Manila education – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:16:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila education – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 DepED probes emitted laptop sold in Mandaue town https://apasl2019manila.org/deped-probes-emitted-laptop-sold-in-mandaue-town/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 17:10:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/deped-probes-emitted-laptop-sold-in-mandaue-town/ The Department of Education is investigating allegations that its agency-issued laptops – already criticized as overpriced – are being sold at a surplus store in Mandaue City, Cebu. DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said the regional education office is also conducting its own investigation after the department received criticism for an audit that uncovered the overpriced […]]]>

The Department of Education is investigating allegations that its agency-issued laptops – already criticized as overpriced – are being sold at a surplus store in Mandaue City, Cebu.

DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said the regional education office is also conducting its own investigation after the department received criticism for an audit that uncovered the overpriced devices.

“Specifically, they check inventories if anything is missing,” Poa said on the sidelines of the National Child Month press conference.

DepEd is also checking who will be held liable if the sale of agency-issued laptops turns out to be true, “depending on whether the culprit is a DepEd employee or the vendor itself,” he said.

In a report from a Cebu-based daily, a laptop labeled under “Buying DCP Packages” was sold for 10,000 pesos, 72% less than DepEd’s contract price of 36,100 pesos for the same unit.

The unit had visible scratch marks where stickers should have been and came with accessories bearing the DepEd’s “Sulong EduKalidad” sticker.

In its 2021 audit report on the DepEd, the Audit Commission reported the purchase of laptops worth 2.4 billion pesos, which were deemed too expensive and “too slow ” due to “outdated” processors.

The DepEd initially gave an estimated cost of P35,046 per laptop, but later accepted the price from the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service (PS-DBM) at P58,300, according to the COA report.

The higher price led to fewer beneficiary teachers for the laptops, from 68,500 to 39,583.

State auditors in the National Capital Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region also found through feedback that the laptops were “too slow because the processor is Intel Celeron, which is outdated.” .

The department purchased public school teachers’ laptops to help them with distance learning, as in-person classes were banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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25 former NPA rebels in Davao “de-radicalized” https://apasl2019manila.org/25-former-npa-rebels-in-davao-de-radicalized/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 17:02:48 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/25-former-npa-rebels-in-davao-de-radicalized/ DAVAO CITY: Twenty-five former members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) have successfully completed a 3-month period of deradicalization and capacity building. Davao del Sur Balik-Loob Task Force Tupad Pangako program activities took place at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center in Barangay Kinuskusan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur after their graduation over the weekend. […]]]>

DAVAO CITY: Twenty-five former members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) have successfully completed a 3-month period of deradicalization and capacity building.

Davao del Sur Balik-Loob Task Force Tupad Pangako program activities took place at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center in Barangay Kinuskusan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur after their graduation over the weekend.

The inter-agency program, now in its third implementation since 2021, aims to deconstruct the “hate” harbored against former rebels, redeem their dignity and reorient them on home economics and family values ​​as part of the general objective of reintegrating them with their respective communities.

The three-month planned activities of the ex-rebels include a psychosocial intervention; interpersonal skills and spiritual enlightenment; vocational and livelihood skills development which includes organic farming, home economics and industrial skills; and Alternative Literacy Program.

Beneficiaries were also registered in the civil registry and received legal papers, including birth certificates.

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Each of them also received starter kits worth 20,000 pesos from the provincial agriculture office.

The closing ceremony took place in the presence of different converging agencies and institutions of the program, including local officials, agents of the Ministry of Interior and local communities, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. , Philippine Crop Insurance Corp., Public Employment Service Office and village officials.

Also present at the event were officers from the 39th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division and local police.


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Villagers: Myanmar army beheads high school teacher https://apasl2019manila.org/villagers-myanmar-army-beheads-high-school-teacher/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 04:58:35 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/villagers-myanmar-army-beheads-high-school-teacher/ KYIV, Ukraine: Russian and Ukrainian troops appeared to be preparing for a major battle on Thursday over the strategic industrial port city of Kherson, in an area that Russian President Vladimir Putin has illegally annexed and placed under martial law.Fighting and evacuations were reported in the Kherson region as Moscow tried to subject the invaded […]]]>

