected schools in Dumaguete City for the repair of classrooms and procurement of instructional facilities.

Color Fest Run

ound 800 runners composed of teaching and non-teaching personnel led by their respective superintendents participated in the Color Fest Run that started at 6:00am andpainted the whole town red with their unique chants and yells as the participants sashayed on the streets of Dumaguete.
According to Adolf P. Aguilar, Lead Coordinator of the Education Support Services Division, the fun run’s purposeis to unite the whole Negros Island Region and reaffirm its bond as one region. Although the activity is not a competition, its main goal is to show that DepEd NIR is stronger as ever. Participants from Dumaguete City Division bagged the special prize as the Most Dynamic and Participative Delegation. This is the second year NIR is holding Brigada Eskwela with Kabankalan City as the first host.

Brigada Eskwela exhibits medical mission

All 16 schools divisions also put up exhibits in their respective areas highlighting the various accomplishments of schools. Special awards were given to recognize the delegation’s efforts. The awardees are: Kabankalan City Division (Most Informative, Most Artistic, and Best in Saludo), Sagay City Division (Most Interactive and Best Adopt-A-School Report Presentation), and San Carlos City Division hailed as Most Colorful Exhibit. Bagging the 1st prize in the Regional Search for the Brigada Eskwela Jingle contest is Escalante City Division.
As the opening program was held, a medical mission outside thehigh school gymnasium was spearheaded by the regional medical team. The implementation of Brigada Eskwela focuses on three salient points: 1) School maintenance activities throughout the school year; 2) Community-led effort to improve student participation and reduce dropouts or enroll in Alternative Learning System (ALS); 3) Community-led effort to improve student performance.
This year’s theme “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan,” Brigada Eskwela also known as Schools Maintenance Week, aims to demonstrate the spirit of volunteerism and shared community partnership in providing quality education to all. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New K-12 1st Quarter Bulletin Boards for Grades 1-6

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NEWS: DepEd grants Muslim workers Ramadan break

NEWS: DepEd grants Muslim workers Ramadan break

DepEd grants Muslim workers Ramadan break


The Department of Education (DepEd) is allowing Muslim employees to adjust their work hours in deference to their observance of the fasting month of Ramadan, which will begin on May 27.

In a memorandum, the agency said Filipino Muslims in central and field offices nationwide may start their office work between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. until such time when they complete the mandatory eight-hour working day without breaks in the morning, noon or afternoon.

These breaks are equivalent to two hours daily, noted the memo signed by Education Undersecretary Alberto Muyot in his capacity as officer in charge. He said the adjustment was to ensure continuous, prompt and efficient delivery of public services in basic education.
“The DepEd respects the rights of all Filipino Muslims to observe Ramadan by fasting from May 27 to June 25,” Muyot said.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

DepEd reports increase in support for Brigada Eskwela

DepEd reports increase in support for Brigada Eskwela

DepEd reports increase in support for Brigada Eskwela


PASIG CITY, May 13, 2017 – The Brigada Eskwela initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to generate higher support every year from education stakeholders since its first kick-off in 2003.
In a recent press conference at the DepEd Central Office, Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali recalled how this effort evolved since its first implementation, “Noong 2003, hindi pa mandatory para sa ating paaralan ang pagsali sa Brigada. Only around 30% of our schools participated that time. But in 2007, it increased to 100% school voluntary participation.”
This increase in school participation—noting its non-mandatory status—led to the issuance of a Department Order in 2008, which enjoined all DepEd schools to participate yearly in the Brigada Eskwela activities.
Furthermore, Umali also cited the increase in the generated resources from education stakeholders. From the generated resources and support in 2012 amounting to P1,519,575,657.13, it increased to P7,263,949,535.83 in 2016.
“With these figures, kitang kita po natin kung paano naging matagumpay ang Brigada Eskwela sa pagsulong ng mga taon,” Umali said.
“For this year, 2017, if we equal what we have done last year, that by itself is already an achievement. But I’m sure that we will surpass it,” Umali added.

