Student groups ready to dialogue with incoming president Rodrigo Duterte regarding K-12 Program

admin   •   May 17, 2016   •   3066

Kabataan Partlist holding banners and placards against some educational system policies.

Kabataan Partlist holding banners and placards against some educational system policies.

Student and youth groups are hoping incoming president Rodrigo Duterte will make good on his campaign promise to stop the K-12 Program.

The League of Filipino Students said, it is another burden for parents and students due to the additional expenses that they have to pay.

The group said, around a million students are now worrying if they can still continue their studies under the program especially students that have to transfer to private schools.

“Their projects and workbooks are additional burden to our students amounting from 100k-200k that may result to more dropout,” Aries Gupit of League of Filipino Students said.

Kabataan partylist said, they are ready to talk with the president to explain their side.

Department of Education (DepEd) said, non-implementation of the program will incur more disadvantages for the country because the Philippines is the only nation left in Southeast Asia that is not k-12 compliant.

The government and private schools have also spent a lot already preparing for the program.

DepEd reiterated their voucher program for students that are transferring to private schools.


Esperon hopes petition to Comelec vs. partylist groups resolved before 2022 polls

Maris Federez   •   August 16, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. hopes that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resolve the two separate petitions filed by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) before the 2022 National Elections.

“Since there will be a registration of parties for the coming elections, we certainly pray and are confident that the COMELEC will resolve these petitions,” Esperon said.

The NTF-ELCAC believes the two petitions they filed before Comelec is a national security issue that needs to be resolved immediately.

The government task force filed separate petitions against Gabriela Women’s Party and Kabataan Partylist groups for the cancellation of their registration in the partylist system for violating the election law and the Constitution.

According to NTF-ELCAC spokesperson Atty. Marlon Bosantog who filed the petitions, they have evidence that Kabataan Partylist is linked to CPP-NPA-NDF.

“We have a witness from the time it was created, to its constitution, to its purpose. We have witnesses that testify the recruitment of the Kabataan Partylist as a funnel of NPA fighters,” Bosantog said.

“We have testimonies to show that the current sitting representative of Kabataan Partylist personally recruited and inform them to go to the mountains and bear arms against the government,” he added.

On August 12, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon testified before Comelec 2nd Division via teleconference regarding the task force’s petition against Gabriela Partylist.

NTF-ELCAC said Gabriela is receiving financial assistance from a foreign government and from non-government organizations which violates the Constitution and Comelec rules.

“And upon further verification by AMLC, we found out that Gabriela has been receiving funds from the Belgian government as well as Belgian NGO as well as other NGO’s in Europe,” Esperon said.

However, Gabriela Partylist Representative Arlene Brosas refuted the allegations, accusing the ELCAC of spreading lies.

“Puro mga kasinungalingan. Kung anu-anong claims po ang mga sinasabi sa atin diyan sa pagkakaso sa atin sa COMELEC dahil ang gusto talaga ay hindi tayo makatakbo,” Brosas said.

Kabataan partylist group, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the issue. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Ex-rebels testify before Senate on leftist group recruitment for NPA membership

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019

Former Communist rebels testify at the Senate hearing

Four former rebels faced the Senate on Wednesday (Aug. 14) to testify on the recruitment activities of leftist groups for membership to the New Peoples Army (NPA).

One of them, Agnes Reano, relayed how she got recruited by the Alliance of Students Against Tuition Fee Increase.

She said, in 1983, she was brought to Bukidnon province for the launching of the League of Filipino Students until she had become a recruiter herself at the age of 13.

She added that she had later on realized that, like the other rebels, she had been carrying arms and had become a member of the NPA.

Nancy Gulogin, another ex-rebel, was then an athlete in school when she became an activist.

She claimed being brainwashed by a legal front until she became a member of the NPA. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Bato seeks to include substance abuse education in K-12 Program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa has filed a Senate bill that seeks to include substance abuse education in the K-12 program.

Based on his Senate Bill No. 228, substance abuse prevention education should be included from 4th Grade to the 12th Grade. This aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge and information about the dangers of substance abuse.

“The youth, once involved in drug abuse will likely have academic, relationship and health problems. This leads to lower grades, dropping out from schools and having damaged physical, cognitive and emotional development,” he said.

Based on the data of the Dangerous Drugs Board, there are 4.8 million Filipinos aged 10 to 69 who have used illegal drugs at least once in their lives.

The youngest drug surrenderer and youngest recorded minor rescued for substance abuse were seven-year-olds. —AAC


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