KYIV, Ukraine: Russian and Ukrainian troops appeared to be preparing for a major battle on Thursday over the strategic industrial port city of Kherson, in an area that Russian President Vladimir Putin has illegally annexed and placed under martial law.
Fighting and evacuations were reported in the Kherson region as Moscow tried to subject the invaded country to new missile and drone attacks on critical infrastructure.
Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in the Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions in a bid to assert Russian authority in the annexed areas as he faced battlefield setbacks, mobilization troubled troops, growing criticism at home and abroad, and international sanctions.
The unstable status of the illegally absorbed territory was particularly visible in the capital of the Kherson region, where Russian military officials replaced civilian leaders installed in the Kremlin under martial law which came into force on Thursday to defend against a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

The city of Kherson, with a pre-war population of around 284,000, was one of the first urban areas captured by Russia when it invaded Ukraine, and it remains the largest city that ‘she holds. It is a prime target for both sides due to its key industries and major river port. Reports of sabotage and assassinations of Russian officials based in Kherson surfaced for months in what appeared to be one of the most active Ukrainian resistance movements in occupied territory.
Russian-installed officials have urged residents to evacuate for their safety and allow the military to build fortifications. Officials said 15,000 of an expected 60,000 residents were displaced from the city and surrounding areas on Thursday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said on Thursday that Ukrainian forces had launched 15 attacks on Russian military strongholds in the Kherson region. For his part, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said that Kremlin forces had repelled Ukrainian attempts to advance with tanks on the Khersonian villages of Sukhanove, Nova Kamianka and Chervonyi Yar.
A Russian official based in the region, Vladimir Leontyev, said on Thursday that Ukrainian forces had launched five missile strikes against the Kakhovka dam and hydroelectric power station about 70 km (44 miles) from the city of Kherson. He told Russian television that if the facilities were destroyed, a critical channel providing water to annexed Crimea would be cut off.
Zelensky countered that the Russians had mined the dam and power plant, intending to blow them up in what he called an act of terrorism to release 18 million cubic meters (4.8 billion gallons) and flood Kherson and dozens of areas where hundreds of thousands of people Direct. He told the European Council that Russia would then blame Ukraine.
None of the claims could be independently verified.
Russia’s new military commander in Ukraine this week acknowledged the threat posed by the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson, and the British Ministry of Defense interpreted this on Thursday to mean: “The Russian authorities are seriously considering a major withdrawal of their forces from the area west of the Dnieper.
Putin tried to solve another problem on Thursday, the partial mobilization of reservists which he ordered last month and estimated that it would be completed by the end of this month by reaching his goal of 300,000 troops. He visited a training center in Russia’s Ryazan region to show progress in solving problems with training and supplying newly mobilized troops. Russian television showed him lying under a net in a field, wearing goggles and hearing protection, and firing a gun. A military officer showed Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu soldiers wearing body armor and helmets, along with weapons. The officer displayed winter boots, clothing, cooking utensils and other supplies – all to counter images the Russians posted on social media of shabby or non-existent equipment for newly mobilized troops .
In another sign of Russia’s hesitant mobilization, Ukrainian authorities said more than 3,000 Russians had called a hotline for soldiers who did not want to participate in the war and demanded to surrender.

In other developments:
• Russian forces attacked Ukrainian positions near Bilohorivka, a village in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine. In the neighboring Donetsk region, fighting raged near the town of Bakhmut. Kremlin-backed separatists have controlled parts of both regions for 8½ years.
• Russia continued to attack energy infrastructure, sending drones and missiles to eight regions, prompting authorities to ask residents to reduce their energy consumption from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and turn off city streetlights. They warned of continued power outages on Friday. In Kryvyi Rih, Russian strikes damaged a power plant and another energy facility, knocking out power to the central Ukrainian city of around 600,000 people. Kryvyi Rih is home to metallurgical plants essential to Ukraine’s economy. Governor Valentin Reznichenko said the city suffered severe damage.
• Ukrainian authorities said missile and drone strikes sparked fires in the southern city of Mykolaiv, with four drones hitting a school. Another school in Komyshuvakha, a village in Zaporizhzhia, also suffered four drone strikes.
• The Ukrainian army general staff reported an increased risk that Russian forces could attack from Belarus to cut off supply routes for Western weapons and equipment. Oleksei Hromov, an official at the General Staff, said Russia was deploying planes and troops to Belarus.
• The White House says Iranian troops are “directly engaged on the ground” in Crimea to support Russian drone attacks, troubling evidence of Tehran’s growing role in assisting Russia as it inflicts suffering on Ukrainian civilians just as the cold weather sets in.
• Despite Kremlin – and Iranian – claims to the contrary, a leading Russian military expert has unwittingly admitted that Iran has supplied Russia with armed drones for use in Ukraine. Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a Moscow-based think tank, asked reporters ahead of a TV interview not to ask him about where the drones came from, unaware he was live. . “We all know they’re made in Iran, but the authorities haven’t acknowledged that,” Pukhov said.
• The EU on Thursday imposed sanctions on the Iranian company Shahed Aviation Industries, as well as three generals of the Iranian armed forces, for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine by helping to supply Russia with drones .

