DepEd to provide for monthly connectivity, communication expenses of employees

DepEd to provide for monthly connectivity, communication expenses of employees
In this July 21, 2020, photo, teachers at Jose dela Peña National High School in Marikina City attend a training session on e-learning in preparation for the coming opening of classes.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education on Tuesday announced its intention to fund the connectivity and communication expenses of both its teaching and non-teaching staff. 

In a memo posted to Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua's Facebook page, the agency said it is "preparing for the provision for monthly connectivity and communications expense from the major telecommunications companies for employees across the Department." 

"In order to qualify for the provision for connectivity and communications expense and to determine the appropriate quantities, all regional , division and school employees (teaching and non-teaching) are tasked to register and update their information in the DepEd Commons," it further said. 

Kasalukuyang pinaghahandaan ang posibilidad ng pagbibigay ng buwanang probisyon para sa connectivity at communications...

Posted by Alain Pascua on Monday, September 14, 2020

The department added that the deadline for registration is on Sept. 21, 2020, at 12:00 p.m, less than a week from today. 

"Only those who have registered and activated their accounts will be qualified as beneficiaries of the connectivity and communications expense," DepEd said. 

As of this writing, the department has not yet disclosed how much its employees may receive per month once the fund is implemented. 

The memo further directed all those with questions regarding the DepEd Commons account activation to contact commons.helpdesk@deped.gov.ph. 

"For queries regarding DepEd email address issuance, contact your respective Information Technology Officers (for School, DO, and RO personnel) and support.accounts@deped.gov.ph (for CO Personnel)," it added. — Bella Perez-Rubio

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LATEST UPDATE: September 13, 2021 - 12:18pm

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Photo: Students wearing protective face masks have their temperatures taken while entering their college campus in Manila on January 31, 2020. AFP/Ted Aljibe

September 13, 2021 - 12:18pm

Classrooms in the Philippines were silent Monday as millions of school children hunkered down at home for a second year of remote lessons that experts fear will worsen an educational "crisis".

While nearly every country in the world has partially or fully reopened schools to in-person classes, the Philippines has kept them closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN says.

President Rodrigo Duterte has so far rejected proposals for a pilot reopening of primary and secondary schools for fear children could catch COVID-19 and infect elderly relatives. 

"I want to go to school," seven-year-old Kylie Larrobis told AFP, complaining she cannot read after a year of online kindergarten in the tiny slum apartment in Manila she shares with six people.  

"I don't know what a classroom looks like — I've never seen one." 

Larrobis, who enters first grade this year, cries in frustration when she cannot understand her online lessons, which she follows on a smartphone, said her mother, Jessielyn Genel. 

Her misery is compounded by a ban on children playing outdoors. — AFP

March 22, 2021 - 3:13pm

The Department of Education (DepEd) Benguet has identified at least 17 schools for the pilot testing of face-to-face classes for the fourth quarter of the year.

DepEd Benguet Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Gloria Buya-ao confirmed the testing of the limited face to face classes.  She identified Lanipew Elementary School and Tacadang Integrated School in Kibungan; Naguey Elementary School in Atok; Kayapa Elementary School in the boundary of Benguet and Nueva Viscaya; Otbong Elementary School in Bokod;  Amgaleyguey Elementary School in Buguias; Tonglo-Carino Elementary School also in Buguias; and Oyusan and Ja’pa Elementary School in Atok.

Other schools identified were Beckes Pol-oc Primary School;  Beckes Pol-oc Primary School, Busoc Primary School, Mario laruan elementary school and Pasdong Elementary School in Atok;  Gadang Elementary School in Kapangan; Baayan Elementary School and Bilis Elementary school in Tublay. — AFP

December 26, 2020 - 6:24pm

President Rodrigo Duterte announces that face-to-face classes in certain areas are cancelled due to reports of a new coronavirus strain.

November 30, 2020 - 3:01pm

International students have arrived in Australia for the first time since the country shut its borders to curb coronavirus in March, with a charter flight touching down in Darwin on Monday.

Australian universities have been leaking cash due to the country's indefinite border closure, which has locked out foreign students who keep the billion-dollar sector afloat.

A plane chartered by Charles Darwin University (CDU) carrying 63 international students arrived in the northern city of Darwin as part of a pilot programme aimed at kickstarting the higher education industry.

The students — from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia — travelled to Singapore to catch the flight and will now spend 14 days in a government quarantine facility.

The mix of new and continuing students are enrolled across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including law, nursing and engineering. — AFP

November 26, 2020 - 12:07pm

The University of the Philippines will implement a 'no-fail' policy for the current semester, the Office of the Student Regent announces.

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will release guidelines for the policy, where no grades of "4" (Conditional)  or "5" (Fail) will be given.


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