Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Salceda urges Albayanos to join Earth Hour

Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda has urged Albayanos to turn off non-essential lights on March 19, 2016 starting 8:30 in the evening, in observance of worldwide celebration of Earth Hour.

The Governor’s call was underscored in a Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Resolution authored by Board Member Job B. Belen (3rd District of Albay).

The Resolution encourages not only individuals, households and the community but also businesses to support the event which aimed to conserve energy even for an hour.

It is observed that the one-hour recess of everyone around the world from using energy will have great impact on the significant reduction of carbon emission into the ozone layer.

“The vitality of the planet Earth and all thriving life forms should be based on mutuality which can be equated more as a call for the whole human population to take action in reciprocation to the millions of years of nurturance that supported the evolution of life,” the Resolution said.

Earth Hour is a yearly worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) committed to save the planet from further destruction. (MNG/Albay PIO)
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

DOLE ready with job fairs for 2016 graduates: RD Lacambra

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol regional director Nathaniel V. Lacambra confirmed the readiness of DOLE Bicol come graduation this March.

In an interview, the regional director revealed that DOLE expects the bulk of job seekers to flock the office a day or two after graduation.

DOLE is addressing this yearly trend by scheduling job fairs regionwide beginning this month all the way to December.

“As early as now we want to inform Bicolanos especially the graduating class that we have scheduled several job fairs. This is to help them find a job quickly,” RD Lacambra said.

DOLE's job fair schedule includes three major job fairs: the Magayon Jobs Fair sponsored by the Provincial PESO of Albay on the last week of April, the simultaneous Labor Day Mega Jobs Fair at SM City Naga and Legazpi City, and the Independence Day Jobs Fair in Naga City sponsored by Metro Naga PESO.

Aside from the three major job fairs initiated by the regional office, DOLE Bicol also has several job fairs in cooperation with different municipal- and school-based PESOs.

These include the following:

March 19 - Ground Floor Lobby, City Hall Annes, Tabaco City, Albay - PESO Tabaco

March 21 - SL Expansion Bldg., Ramon Santos St., Brgy 33, PeƱaranda, Legazpi City, Albay -

Southern Luzon Technological Colleges Foundation, Inc. (SLTCFI)

April 28 - Malinao Covered Court, Malinao Albay - PESO Malinao

April 15 - Bato Multi-Purpose Bldg., Bato, Catanduanes - PESO Bato

April & Oct. - Little Theater, Provincial Capitol, Daet, Camarines Norte - PESO Cam. Norte

May & Sept. - Municipal Hall, Labo, Camarines Norte - PESO Labo

May - Municipal Hall, Bulan, Sorsogon - PESO Bulan

May - Capitol Dome, Virac, Catanduanes - PESO Catanduanes

June 28 - Municipal Hall, Vinzons, Cam. Norte - PESO Vinzons

June - Municipal Hall, J. Panganiban, Cam. Norte - PESO Jose Panganiban

July - Municipal Hall, Bulan, Sorsogon - PESO Bulan

September - Municipal Hall, Irosin, Sorsogon - PESO Irosin

Aug. 13 - Municipal Hall, Capalonga, Camarines Norte - PESO Capalonga

October - Capitol Compound, Provincial Government of Sorsogon - Provincial PESO Sorsogon

November - Plaza San Andres, San Andres, Catanduanes - PESO San Andres

December - Plaza Rizal, Virac, Catanduanes - PESO Virac

DOLE Bicol asst. reg. dir. Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said that attending a Job Fair is still the most economical, practical and easiest way of landing a job.

“In one day you can apply to at least 5-10 companies joining the job fair. Compare that against the hassle of going from one company to another just to apply. We advice graduating students to calendar our job fairs and take advantage of these for it is the fastest way to find jobs that are best suited to their qualifications and abilities,”ARD Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla explained.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

6 Bicol police offices get awards for good performance

The Philippine National Police Bicol regional office honored its six police provincial offices (PPOs) and the Naga City Police Station (NCPS) for Performance Governance System compliance on Wednesday.