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Thousands on strike in France for higher wages – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/thousands-on-strike-in-france-for-higher-wages-manila-bulletin/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:53:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/thousands-on-strike-in-france-for-higher-wages-manila-bulletin/ PARIS, France — Strikers staged rallies across France on Tuesday to demand higher wages in response to soaring inflation, amplifying a protest by refinery workers that emptied gas stations and caused upheavals head to millions of motorists. Demonstrators burn a flare during a protest in Paris on October 18, 2022 after the CGT and FO […]]]>

PARIS, France — Strikers staged rallies across France on Tuesday to demand higher wages in response to soaring inflation, amplifying a protest by refinery workers that emptied gas stations and caused upheavals head to millions of motorists.

Demonstrators burn a flare during a protest in Paris on October 18, 2022 after the CGT and FO unions called for a national strike for higher wages and against the government’s requisition of fuel refineries to force some strikers to reopen fuel depots. Other industry and public sector unions have also announced actions to protest the dual impact of soaring energy prices and headline inflation on the cost of living. Alain JOCARD / AFP

The strike caused less transport disruption than expected, although unions have promised further action against President Emmanuel Macron in the coming weeks, particularly over a hotly contested pension reform.

“It’s a shame that it took lockdowns for something to happen,” said Nadine, a 45-year-old worker in the metal industry who was among more than 1,000 protesters in Strasbourg, in the northeast. east of France.

“But today, if we don’t block anything, nobody listens,” she said.

Among a crowd of some 1,800 marching through the southern city of Montpellier, Magali Mallet, a medical secretary, said she was there because many workers were “living on a knife edge”.

The Interior Ministry said 107,000 people took part in marches across the country, including 13,000 in Paris – a far lower estimate than the 70,000 reported by the CGT union.

Anti-capitalist ‘black bloc’ protesters also joined the demonstration in the capital, spraying graffiti and smashing the windows of a bank and a BMW dealership before being dispersed by riot police.

The ministry said 11 people were arrested in Paris and nine officers injured in clashes with protesters, with four arrested elsewhere.

The wider strike came after workers at several oil refineries and depots operated by energy giant TotalEnergies voted to extend walkouts that are now in their third week.

The blockages have severely disrupted fuel distribution across the country, particularly in northern and central France and the Paris region.

“We are going to ask for a 10% salary increase. With the cost of living and energy costs rising, we need it – there are more and more working poor,” said Laurent Léger, 59, during the Paris march.

– ‘Serious consequences’ –
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said less than a quarter of petrol stations across the country were experiencing shortages, down from 30% previously.

His government used requisition powers to order some of the workers back to fuel depots, a move that has infuriated unions but has so far been upheld by the courts.

But officials are also pushing bosses to recognize wage demands, with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin saying on Tuesday there was “a wage problem” in France and urging employers “to raise wages where possible”. .

Workers have also been on strike in the nuclear power sector, which could hamper efforts to restart reactors for maintenance or safety work.

The electricity network operator RTE warned on Tuesday that “any extension of the social movement” in nuclear power plants would have “serious consequences” on the supply of electricity this winter.

Macron said last week that only 30 of 56 nuclear reactors were online, while the country hoped to have 45 in working order by January.

But French state energy supplier EDF said on Saturday it was postponing plans to return five of the shut down reactors to service.

– Tense autumn? –
Beyond transport and other public sector workers, unions had hoped to squeeze out staff in sectors such as food and health.

The Education Ministry said less than 6% of its workers had walked off the job, although the rate rose to 23% for vocational schools.

The strike could herald a tense fall and winter as Macron also seeks to implement his flagship domestic policy of raising the retirement age to 64 or 65 from the current 62.

Economic pressure partly caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as the failure of Macron’s party to secure an outright majority in June’s parliamentary elections, could also stoke public anger.

