Friday, February 5, 2010 - 02:09

The Educational Center of Australia (ECA) is offering Baguio students a competitive pre-qualification process for six slots in information technology courses at Victoria University in Sydney, Australia. This was done through the “Special Kapihan sa Baguio” coordinated by the Philippine Information Agency.


The visiting ECA official, accompanied by former city councilor Edilberto Tenefrancia, revealed in a forum that the offer was made to the students in Baguio because of their proficiency in English and adeptness at information technology.


Tenefrancia encouraged students to avail of the opportunity for employment abroad. He said deserving...

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 07:31

Thai education minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat recognized the efforts of the Philippine government through the Department of Education in making quality education accessible to Filipinos.


We are impressed by how the Philippine education officials optimize limited resources by coming up with innovative schemes to democratize public education,” the visiting minister said in the 45th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Council Conference and 5th ASEAN Ministers of Education held on the 26-29 of January at the Shangri-La Hotel Mactan in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.


In his tour of elementary schools in Cebu, Chinnaworn witnessed the condition of public schools in the country with 25 to 50 students...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 01:52

In a memo dated January 12, the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd) announced the opening of nominations for the National Search for the Most Outstanding ALS Implementors.

The search seeks to give due recognition to implementors of the ALS for their exemplary performance, dedication and outstanding achievements in the promotion of literacy in the country. It is divided into three categories: Most Outstanding Education ALS Supervisors (ES I), District ALS Coordinators (DALSC), and ALS Mobile Teachers (AMT).

School District Supervisors (SDS) can nominate ALS implementors who are currently in service at the time of nomination; have a stellar...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 01:19

Around 26 out-of-school youths (OSY) graduated from the bayong-making program of the Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) Project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao last January 5, according to a press release from the Philippine Information Agency.

Among the beneficiaries was Ma. Vaniza Ellen Tuada, who sold her finished bayong outside the Redemptorist Parish in Bajada and made P3,000 during the Christmas season.

Apart from the bayong-making skills learned in the program, the beneficiaries were also given start-up kits, containing raw materials and tools necessary to create these bags, to help them set up their own businesses.

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 01:30

The sole state-run tertiary educational institution in the Cordilleras, Ifugao State University (IFSU), was formally launched with a ceremonial signing of RA 9720 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the IFSU main campus in Lamut, Ifugao last January 7, according to a report from Positive News Media.

RA 9720, filed as House Bill 4409 by Ifugao Rep. Solomon R. Chungalao, converted the existing Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) into a university and was officially signed into law back in October 2009.

ISCAF had started to prepare for an upgrade to university status back in 2003, with the creation and implementation of an eight-year development plan for the college...

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 00:43

The Department of Education (DepEd) assured both teachers and non-teaching personnel that they will receive the remainder of their Christmas bonus, according to a report from last January 8.

The DepEd statement was in response to a statement made by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), which reported that many still have not received their full Christmas bonus, otherwise called the Productivity Enhancement Incentive.

P7,000 of the P10,000-peso bonus, which came from the national government, had already been released during the holiday season to the 554,000-employee  workforce of the department,...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 01:16

The Silliman University in Dumaguete is one of the five recipients of the Panibagong Paraan grant from the World Bank for its “Multi-Sectoral Forum and Proposal Development on Investing on Young Minds for Household Solutions to Climate Change” project, according to a news report posted on the university's website.

The project aims to bring together representatives of key sectors: the academe, media, the government and civil society, to a dialog with the students. In turn, the project aims to generate proposals from the students after the dialog, concerning the development and adaptation of practical, cost-efficient, and home-, school-, or community-based measures to mitigate climate change.

The project will be...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 05:00

Promising to protect students from all forms of violence, the Department of Education (DepEd) has initiated a crackdown on gangs in schools, a report from the Manila Bulletin website said last Tuesday.