The conferment was led by Chief Supt. Noel Baraceros, chief of the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management based at Camp Crame, and Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., PNP Bicol regional director.

The respective heads of the PPOs and the NCPS received the honors.

They are Sr. Supt. Narciso Domingo, NCPS which got a rating 88.53 percent; Senior Supt. Ronaldo Cabral of Sorsogon PPO, 89.16 percent; Senior Supt. Alexander Sampaga of Masbate PP0, 91.52 percent; Senior Supt. Walfredo Pornillo of Camarines Sur PPO, 91.54 percent; Senior Supt. Rodolfo Dimas, Camarines Norte PPO, 92.28 percent; Sr. Supt. Jesus Martirez, Catanduanes PPO, 92.7 percent; Senior Supt. Celso Arcueno Jr., Albay PPO, 92.7 percent; and Supt. Leonidas Castillo of the 5th Regional Police Public Safety Battalion, which got the highest grade of 94.33 percent.

Aside from the awards conferred to the six PPOs, NCPS and 5th RPPSB, a separate Silver Eagle Award was also bestowed on the Camarines Sur PPO, Catanduanes PPO, Masbate PPO, Camarines Norte PPO, Albay PPO and the 5th RPPSB for their more than 90-percent PGS ratings.

Baraceros said the PGS is part of the implementation of the PNP Patrol Plan 2030 which started in 2011 wherein the full police organization is expected to be at the full transformation in their service to the public.

The most important part of the program of the Police Regional Office 5 under the PGS is the target output policy where chiefs of police or provincial directors are booted out of their posts and undergo a retraining course if they fail in the standards of service expected of them within three months, like Lambat Sibat or apprehension of criminals and most wanted persons, One Time Big Time Operation against the drug problem, illegal gambling and other illegal activities, e-blotter system or electronic system of investigation, gallery rouge of wanted persons and others.

Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 public information officer, said that after the conferment of PGS on the PPOs, they will have the conferment on municipal police stations in the entire region.

The next step that the recipients of conferment will undergo are the proficiency and institutionalization of the PNP-Bicol.

This will involve the strengthening of the regional office and the recruitment of additional PNP personnel to reach the 2030 target of 1:500 police-population ratio or one police officer per 500 population.

Calubaquib said there are 160,000 police officers in the entire country while Bicol has 7,500 men.

As of this date, the provinces of Masbate and Catanduanes are nearing the ideal ratio of 1:600, while the others are in the vicinity of 1:700 and1:800.

Others are in the ratio of 1:1,000 like Camarines Sur which has the biggest land area and population in the region.

The PNP Bicol spokesperson said the PNP is slowly making its operations computerized, high tech and employing electronic gadget system wherein all roving policemen and the dashboards of their vehicles and streets will have CCTV cameras. (PNA)
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MGB vows to stop illegal mining operations in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITYThe Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Bicol regional office here has renewed its vow to stop all illegal mining operations in the region.

Engr. Guillermo A. Molina IV, MGB Bicol regional director, on Monday said the renewed campaign is inspired by a recent order carried in a memorandum circular (MC) issued by MGB National Director Leo Jasareno which establishes the basic procedure in addressing illegal mining operations not only in Bicol but also all over the country.

The order, which is seen to effect a comprehensive and concrete set of actions to address the persistent illegal mining operations in the country, prescribes a standard and systematic set of actions to be undertaken -- from the conduct of ocular investigations to the filing of formal complaints against the perpetrators, Molina said.

“To effectively implement the government’s campaign against illegal mining operations, basic procedure shall be strictly observed by every regional office of this bureau,” Molina said in the order.

The procedure starts from the conduct of ocular investigation, followed by the issuance of a cease-and- desist order, deputation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and/or other concerned law enforcement agencies, seizure of illegally sourced mineral/mineral products as well as the tools, equipment and conveyances used in mining operations and dismantling of facilities used.

