Friday, May 18, 2018


In line with its annual initiative to engage education partners and stakeholders in preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to reactivate the National Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) for School Year 2018-2019 from May 21 to June 8 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd-Central Office in Pasig City.

“The conduct of the OBE will ensure that all our learners are properly enrolled and able to attend school on the first day of classes by addressing problems, queries, and other concerns commonly encountered by our stakeholders at the start of the school year,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones explained.

Under the OBE, the DepEd-Central Office (CO) shall set up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) at the Bulwagan ng Karunugan which shall serve as the information and complaints processing and routing zone for the duration of the project. Likewise, regional and division offices are encouraged to set up a command center to receive and respond to concerns directly from the ground.

Regional information officers and other OBE personnel attended the 2018 OBE National Orientation last May 10 to 11 at the DepEd-CO to capacitate them on how to properly handle and answer questions from the public.

Some of the topics discussed at the orientation include Learner Reference Number (LRN) and Learner Information System (LIS); Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE); Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT); K to 12 Program; enrollment policies; Kindergarten; Alternative Learning System (ALS); Madrasah Education Program; Special Education (SpEd) Program; disaster-preparedness; Child Protection Policy; and teacher hiring, among others.

Mobilizing partner agencies, organizations
Furthermore, to ensure that all school opening concerns will be addressed, including those outside the purview of the Department, DepEd will assemble the OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“We are also working closely with our partners to ensure the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education… Para kapag may concern sa school regarding electricity, o hindi ma-access ang eskwelahan dahil sa sira ang tulay, madali itong maaaksyunan with the assistance of our partners,” Briones said.

The OBE-IATF is composed of the Department of Energy (DOE); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Health (DOH); Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Manila Electric Company (MERALCO); Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS); Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); and Philippine National Police (PNP).

The opening of classes for School Year 2018-2019 in all public schools nationwide is on June 4.

This effort is pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 50, series of 2018, or the 2018 Oplan Balik Eskwela which is available online at #  Source –


A total of 1,373 towns nationwide will benefit from P11.71-billion worth of projects under the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This year, DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano announces that the AM program now includes local bridges, disaster risk reduction-related equipment, rain water catchment facilities, sanitation and health facilities, and municipal drug rehabilitation facility.

“Ang programang AM ay parang Ayuda sa mga Munisipalidad. It is cognizant of the need to further enable municipalities in carrying out functions devolved to them while at the same time, building their capacity towards genuine fiscal autonomy,” explains Ano.

The AM program seeks to equitably assist all municipalities in the delivery of basic services by providing financial subsidy to municipalities for the implementation of their priority programs and projects.

In 2017, the program previously called Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) only covered local access roads, water system projects, evacuation facilities and water impounding projects.

“The DILG is always geared towards responsive governance. The expansion of menu of AM projects is in line with the identified needs of municipalities indicated in their Local Development Investment Plans,” he says.

In DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-61, the DILG Chief points out that while the fund will be released directly from the national government thru the Bureau of Treasury to municipal governments after complying with the requirements of the DILG, municipalities shall be accountable for the overall implementation of AM projects.

He also explains that the release of funds is subject to the compliance of the concerned municipalities with the requirements of the DILG Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, functionality of a town’s Local Development Council, and requisites of Public Financial Management (PFM) systems and adoption of the corresponding PFM measures.

Budget allocation for municipalities is determined based on equal share, fiscal capacity, per-capita share, and share for good performance.

“The deadline for compliance with the requirements shall be until June 30, 2018. Funds for the non-compliant municipalities shall no longer be released,” Ano states.

Transparency of AM projects

According to the DILG Chief, mechanisms are laid down in the guidelines to make way for public information and transparency of AM projects.

Within a month after receipt of the AM fund, a municipal government shall use its own local fund as counterpart in installing a Community Billboard within the premises of its municipal hall and ensure regular monthly updating of the project status in the billboard. A municipality shall also install project signboards at each project location.

A local government is also required to post quarterly reports on its official website for a period of three years.

“Civil society organizations may also actively participate in the implementation by way of Municipal Development Council Project Monitoring, being an observer in the procurement process, and being a third party in monitoring and evaluation,” he says.

Ano warns that projects not implemented in accordance with DILG MC No. 2018-61 including all other applicable laws may result in non-inclusion or disqualification of a municipality in the future national government assistance. #  Source –


1. The Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct the 2018 Brigada Eskwela from May 28 to June 2, 2018 with the theme Pagkakaisa Para sa Handa, Ligtas at Matatag na Paaralan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan. The Brigada Eskwela is the National Schools Maintenance Week, that aims to brings together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.

2. The national kick-off program shall be held on May 24, 2018 at a public school in General Santos City, Region XII as the host. Regional offices (ROs) and schools division offices (SDOs) shall hold a kick-off ceremony to launch the Brigada Eskwela in their respective areas on May 28, 2018.

3. All regional directors (RDs) and schools division superintendents (SDSs) shall mobilize their partnerships focal persons who are the Adopt-a-School Program/Brigada Eskwela coordinators to ensure the effective implementation of Brigada Eskwela in all public elementary and secondary schools and to ensure involvements of the community and local stakeholders.

