Teacher Excellence and Recognition

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Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stressed the significance to recognize teachers for their attempts and sacrifices during the “Teacher Excellence – A closer look at the Global Teacher Prize,” organized by Quezon City Memorial Circle on 16 September. Educational Secretary Leonor Magtolis.

Briones discussed the likelihood of competing at global and local contests, such as the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) and the Metrobank Foundation, before respondents from the Central, Regional and School Division, departments and colleges of DepEd.

Naisip ko madami naman tayong teacher na kayang-kaya mag-qualify. Madami naman tayong teacher na magagaling, nag-i-innovate, na naghihirap, na nagsa-sacrifice, walang complaint kung saan man sila naka-assign at saka nagsisilbi sa mga komunidad. At hindi lang iyon, nag-iisip sila ng mga panibagong paraan upang ma-reach anglearners,”

Sec. L. Briones

Organized by the ICO, the forum was designed to encourage GTP Ambassador Advocates in education to exchange know-how, learning methods, methods and assistance schemes with varied learners in education.

The aims of the forum were to increase involvement in GTP and other contests; show best learning methods and to develop the teacher portfolio; share creative approaches to problems relating to schooling; and familiarize themselves with GTP winners and recipients.

The GTP emphasizes the significance and the worldwide recognition of teachers and celebration of their attempts. It also seeks to recognize the effect on its learners and on its societies of the finest educators.

“We must acknowledge excellence and promote it. Those that do stuff, those that innovate, and those that leave the box must be recognized, “added Briones.

Since GTP’s opening in 2015, only four Philippine educators have reached the last top 50.

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Buwan ng Wika Theme 2019

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Buwan ng Wika (Language Month) is celebrated in the Philippines every month of August. This year’s Theme is Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino.

With DepEd Memorandum 094 s. 2019, the department reiterates the following key objectives for Buwan ng Wika celebration:

  1. ganap na maipatupad ang Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon Blg. 1041 s. 1997;
  2. mahikayat ang iba’t ibang ahensiyang pampahalaan at pampribado na makiisa sa mga programang tulad nito na nagpapataas ng kamalayang pangwika at sibiko; at
  3. maganyak ang mga mamayang FIlipino na pahalagahan ang wikang pambansa sa pamamagitan ng aktibong pakikilahok sa mga gawain kaugnay ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.

Banner for tarpaulin printing can be used as below:

To download the DepEd Memorandum, click here.

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2019 Nutrition Month Celebration: DM 082 s. 2019

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DepEd released DM 082 s. 2019 also known as the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration. Dated 08 July 2019, this year’s theme is Kumain ng wasto at maging aktibo… push natin ‘to!

Furthermore, the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration aims to promote:

  1. consumption of healthy food and drinks,
  2. eating and choosing healthy choices regularly,
  3. making healthy eating habit and lifestyle, and
  4. being active and exercising daily.

Consequently, to support this developmental endeavour of the National Nutritional Council, DepEd enjoins all schools to participate in this celebration. However, schools must observe the Engaged Time-on-Task Policy of the department be observed.

On the other hand, if you wish to download the Memorandum and the tarpaulin design:

Download Memo Here
Download Image Here

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FREE Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B

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This free Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B is our response to the tedious tasks underscored with this program. DepEd Order 14 s.2018 may have revised the Phil-IRI process but it did not take into consideration its tediousness.

What is the Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B

The Free Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B are the forms needed to accomplish after conducting the Group Screening Test. Furthermore, the Phil-IRI GST is important in order to determine a whole class’ reading level, and identify particular students who may need more assistance in performing reading tasks.

In other words, it can tell teachers whether students are reading at, above, or below their grade levels.

In addition to that, the Phil-IRI Group Screening Test (GST) is a silently-administered test in both Filipino and English. Each tool is composed of a 20-item comprehension test based on a set of leveled passages for each grade level. The GST covers Grades 3 to 6 in Filipino and Grades 4 to 6 in English. The passages were written and selected based on concept load, level of vocabulary used, sentence complexity, nature of themes and cohesion.

1) Phil-IRI Form 1A: Talaan ng Pangkatang Pagtatasa ng Klase (PPK) sa Phil-IRI

The Phil-IRI Form 1A is for the GST in Filipino. The objectives of completing and submitting this form include the following to:

  1. identify the types of questions(literal, inferential or critical) that each child can answer;
  2. classify the students that are recommended for administration of the Phil-IRI tests,
  3. capture the reading performance of the class, thus design appropriate classroom instruction. This form includes the class list, the itemized scores of the students according to the types of questions answered, and their total score.