These procedure shall lead to the immediate filing of formal complaints in the court against those involved in the illegal act, he added.

The MGB Bicol head said he has already met with Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., PNP Bicol regional director, who assured him of assistance in the implementation of the MGB's fight against illegal mining in the region.

Since time immemorial, Molina said, small miners in some mineral-rich provinces of Bicol have been working on mineral deposits for a hand-to-mouth subsistence but since local governments have not established a Minahang Bayan, all these workers, under existing laws operate illegally while braving the penalty of imprisonment from six months to six years as provided under the law.

Defined as the people’s small-scale mining areas, Minahang Bayan is a suitable on-shore site identified by a particular local government unit (city or provincial) for small-scale miners organized into a cooperative that could operate under the monitoring of the MGB.

It is established as a government-designated and regulated area, to bring small-scale miners away from danger zones, concessions already delineated for large-scale operation and prohibited sites such as government reservations and protected areas and those that are assigned to tourism activities and agrarian reform programs, among others.

This means that small-scale miners cannot operate just anywhere, Molina explained.

It is also a government measure to regulate small-scale mining activities that were blamed for dumping mercury and cyanide to the waterways and the underground.

Small-scale mining, as defined under Republic Act 7076 or the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991, refers to mining activities which rely heavily on manual labor using simple implements and methods and do not use explosives or heavy mining equipment and requires only a small capital investment.

Small-scale miners, on the other hand, according to RA 7076, are Filipino citizens who voluntarily form a cooperative duly licensed by the DENR to engage, under the terms and conditions of a contract or license in the extraction or removal of minerals or ore-bearing materials from the ground.

While it is very clear that only Filipino small-scale miners, organized as a cooperative, can operate in a Minahang Bayan, a limitation, however, was set forth by the same law that they can only mine gold, silver, chromites, kaolin, silica, marble, gravel and sand and clay in an identified mineralized area, Molina said.

Each of the six provinces in Bicol covers a territory that is rich in mineral resources mineable through small-scale operations that could provide lowly miners a good source of income.

Albay, the province that plays host to majestic Mt. Mayon, is rich in precious metallic minerals such as gold and silver and endowed with abundant non-metallic deposits like boulder, earth fill, black and white sand, gravel, aggregates, selected stones, marble and shale clay.

Gold and silver are also widely available in Camarines Norte in addition to diatomaceous earth, white clay, kaolin clay and silica sand while Camarines Sur is known for chromites, ball clay, decorative stone and earth fill.

Both Camarines provinces, as well as Catanduanes and Sorsogon, have sand and gravel while Masbate boasts of huge deposits of gold and silver, boulders, earth fill and also sand and gravel.

Establishing a Minahang Bayan is an effort to give importance to small-scale mining that is responsible for about 70 percent of the gold mined in the country, Molina said.

All these provinces should create and reconstitute their own Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) which under RA 7076 is tasked to implement the policy of the state to promote, develop, protect and rationalize viable small-scale mining activities in order to generate more employment opportunities and provide an equitable sharing of the nation’s wealth and natural resources.

Molina said his office has since been coordinating with chief executives of the six Bicol provinces for the creation and reorganization of PMRB, including the establishment of Minahang Bayan in each province to end illegal small-scale mining operations.

For Camarines Norte, he said, his office is validating two prospective areas in the municipalities of Paracale and Jose Panganiban of Camarines Norte based on petitions for the establishments of Minahang Bayan sites made by the provincial and municipal governments.

These areas, he said, cover 174 hectares of gold panning sites in three barangays of Jose Panganiban and two mineralized properties totaling 40 hectares in a Paracale village.

The MGB Bicol head explained that under the new rules, only the PMRB can identify and determine an area within its jurisdiction that is suitable for small-scale mining operations subject to the review of the DENR secretary through the regional director which will put it under national government monitoring. (PNA)
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Homework: helpful or harmful?



To give or not to give homework? That is the question.

For years, homework has been the topic of debate among educators, who have passionate and strong opinions about whether or not giving it is beneficial.