A poll by the Elabe group found that one in three French people would be ready to take part in a strike or a demonstration in the coming weeks to demand wage increases in the face of soaring inflation.

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A-List of Top 100 Practicing Lawyers in the Philippines https://apasl2019manila.org/a-list-of-top-100-practicing-lawyers-in-the-philippines/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 16:10:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/a-list-of-top-100-practicing-lawyers-in-the-philippines/ “The main point that distinguishes ordinary lawyers from great lawyers is the way they meet the needs of clients” (Editor’s note: Atty Tranquil Salvador shares with staff and readers of Manila Standard the list of the top 100 practicing lawyers in the Philippines in 2022. The full article can be downloaded fromhttps://law.asia/top-lawyers-philippines/) The easing of […]]]>

“The main point that distinguishes ordinary lawyers from great lawyers is the way they meet the needs of clients”

(Editor’s note: Atty Tranquil Salvador shares with staff and readers of Manila Standard the list of the top 100 practicing lawyers in the Philippines in 2022. The full article can be downloaded from
https://law.asia/top-lawyers-philippines/)

The easing of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a breath of fresh air to the Philippines. The country recorded impressive economic growth of 8.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, further strengthening the recovery indicated by the 7.7% of the previous quarter.

This achievement brings new hope and the new president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, is making a strong signal that he will maintain continuity in economic policy through the appointment of familiar faces to his cabinet.

A former member of the monetary council, Felipe Medalla, succeeded Benjamin Diokno as governor of the central bank, his predecessor being named finance secretary. Both are responsible for fighting inflation and unemployment.

With debt under control, record foreign exchange reserves and economic growth at manageable rates, Marcos Jr inherited a much stronger economy than that of his late father, the dictator toppled in the “people power” revolution of 1986.

Encouragingly, legal reforms in recent months have further liberalized the economy by opening up key sectors to 100% foreign investment.

But while the conflict between Ukraine and Russia is expected to have only a limited direct impact on the trade sector, Philippine authorities are wary of global supply chain disruptions that could impact regional inflation. .

Against this promising and challenging backdrop, Asia Business Law Journal presents the A List of Top 100 Practicing Lawyers in the Philippines. The A-list is based on extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house attorneys in the Philippines and elsewhere, as well as Philippines-focused partners at international law firms.

Almost all A-List lawyers are located in the capital, Metro Manila, reflecting that lawyers want to be closer to serve local and international clients. This metropolis is an economic, cultural, educational and industrial center where lawyers can both network and keep abreast of changing laws.

To understand their clients and their views on what it takes to be a top lawyer in the Philippines, we asked answers from many professionals, experienced in-house attorneys, and corporate legal executives. From these recommendations, we have identified and singled out prominent Filipino lawyers who make up this elite group.

Feedback submitted to Asia Business Law Journal by clients indicates that they are not only looking for lawyers who are highly experienced in their fields and responsive in providing services, but also capable of responding to clients’ needs, reliably guiding their businesses to move forward in times of uncertainty.

Guardian of the company

The resumption of economic growth amid the pandemic has attracted many foreign investors to invest in the Philippines. However, navigating the country’s regulatory framework is no small feat, and many A-list lawyers are praised for their exceptional advice on this matter.

Arlene M Maneja, partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, is congratulated by Mark Rilles, financial controller at upstream oil and gas company PXP Energy in Metro Manila. “She has done an exemplary job with respect to, among other things, international contract negotiations and due diligence for our company over the past 10 years,” says Rilles.

Gavin MacLaren, Senior Partner and CEO of Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne, said: “Maneja was an important senior member of our team who provided invaluable legal support on this unique and challenging case.

“She was clearly trusted by our client and brought insightful knowledge on a wide range of issues based on an excellent understanding of relevant laws and practices.”

Carl Nakanishi, managing director of truck distributor Shacman Motors in Metro Manila, recommends Enrique Dela Cruz Jr, senior partner at DivinaLaw, for his “great knowledge of the law and [he] makes it a point of honor to study the operation of our company. This makes his advice very useful”.

Mariano Agoncillo, general manager of construction company Datem in Metro Manila, has the same high regard for Dela Cruz Jr. “He is very helpful to me in making me understand the legal terms and the law regarding our case.” , says Agoncillo.

“I tend to overreact on questions, but Rick Dela Cruz is always there to guide me and help me with all of my decisions regarding our cases.”