Call for participation

In the same press conference, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, together with ASec. Umali, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo, and External Partnerships Service (EPS) Director Margarita Ballesteros, invited all education stakeholders to participate in the Brigada Eskwela 2017 from May 15 to 20.
For this year’s Brigada Eskwela, Briones mentioned that aside from school maintenance activities, other efforts such as the anti-illegal drug use campaign lectures, distribution of pencils gathered under the One Million Lapis Campaign, and opening of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) registration desk, will also be conducted at the national kick-off in Cebu City.
“Many of our children are still unable to join the formal learning system. With all its improvements and opportunities, meron pa ring hindi nakakaabot dahil sa poverty, school’s distance, early marriages, etc.,” Briones said on the opening of the ALS registration desk.
Briones shared that the Education Department is expecting around 500-1000 Brigada volunteers and people from the community in Cebu City to register in the ALS registration desk.
Furthermore, other activities such as earthquake and fire drills, Rabies Awareness Campaign, and tree/vegetable planting are set to be conducted in selected schools nationwide.
The whole DepEd Executive Committee (ExeCom) and other DepEd officials are set to spread and visit all regions to participate, and monitor the successful conduct of the Brigada Eskwela 2017.

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Government employees will now get 14th month pay

Government employees will now get 14th month pay

Government employees will now get 14th month pay


(CNN Philippines, May 11) — All government employees will get a mid-year bonus beginning on May 15.

The bonus will be equivalent to one month's basic pay, and will be given on top of the 13th month bonus employees already receive every December.

According to Budget Circular 2017-2, dated May 8, the bonus will cover all civilian, uniformed and military personnel - as long as they've been in government service for at least four months of service since July 2016.

Employees from from government-owned and -controlled corporations are excluded. Personnel with no employer-employee relationship with their government agency will also be ineligible for the bonus. This includes experts, consultants, interns and those on job orders.

A total of P32 billion has been set for the payout, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said in an interview on Thursday, with P26 billion going to civilian personnel and P6 billion to uniformed and military personnel.

While it's a significant amount on its own, Diokno said it accounted for little of the P3.35-trillion national budget. Besides, it's a worthy investment to boost morale in government.
"You have to give people a decent salary," he said.
More importantly, this should help attract and retain talent in the public sector. Diokno explained, "We need to move closer towards what the private sector offers. There, even a 15th month or 16th month pay is the norm."

In previous years, the government only granted a yearend bonus. The 13th month pay was divided into two chunks throughout the year: one half in May for the enrolment season, and the other half in December for the holidays.

Now, employees will get a full 13th and 14th month pay for May and December, respectively.

More than the mid-year bonus, government personnel can also look forward to succeeding increases in salaries through the Salary Standardization Law. The hikes began in 2016 and will continue until 2019.

Department of Budget and Management studies show, the mid-year bonus and the salary hikes together should bring government pay close to 70 percent of its private sector counterpart.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2017-2018

DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2017-2018

DepEd School Calendar for School Year 2017-2018



To:
Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools Heads
All Others Concerned
  1. The School Year 2017-2018 shall formally open on Monday, June 5, 2017 and shall end on Friday, April 6, 2018. It shall consist of 204 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and the four days for the Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC) conducted every quarter. However, learners are expected to be in school for a total of 195 class days, as shown in Enclosure No. 1.
  2. Private schools may deviate from this School Calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August, as provided in Republic Act No. 7797 entitled An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (220) Class Days. Said schools should notify in advance their respective regional offices (ROs) regarding any deviation from the school calendar.
  3. The Implementing Guidelines on the SY 2017-2018 Calendar of Activities are provided to enable the schools to effectively and efficiently implement the school events and activities. Likewise, the guidelines shall allow the ROs and the schools division offices to provide support to schools, particularly in the areas of instruction and progress monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Schools may observe national and local celebrations/activities and holidays other than those indicated in Enclosure Nos. 1 and 2, provided that the activities are beneficial to the teaching-learning process, and that the total number of class days shall not be compromised.
  5. Make-up classes are recommended in lieu of class cancellations due to celebrations and holidays, as well as natural and man-made calamities. Mechanism for the conduct of make-up classes must be agreed upon by school heads and the Parent-Teacher Associations. In this regard, the ROs may issue a regional school calendar to reflect their respective concerns.
  6. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
Secretary
(Enclosure to DepEd Order No. 25, s. 2017)