On one hand, homework teaches a student discipline. It exercises the child’s sense of responsibility when they are given work to complete outside of school hours. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when students are able to finish the task. It allows for the lesson to sink in, and lets the student practice skills for which there might not be enough time during class hours. Homework is also an opportunity for the student, teacher, and parents to work together.

On the other hand, homework decreases the child’s relaxation time, especially if and when schoolwork within the classroom is particularly heavy. It also takes away time from socialization, which growing children need. Sometimes, homework serves to increase conflicts between the parents and the child, especially when the child wants to do something other than the homework, and the parents take on the role of homework police. Some researchers further point out that homework is particularly disadvantageous for underprivileged students, who have to do household chores or even help with work outside of class.

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Of late, however, the general consensus is that homework may be beneficial, but only if it is used appropriately. It must not be a capricious exercise simply given to say that one has provided homework, but must be carefully planned for the purpose of benefiting student achievement.
To maximize the benefit of homework, guidelines are recommended by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. One is to assign purposeful homework, or homework that has legitimate goals. These include “introducing new content, practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students' knowledge, and providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest.”

The second recommendation is to design homework to maximize the chances that students will complete it. Students should be given homework that is not too difficult or heavy for their level, so that they will accomplish it instead of do other unrelated things.

It also recommends involve parents in appropriate ways without requiring parents to act as teachers or to police students' homework completion.

Lastly, it suggest carefully monitoring the amount of homework assigned so that it is appropriate to students' age levels and does not take too much time away from other home activities.

The debate on whether homework is helpful or harmful may not end anytime soon. However, analyzing its pros and cons, and following the recommendations on how to make it more beneficial may justify giving it for the sake of its values. In the end, teachers must be reminded not to give homework just for the sake of giving it, rather providing it to increase the students’ learning even after class hours are over.

by Sheila M. de Guzman
T-3
Calauag Elem. School




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SC junks petitions seeking to stop K to 12 program

The Supreme Court (SC) En Banc on Tuesday dismissed several petitions seeking to stop the implementation of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K to 12) program.

In a press conference, SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te said that "the Court DENIED the prayer for issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order and/or Writ of Preliminary Injunction."

Among others, the petitioners were the Council for Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines, Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV, Eduardo R. Alicias, Richard Troy A. Colmenares, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Ma. Dolores Brillantes.

Likewise, a coalition of teachers, students, parents and various organizations has asked the SC to act on their almost a year-old petition against the K-12 program, a national 12-year basic education program.

In an urgent manifestation, Coalition of K-12 whose members include Council of Teachers and Staff of College and Universities of the Philippines (CoTeSCUP) told the SC that with the looming implementation of the program, some higher educational institutions (HEI) have transferred their faculty members to senior high school without certainty if their wages will be reduced or not while other faculty members are in danger of losing their jobs.

The petitioners attached a Jan. 16, 2016 memorandum from St. Louis University and a letter dated Aug. 28, 2015 from the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

They indicated that there were school officials and employees that would be retrenched following the implementation of the K-12 program.

In UST, faculty members who wish to transfer from tertiary level to Senior High School need to undergo retooling seminars with a warning that failure to attend the seminar would mean forfeiture of any teaching slot in the Senior High School.

"These are contrary to the rights to security of tenure and academic freedom of HEI faculty members. These are also contrary to the principle of non-diminution of benefits in Article 100 of the Labor Code. These also violate the HEI faculty members' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining," the petitioners told the SC.

The petitioners argued that retrenchment was only the last resort.

"Again, this violates the rights to security of tenure and to freedom of association and collective bargaining of the employees," the petitioners said.

In their original petition, the coalition already mentioned the possibility of loss of jobs, contractualization, forced retirement and constructive dismissal.

