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Search for 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino teachers begins

January 19, 2018

PASIG CITY, January 19, 2018 – In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) opens the nominations for the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachers.
The Award aims to recognize outstanding Filipinos who are responsible citizens, exemplary public servants, and agents of positive change in their respective communities.
Four teachers will join three soldiers and three police officers to comprise this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos. Each awardee will receive P1 million cash incentive, a trophy, and a gold medallion. They will also be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones acknowledged the vital role of teachers in instilling relevant knowledge in the minds and honing the skills and talents of all learners, which serve as key ingredients for the betterment of the nation. The Education chief also seconded the message of MBFI President Aniceto Sobrepeña, that by giving them due recognition, the awardees will inspire the Filipino nation to contribute in realizing and achieving our collective task of building a strong and progressive society.
The Search is open to all Filipino educators teaching in the elementary (including kindergarten level, provided it is part of the integrated curriculum or part of an elementary school system), secondary or tertiary level, including graduate school and alternative learning system, with full-time or permanent appointment and with full teaching load.
Nominees must have an average performance rating of at least “very satisfactory” in the past ten years of teaching and must have completed academic requirements for Master’s Degree.
Winners of local awards organized by provinces and municipalities for outstanding teachers are encouraged to join, provided the eligibility requirements are met.
Nominations must come from qualified nominators; self-nomination shall not be accepted nor considered. The deadline for submission of nomination forms is on or before March 1, 2018, through courier to Metrobank Foundation, 4th Floor, Executive Offices, Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil J. Puyat, Makati City.
The nomination form and the detailed guidelines are accessible through the DepEd Memorandum No. 3, series of 2018, or the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos – Award for Teachers, which is available online at You may also visit Metrobank Foundation’s official website at and the Awards’ official Facebook page at for more information.

PASIG CITY, October 26, 2017 – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday moved to ensure that teachers will receive no less than P4,000 as Net Take Home Pay (NTHP) as it prioritizes loan deductions due for the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF).
Teachers’ NTHP threshold shall be safeguarded following the issuance of DepEd Order No. 55 (DO 55), series 2017, or the “Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of P4,000 Net Take Home Pay for the Department of Education Personnel,” signed by Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
“This is one of the Department’s move to protect the interest of our teachers and personnel. We are also examining emergency measures to assuage the situation of those who have been negatively affected by the recent loan deduction,” the Education chief emphasized.
Under the said Order and pursuant to Section 47 of the General Provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 10924, or the “General Appropriations Act of 2017,” contributions or obligations of premiums and loans to the GSIS and HDMF shall be given priority in deductions from salaries of employees. The same primacy shall be accorded to payments for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Secretary Briones, through the Order, as well reiterated the necessity of DepEd Authorized Approving Officers (AAOs) to “exercise due diligence” in certifying and ensuring that the DepEd personnel applying for loans are well aware of their capacity to pay, and of the interests and penalties that they may incur in case of delayed payment.
All DepEd personnel are also reminded to ensure that they have the capacity to pay loans being applied under the Automatic Payroll Deduction System (APDS), while non-mandatory deductions or loans not deducted under the APDS are to be paid by the personnel directly to the respective lenders.
While teachers in public schools receive salaries higher than those in private schools and other sectors of government service, teachers across the country have incurred P178 billion worth of loans from private learning institutions (PLIs) and P123 billion worth of credits due to GSIS as of December 2016.
“Although the net pay may increase or decrease, depending on the GSIS and HDMF deductions, we would like to assure all DepEd personnel that their net pay, which goes to the provision of their daily needs, will not go lower than the P4,000 threshold. With this, we continue to identify and implement measures that will enable our teachers and personnel to manage their finances and retire comfortably in the future,” the Secretary added.