4. School heads (SHs) shall take the lead role in planning the activities geared on making schools ecologically conscious, resilient, clean, and conducive to learning. Important reminders to SHs in the conduct of this acivity are indicated in Enclosure No. 1.

5. Individuals or groups from the national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), private sector, international organizations and other parties, who or which are interested to help the schools and volunteers, may coodinate with the External Partnerships Service (EPS) of the DepEd Central Office, Education Support Services Division in the ROs, Social Mobilization and Networking Section under the Schools Governance and Operations Division in the SDOs and/or the school principal of the beneficiary school, for guidance.

6. All DepEd employees are encouraged to join the Brigada Eskwela acivities by offering their skills, sharing their time or providing their assistance in-kind and support to public schools near their residence. Interested employees are given two days to do volunteer work on official time, provided that such work is approved by their heads of offices.

7. Teaching personnel are entitled to earn vacation service credits arising from their active involvement in the Brigada Eskwela activity. A complete six-day participation in the maintenance effort shall give teachers a three-day service credit entitlement. For further details on granting service credits to teachers, please refer to DepEd Order No. 53, s. 2003 entitled Updated Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits to Teachers, particularly Item No. l.d Sub-item k.

8. Central office key officials are enjoined to participate in activities related to the implementation of Brigada Eskwela.

9. The schedule of activities for the 2018 Brigada Eskwela implementation is as follows:

Activity Schedule
Pre-implementation Stage of Brigada Eskwela (Assessment of Physical Facilities and Maintenance Needs of the Schools, Resource Mobilization, Organization of Brigada Eskwela Committees and their Orientation on Specific Roles and Tasks, among other activities) January 2 to May 11, 2018
Brigada Eskwela National Kick-off Program and Caravan May 24, 2018
Brigada Eskwela Regional and Schools Division Kick-off Program and Caravan May 28, 2018
Brigada Eskwela Implementation and Monitoring of Schools May 28 to June 2, 2018
Submission of Consolidated Brigada Eskwela Accomplishment Reports by the Regional Coordinators to the External Partnerships Service July 30, 2018
Regional Selection and Deliberation of Brigada Eskwela Awards Candidates July 2 to August 3, 2018
Submission of Final List of School Candidates as Brigada Eskwela National Awardees to External Partnerships Service, including the submission of rating sheets reflecting the ranks and scores of the awardee -candidates On or before August 31, 2018
Conduct of Brigada Eskwela Regional Awarding Ceremony Within October 2018
Conduct of Brigada Eskwela National Awarding Ceremony Within November 2018
10. To implement the selection process in the Search for Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing Schools effectively, DepEd hereby issues a set of criteria, and details of which are provided in Enclosure No. 2.

11. The school principal and school coordinator of the Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing Schools shall receive a certificate of recognition, which they can present when they apply for promotion, based on the existing hiring and promotion guidelines.

12. The SHs shall make the Brigada Eskwela program not just a tool for improving school facilities but also as a catalyst for achieving a higher learning outcome for the school. Brigada Eskwela Plus will be the mechanism to elevate the level of awareness and participation of education stakeholders in improving the quality of education. The implementation of Brigada Eskwela Plus will focus on the following three key activities:

a. School maintenance activities throughout the school year,

b. Community-led effort to improve student participation and reduce dropouts or to enroll the learners in the Alternative Learning System (ALS), and

c. Community-led effort to improve student performance.

13. All Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame Awardees shall implement innovative and community-led efforts to improve student participation and performance. The best practices on the implementation of a year-long Brigada Eskwela Plus shall be used as inputs in crafting the operations manual of the Brigada Eskwela Plus.

14. Among the Hall of Fame Awardees, each region will select one Brigada Eskwela Plus Most Sustained School Award. The details of which shall be contained in a separate issuance.

15. For more information, contact Mr. Roily V. Soriano, External Partnerships Service, Ground Floor, Teodora Alonzo Bldg., Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City at telephone nos.: (02) 638-8637, (02) 638-8639, (02) 635-9996, or email at #  ADAPTED/DepED Memoranda

Thursday, May 17, 2018


So much has been said against the program to introduce the use of hybrid rice seeds to improve rice production.

In fact, we in the Department of Agriculture have been accused of promoting hybrid seeds because we are financially gaining from the program.

To those accusing us of corruption in the seeds procurement, my response is: prove it or better still show us how it is done because I believe you are the experts in corruption and conflict of interest transactions.

Here is the real reason why we are promoting hybrid seeds, this story of a farmer who set the record of highest harvest of 16.63-metric tons per hectare.

Compare that to the national average of only 4.38-metric tons per hectare.

In the hybridization program, we are not even targetting 16 metric tons but just a conservative 6 metric tons per hectare per harvest.

We are not also promoting a specific brand of hybrid seeds because rice seeds are area-specific, meaning a rice variety that performs well in Isabela Province may not perform well in Iloilo or Cotabato.

Besides, there two kinds of hybrids: the commercial hybrid seeds produced by private agricultural companies and the public hybrids developed by PhilRice which are grown by private seed growers.