Extraordinary benefits

The main point that distinguishes ordinary lawyers from great lawyers is the way they meet the needs of clients. While good legal knowledge is essential, it is equally important to offer advice tailored to specific needs.

Tranquil Gervacio Salvador III, partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles, receives a boost from Benigno Emilio Ramirez, president and CEO of IT company Doña Alejandra in Metro Manila, for his tailored advice, appointing him as “the best lawyer I have known”.

“He took the time to explain the stakes of the case and he made sure that I understood the consequences of every legal action he takes,” Ramirez says. “He has an excellent command of the law, which makes him a very effective lawyer. I saw his commitment to his work and his attention to his client. His zeal through the years never waned until he got a favorable result.

Reynaldo Casas, president and founder of Advance Renewable Energy in Manila, agrees. “In addition to running an exceptional law firm serving its clients, Tranquil serves multiple organizations as its president is engaged in various industries,” says Casas.

With satisfactory assistance, Rowell Ilagan, Managing Partner at Gargantiel Ilagan & Atanante Law, was highly commended for his professionalism and legal knowledge by Lady Lanie Esquivel, Head of Legal and Compliance at MAA General Assurance in Manila.

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The 4Ps are not enough to solve mass poverty—Salceda https://apasl2019manila.org/the-4ps-are-not-enough-to-solve-mass-poverty-salceda/ Fri, 14 Oct 2022 15:10:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/the-4ps-are-not-enough-to-solve-mass-poverty-salceda/ Albay representative Joey Sarte Salceda spoke Friday about the need to invest in rural development and poor urban communities, saying the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program and other individual and household level interventions “are not sufficient conditions to lift millions of people out of poverty. ” Salceda, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, […]]]>

Albay representative Joey Sarte Salceda spoke Friday about the need to invest in rural development and poor urban communities, saying the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program and other individual and household level interventions “are not sufficient conditions to lift millions of people out of poverty. ”

Salceda, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, made the statement following the release of a 62-page performance audit report on the 4Ps posted on the COA’s website last week. , which indicated that about 90% of active beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are still below the poverty line.

Salceda stressed the need for the government to “review and recalibrate the role of the 4Ps in the government’s overall poverty reduction strategy”.

The report notes that of some 4.2 million active 4P beneficiaries who have been in the program for seven to 13 years, 90 percent, or a total of 3,820,012 households, still live below the poverty line.

“Cash alone is not enough. While it creates virtuous circles in local economies and provides a basic social safety net that allows poor households to take more rewarding risks, money is not enough Money at the individual and family level is not enough,” Salceda said.

“DSWD’s programs to protect families from the worst social and economic conditions were never designed to be self-sustaining. They should always be part of a larger plan to revitalize urban and rural communities,” Salceda said.
“The goal must always be to create better conditions for agriculture, work and entrepreneurship. This means investments in rural and urban development.

Salceda suggested that a convergence plan between key DSWD programs and other government agencies aimed at lifting 4P beneficiaries out of poverty should be put in place.

“I don’t think it’s the DSWD’s job alone to respond to the recommendations of the ACO report when it clearly requires a whole-of-government approach.”

Salceda proposed that the DSWD and other government agencies issue a joint memorandum circular on RA 11310 or the 4Ps Act, to contain the following interventions, in addition to a review of the role of the 4Ps in the overall poverty reduction strategy. government poverty,

• Link programs of 4P Advisory Council members, including DSWD, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Department of Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Land Reform (DAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Education Authority Technical and Skills Development (TESDA), in a more systematic way, with the aim of having more qualified members;

• Include CHED in Advisory Council meetings and integrate higher education completion through scholarships into 4Ps graduation plans;

• Propose community investment, job creation and infrastructure plans for areas with a high concentration of 4P beneficiaries.

“I welcome Secretary Tulfo’s intention to respond to the findings of the ACO report on longstanding 4P issues. The next step is to actually fix these issues, and that will take more than the efforts of DSWD,” Salceda said.

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University links | The Manila Times https://apasl2019manila.org/university-links-the-manila-times/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 16:39:38 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/university-links-the-manila-times/ LINKAGES such as partnerships and/or collaborations between two or more universities or with industry have proven beneficial not only for the constituents of the universities involved, nor for their recruiting communities, but also for the world. Create links ; internet-based. Given the internet age, “travel has become much less expensive to fulfill agreed responsibilities”. The […]]]>

LINKAGES such as partnerships and/or collaborations between two or more universities or with industry have proven beneficial not only for the constituents of the universities involved, nor for their recruiting communities, but also for the world.