Gang membership is seen as one of the reasons for the spate of violent incidents that involve students as well as the high dropout rate especially in high school. Most of these incidents happen in urban areas, with four cities in the National Capital Region reporting a high number of cases involving gang violence. Skirmishes between gangs were also reported in Baguio City, as well as a shooting incident...

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 00:49

The Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan, Inc. (AGHAM) announced their support for calls to increase the number of educational programs on television, in light of moves to increase the budget of government-owned People's Television (PTV) 4 for 2010.

According to Angelo B. Palmones, AGHAM president and host of science-themed radio show Bago 'Yan Ah!, the call for more educational programs is important to particularly promote science and technology and a “culture of science” among the Filipino youth.

Sen. Edgardo O. Angara, who led calls for a bigger budget, stated that the increase will not only guarantee that PTV will reach more children, but will also help it...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 01:14

The Metrobank Foundation recently announced on their website that the prestigious Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers is now accepting nominations for its 2010 edition.

The search, conducted in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), is open to all teachers with Filipino citizenship who have been actively teaching in the Philippines for the last ten years, and who have not only demonstrated outstanding performance...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 01:30

In light of the kidnapping and subsequent release of Basilan State College vice president Dr. Orlando Fajardo last December, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus called for more security for teachers and students, according to a report on

The kidnapping came on the heels of several violent incidents particularly concerning educators and students in Mindanao, after the abduction and beheading of Sulu principal Gabriel Canizares in September and a hostage-taking incident in an Agusan del Sur school last November.

Citing the vital role teachers play in their communities, Lapus also called for harsher penalties to deter these...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 01:17

In a report published on Positive News Media last December 2009, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus stated that despite budget cuts in the 2010 National Budget, the Department of Education (DepEd) will still continue with the implementation of its programs this year.

The DepEd had earlier requested a budget of more than P190 billion for its programs in 2010, but was only granted P172.84 billion, a decrease of P2 billion from the 2009 budget of P174 billion.

Lapus said that the DepEd will only have to spend more prudently and tap other means of financial support, such as tie-ups with the private sector through the...

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 01:08

In a survey conducted last August to September 2009 by the Department of Education, 66% of respondents voiced opposition to the transfer of the start of the school year from June to September, according to a press release dated December 22, 2009.

The survey was commissioned in response to the filing of Senate Bill 565 by Sen. Manny Villar, which sought to move the opening to September, as well as an appeal by the Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (FAPSA).

The survey respondents included teachers, parents, local government officials and other concerned parties coming from 145 of the 197 school districts in the Philippines. The 145 school districts polled represent thirteen regions...

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 02:00

Applications for the Dr. Goh Kong Swee (GKS) scholarships are now being accepted at the Singaporean Embassy, according to an announcement posted on

Funded by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) in honor of the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, the scholarship will be awarded to individuals who want to pursue courses relevant to the financial sector at either at the National University of Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University, or the Singapore Management University.

Application is open to students about to enter or currently studying in college, preferably under 25 years old and coming from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, or the Southeast Asian region except Singapore. Applicants must possess an outstanding scholastic record, demonstrate leadership qualities, and have an excellent performance...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 01:02

In a department advisory released last November 16, the Department of Education announced the extension of the submission of school paper entries for the 2010 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) from January 15, 2010 to January 22, 2010. The extension is to help schools, located in regions adversely affected by the recent storms that hit the country, prepare their entries for the NSPC.

The extension will cover schools in Regions I, II, III,...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 01:06

The Department of Education (DepEd), through a press release issued last December 2009, announced the winners of the 2009 Search for Outstanding Reader Teacher (SORT) and the First National Read-A-Thon contest.

The contests, organized by the DepEd's Bureau of Elementary Education, are part of the Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP), which aims to raise the reading and comprehension levels of elementary students, especially those in Grades One to Three.

Nabbing the top spot for the 2009 SORT was Grace Rabelas, a Grade 5 reading teacher from Nabua Central Pilot School in Camarines Sur. Amey Esteban of...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 01:28

During a recent visit to Valenzuela City as reported by Positive News Media last December, Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, Jr. reiterated the need to establish a student loan mechanism in the country to help poor but deserving individuals finish their college education.

