Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DepEd reaffirms efforts to achieve ideal class size, teacher-student ratio

QUEZON CITY– In its relentless effort to provide students and teachers with environment conducive to learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) reassured the Committee on Basic Education and Culture of the House of Representatives (HoR) that the Department has been conducting interventions to achieve ideal class size and teacher-student ratio in public schools nationwide.

DepEd Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo acknowledged that one way of improving the learning environment is to reduce the class size, classroom-pupil and teacher-studio ratios, and noted that cases in urban centers may be different because of reported overpopulation, among other contributing factors.

“Kung titingnan natin, yung teacher-pupil ratio dating nasa 1:45. For School Year 2017-2018, the teacher-student ratio is 1:31 for the elementary level, 1:36 for Junior High School level, and 1:31 for Senior High School level,” Mateo enumerated.

The clarification was made in response to House Bill 473, or An Act Regulating Class Size in All Public Schools and Appointing Funds Thereof, which proposes that a class to be handled by one teacher shall be fixed at a standard size of 35 learners, with a maximum of no more than 50 students.

Further, Undersecretary Mateo pointed out, “Hindi po one size fits all ito. Halimbawa, sa Kinder, ang ating ginagamit na parameter ay 25 learners tapos maximum 30. Ibig sabihin nito, we try to hit the 1:25 pero pag sumobra nasa 31, decision point yun na magdagdag ng guro. Pagdating sa Grades 1 and 2, ina-attempt natin na magkaroon ng 1:30, 36 is decision point to provide additional teachers. Pag dating sa Grade 3, ang maximum nasa35. Pagdating ng Grade 5-10, ang planning parameter ay 1:40. Sa SHS, bagama’t1:40 din ang ating planning parameter, we have to factor in the subject specialization of teachers.”

Aside from reducing class size, the Department’s efforts to provide an environment conducive to learning include acquisition of land for school sites, construction of multi-story school buildings in areas with limited land space, and use of shuttle services in cooperation with LGUs to transport students to schools with available classrooms. DepEd also conducted early registration activities to prepare for arising issues and concerns that learners, teachers, and parents may encounter in the upcoming School Year.

Moreover, the Department has requested for the creation of more non-teaching positions for support staff in schools such as bookkeepers, disbursing officers, among others, to ensure that teachers will have more time to focus on lesson preparations and conduct of classes.


DILG to barangays: Prove support to anti-illegal drugs drive by activating BADACs

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano challenged all barangay captains to prove their commitment to rid their communities of illegal drugs by forming and activating their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) otherwise they could face administrative charges.

“Patunayan ninyo na kaisa kayo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Kumilos na kayo at pakilusin nyo na ang BADAC sa inyong barangay,” says Ano.

The DILG chief says that as the first line of defense, barangay captains should lead the fight against illegal drugs and the activation of the BADACs will ensure that there is a convergence of efforts among barangay leaders to carry out the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the community level.

He says that if barangay leaders refuse to organize their BADACS or fail to activate their BADACS, they could face administrative charges from the DILG. “Pinag-aaralan na natin ang mga kasong isasampa sa lahat ng Punong Barangay, so sana umaksyon na kayo bago mahuli ang lahat,” he said.

Ano says that he has designated Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino to monitor compliance with his directives and to recommend the immediate filing of charges against non-performing barangay officials.

He says that it is the role of BADACs to plan, strategize, implement and evaluate programs and projects on drug abuse prevention in the barangay as well as to organize and orient BADAC Auxiliary Teams on their roles and functions and in formulating plan of action to address the problem.

He says BADACS are also expected to coordinate and collaborate with other institutions like the PNP and the municipal or city government in implementing programs and projects on drug abuse prevention at the barangay level.

“Trabaho rin ng BADAC na mangalap ng impormasyon tungkol sa lahat ng drug-related incidents sa kanilang lugar at ilista ang mga suspected drug users at pushers sa kanilang barangay at isumite sa PNP o PDEA for validation,” he says.