Create links ; internet-based. Given the internet age, “travel has become much less expensive to fulfill agreed responsibilities”. The Internet gave birth to social networks. It sparked “unfettered communication” and in performing synchronous and virtual agreements or both. Forming links has never been easier in the internet age. Travel has never been so pointless. “Universities around the world are already looking to make the most of the opportunities this presents by forming global partnerships and fostering relationships with other institutions.” (https://ties-up.com)

Collaborations. “Connecting people, sharing knowledge and opportunities between companies, increasing internal skills, leveraging specialization, and identifying needs and effective advocates” are achieved through collaboration that can internally strengthen one’s institution. (Google, October 22, 2012) In academic research, “collaboration” generally refers to an equal partnership between two academics pursuing mutually interesting and beneficial research. With a scholarship, and using the Internet, they could work on research in a common field or in complementary disciplines. Together, these disciplines enrich the interpretation of acquired data. Students, too, are no less advantaged in their studies through collaboration. They too, especially at the higher level, can form teams with students from partner universities to execute collaborative projects. These projects, facilitated using appropriate communication technologies such as Microsoft Teams, can be learning in a specific discipline or are cross-disciplinary. As Google says, “Microsoft Teams provides a digital space that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together, allowing students to take full control of their own learning. Accessible from any device, Teams is easy to use and encourages collaboration. between teachers and students (Goggle, Jan 22, 2020) Teams is Microsoft’s cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) core that is part of the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suite of apps. Key features of Microsoft Teams include business email, calls, video conferencing and file sharing.

Institutions and industrial collaborations. There are different ways to collaborate with other universities and/or with industry. Detail an academic or a staff member of a collaborating organization to gain new knowledge and skills useful for a university’s curriculum. Having a team of students at a partner university for an agreed period to acquire new knowledge that is solid at said partner university and render this assistance through mutually agreed collaboration agreements. Similarly, have senior business/accounting students experience industry research to learn new methods of collecting data in collaboration with business or industry experts. This collaboration could be attractive for graduates who have become industry experts and recognized by their alma mater to help future graduates. “The experience can be valuable in many career-wise ways, including the potential to make useful connections for future (similar) collaborations, business skills development and more.” (Google, February 18, 2021) “When strategically planned, consistent with a university’s vision, mission, and goals, “collaboration can provide a much-needed — and quick — boost to academic offerings and extracurriculars for schools that lack strengths in certain areas. By emphasizing collaboration, we can define this new era of higher education as one of growth through cooperation” (Google, December 18, 2020) rather than competition.

Academic partnerships. A partnership is a fusion of individual goals for mutual benefit. The creation of partnerships is motivated by “a variety of reasons … that motivate individuals and institutions to do so”. Lefever-Davis, Johnson and Pearman (2007) stress the need “to recognize that partners exist in distinct settings with different roles and expectations. Past relationships, shared goals, and forms of communication all contribute to the formation of partnerships. affect how the partnership is formed and create expectations for partners regarding their roles in the partnership. Ultimately, the success and sustainability of collaboration has its roots in the initial context in which partnerships were formed. (Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education (wm.edu)) Finding a suitable partner university or for-profit or non-profit organization requires knowing the partner well. If possible, make sure that members of your university feel positive about reaching out to said organization. Know the philosophy, vision, mission and objectives of the organization, whether similar or complementary to its organization, because partnerships “begin with the identification of shared objectives and policies”. Determine if the intended partner has a good reputation in the community. That he has no history of funding problems. Make sure both are willing to share resources as needed by the partnership. Also, that both are willing to share the administration and management of the partnership without either taking control of the partnership. Keep this in mind – does partnering with this university/organization bring no harm, but rather a better reputation for his university? The commitment of both parties to the intended partnership is vital to the success of the intended partnership. Its sustainability is important. The objectives of both should not deviate from the original objectives that inspired the creation of the partnership.

