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Monday, December 11, 2017

NEWS: House OKs 100% pay hike for cops, soldiers

NEWS: House OKs 100% pay hike for cops, soldiers

NEWS: House OKs 100% pay hike for cops, soldiers


The House of Representatives last night approved on third and final reading House Joint Resolution No. 18 granting soldiers and policemen a 100-percent increase in their current base pay.

With a vote of 167 for approval and four against, the chamber played its part in granting President Duterte’s campaign pledge for increased salaries for 381,381 uniformed personnel in government service.

Four members of the Makabayan bloc, namely Reps. Ariel Casilao (Anakpawis Partylist); Sarah Jane Elago (Kabataan Partylist); Arlene Brosas (ACT Teachers Partylist) and Emmi de Jesus (GabriealPartylist) thumbed down the proposed resolution.

On the other hand, Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, a former Marine officer, entered a positive vote but aired caution on the implementation of the salary bump.
“I commend this measure to increase base pay of our uniformed personnel. However, I hope that this is not meant to buy AFP’s loyalty, rather it is a genuine effort to boost their morale for more efficient service to the Filipino people,” said Alejano.
To benefit from HJR No. 18 are all military personnel under the Department of National Defense, uniformed personnel under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

The modified base pay schedule for lower-ranked military and uniformed personnel – from candidate soldier to chief master sergeant and their equivalent ranks in the civilian agencies – would be fully implemented beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Under the measure, the new monthly rates would now range from R18,587 for candidate soldier to R34,761 for chief master sergeant.

On the other hand, the pay schedule for higher-ranked personnel – from first chief master sergeant to general and their civilian counterparts – would be implemented in staggered adjustments on Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019.

The rates range from R35,456 for first chief master sergeant to R121,143 for the general beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and R38,366 to R149,785 beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

HJR No. 18 also provides for the suspension of the pension indexation – the adjustment of pension rates in proportion to the new base pay rates – pending the review of the current pension system.


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Deped Secretary Briones favors salary increase for teachers

Deped Secretary Briones favors salary increase for teachers

Deped Secretary Briones favors salary increase for teachers


MANILA -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said she is in favor of salary increase for teachers, as this would provide additional budget for their daily needs and help them better manage their finances.
"I've always been in favor of salary increase (for teachers)," Briones told the Philippine News Agency.
However, Briones clarified that should there be an increase in teacher's salary, this should have a basis/matrix, emphasizing that the net pay that teachers should receive must be enough for their needs. 
"I want their salaries to increase," she said, but also pointed out that a teacher's net pay must be studied carefully to cater to the teachers' needs while avoiding excesses at the same time. 
For the Education chief, the PHP19,000 current basic salary of a public school teacher "is sufficient".
Briones recently signed the DepEd Order 55 ("Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of PHP4,000 Net Home Pay for the DepEd Personnel"), which prioritizes loan deductions due to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Home Development Mutual Fund.
DepEd Order 55 ensures that teachers will have no less than PHP4,000 net in their monthly take home pay.
Earlier, Briones has expressed her desire for teachers to be financial literate, especially because at present, teachers from all over the country have PHP178 billion worth of loans from private institutions.
Aside from having its own financial literacy programs, the DepEd is also partnering with non-government organizations offering to organize financial literacy conferences with the agency.
DepEd's goal is to help teachers manage their finances, noting that many of them avail of loans.  
In an interview with reporters, meanwhile, Briones said Senator Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV is pushing for entrepreneurship and financial literacy for students.
"It doesn't matter how old you are," she said, adding that it's also good for students to be financial literate at a young age. 
Aquino earlier expressed his wish that financial literacy be taught in public schools. 
Aquino was reportedly expecting that money management, as well as business training would be taught in public schools next year. Apart from helping students manage their finances, the goal is also to encourage them to become entrepreneurs. (PNA)

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Increased PhilHealth premium payments start January 2018

Increased PhilHealth premium payments start January 2018

Increased PhilHealth premium payments start January 2018


ILOILO CITY -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will implement policies that will impact on premium payments of its members and availment of benefits starting January 1st next year.