2) Phil-IRI Form 1B: Summary of the Phil-IRI Group Screening Test Class ReadingRecord (CRR)

This form has the same content and objectives as the Phil-IRI Form 1A. Phil-IRI Form 1B is for the GST in English.

Video tutorial on how to use Automated Phil-IRI 1A and 1B

Download Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B Here

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Implementation of P5,000 Net Take Home Pay for DepEd Personnel FY 2019

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DepEd issued the guidelines for the Implementation of the Php 5,000.00 Net Take Home Pay for all personnel for FY 2019. This issuance is relative to RA 11260 entitled An Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from January 1 to December 31, 2019 and for Other Purposes.

The Administrative Code of 1987 expressly prohibits deductions from the salaries of government employees for services rendered, unless expressly authorized by law[1]. As an exception, General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) for previous years provided for authorized deductions from the salaries and benefits accruing to government employees, with required order of preference for deductions and limitations that deductions should not reduce the employee’s monthly net take home pay (NTHP) to an amount lower than the threshold stated therein.

Correspondingly, the Department issued guidelines for the implementation of these provisions in the respective GAAs enacted in previous years. The GAA of FY 2019 (RA 11260), incorporating the President’s Veto thereon, provides for the foregoing for the current fiscal year. However, there are notable differences from equivalent provisions in the FY 2018 GAA. 

In order to implement and comply with the applicable provisions in the FY 2019 GAA and the President’s Veto Message on the subject, ensure that teachers receive the mandated minimum monthly NTHP of Php 5,000, and instill discipline in contracting financial obligations from authorized entities, these guidelines are being issued.

To facilitate adjustments in the system and ensure smooth transition, the modifications in the payroll deduction schedule will be made effective in the August 2019 payroll. This is due to administrative and logistical preparations needed, such as extensive and proper communication with all stakeholders and implementers, as well as technical modifications to be made in the payroll program.

Download the DepEd Order here.

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organisations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

In support thereof, DepEd Released DM 078 s. 2019. The Memorandum is as stated below and can be downloaded through the link mentioned.

DepEd Memo 078 s. 2019:

  1. Pursuant to the United Nations declaration dated 7 December 1987 and Presidential Proclamation No. 264, the Dangerous Drugs Board will spearhead the observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) 2019 on June 26, 2019 with the theme Katarungan Para sa Kalusugan, Kalusugan Para sa Katarungan.
  2. The program for the national celebration will be held on June 22, 2019, 2:00 P.M. at the Vista mall Open Parking, Balanga, Bataan. Part of the IDADAIT celebration will be a fun run and Rakrakan Against Drugs, a free rock concert featuring local bands.
  3. The IDADAIT is an annual event observed by United Nations-member countries as an expression of their determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of illegal drugs and drugs abuse.
  4. Office of the Department of Education in the central, regional and schools division offices, as well as schools, are encouraged to promote the event through the following:
    • Putting-up of streamers/banners in strategic areas;
    • Posting of the event and its them in electronic billboards, if any; and
    • Participation of staff to the IDADAIT program.
  5. For more information, please contact the Dangerous Drugs Board through Mr. Rex P. Cammayo through email at [email protected] or mobile phone no. 0939-204-8258 and Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas through email [email protected] or mobile phone no. 0923-204-8258.
  6. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


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Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga Program Implementers (SY) 2018-2019

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The Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga Implementers in Secondary Schools for School Year 2018-2019 is on. This activity is under the Office of the President, through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) which aims to:

  1. Strengthen the National Drug Education Program through BKS Movement established in the schools;
  2. Develop skills and understanding among all school personnel and students in initiating active responses for a drug-free school;
  3. increase community awareness and participation
  4. support and sustain the services in the Barkada-adopted concepts, and
  5. identify best practices of the different BKD Chapters.

All secondary schools with an organized and functional BKD Chapters are encouraged to join the search.

Implementing Rules

The Search for the Outstanding BKD Chapter is open to all secondary schools with organized and functional BKD Chapter nationwide.