Implementing Guidelines on the School Calendar for School Year (SY) 2017-2018

1. The school year shall formally open on Monday, June 5, 2017 and shall end on Friday, April 6, 2018. It shall consist of 204 school days inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training and four Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC).
2. Learners are expected to be in school for a total of 195 class days for this SY. To ensure quality in the school operation and actual teaching learning, the 180-day contact time for teachers and learners is non-negotiable. The physical presence of school heads in schools shall also be enforced.
3. Local activities and observances that involve student participation, such as competitions, festivities, press conferences, culminating activities, and field demonstrations must be regulated so as to not cause disruption of classes and to ensure that the required contact time or number of teaching-learning days is met. Regions, Divisions and Schools are encouraged to plan and implement these activities once in a school year or after each quarter. There shall be no co-curricular and extra-curricular activities two weeks before the quarterly examinations.
4. A general assembly shall be conducted by all schools to orient stakeholders on the curriculum, co-curricular programs and ancillary services to support learner development and the continuous improvement of school outcomes. The assembly shall be done at least a week before the school opening to ensure that the conduct of classes is done on the formal opening of classes on June 5.
5. Parent-teacher conferences shall be done to apprise the parents on the performance of their children and ensure their involvement in school activities. These conferences shall be conducted back-to-back with the General Assembly and every second Saturday after the Quarterly Examinations except on the last conference in April 2018.
6. All elementary schools shall administer the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Checklist for Kindergarten Children during the opening of classes, midyear, and end of school year. The result will be used as basis for planning and formulating appropriate interventions for children.
7. Deworming of children in school shall be conducted within the months of July 2017 and January 2018.
8. A career guidance program shall be conducted between July and November 2017 to guide Grades 9, 10 and 11 students in making informed choices on their preferred Senior High School track.
9. At the end of the Second Quarter, a semestral break for learners shall be observed to evaluate individual teachers and their collective performance, as well as to conduct the In-Service Training (INSET) activities for their continuing professional development. An additional day for Instructional Materials (IM) preparation shall also be observed.
10. The Christmas break shall begin on Saturday, December 22, 2017. Classes shall resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
11. To assure quality of learning, formative assessments shall be regularly conducted by the teachers. On the national level, the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA) shall administer the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) to assess the aptitude and interest of students and provide them with relevant information on their skills, abilities, and readiness for academic and non-academic courses, the Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA) to measure the literacy skills of the learners in their respective Mother Tongues, Filipino and English and the National Achievement Test (NAT) to measure what learners in Grade 6 and Grade 10 know and can do in five learning areas.
The summer/remedial classes shall begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 and end on Friday, May 25, 2018.
12. Learner deliberation may be conducted two weeks before the graduation or moving up ceremonies for the following:
a. Learners who will receive recognition and awards;
b. Learners who are candidates for graduation. They shall accomplish their clearance one week prior to date of graduation.
13. In preparation for the opening of classes for SY 2018-2019, the schools shall conduct the following activities:
a. Early Registration of learners on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the schools where they wish to study
b. Brigada Eskwela from May 14 to 18, 2018 to enable the community and the school to prepare their facilities before the start of another school year;
c. Oplan Balik Eskwela from May 21 to June 1, 2018 to facilitate the enrolment of learners; and
d. In-Service Training (INSET) activities for teachers from May 28 to June 1, 2018, a week before the opening of classes.
14. In Enclosure 1, a calendar is presented with specific markings.
a. Declared holidays and weekdays with no classes are crossed out (X).
b. Days with school activities for teachers, personnel and other stakeholders (e.g. PTC, general assemblies, PEPT for out-of-school learners) are boxed (^).
c. Days with student activities or activities that involve student participation (e.g. NAT, NFOT, NSPC, deworming of school children) are encircled (0). These activities are conducted on class days and may or may not disrupt classes. If the date for a student activity in a specific month is still tentative, the last school day is temporarily marked to serve as a placeholder.
d. School activities conducted for several weeks (i.e. Early Registration) are no longer reflected in the actual calendar.






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DepEd gears up for class opening with Brigada Eskwela 2017

DepEd gears up for class opening with Brigada Eskwela 2017

DepEd gears up for class opening with Brigada Eskwela 2017


PASIG CITY, May 8, 2017 – The Department of Education (DepEd) is gearing toward an orderly and safe opening of classes by making schools environmentally sustainable and conducive to learning through its Brigada Eskwela 2017.