Klarissa N. Alkonga of the PhilHealth-6 public affairs office (PAO) on Monday said that from 2.5 percent, the premium payment will increase to 2.75 percent of the monthly basic salary of its members starting next year.

This covers members in the formal economy, government and private sectors, sea-based overseas Filipino workers and “kasambahay.” The premium payment of “kasambahay” will be shouldered by their employer but if the salary is PHP5,000 or higher, they have to pay their corresponding share.

PhilHealth likewise requires proof of sufficient regularity of premium payment for members from the formal and informal sectors whose membership has no validity period to avail of benefits.

Under Circular Number ‎2017-0021 of PhilHealth, members must have at least six months of contribution within the nine-month covered period and at least three months contributions within the immediate six months prior to the first day of confinement.

It was emphasized that PhilHealth has no policy on retro-payment for those who missed a month of their premium payment.

However, a three-month grace period is given for those who missed their payment for the previous quarter.

Nonetheless, members are encouraged to just be religious in paying their dues whether on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or on annual terms.

Meantime, as of September this year, 95.02 percent of the population of Western Visayas is covered by PhilHealth. This translates to 7,338,957 members and their dependents. The region has a population of 7,708,905. (PNA)

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MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE OF LEARNERS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED WITH DENGVAXIA VACCINE

MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE OF LEARNERS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED WITH DENGVAXIA VACCINE

MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE OF LEARNERS WHO HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED WITH DENGVAXIA VACCINE



To: Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary School Heads
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd), in close coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through the Local Government Units (LGUs) shall implement a strong monitoring and surveillance system for learners who have been vaccinated with the dengvaxia or dengue vaccine.

2. Regions III, IV-A, VII, and National Capital Region (NCR) shall be the focus of the strengthened surveillance system but other regions will also be involved to ensure that learners in public and private schools given the dengue vaccine by private practitioners and the community based vaccination will be included in the surveillance.

3. The following shall be undertaken by school administrators and school health personnel:

a. The schools of Regions III, IV-A and NCR are enjoined to review the Master list of learners given the dengue vaccine (regardless of the number of doses), and flag these children for very close monitoring for any symptoms of fever and initiate the referral report when necessary.
Other regions who did not implement the School Based Dengue Vaccine Program are likewise advised to conduct an assessment from among the nine-year old and above learners of Grades 4-6, who might have been vaccinated by private practitioners and the community based vaccination done in NCR communities and the Cebu Province of Region VII and flag these children for close monitoring also.

b. DepEd and DOH, in coordination with the LGUs will establish a coordinated surveillance and referral system (fastlane) for vaccinated children.

  • i. Each school in Regions III, IV-A, NCR and Cebu Province of Region VII will be matched with Rural Health Unit (RHU). Schools will refer vaccinated students with fever to the RHU and RHU personnel will assess the learners and manage accordingly.
  • ii. DOH will set up a reporting text line, which parents and teachers can use to report vaccinated learners with fever. Text reports will be acted on by the health workers of the RHU.
  • iii. DOH is considering extending financial support for RHU/ hospital admissions of vaccinated children with fever for observation, subject to DOH Administrative Order for the matter.
c. All school administrators nationwide are reminded and enjoined to strictly adhere to the provisions of DepEd Memorandum No. 152, s. 2011 entitled Preventing Dengue in Schools to Ensure that Schools Regularly Conduct Vector Control Measures to Eliminate Mosquitoes in the School Environment.
This is also to emphasize the urgency of the anti-dengue drive through the 4-S Strategy, which stands for Search and Destroy, Seek early consultation, Self-protective measures, and Say “no” to indiscriminate fogging.
d. Schools in coordination with trained health coordinators of the community are encouraged to hold parents’ fora especially for parents of vaccinated learners to allay their fears and provide proper information on the vaccine program. These fora will also be an avenue to involve the parents in the surveillance, monitoring, and reporting of dengue symptoms in the community.

4. Field officials especially school administrators are enjoined to mobilize health personnel and teachers to implement the instructions contained on this Memorandum.

5. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

DBM Sec. Diokno: PBB will be released soon!