Period of Coverage

The Search will cover BKD activities conducted from SY 2018-2019. There will be three (3) levels of searches to be conducted as follows:

  • Division Level – The search will be conducted in June 2019 by the Division Evaluating Team. The winner at the respective Division Level shall be submitted to the Regional Evaluating Team. (Deadline July 31, 2019)
  • Regional Level – The search for the regional level will be done in August 2019 in which the best entry in each region shall be submitted to the National Evaluation Team. (Deadline September 13, 2019)
  • National Level – Two levels of evaluation shall be conducted:
  1. Paper Evaluation – September 16-19, 2019
  2. Field Evaluation – September to December 2019


1. Functionality of the BKD Program on Drug Abuse Prevention in Secondary Schools10%
a. Activities / Timetable10%
2. Coverage and Scope of Implementation15%
a. School-wide implementation10%
b. Community involvement and partnership5%
3. Nature of Extent of Drug Abuse Prevention Activities / Projects Initiated / Implemented / Organized (indicate number and support with documents)30%
(Use of Mass-Media-Print, TV/broadcast, films, slide presentation, exhibits, etc.)
(Integration of drug abuse prevention concepts and BKD components in classroom instruction, organizing seminar-workshops on drug abuse prevention, launching of BKS, seminars, capacity building, etc.)
(Provision of guidance and counseling services, peer counseling, referral services, assistance to student surrenderers if any, etc.)
(Sports / Athletics, Cultural, Income-Generating, Arts and Crafts, Religious Civic, and other Recreational Activities.
4. Extent of Involvement of the Following in Terms of Providing Leadership and Support in Program Implementation20%
a. Students5%
b. Teachers5%
c. School Administrators2%
d. Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)2%
e. Socio-Civic / Religious Organizations2%
f. Government Officials / Agencies2%
g. Non-Government Officials / Agencies2%
5. Attainment of Objectives20%
6. Monitoring and Evaluation Scheme5%

Awards and Prizes

There will be five (5) National Winners, to wit:

  • 1st Prize – Php 50,000.00 + Plaque
  • 2nd Prize – Php 40,000.00 + Plaque
  • 3rd Prize – Php 30,000.00 + Plaque
  • 2 Consolation Prizes – Php 10,000.00 (each) + Plaque

All Regions will submit one (1) Official Entry. It should be submitted directly to the Bureau of Learner Support Services-SHD DepEd Central office. Deadline for submission will be on September 13, 2019.

For more information and to download the Memoranda, please click here.

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Graduation Fee in Public Schools: NOT A REQUIREMENT

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Graduation Fee(s) in public schools is Not a Requirement. Parents and guardians should be keen in understanding that there is a school budget for that.

And wtih the release of DepEd Order 02 s. 2019 version 2, parents clamoured that the announcement was too late. Declaring JHS (Grade 10) Completion merely as a moving-up ceremony and not a graduation rites. Further, DepEd Memo 25 s. 2019 clarified that only grades 6 and 10 should hold graduation rites.

It was discovered that many parents and stakeholders were required to pay graduation fee(s) that included Grade 10 even in public schools.

In fact, under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of public schools, an allocated budget is due for graduation ceremonies. Every graduating student is allocated with Php 250.00.

Hence, there is no need to require parents and guardians to pay for any graduation fee. All public schools must provide a Transparency Board on MOOE in accordance with RA9485 (Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007). In other words, the allocated Php 250.00 per student is for graduation rites expenses only.

For more information on the MOOE Allocated for each public school, please click here.

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We would also like everyone to report any violation of this to the Schools Division Offices. Reports can also be submitted through the 8888-Hotline. Please provide necessary evidences such as receipts before filing a report.

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How to Conduct Smartphone Parental Control (iOS and Android users)

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Today we’re gonna show you “How to Conduct Smartphone Parental Control”. The viral news regarding the attack to our children by these online applications and videos are really alarming! As an educator and a father of a beautiful young daughter myself, this is one concern that we need to do something about. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has reported that it would be difficult for them to totally control or block these harmful applications.

Parental Control

Truth be told, this is the best solution to the problem. But most adults like myself, we can’t be there 24/7 to look into what our kids watch on their smartphones. Thus, the best solution for this would be restriction. Smartphone Parental Control means restrictions. Unfortunately, restricting our children without explaining to them “why” would be difficult. For younger children, those below 10 years old, most of them would be into games and YouTube. As such, the easiest way to deal with restriction – is to actually lock our smartphones to only access games and YouTube (or whatever application that deems beneficial). 

Before moving forward, we would like to stress that OFFLINE GAMES – especially educational games – are better than anything else. While screen dependency is another issue, we will not be addressing that matter. The most important thing is to endorse offline games without the internet generating ads in its content or while usage.

As for other contents like YouTube and other applications, that boils down to your decision making and parental control.

How to Restrict Your Smartphones?

smartphone parental control

We will teach you how to restrict your smartphones to open specific applications that grants your consent only. We will show you methods both for iOS users like iphones and ipads, and android users like Samsung, oppo and etc.

iOS Parental Control

iOS Devices are built-in with guided access security. Thus, iphones and ipads have a more efficient way of keeping your children from accessing other applications. There’s no need to install any third-party apps from the App Store. To restrict your smartphone start by:

1: Going to Settings, General, Accessibility, Guided Access.