According to Ano, BADACs should also refer suspected drug users to the city/municipal ADAC and other institutions for counselling and/or rehabilitation. Moreover, they should also conduct an information and education campaign on illegal drug demand reduction and monitor the disposition of drug-related cases filed.

The BADAC is composed of the Punong Barangay as chairperson, and the sangguniang barangay member who is the chair of the peace and order committee as vice chairperson. Members include: the sangguniang barangay member who is the chair of the committee on women and family; Sangguniang Kabataan chair; public school principal or his or her representative; executive officer or chief tanod; and one representative each from a faith-based organization or a non-government organization. Serving as BADAC adviser would be the city or municipal chief of police or his representative.

Based on reports from the DILG’s National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), 94 percent or 39,417 of the 42,036 barangays nationwide have already organized their BADACs. Of the 39,417 compliant barangays, 86 percent have organized their auxiliary teams. However, only 61 percent have formulated their BADAC Plan of Action.

The Department reminds all punong barangays to ensure that the BADACs are functional and are implementing anti-illegal drug activities based on their BADAC Plan of Action.

Matino, Mahusay at Maasahan

DILG Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya says barangay leaders should go beyond the usual activities such as the “clean and green, palaro sa fiesta and feeding program” and instead help the government in its campaign against illegal drug activities.

“Part of our criteria sa pagboto sa darating na Mayo ay dapat lumalaban sa droga. Kung hindi ka matino, mahusay, at maasahan, huwag kang tumakbong barangay official. Kung hindi mo kaya, huwag kang sumali,” says Malaya.

He likewise explains that the role of Barangay and the BADAC is essential in getting the information needed by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“Ang darating na halalan sa Mayo ay pagkakataon para alisin natin ang mga non-performing barangay officials. Kung wala namang nagawa ang mga yan sa kampanya laban sa droga, kailangan na silang mag-retiro,” says Malaya.


PHOTOS | Virac shabu lab inspected

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 and 43 Executive Judge Lelu P. Contreras with Virac Municipal Chief of Police Police Chief Inspector JosefinoTitong and some members of the local media conducted ocular inspection at the discovered Shabu Laboratory in Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes this morning. The purpose of the inspection is to recommend to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the destruction of the equipment and other substances, chemicals present/stocked in the laboratory after the filing of complaints against the suspects in the Shabu Laboratory operation discovered on November, 2016.(PIA/EABAGADIONG)

Sorsogon lines up zumba party, music, firedance for Earth Hour 2018

The province of Sorsogon is ready for the Earth Hour challenge this year, going beyond the usual switching off of lights to exciting events such as a zumba party, mangrove planting, kite flying, firedance, and live band performances.

This is according to Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza who said Earth Hour, the global movement of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has grown from a symbolic event in 2007, to the world's largest grassroots environmental movement spanning over 7,000 cities and 180 counties and territories.

Sorsogon started to celebrate the event in 2009.

This year, the provincial chief executive invites Sorsoganons to participate anew in the Earth Hour celebration scheduled on March 24, 2018.

The Local Government Unit of Sorsogon and the Provincial Tourism Office, in partnership with the City Government of Sorsogon has slated the aforementioned events at the Rompeolas in Sorsogon City before the Earth Hour countdown.

Earth Hour, Rodrigueza said, has the goal of inspiring the public to go beyond the hour and making long-term commitments to do more for the planet.

"The Earth Hour's new theme moves us to respond collectively and #CONNECT2EARTH as we help strengthen awareness on biodiversity and sending out a strong message to take action and protect our planet from the effects of climate change," he said.

FLASH: Sorsogon village chief gunned down

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The punong barangay of Lapinig, Gubat, Sorsogon was shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in front of his residence at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The village chief was identified as Romeo D. Gavino.

Following the incident, Gavino was rushed to the hospital, but was declared Dead on Arrival.

The Gubat police said they have already established checkpoints in Gubat and nearby towns for the arrest of the suspects.

They are also looking at the possibility that members of the New People's Army may have been the perpetrators of the shooting.

Reportedly, Gavino mentioned that he had been receiving threats from alleged members of the rebel group recently.

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