DBM Sec. Diokno: PBB will be released soon!

DBM Sec. Diokno: PBB will be released soon!


The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will continue to release the Performance-Based Bonus of eligible government employees, according to DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno.
“There is no withholding of the PBB for FY 2017. In fact, the FY 2016 PBB release is ongoing and the Memorandum Circular for the FY 2017 PBB was issued last March 9, 2017. The PBB for FY 2017 will be released starting first quarter of FY 2018,” said Secretary Diokno.
The Budget chief further added that the PBB has been effective in increasing compliance to good governance standards, instilling financial discipline, and improving performance management.
“We were able to push compliance to budget, procurement, service standards, and SALN disclosures,” said the Secretary.
The DBM has in fact recorded improvement in compliance with good governance conditions: Transparency Seal increased from 87% in 2012 to 98% in 2016; Citizen’s Charter, from 79.8% in 2011 to 99.7% in 2016; PhilGEPS, from 32% in 2011 to 92% in 2016; and Report on Ageing of Cash Advances, from less than 30% in 2011 to 97% in 2016.

With the PBB, the agencies are now more conscious about budget utilization, as well as linking individual to office performance.

However, Secretary Diokno explained that there is a need to review the PBB eligibility process.
“We must tighten the system of granting the PBB, simplify the validation and address the unintended consequences, like the tendency of agencies to under-target. In this way, we can push for excellence in performance in the bureaucracy,” said the Secretary.
The DBM and partner agencies are also studying the possibility of focusing the PBB for FY 2018 and FY 2019 on attaining process objectives and results rather than Major Final Output (MFO) targets, in keeping with President Duterte’s order to streamline frontline services and reduce administrative burden.
“We are also thinking of rewarding agencies for management improvements in planning procurement, and financial management to improve their absorptive capacity and deliver more services in line with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP),” added the Budget chief.
The proposed changes in the PBB will be discussed with the members of the AO 25 Inter-Agency Task Force and other concerned agencies. (DBM)

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Ignorant about teachers’ plight

Ignorant about teachers’ plight

Ignorant about teachers’ plight

Deped Secretary Briones

Education Secretary Leonor Briones’ heart is not with our public school teachers based on her unsympathetic statements regarding the clamor for a pay hike as promised by President Duterte during the campaign. Instead of being spurred after soldiers and the police already got their promised increase, Briones instead makes all these ridiculous excuses for the delay.

Last October, she was quoted in the media as saying that if teachers were poorly paid, how come they were not leaving the Department of Education. During the same interview, she claimed that compared with their private school counterparts, public school teachers get 30-50 percent more. So where does she expect the poor teachers to transfer when she herself said that the situation in the private sector is worse? Does she, the education secretary, want our teachers to leave their classrooms and abandon their pupils to try their luck abroad? Does she not understand that clinging to a job does not necessarily mean one is satisfied with the compensation, that it is possible one just does not have other options?

As a leader of the teachers, she totally misses the point when she trotted out the case of private school teachers to try and prove that those in public schools are adequately compensated. The logical reference here are the police and the soldiers: they now enjoy the promised pay raise while teachers could only watch longingly. It is ironic that the official who should be pressing the President to fulfill his promise to teachers pours cold water on their cause instead.

Briones was quoted in the papers as saying that she does not oppose pay increase for teachers but “they should first be armed with financial literacy.” She said that increasing the salaries of teachers is not enough to rescue or keep them from falling into the debt trap; they should also learn to avoid overspending and living beyond their means and for this purpose, they have to undergo financial literacy seminars.

She insults the teachers by attributing all their debt problems to lack of financial literacy. It never occurs to her that lowly paid government employees cannot help but borrow money to meet needs such as the education of their children, hospitalization, shelter, etc. simply because their pay is barely enough for their survival.

Going by her logic that teachers need to learn to use money well before they be given an increase, what happens to the teachers who have been astute in financial matters all their lives?