2: Turn on Guided Access.

3: Tap Passcode Settings, then tap Set Guided Access Passcode and input your passcode. (Option: You can choose to turn on Accessibility Shortcut).

4: Go back to your Home Screen and choose the application you wish your child to open. For this demo, let’s try YouTube application. Open YouTube. If you click the Home Button, you will return to the Home Screen like so. So let’s Open YouTube again. 

5: Triple Click the Home Button and choose Guided Access.

Now, your device is locked on this application only. Your child will be unable to exit or open any other application except YouTube. If they would wish to play games, they will definitely ask you to unlock the device first before anything.

To unlock, triple click the home button again, and tap on guided access. And enter your passcode. Tap on End which is on the upper left, and Guided Access Ended message will pop-up. 

Android Parental Control

In order to restrict your android smartphones, you need to download a third-party application and run it on your unit. Point of clarification, we are not paid advertisers of this application. We merely tested it and found it to meet our desired objective of restricting application use.

Here are the steps:

1: Download and Install SureLock on your Android Device, and Open it. 

2: Choose the second option, “to prevent device misuse in my enterprise” and press continue. When prompted, press Accept.

3: In the Setup Permissions, choose Activate Device Admin and press Proceed. When prompted again, press Activate.

4: To begin with activation, close all running programs by opening multitask window and close all the  apps.

5: Back at the Home Screen, press the Surelock icon, and choose Set Surelock as Default Launcher. You will be asked to choose the Home App, choose Surelock in the menu, and choose always. Press Continue and wait for the application to load.

6: Access SureLock Admin Settings by tapping on SureLock Screen five (5) times within 3 seconds.

7: On password prompt, enter your SureLock Admin Settings password and tap on Go to Admin Settings.

8: Tap on Allowed Applications and select the application you wish to add. Press Done until you go back to the main surelock screen. 

9: Before you can start the session, tap the permission settings and turn on surelock on the prompt.

Now, your smartphone can only access two applications which are YouTube Kids and Wordscape.

By tapping on the exit button on your screen, you will go back to the surelock home screen only. If you wish to use your smartphone again with all your applications accessible, tap the screen again 5 times quickly. Choose Exit Surelock. Turn off the usage permit access and simply press the home tab.  

YouTube Restricted Mode

Another way of setting a stronger security in YouTube is to turn on Restrict Mode. This method works both in iOS and Android devices. Smartphone Parental Control for YouTube elevates the streaming content on videos. Here are the steps for Android users:

1: Sign in to your account.

2: On the top right, tap menu ( a triple dot vertical icon)

3: Select Settings and go to General.

4: Turn Restricted Mode On.

Here are the steps for iOS Users:

1: In the top right, tap your account icon.

2: Tap Settings.

3: Tap Restricted Mode Filtering.

4: Turn Restricted Mode on by choosing Strict.


We can never battle all these awful content in the internet. But what we can do for our children is to choose what content they have access only. Being able to conduct smartphone parental control prevents harmful content to our kids.

Further, the most important thing is to explain to our children clearly why they should be careful on what they watch or read online. And always tell them to inform you if there’s anything that’s bothering them.

Keeping an open communication with your kids will help prevent all these materials harm them. At the end of the day, our children are still young kids who are dependent to our judgement, guidance, and love.

I hope this short tutorial will be beneficial for you, your family and even your class where you teach using ICT.

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Amended IRR of the CPD Law Effective March 1, 2019

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The Professional Regulation Commission released Resolution No. 2019-1146 s. 2019 also known as Amending Relevant Provisions of Resolution No. 1032 (s. 2017) Otherwise Known as the “Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10912, Known as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016.

With this resolution, the following (beneficial) changes are to take effect.

  1. Professionals working overseas shall not be covered by the CPD requirement. (Section 3: 10.2-a)
  2. newly licensed professionals shall not be covered by the CPD requirement for the first renewal cycle after obtaining their license. (Section 3: 10.2-b)
  3. The various CPD Councils shall reduce the required CPD credit units to a minimum, which shall not be more than fifteen (15), as provided for under applicable laws. (Section 3: 10.2-c)
  4. In-house training programs and capacity-building activities of government agencies and government corporations, including local government units, and private employers shall be accredited and considered as CPD compliance of their employed professionals. (Section 2, pr 3)

However, professionals who executed an Undertaking prior to the effectivity of this Resolution shall only comply with the required number of credit units as amended pursuant to this Resolution equivalent to not more than fifteen (15) credit units. (Section 3: 15.3)

The aforementioned Resolution was signed last 07 February 2019. Copy of this Resolution is available below:

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