The petitioners added that Republic Act No. 10533, or the "Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013", or the law which gave birth to K-12 failed to give "full protection to labor and promotion of full employment and equality of employment opportunities" as stated under the Constitution. (PNA)
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Oldest Filipino author launches book on WWII

At 91, Dr. Senen L.R. Asuan, a World War II veteran and the oldest Filipino author, launched on Tuesday his second book -- “For Love of Freedom II: Pursuit of Freedom and Want” -- at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Officers Clubhouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Asuan was a teenager when he joined the guerrilla forces that led the famed Suicide Squad of the 53rd Infantry Regiment in Camarines Sur against the Japanese Imperial Army in WWII.

The book is a project of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) headed by Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina, a retired army lieutenant general and former commander of the Southern Command (SouthCom), now Southern Mindanao Command (SouthMindCom) based in Zamboanga City.

In his first book, “For Love of Freedom I,” Dr. Asuan gave a first person account of how Filipino guerrillas scored victories after victories against the mighty Japanese forces in Camarines Sur.

After the war, Asuan pursued his study as a doctor. He later on became the chairman/president of the Industrial Health Services with 15 clinics in Manila and in the Bicol region.

Aside from being a doctor, Asuan has a passion for writing.

Dr. Asuan wrote and published his first book in 1995 when he was still living in the United States after he sought refuge there in 1973 following the declaration of martial law by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1972.

Two decades later, he wrote his second book after he was encouraged by Gen. Carolina to write the sequel, “For Love of Freedom II: Pursuit of Freedom from Want,” to inspire the young generation of Filipinos and the succeeding generations to come to continue the struggle in the pursuit of freedom from want.

“To most Filipinos, World War II veterans and civilians, the return of General Douglas MacArthur and the liberation of the Philippines over 73 years ago were the only freedom that they needed. The country has achieved freedom from war and freedom from fear,” Dr. Asuan, who retired with the rank of major, said.

“To the teenagers of Ateneo de Naga who joined the 53rd Infantry, Camp Isarog and formed the small group dubbed 'The Suicide Squad', the freedom was not complete. They continued their struggle and searched for more freedom – such as that freedom from hunger and freedom from want. The guerrilla fighters during World War II used their experiences during the war, endured untold hardships and difficulties, to develop the determination for survival, tenacity and success,” he pointed out.

“Their struggles after the war were surrounded by many factors that influence their circumstances – spiritual situation, moral standing, physical health, compounded by political greed, envy and discrimination, which present a different kind of difficulty when compared with fighting in the jungles during the war time.

"Their goal to pursue freedom from want seemed like an impossible dream. Overall, what makes the factors work together in unison, in perfect order and sequence is that there is an unseen hand that guides the destiny of man,” Dr. Asuan said. (PNA)
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CSC Bicol 'goes local' in curbing red-tape

LEGAZPI CITY – This year’s Anti-Red Tape Act Report Card Survey (ARTA-RCS) of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the Bicol region will go local.

Dubbed as “ARTA Goes Local,” the survey will mainly focus on local government units (LGUs), local water districts (LWDs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs).

CSC Bicol director Cecilia R Nieto said CSC has expanded the coverage of this year’s ARTA to further intensify the implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 as provided by RA 9485.

ARTA Watch is one of CSC’s interventions in curbing red tape in the country wherein a team, usually headed by a CSC Director, conducts surprise spot-check in frontline service offices to monitor its compliance with the ARTA.

A total of 68 LGUs, LWDs and SUCs will be subjected to ARTA-RCS from April-October 2016.

Nieto said CSC field directors in Masbate, Camarines Sur and Albay have started to conduct ARTA watch in other LGUs and LWDs but majority of these agencies has not been subjected to ARTA-RCS .
The CSC is mandated to initiate the ARTA-RCS which shall be used to obtain feedback on how the provisions of the law are being implemented, as well as information on hidden costs and access to government frontline services.

For the past years, the CSC has been conducting ARTA-RCS to national government agencies (NGAs) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to check on these agencies’ compliance to ARTA.

Nieto said client satisfaction ratings have significantly improved over the years based on the results of recent surveys.

