Class suspension still falls under LGUs discretion—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2020   •   841

The local government units (LGU) remain as the authority for announcing suspension of classes during calamities, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo said the department did not release any guidelines in class suspension amid the distance learning under the new normal setting.

“Ang magdedeklara ng walang pasok ay ang mga local government units, (The local government units will declare class suspension),” he said.

DepEd also said classes will not be heavily affected since most classes are using modules and not online. Teachers can also extend deadlines for assignments and other school projects.

“Ang mga guro natin nagbibigay naman ng konsiderasyon kasi alam nila ang estado ng kanilang mga mag-aaral, (Teachers will provide consideration because they know they situation of the students),” Mateo said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Nat’l academy of sports opens scholarship application for student-athletes

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

The National Academy of Sports (NAS) has started accepting applications for its annual search for competent, exceptional, notable, and talented student-athlete scholars (NASCENT SAS) for School Year 2022-2023, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

In a statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones encouraged youth from different sectors to apply for the scholarship to improve their prior academic and sports skills.

“I am urging all the student-athletes from all sectors of the society, including indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, to submit an application for the scholarship to improve their craft,” Briones said.

“NAS would like to produce world-class athletes that can compete and bring home medals from SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympics, and other sporting events like our very own Hidilyn Diaz,” she added.

The DepEd said the NAS is looking for incoming Grade 7 and 8 learners, natural-born Filipino citizens, who must have a general weighted average of at least 80%.

Applicants must “not be older than 14 years old (for incoming Grade 7) and not older than 15 years old (for incoming Grade 8) at the start of the school year.”

As part of the scholarship program, the student-athlete will receive incentives like free tuition; free board, and lodging at the NAS Dormitory in NAS Campus, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac; provision of quality secondary education; and access to specialized sports training in world-class facilities.

Scholars will also get a chance to represent the country and NAS in international competitions as well as in exchange programs with a monthly stipend and scholarship grant for six years subject to the student-athlete’s sports and academic performance.

Aspiring student-athletes under the NAS focus sports, including aquatics, athletics, badminton, gymnastics, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, and weightlifting, are encouraged to submit their applications.

The application forms and the requirements may be submitted physically at the office of NAS in Philsports Complex in Pasig City or virtually through e-mail at nascentsas@deped.gov.ph until April 12, 2022.

For more information on the forms and requirements, visit this link.

NAS is an attached agency of the DepEd mandated to implement a quality and enhanced secondary education program, integrated with a special curriculum on sports as indicated in Republic Act 11470.

LandBank, itinanggi ang umano’y hacking incident sa account ng ilang guro

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Pinabulaanan ng pamunuan ng Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) na na-hack ang kanilang sistema kasunod ng ulat na may nangyaring hindi otorisadong transaksyon sa payroll account ng ilang kliyente nito.

Una nang sinabi ng Teachers Dignity Coalition na may mga miyembro silang nawalan ng pera matapos i-transfer mula sa kanilang LandBank payroll account patungo sa ibang bangko o electronic wallets. Umaabot umano sa P121,000 ang nawalang pera na mula umano sa regular na sahod, holiday bonus at lifetime savings ng mga guro.

Sa isang pahayag, nilinaw ng LandBank na ang sinasabing unauthorized transactions sa account ng ilang guro ay nangyari sa pamamagitan ng phishing scam.

Ang phishing ay isang uri ng iligal na aktibidad na nambibiktima sa pamamagitan ng pagpapadala ng pekeng emails gamit ang pangalan ng mga kilalang kumpanya upang makuha ang personal na impormasyon gaya ng password at credit card number ng isang indibidwal.

Ayon sa LandBank, nakikipag-ugnayan na sila sa apektadong customers upang maresolba ang isyu.

Tiniyak rin ng bangko na isolated lamang ang insidente at nananatiling secured ang account at personal information ng kanilang mga kliyente.

Nagpaalala rin ang LandBank sa mga kliyente nito na maging alerto at huwag basta buksan ang matatanggap nilang email o links na maaaring ipinadala sa kanila ng mga online scammer.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng Department of Education (DepEd) na nagsasagawa na ito ng sariling imbestigasyon at nakikipag-ugnayan na rin sa Landbank ukol sa isyu.

“While the DepEd Central Office has not received any formal incident reports yet, it is currently validating these claims with its field offices,” ang wika ng DepEd.

“Landbank has already reached out to DepEd and assured that cases on unauthorized withdrawals are properly handled and given utmost attention. DepEd enjoins all of its personnel to immediately inform their respective Divisions, and report any issues to their nearest Landbank branch,” dagdag pa nito.

COVID-19 vax requirement for teachers handling in-person classes not discriminatory – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said its policy requiring teachers and non-teaching personnel involved in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is not discriminatory.

In a statement, the DepEd reiterated its earlier statement that the policy is being implemented as a way of protecting students and personnel, as well as preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

“The said policy does not and is not intended to unjustly discriminate against any DepEd employee who chooses not to be vaccinated,” the department said.

The DepEd said employees who are not vaccinated are “treated fairly” as they are still obliged to render work and receive compensation based on applicable alternative work arrangements.

The department also said it does not terminate employees on the sole ground of being unvaccinated.

It added that the policy is consistent with the government’s resolutions as well as Civil Service rules and regulations.

“This policy, particularly the requirement for teachers, with non-teaching personnel, handling face-to-face classes and performing in-school functions/tasks to be vaccinated, has been approved by the Office of the President,” the DepEd said.

“This is also in line with the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution Nos. 148B and 149 s. 2021, on the requirement for vaccination or negative RT-PCR result or antigen test result (if RT-PCR capacity is insufficient) for employees working on-site, in areas that have sufficient supply of vaccines as determined by the National Vaccines Operation Center,” it added.

The pilot in-person classes was implemented by DepEd in select schools in the country last year.

About 278 schools with over 15,000 students from Grades 1 to 3 and senior high school participated in the pilot run.

The DepEd earlier recommended the “progressive expansion” of face-to-face classes in areas under COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2, which means that only select schools in areas classified as low-risk for COVID-19 will be allowed to resume classes.

The agency is eyeing to start the progressive expansion of limited classes in February.

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