My wife was able to set aside a little from her barely P1,000 monthly salary as teacher in a private school to buy building materials little by little enabling us to start the construction of our house after seven years; my sister-in-law, along with her tricycle-driver husband, has succeeded in sending all her four children to college one of whom is now a lawyer. Should they and all other money-smart public school teachers in the country be lumped together with their one-day millionaire colleagues?

Following Briones’ logic, fairness demands that the two groups of teachers be treated differently. Does she have a scheme to get this done in place? Or has she ever thought of it in the first place?
And where in the world and what provision of law ties an employee’s judicious use of his salary with his right to salary increase? What would happen if employers adopted this insane idea of Briones?

Briones also appears ill informed about public school teachers’ plight when she reminded them not to use their own money for classroom supplies because these are provided for under the schools’ maintenance and other operating expenses. She did not mention other expenses being incurred by teachers to enable them to fulfill their work, some of which are more burdensome than classroom supplies. Education officials encourage teachers to use new technology in teaching but since the school has limited number of these equipment, teachers buy their own. The DepEd has no money for school band expenses so the one in-charge must find ways and means. Neither does the DepEd provide the money for students and their coaches to participate in competitions so the coaches must be resourceful otherwise, they use money meant for their families. And yes, classrooms must not be bare but “conducive to learning” otherwise, school authorities will question the teacher.

If she is sincerely concerned about the plight of teachers, Briones may want to know the whole gamut of the teaching-related expenses teachers incur, if such can be avoided or not and how much these needs eat into the income of teachers. A study on how teachers are “subsidizing” some needs of the DepEd is long overdue especially that the current education secretary is apparently only aware of the teachers’ problems on the sourcing of their classroom supplies. It is possible that DepEd officials are honestly ignorant of this aspect and it is time such ignorance is addressed.


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Japan to sign 5 grant contracts for classroom construction in PH

Japan to sign 5 grant contracts for classroom construction in PH

Japan to sign 5 grant contracts for classroom construction in PH

Pres. Duterte & Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe

MANILA -- Japan is set to provide the Philippines a new package of assistance amounting to USD477,444, or about PHP 23 million, for school building projects.

The projects will be funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Embassy of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koji Haneda is scheduled to sign five grant contracts for school building projects in the Philippines on Dec. 13.

In a statement, the embassy said the new package of assistance will form part of Japan's commitment to development efforts in the Philippines.

This includes construction of 22 units of school buildings with school furniture such as armchairs and blackboards in four elementary school and one high school.

The contracts are for classroom constructions for schools Santo Niño High School in Talibon, Bohol; Bagong Buhay Elementary School in Ormoc City, Leyte; Bonifacio Elementary School in Surigao City; Catalunan Grande Elementary School in Davao City; and Julian P. Gomilla Elementary School in Ilog, Negros Occidental.

The Government of Japan, as the top official development assistance donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engaged in grassroots activities.

At present, the embassy said 525 grassroots projects have been funded by GGP.
"Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute to further fostering a strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines towards the future," it added. (PNA)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bicameral panel increases tax-free 13th month bonus to P90K

Bicameral panel increases tax-free 13th month bonus to P90K

Bicameral panel increases tax-free 13th month bonus to P90K


Members of the bicameral conference committee on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill have agreed to increase the tax-free cap of 13th month pay and other bonuses to P90,000 starting 2018.

Under the prevailing Republic Act 10653, employees’ 13th month pay and other benefits, including productivity incentives and Christmas bonuses, are exempted from tax only if they do not exceed P82,000.
“Ngayong magpa-Pasko na po, napagkasunduan ng bicam na muling taasan ang halaga ng 13th month pay at iba pang bonuses na hindi na kakaltasan pa ng buwis,” Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Senate ways and means committee, said in a statement on Thursday.
The Senate version of the TRAIN retained the P82,000 tax-free cap while the approved version of the House of Representatives raised it to P100,000.