All education stakeholders will participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources during the National Schools Maintenance Week to make public school facilities ready for learners’ use in June. Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and other DepEd officials will lead the Brigada Eskwela National Kick-off Program and Caravan on May 15 in Cebu City.

With the theme “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan,” Brigada Eskwela consists of activities that truly exhibit the spirit of shared community responsibility in providing quality basic education for all Filipino learners.

The week-long event includes a launch caravan in Regional Offices (ROs) and Schools Division Offices (SDOs) and a kick-off ceremony in a public school offering Senior High School (SHS), which will serve as the final stop of the caravan.

The regional Brigada launch will be as follows:
Region 1May 15Alaminos National High School, Pangasinan
Region 2May 12Raniag Elementary School, Isabela
Region 3May 15Prenza National High School, Bulacan
Region 4AMay 15Jose Rizal Memorial Sschool, Calamba, Laguna
Region 4BMay 12Mogpog Covered Court, Mogpog, Marinduque
Region 5May 15Virac Central Elementary School, Catanduanes
Region 6May 15Cabatuan National High School, Iloilo
Region 7May 15Cebu City (National Kick-off)
Region 8May 12Gala Vocational School, Gamay, Northern Samar
Region 9May 14Torno National High School, Dipolog City
Region 10May 15Mulogan National High School, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental
Region 11May 15Marilog National High School, Davao City
Region 12May 12T’boli Senior High School, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
CaragaMay 15Buenavista National High School, Agusan Del Norte
CARMay 19Guinzadan National High School, Bauko, Mountain Province
NCRMay 15Kapitbahayan Elementary School, Navotas City
NIRMay 13Dumaguete City National High School, Dumaguete City
ARMMMay 15Broce Central Elementary School, Maguindanao
All Regional Directors and Schools Division Superintendents will mobilize their Adopt-a-School Program/Brigada Eskwela Coordinators to ensure the successful six-day implementation of Brigada Eskwela in all public elementary and secondary schools, and to ensure the involvement of the community and local stakeholders.

School heads will take the lead in planning the said activities, which include tree planting and vegetable gardening to promote the clean and green campaign of the government. Furthermore, school heads are encouraged to make the Brigada Eskwela program not just a tool to improve school facilities but to step up community contribution in the continuous and shared responsibility of providing quality basic education.

Search for Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing Schools

To recognize schools that are effectively implementing the program, the DepEd-External Partnership Service (EPS) will lead the Search for Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing Schools.

The categories are as follows:

Elementary Level
CategoryNumber of Teachers (National)Number of Teachers (NCR)
Small School9 and below40 and below
Medium School10 – 2941-80
Large School30-5081-120
Mega School51 and above121 and above

Secondary Level
CategoryNumber of Teachers (National)Number of Teachers (NCR)
Small School9 and below40 and below
Medium School10 – 2541 - 80
Large School26 -10081 - 120
Mega School101 and above121 and above

Note: Integrated School (Kinder to Grade 12) may choose which category level they intend to participate in the selection.
Brigada Eskwela Plus 
The Brigada Eskwela Plus will be the mechanism to elevate the level of participation, the amount of resources generated, the number of volunteer turnout, and the level of awareness on the valuable role of communities in improving basic education .

The implementation of Brigada Eskwela Plus will focus on three main activities: 1) School maintenance activities throughout the school year; 2) Community-led effort to improve student participation and reduce drop-outs, or enroll in the Alternative Learning System (ALS); 3) Community-led effort to improve student performance.

Meanwhile, all Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame Awardees are expected to inspire the nominees by serving as the pilot schools in the implementation of the innovative and community-led effort of the new Brigada Eskwela Plus 2017.

Rabies Awareness and Prevention through Brigada Eskwela

In an issued Memorandum, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones emphasized that Brigada Eskwela is a suitable occasion to increase rabies awareness in the school community, especially among teachers, learners, and parents.

Lectures on rabies awareness will be conducted in schools during the Brigada Eskwela week, and health educators will be trained before the conduct of Brigada Eskwela.
         
Under Republic Act No. 9482, or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, the DepEd is tasked to strengthen rabies education program through school health teaching or curriculum; and to integrate proper information and education on responsible pet ownership in relevant subjects at the elementary and secondary levels.

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