Teodoro, which had earlier bared the plan in an interview on Probe Profiles last October 23, said that to avail of the loan, a student can simply get an SSS or GSIS...

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 01:16

Students of UP Mindanao celebrated a happier Christmas as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the university, the National Housing Authority and the Office of Congressman Isidro Ungab was signed, allotting P10-million from the congressman's funds for the construction of a brand new dormitory.

According to a report by Positive News Media, the MOU was signed last December 16 during UP-Min's Kasadya ug Pasiklaban 2009 festivities at the People's Park in Davao City. The signatories were Chancellor Gilda Rivero...

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 00:58

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus announced that the teachers' honoraria for the May 2010 elections will be increased to P4,000, according to an article published on last December.

The amount is a welcome increase of P1,000 from the P3,000 honoraria given for service during the 2007 elections. The honoraria package will also include standard benefits such as five-day leave credits, legal support, and medical assistance.

The entire package will be given to all teachers who have helped out in the polls, regardless of the duration of their service; Lapus commented that due to the automation of the 2010 polls, teachers can expect to put in fewer hours on poll duty compared to the previous elections which were conducted manually.

The funds will also be distributed by the...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 00:42

Dr. Estrella Babano, DepEd Regional Director for Region X - Northern Mindanao, has been selected as the first Philippine attache for education, according to a press release issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) last December 4, 2009.

Babano, who will assume the post in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this year, has the task of overseeing the 43 Philippine schools in the Middle East. Of these schools, which cater mostly to the children of Filipino expatriates and follow the Philippine curriculum, 23 are located in Saudi Arabia.

She will also be the official representative of the DepEd in international conferences and meetings in the region, as well as in identifying areas of educational cooperation between the...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 01:44

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is still committed to the establishment of a P5 billion science and engineering center at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, a report from Positive News Media posted last December 15 said.

This reassurance came on the heels of several reports that the Philippine Center for Science, Engineering and Technology (PCEST) project was to be abandoned by CHED because of monetary constraints, with the P1.5 billion additional funding request shot down by Congress.

Despite these setbacks, Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, CHED chairman, said that he has gotten the support of Congress to release the necessary P5 billion peso fund for the construction of the science and...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 01:05

The Department of Education (DepEd) signed an agreement with Colgate-Palmolive Philippines and Aboitiz 2GO last December 16 to support DepEd programs that teach public schoolchildren the basics of oral hygiene, according to a press release from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The two companies will launch the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) Oral Care Distribution Program. Under the program, Colgate-Palmolive will provide the oral care kits containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and instructional materials to distribute to schoolchildren plus other educational materials such as guides...

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 05:00

In an article on Positive News Media last December 11, 2009,  the Commission on Higher Education  announced that 58 private higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide have been granted autonomous or deregulated status for exemplary performance not just in education but also in research and extension services.

Of the 58, 44 HEIs were given autonomous status while the rest were given deregulated status. 19 of these schools can be found in the...

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 02:26

In a press release dated November 27, 2009, the Department of Education, led by Secretary Jesli Lapus, has given a posthumous award to slain principal Gabriel “Bong” Canizares for his outstanding performance as an educator.

The posthumous award, received by Canizares's family at a tribute held at the DepEd central office in Pasig City, was in recognition of his 12 years of work as an educator in one of the most conflict-ridden areas in the Philippines. Canizares was particularly noted for the key role he played in the establishment of teacher training programs in...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 00:53

The National Historical Institute, through a DepEd memorandum released last December 15, encourages all schools nationwide to join the commemoration of the 113th anniversary of Jose Rizal's martyrdom, with the theme“Kabayanihan ni Rizal: Daluyan ng Kagitingan ng Pagkakaisa.”

Apart from the traditional flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at Rizal Park and other sites across the country, many activities geared for students have been slated for this year's commemoration.

Among the activities are a...