As compromise, members of the bicameral, who are tasked to reconcile the differences of the two versions, have agreed on Wednesday to raise the tax-exempt ceiling to P90,000 effective January 2018.
“Ang bonus sa bonus na ito ay maagang Pamasko para sa ating mga ordinaryong manggagawa,” Angara added.
Bicameral members have also agreed to exempt the P250,000 annual taxable income of all individual income taxpayers.
“Kung susumahin, aabot na sa P340,000 na kita kada taon ang hindi na pwedeng galawin ng gobyerno. Buong-buo na itong maiuuwi ng ating mga taxpayer sa kanilang mga pamilya,” Angara said.
The original proposal from the Department of Finance sought to scrap the 13th month pay tax exemption and to make it part of the all-inclusive P250,000 income tax exemption.

Citing the law, Angara said the 13th month pay should be given to private sector employees not later than December 24. It must be equivalent to one-twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year.

The senator reminded employers that they must pay their rank-and-file employees a 13th month pay regardless of the nature of their employment and whatever the method their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one month during a calendar year.

Among the lawmakers who attended the Wednesday’s bicameral meeting were Angara, Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Loren Legarda and Migz Zubiri, House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dakila Cua, House Deputy Speakers Miro Quimbo and Sharon Garin, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Reps. Gus Tambunting, Xavier Romualdo and Aurelio Gonzales, as deputized by House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas. 


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Deped Briones: No mandatory fees for Christmas parties

Deped Briones: No mandatory fees for Christmas parties

Deped Briones: No mandatory fees for Christmas parties


Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones advised students, teachers and other members of the school community not to impose mandatory fees or contributions in throwing Christmas parties this holiday season.
"Contributions have to be voluntary," the Education secretary said on a "24 Oras" report by Tina Panganiban-Perez on Wednesday.
Briones also encouraged those in the education sector to be mindful about sources of funds.

"These are decisions on a school to school basis. For example, in the school where I finished my undergraduate class, we do not solicit from motels...for example. Or cigarette producers," Briones said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) reminded government officials and employees not to spend excessively on gifts, as well as funding or organizing too-grand celebrations.
"Huwag magso-solicit ng pangregalo. Basta kung anong mayroon sila, o napag-agreehan nila among themselves to contribute, 'yun. At kung anong pondong nailaan ng opisina. But then again, 'di dapat magarbo ang celebration," said the CSC's Public Assistance and Information Office director, Ma. Lourdes Salonga Agamata.
The CSC added that Christmas celebrations must not get in the way of giving service to the public.

"Make sure na walang disruption of services. Tuloy-tuloy lang 'yung serbisyo. Dapat may skeletal force," Agamata said.


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#WalangPasok: List of Areas with Special Holiday Dec. 8, 2017

#WalangPasok: List of Areas with Special Holiday Dec. 8, 2017

#WalangPasok: List of Areas with Special Holiday Dec. 8, 2017


(UPDATED LIST) Nagdeklarang walang pasok sa mga sumusunod na lugar sa Biyernes, Disyembre 8:

AREAS

  • Angeles City, Pampanga
  • Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Agoo, La Union 
  • Batac, Ilocos Norte
  • Taguig

SCHOOLS

  • Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Manila)
  • Holy Cross of Davao College 
  • University of Santo Tomas
Kasalukuyan namang nakahain sa Kamara ang isang panukalang batas na nagtatakdang gawing "special non-working holiday" ang Disyembre 8, pista ng Immaculate Conception ng Birheng Maria. 

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UTANG SA GSIS NG MGA MAGRERETIRONG GURO PATAWARIN NA  – REP. SALO

UTANG SA GSIS NG MGA MAGRERETIRONG GURO PATAWARIN NA – REP. SALO

UTANG SA GSIS NG MGA MAGRERETIRONG GURO PATAWARIN NA  – REP. SALO


Inihain ni KABAYAN Party-list Congressman Ron Salo ang House Resolution 1508 na layuning himukin ang Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) na patawarin na ang natitirang utang ng mga kareretiro palang at mga magreretirong guro. Layunin din ng resolusyon na patawarin pati na ang loan penalties ng lahat ng pampublikong guro.
“Certainly, the waived penalties may be miniscule in amounts, but this will certainly hasten the payment by our public-school teachers of their loans, and will go a long way in alleviating the financial burden that they are currently facing,” sabi ni Salo sa isang pahayag.
Sa HR 1508 ni Salo, ipinawagan niya sa GSIS na magpatupad ng tinatawag na “debt forgiveness or condonation” para sa mga kareretiro palang at mga magreretirong guro mula 2017 hanggang 2022 kabilang na ang mga guro na namatay bago ang takdang petsa ng kanilang pagreretiro para naman mapakinabangan ng kanilang pamilya ang pension mula sa GSIS.