Among the factors checked by the CSC during ARTA watch are observance of the No Noon Break policy, posting and implementation of the Citizen’s Charter, basic facilities, Anti-Fixer campaign, wearing of readable ID or nameplates, Public Assistance and Complaints Desk, and the overall service quality of the office.

After each surprise visit, the ARTA Watch Teams conducted a brief talk on the salient points of ARTA, the Report Card Survey, the Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence, and the Service Delivery Excellence Program.

Teams also generate a written feedback on observations and suggestions to improve frontline services, a copy of which is given to the concerned office immediately after the visit.(MAL/SAA/CSC5/PIA5/Albay)
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Army units hunting down rebels who detonated IEDs in Masbate

Southern Luzon Command units are now tracking down the rebel band who detonated four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in different areas in Masbate Island on Tuesday.

903rd Infantry Brigade head Col. Fernando R. Trinidad said the first explosion was reported at 4:00 a.m. in Barangay Miaga, Uson town; the second at 5:00 a.m. in Barangay Tunga, Esperanza town; the third at 7:10 a.m in Loving Forest Memorial Garden alongside of National Highway in Barangay Malinta, Masbate City; and the fourth at 7:15 a.m. at the National Highway in Purok 5, Barangay Tabuc, Mobo.

No one was reportedly hurt caused by the four explosions.

“These explosions are propaganda tactics to sow fear to the people,” Trinidad said.

He assured that Army units in the island province are doing their best to ensure the safety of the MasbateƱos against the rebels' abuses and terror acts.

As this develops, Southern Luzon Command head Lt. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya said that the explosions are in connection to the New People's Army (NPA) anniversary on March 29.

“The NPA is a diminishing group in Southern Luzon, as such; they resort to terror acts like these IED explosions to project that they are still strong,” he added.

At present, there are 36 NPAs being hunted by military units in Masbate. (PNA)
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DepEd-Bicol pushes for simple graduation rites, no-contribution policy

The Department of Education Bicol regional office has reminded all school officials and heads in the region to have simple but meaningful graduation ceremonies this March.

DepEd Ramon Fiel Abcede said the policy is contained in DepEd Order No. 7 series of 2016 signed by Secretary Armin Luistro.

The graduation theme should focus on "Kabataang Mula sa K to 12 Taga-Pagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas."

The graduation should not be beyond April 1 but it would be earlier for those schools that will be used as billeting centers for the Palarong Pambansa, probably on March 21.

Abcede said the directive also strictly bans collection of contributions from the graduating students as the DepEd has an allotted budget for this purpose from a school's miscellaneous operating expenses and expenditures for public address system, paper, ribbon, snacks and diploma.

He said the fund of the department for graduation has increased by 20 percent in the elementary and 25 percent in the secondary.

The DepEd regional head said every Grade 6 pupil has an allocation increase from PHP250 to PHP300 and PHP320 for every fourth year student-candidate for graduation.

Abcede stressed that expensive graduation outfits and celebration rites at posh places are prohibited by the DepEd, which instead calls for the holding of ceremonies inside the school or public place without rental fees.

He clarified that non-payment of authorized contributions should not be a ground for refusing the issuance of clearance or school records of the student involved like grades or Form 138 or 137.

Any school official who will not follow these guidelines could be slapped appropriate charges or administrative case.

Any General Parents-Teachers Association found breaking this rule could have its accreditation cancelled by the department.

On the choice of guest speaker for the occasion, it should be non-partisan, especially that this is the election period.

Abcede said getting a politician as guest speaker is not prohibited provided his speech will not tackle on political subject and with no political tone.

This, he said, is based on Paragraph 4 of Luistro's directive.

Instead, the speaker on the graduation rites should serve as an inspiration for those graduating students to follow his footsteps towards success in life.

"The speaker must be a living example of one who works very hard for him to be successful," Abcede said.

He said the guest speaker could be an alumnus or alumna of the school that invited him or her. (by Nancy Ibo Mediavillo, PNA)
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