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As Lumads Lose School, Senate Bears Gifts to Itself?
The following are two stories, almost occurring simultaneously in the Philippines:
Lumads Lose School to Typhoon Pablo
OriginallyPublished on YouTube Jan 7, 2013
Salugpungan Ta' Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center is a community based school run by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Southern Mindanao Region in cooperation with the Matigsalog Manobo lumads. They have 4 volunteer teachers and approximately 60-100 preschool to grade 4 students who attend classes regularly. The school aims to enhance the life skills and knowledge of the Manobo tribe and teaches the basics of writing, reading and arithmetic. It also envisions to sustain and value their culture and traditions towards a unified defense of their ancestral domain and right to self-determination.
The school is located in a remote sitio of Brgy. Mangayon. It is in a small upland community populated mostly by Matigsalog, Manobo lumads who settled in this part of the Diwalwal mountain range since the 1980's.
Sound, Editing: Kiri Dalena Photography: John Javellana Additional Sound: KJ Dumapit Additional Photography: Max Baluyot Santiago "Hangin" (Music from Tungkung Langit): Datu Arellano Acknowledgements: Canon Philippines, Antonni Cuesta, Jerome Mendoza, Michael Reyes, Goethe Institute, UP Film Institute, Jing Racelis, William Pedrosa, Iligan City Mayor's Office, Lawrence Lluch Cruz, Balsa Mindanao SMR, Panalipdan SMR, Dayang Yraola, Adjani Arumpac, Julius Matibag and Tudla Productions
It was Santiago who clarified in an interview with Radyo Inquirer Wednesday that the P250,000 in cash gift that Enrile gave to all senators for Christmas was different from the P1.6 million given to each of the 18 senators.
They were Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto, Panfilo Lacson, Manuel Villar, Joker Arroyo, Edgardo Angara, Franklin Drilon, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Sergio Osmeña III, Teofisto Guingona III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Ramon Revilla Jr., Francis Pangilinan, Gregorio Honasan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Santiago said this meant that the 18 got “nearly P2 million each as Christmas gift, ha? Sarap ng senador!”
Congestion means overcrowding. In simple terms, there is too much in too little space or time. To avoid congestion one can either increase space or time, or reduce whatever is taking space or time. In introducing K to 12 to the Philippines, the Department of Education made the claim, "...the sad state of basic education can be partly attributed to the congested basic education curriculum." A closer examination of DepEd's K to 12, however, reveals not a decongestion, but a reduction of instructional hours across the first ten years of education.
Here are the changes for elementary school:
There is a reduction in both languages and mathematics of about 10 percent in instructional time. Below are the changes in secondary school:
Here, the decrease in instructional hours is even greater. Science, for instance suffers a 33 percent reduction. Adding two years to basic education may indeed look good on paper as a way of decongesting the curriculum. However, if the first ten yea…
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
With the new K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines, various tracks are now offered in the last two years of basic education. The various options available obviously make it possible for students to find themselves later unprepared for the courses they decide to take in college. A student, for instance, who finishes the accounting business management (ABM) strand in the senior high school academic track, is now required to take additional courses if the student chooses to enroll in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major in college. These additional courses which are now called "bridging programs" are either taken during the first year of college or over several weeks in the summer before college starts.
There are bridging programs in the United States, but these are different from the ones that are now appearing in colleges in the Philippines. In Coldwater High School in Michigan, for example, the "bridging program" is an option for students…