Nakasaad din sa resolusyon ni Salo ang panawagan sa DepEd at Department of Finance na magsagawa ng malawakang financial literacy training para maturuan ang mga guro ng tamang paggasta at pananalapi na makakatulong sa kanila para mapabuti ang kanilang pamumuhay.

Matatandaan na naglabas na ng kautusan ang Department of Education (DepEd Order No. 38) nitong Hulyo 31, 2017 na nagpapahintulot sa GSIS at Pag-IBIG Fund na bawasan ang sahod ng mga guro nang walang “cap” na naging sanhi kung bakit maraming guro ang nakatanggap ng take-home pay na mas mababa sa P4,000.
 “However, the DepEd order was questioned by this representation as well as by some teacher groups, and this led to the issuance of DepEd Order No. 55 (dated October 26, 2017). The new DepEd order will prioritize deductions from GSIS and Pag-IBIG Fund loans without affecting teachers’ mandated net take home pay,” giit ni Salo na isa sa mga lider ng Kamara bilang Assistant Majority Leader.
Ayon sa batas (Section 47, General Appropriations Act of 2017) ang mga kawani ng gobyerno ay dapat may minimum take-home pay na P4,000.

 Pinunto ni Salo na ang kabuuang utang ng mga guro na aabot sa ng humigit-kumulang P19,000 ay di pa rin sapat dahil sa mga di inaasahang mga pangyayari at pagtaas ng mga bilihin.
“Our teachers are saddled by extensive deductions for contributions and obligations as they are forced to fall victim and borrow money from lenders that entrap them in a vicious cycle of indebtedness,” ani Salo.
Ayon sa tala ng DepEd, umaabot sa P178 bilyon ang utang mga public school teacher sa mga pribadong lending companies. Sa GSIS naman, aabot ang utang ng mga guro sa P123 bilyon.

Sa tala rin ng DepEd, aabot sa humigit-kumulang 23,000 na teacher-retirees ang di nakatanggap ng pension ngayong taon sanhi ng di nabayarang utang.

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Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel calls Deped to teach computer code

Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel calls Deped to teach computer code

Senate Pres. Koko Pimentel calls Deped to teach computer code


Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Wednesday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to include teaching code, also known as computer programming, in the K-12 program, especially in elementary schools.

Currently, computer programming is offered only as an option in senior high school, under the Information and Communications Technology strand of the Technical Vocational Track.
"Coding is now an essential skill due to the prevalence of computers in our daily lives. It should be treated like reading, writing, and arithmetic, not just as a career option", said Pimentel.
Pimentel, who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in B.S. Mathematics, said that coding is a way to introduce concepts such as logic and mathematics to children.

The Senate President said, "By teaching code, we can take advantage of children's fascination with technology to help them learn mathematical concepts in a manner they find entertaining."

Pimentel said, "Coding also teaches perseverance and problem-solving. In writing a computer program, you have to be adept at breaking down tasks into simple problems the computer could understand. You also need to be patient to identify and correct bugs in the code. These are life skills that would benefit anyone in any field."

A former professor, Pimentel also sees teaching code as a way to help improve the performance of Philippine schools in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.
Pimentel said, "Teaching code in schools should not be difficult. We don't need state-of-the-art computers to learn the basics. We can use open-source software such as Linux to keep costs down. Also, since many Filipinos own a smartphone and we now have the free wi-fi law, it is easy to download many apps that will help children learn more about programming."

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TIPS: How to disable AdBlock for All Web Browsers

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How to disable AdBlock for All Web Browsers


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Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 National budget

Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 National budget

Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 National budget


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Senate approved the proposed P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill on Wednesday, November 29.