Both hybrids perform very well but commercial hybrid seeds are more expensive costing up to P5,000 per bag for one hectare while the public hybrids range from P2,000 to P3,000.

With a total harvested area of 4.9-million hectares, a 2-metric ton increase in yield per hectare would mean an addtional 9.8-million metric tons in production of rice.

When milled with a recovery of 65%, that would mean an additional rice supply of 6.7-million metric tons.

Our national rice supply deficiency is only 500,000 metric tons. # Reprinted/Manny Pinol


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Naaramid ti panagmiting dagiti pannakabagi ti nadumaduma a sektor a mangbukbukel iti Municipal Agriculture  and Fisheries Council (MAFC) ti ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur nga idauluan ni MAFC Chairman Rogelio C.  Barlolong,  Presidente. Naangay ti miting iti   Rizal Park, Barangay Rizal, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur iti Mayo 17, 2018.

Kalpasan ti Opening Prayer, naibasa ti linaon ti Minutos iti napalabas a miting ti MAFC. 

Kalpasan a maibasa ti Minutos ti Miting, nagsarita ni  MAFC President Rogelio Barlolong ket inulitna a bininsa/inlawlawag dagiti napagsasaritaan iti napalabas a miting ket kalpasan a maanamongan iti kaaduan, naideklarar a pinal ken naaprobaranen  ti  Minutos.

Dagiti  nataming: 

1.Pannakaited ti importansia kadagiti Seed Growers ti ili a Cabugao tapno maorganisar ken masanay-da para iti produksion ti bin-i a para kadagiti makasapul iti ili iti panawen ti panagtalon.
2.Pannakabukel ti 5-Man Committee Member iti MAFC nga aprobaran ti Municipal Council ket maaddaan dagitoy  iti bileg  ken karbengan a mangmonitor/imbentario  kadagiti makinaria a sanikua dagiti Asosasion a naikkan.
3.Maipaloap ti ited ti Munisipio  a bin-i ti pagay kadagiti mannalon para iti Wet Season 2018.
4.Naballigi a napagnanamingan dagiti dadduma a naidatag nga Agenda ken pakaseknan dagiti Opisiales ken iti Asosasion nga ibagianda  agingga a nag-adjourn ti miting iti 11:00am  ti aldaw.

Dagiti Opisiales ti MAFC para iti Tawen 2016-2019:

Chairman – Rogelio C. Barlolong
Vice Chairman (PS)  – Grenalyn P. Amoroso
Vice Chairman (GS) – Robert S. Savella
Secretary (PS) – Jimmy P. Seguban
Secretary (GS) Arceli Antonette S. Racho
Treasurer – Nona Lidia M. Tabaco
Internal Auditor – Joselino S. Carbonel 
P.R.O. – Joselito A. Pablico 

Nabutosan pay ti 10 a Sectoral Committee Chairpersons ken 4 a Working Committee Chairpersons. # (Web In-Action)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Tumultulong ti LGU-Cabugao a mangpataud iti bin-i nga usaren dagiti masapa nga agtalon ita a Wet Season 2018 (Hunio-Nobiembre) babaen iti maar-aramid a distribusion ti  Hybrid Rice Seeds ken Inbred Seeds    babaen iti programa  ti National Government kadagiti mannalon.

Maited ti 13 Bags a Certified Seeds  ken  150 Kilos a Hybrid Seeds a pakaimulaan iti 10 Ektarias kadagiti barangay a mangbukel iti 42 nga Asosasion ti Mannalon iti ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. Nangrugi ti panagiwaras ti bukel babaen iti Municipal Agriculture Office kadagiti mannalon idi Mayo 15, 2018 ket agpatigga  inton  Mayo 17, 2018.

Imbatad ni  Mr. Nathaniel B. Galamgam, AT,  Municipal Rice Program Coordinator nga agtultuloy ti  panangtarabay ti Gobierno Munisipal nga idauluan ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang  dagitoy a programa para iti sektor-agrikultura. # (Web In-Action)


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Tumultulong ti LGU-Cabugao a mangpataud iti bin-i nga usaren dagiti masapa nga agtalon ita a Wet Season 2018 (Hunio-Nobiembre) babaen iti maar-aramid a distribusion ti  Hybrid Rice Seeds ken Inbred Seeds    babaen iti programa  ti National Government kadagiti mannalon.

Maited ti 13 Bags a Certified Seeds  ken  150 Kilos a Hybrid Seeds a pakaimulaan iti 10 Ektarias kadagiti barangay a mangbukel iti 42 nga Asosasion ti Mannalon iti ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. Nangrugi ti panagiwaras ti bukel babaen iti Municipal Agriculture Office kadagiti mannalon idi Mayo 15, 2018 ket agpatigga  inton  Mayo 17, 2018.

Imbatad ni  Mr. Nathaniel B. Galamgam, AT,  Municipal Rice Program Coordinator nga agtultuloy ti  panangtarabay ti Gobierno Munisipal nga idauluan ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang  dagitoy a programa para iti sektor-agrikultura. # (Web In-Action)