September 25, 2017

PASIG CITY, September 25, 2017 –In her continuous bid to prevent bureaucratic procedures from hampering the utilization of funds and delivery of services to learners and personnel alike, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones conveyed the Department of Education’s (DepEd) readiness to work with the Legislative branch in identifying and reviewing laws and policies that have now become ineffective to the agency’s mandate.
“The problem of underutilization has been going on for how many administrations. It’s also a question of laws which were passed to make things efficient at the time they were passed but at this time now make things inefficient. Laws, procedures, regulations, which paralyze our people, which prevent them from acting because they are afraid [of incurring complaints before the Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman],” the Secretary stressed.
Aside from implementing financial reforms within the Department, Secretary Briones instructed the identification of laws that impede effective budget spending on planned programs and projects, which will be furnished to Congress.
Foremost, Republic Act 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, wherein a review of the alternative modes of procurement in view of the one-year validity of appropriations, may help in addressing bottlenecks in fund obligation. Considering the short validity of appropriations for one year, one of DepEd’s proposals is that negotiated procurement be allowed after only one failed bidding instead of the current admissible two failed biddings.
Also primary consideration for review is Republic Act 8047, or the Book Publishing Development Act, that prohibits the Department from developing manuscripts for textbooks and printing or procuring the printing of such when private publishers are unable to meet the demand.
Another legislation deemed worth revisiting is Republic Act 9258, or the Guidance and Counselling Act of 2004, which limits the pool of qualified applicants (who by law are required to be licensed and to possess a Master’s degree), rendering it difficult for DepEd to fill the items for Guidance Counsellors.
To further promote inclusive education by allowing greater access of marginalized sectors to more learning resources, DepEd proposes more limitations on and exceptions to copyrights by amending Republic Act 8293, also known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Revisiting the law may expand the reproduction and distribution of intellectual property in formats other than print, specifically audio-visual materials to Braille. The limitation to copyright may as well be extended to translations and adaptations of educational materials to the mother tongue of indigenous peoples (IPs).
Other laws that impact on DepEd’s capacity to utilize its funds include: Fair and Equitable Access to Education Act; Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001; Expanded Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education Act; Magna Carta for Public School Teachers; GAA Special Provision on Allocation to PWD Cooperatives of 10% of School Furniture Procurement; Executive Order Directing the Use of Bamboo for at Least Twenty Five Percent of the Desk and Other Furniture Requirements of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools; Tax Reform Act of 1997; Adopt-a-School Act of 1998; An Act Authorizing Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Infrastructure Projects by the Private Sector, and for Other Purposes as Amended by R.A. 7718; Granting Priority to Residents of the Barangay, Municipality or City Where the School is Located in the Appointment of Classroom Public School Teachers; GAA Special Provision on ARMM; and Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013.
Secretary Briones thus reminded, “Bureaucracies resist change, that’s what makes them bureaucracies. Mabagal sila gumalaw, they resist change. . . How do you inspire a sense of courage, a sense of daring? If we want to teach our children to think creative, out-of-the-box solutions, we have to set the standards.”

PASIG CITY, September 30, 2017 – After a close match among five local government unit (LGU) bidders, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones announced that the province of Ilocos Sur will host the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.
The other contenders who placed their bid to host the Palaro next year were: Marikina City; Baguio City and the province of Benguet; the province of Bulacan; and Ilagan City, Isabela.
Following the devised tool in assessing the capability of the LGU bidders to host this national sporting event, Secretary Briones mentioned that all scored relatively close, but the province of Ilocos Sur managed to present and ”package” it better.
The LGU bidders were all assessed based on their readiness and the completeness of their sports facilities, as well as the compliance of these facilities to the international standards. Moreover, the distance of the venues from the billeting quarters, the peace and order in the area, and the support of other LGUs and stakeholders in the locality were taken into consideration.
“We had a group of technical inspectors that visited these LGUs and talagang they scored almost the same. But the province of Ilocos Sur championed the bidding because of its offering on how to make the conduct of the Palaro different for next year,” Secretary Briones said.
Furthermore, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Liaison Office, External Partnerships Service, and School Sports Division Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq. explained that Ilocos Sur was able to articulate how the conduct of Palaro in their province will have an impact not only to their people but to all student-athletes as well.
ASec. Umali also mentioned, “Since Ilocos Sur will have its 100th year celebration as a province, their LGUs will have a lot of special events to be conducted, which our delegates may be able to witness… In the past hosting of Palaro na walang ganitong kasabay na malaking celebration, maaring maging kakaiba ang 2018 Palaro.
“They will also give a chance to our student-athletes to tour around Ilocos Sur, Vigan, for example. Mahalaga rin makita ng mga bata kung gaano kayaman ang ating kultura,” ASec. Umali added.
Under the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10588, the Palaro is recognized as the country’s premier national sporting event where self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry will be fostered. It is also the primary avenue for providing in-school sports opportunities to boost the youth’s physical, intellectual, and social well-being.


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