All 16 senators present voted in favor of the measure after marathon hearings and deliberations. The decision came two months after the House of Representatives approved the bill.

Senator Loren Legarda, main sponsor of the measure and Senate finance committee chairperson, thanked her colleagues for the support during deliberations.
"This is a beautiful, great experience, even if I have to sacrifice my personal leisure time, 6 months in a year starting August to December. I would not change the experience," Legarda said.
Minority Senator Risa Hontiveros, for her part, explained that she voted in favor of the Senate version of the budget as it excludes allocation for the drug war of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

During deliberations, Hontiveros moved that the P900 million for Oplan Double Barrel as well as the P500 million for the Masa Masid program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) be realigned.

Legarda said the funds for the two programs were realigned for the housing of police and soldiers, as well as body cameras for cops.
"Nalagay natin 'yan sa housing ng ating mga sundalo at pulis, body cams as well. Wala na 'yung Masa Masid, Double Barrel," Legarda told reporters in an interview.
(We channeled the funds to our soldiers and police, body cams as well. There's no more Masa Masid, Double Barrel.)

The DILG earlier agreed to the realignment of the budget of the Masa Masid program, which was meant to enhance drug and crime reporting in barangays, using drop boxes, among others.
"I thank this body for ensuring that the budget does not support the bloodthirsty impulses of the strategists of the war on drugs... This sends a clear signal to the Executive that human rights violations and constitutionally-infirm state policies will not be financed," Hontiveros said.
"This monster will not be fed. This will, thankfully, be a TokHang-free budget," she added.

'Budget transparency'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked the Senate finance committee to justify its proposed substantial additions and reductions in the 2018 budget.
Drilon said “it is best to shed some light into the budget” to ease concerns of alleged “pork” in the budget.
“May I propose that the good sponsor submit in plenary the justifications for the amendments that are over P1 billion?” Drilon asked Legarda, who agreed to provide justification for her committee’s proposals.
Drilon also asked the panel “to submit to each member of the Senate, and for the record, the nature and purpose of these changes in the agencies’ budget, particularly those with over P1 billion in addition.”
“We cannot leave our people in the dark as it would only fuel speculations that pork barrel is still thriving despite the Supreme Court’s decision declaring it unconstitutional,” he added.
Drilon cited the P1.65-billion addition to the proposed budget of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, where the PNP budget is lodged, and the P1.49-billion increase in the Bureau of Customs budget.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, which had been tasked to lead the Duterte administration’s controversial war on drugs, is proposed to get an additional P1.21 billion in its budget.

Some key agencies, however, suffered big budget cuts. In the Senate version, the Department of Public Works and Highway budget decreased by P26.4 billion, while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources budget was reduced by P1.84 billion.

Drilon also noted budget items that have much lower appropriations in the Senate version: the Pension and Gratuity Fund (less P17.08 billion), the National Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (less P8.1 billion), and the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (less P4.66 billion.)
“We would like the committee to submit for the record the additions and deductions made and what programs are affected,” he said.
Both chambers of Congress are set to convene into a bicameral conference committee on Thursday, November 30, to thresh out differences between their versions before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law.

The members of the bicam include Legarda, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and senators Cynthia Villar, Juan Edgardo Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Nancy Binay, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

HERE'S THE 2018 PROPOSED NATIONAL BUDGET

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Utang ng mga Teachers Umaabot sa P301B

Utang ng mga Teachers Umaabot sa P301B

Utang ng mga Teachers Umaabot sa P301B 


Umaabot sa P301 bilyon ang utang ng mga guro sa pampublikong paaralan.

    Ayon kay Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo ito ay kasing halaga ng 55 porsyento ng P549 bilyong budget ng Department of Education para sa susunod na taon.

    Batay sa datos ni Salo, P178 bilyon ang utang ng mga guro sa mga pribadong lending companies at P123 bilyon naman sa Government Service Insurance System.

    Upang mabawasan ang bigat ng binabayaran ng mga public school teacher nanawagan si Salo na alisin na ang penalty ng mga utang.
    “Certainly, the waived penalties may be miniscule in amounts, but this will certainly hasten the payment by our public-school teachers of their loans, and will go a long way in alleviating the financial burden that they are currently facing,” ani Salo.
    Mayroon ding 23,000 retirado na walang nakuhang pensyon dahil binawas ang kanilang pagkakautang.

    Lumalaki ang interes ng utang ng mga guro dahil hindi kaagad naikakaltas ng GSIS sa sahod ng mga guro ang inutang nito bunsod ng ipinatutupad na P4,000 limit sa take home pay alinsunod sa 2017 General Appropriations Act.

    Isa si Salo sa umangal sa DepEd ng magpalabas ito ng Memorandum na nag-aalis sa limitasyon sa takehome pay kaya mas mababa sa P4,000 ang naiuuwing pera ng ilang guro.
    “Our teachers are saddled by extensive deductions for contributions and obligations as they are forced to fall victim and borrow money from lenders that entrap them in a vicious cycle of indebtedness,” dagdag ng solon.
    Nanawagan din si Salo sa GSIS na alisin na ang interes sa utang ng mga retirado at mga guro na namatay.

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#WalangPasok: December 5, 8, 11, 19, 2017 special holiday declared in selected areas

#WalangPasok: December 5, 8, 11, 19, 2017 special holiday declared in selected areas

#WalangPasok: December 5, 8, 11, 19, 2017 special holiday declared in selected areas


MANILA, Philippines — There will be no classes and work in selected areas for the specific dates of December 2017 (5, 8, 11 and 19) to give way for the celebration of local events, Malacañang Palace declared.

Local holidays were proclaimed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea.

Proclamation numbers 327, 346, 357-359 and 2226 declared special non-working day in the following areas: Muntinlupa City, Palayan, Nueva Ecija; Antipolo, Rizal; Taguig City; Agoo, La Union; and province of Pampanga.

At least 3 areas declared December 8 a special non-working day to commemorate their foundation day.
Note: December 8 is not yet a special non-working national holiday for the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Once approved by the Senate and signed by President Rodrigo Duterte into law, it will be added to the long list of holidays the country has in one year.
Proclamation No. 327: Special non-working holiday in Muntinlupa City on Tuesday, December 19 for the celebration of the Centennial Year of Muntinlupa as an independent local government unit.

Proclamation No. 346: Special non-working holiday in the City of Palayan, Nueva Ecija on Tuesday, December 5 for the celebration of its 52nd Foundation Day.

Proclamation No. 357: Special non-working holiday in the City of Antipolo on Friday, December 8 for its 426th Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 358: Special non-working holiday in Taguig on Friday, December 8 for the Cityhood Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 359: Special non-working holiday in the municipality of Agoo, Province of La Union on Friday, December 8, 2017 for the 439th Foundation Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 2226: By virtue of Proclamation of late President Ferdinand Marcos. This special non-working holiday on December 11 (Monday) known as "Araw ng Pampanga" applies to the province of Pampanga only, celebrating its 1571 founding as one of the nation's oldest provinces.

Special HolidayAreaCelebration
December 5, 2017 (Tuesday)Palayan, Nueva Ecija52nd Foundation Day
December 8, 2017 (Friday)Antipolo City426th Founding Anniversary
December 8, 2017 (Friday)Taguig CityCityhood Anniversary
December 8, 2017 (Friday)Agoo, Province of La Union439th Foundation Anniversary
December 11, 2017 (Monday)Province of PampangaAraw ng Pampanga
December 19, 2017 (Tuesday)Muntinlupa CityCentennial Year of Muntinlupa
Note that such holidays are applicable only to the immediate area concerned.

Malacañang Palace said that it is proper that the people on the said areas be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

As a special non-working holiday in the locality, workers who report for work get 1.3 times their daily rate. Those who do not work on the day, meanwhile, get no pay.

As defined in the Administrative Code of 1987, Book III, Chapter 2, Section 4, Proclamations are "acts of the President fixing a date or declaring a status or condition of public moment or interest, upon the existence of which the operation of a specific law or regulation is made to depend, shall be promulgated in proclamations which shall have the force of an executive order."

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