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Take away food. The pandemic has led to the closure of some establishments. Meaningful and innovative collaborations or partnerships could resuscitate some of them. By following the desired changes, these institutions can enter into alliances with other types of organizations. Industry Corporate Social Responsibility can be a resource for university partnerships consistent with the philosophy, vision, mission and goals of industry and university. Local governments can join such partnerships, for example for service-learning. These ties “provide the essential infrastructure to solve societal challenges in the best possible way, that is together”, rather than competition. (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/how-universities-can-build-meaningful-collaborations-solve-societal-challenges)

Teresita Tanhueco-Tumapon, PhD, one of the Philippines’ most accomplished educators and experts in the management of higher education institutions, studied at top universities in the Philippines and in Germany, Britain and Japan. She has held senior academic positions at Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan; was appointed by the president after the 1986 EDSA to standardize campus operations at state institutions and served 17 years later as president of SUC. She is the director of the internationalization office and a lecturer at Liceo University in Cagayan. Awards include the CHEd Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, the British Council Valuable Services Recognition Award, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Ministry of Education Award for his initiatives as a pioneer member of the Philippine Teacher Education Council.

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P38M lifted for Kalinga projects https://apasl2019manila.org/p38m-lifted-for-kalinga-projects/ Sun, 09 Oct 2022 12:54:57 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/p38m-lifted-for-kalinga-projects/ TABUK CITY, Kalinga: Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang has been able to procure some P83 million from various government agencies to support the implementation of social programs benefiting the people of the province for this year. Mangaoang, who chairs the House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples, revealed that funds have been fairly distributed […]]]>

TABUK CITY, Kalinga: Representative Allen Jesse Mangaoang has been able to procure some P83 million from various government agencies to support the implementation of social programs benefiting the people of the province for this year.

Mangaoang, who chairs the House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples, revealed that funds have been fairly distributed among relevant government agencies to support the provision of appropriate assistance to address the economic impact. and on employment inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. .

Most of the original fund, amounting to 31 million pesos, is deposited with the Ministry of Labor and Employment to continue the implementation of the government internship program and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa program. Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers.

In addition, some P27 million has been provided by the legislator of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development for regular crisis assistance for people from the seven cities and the only city in the province.

On the other hand, some 22 million pesos have been made available by the Ministry of Health for government medical assistance to indigent patients to meet the health and other medical needs of the people.

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Health facilities where funds have been allocated by Mangaoang include Kalinga Provincial Hospital, Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Institute of Kidney and Training, Philippine General Hospital and Philippine Pulmonary Center.

Mangaoang stipulated that some 3 million pesos have also been made available by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for a special training program for those interested in undergoing vocational training for employment.

He expressed his gratitude to the heads of the various agencies for enabling the provision of the said financial support to the people of Kalinga as this will play an important role in reducing the burden of people seeking assistance to qualify for the different social programs. of the government.

He hopes the funds will be consumed by the end of the year for another wave of funds to be deposited with relevant government agencies for next year once President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. enacts the national budget for 5.26 trillion pesos before the end. of the year.

He admitted that many people come to his office daily to seek the assistance available for their various needs, therefore he asked the heads of said offices to consider increasing the allocation for his social programs so that more people can benefit from the same during the year when the funds are readily available.


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San Juan Public School Teachers Receive Cash Aid, Health Kits Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/san-juan-public-school-teachers-receive-cash-aid-health-kits-manila-bulletin/ Fri, 07 Oct 2022 03:09:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/san-juan-public-school-teachers-receive-cash-aid-health-kits-manila-bulletin/ The San Juan City local government offered financial assistance, health kits and free flu shots to public school teachers in the city on World Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 7. San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, along with other city government officials, led the event at San Juan Elementary School. According to him, 636 teachers […]]]>

The San Juan City local government offered financial assistance, health kits and free flu shots to public school teachers in the city on World Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 7.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, along with other city government officials, led the event at San Juan Elementary School.

According to him, 636 teachers and school staff from the city’s 13 public schools each received P3,000 courtesy of the city government.

“This is our small way of saying thank you to our beloved public school teachers and recognizing their efforts and sacrifices in order to provide a high quality education for our children here in San Juan City,” Zamora said.

They also distributed health kits to beneficiary teachers and school staff containing two gallons of alcohol, two face masks, a spray bottle, an oximeter, a box of vitamin C, an infrared forehead thermometer and a nasal spray.

On August 22, the city of San Juan began full face-to-face classes at all public schools, ahead of the Department of Education (DepEd) mandate to begin full face-to-face classes at all public schools. by November.

Zamora explained that the city was allowed to do so because of its high vaccination rate. He said 265.5% of the target population completed their primary doses and 112.09% received the first booster.

The city government has also set up Covid-19 vaccination sites in all of its public schools to encourage students and their parents to get vaccinated against the virus.

In addition to ensuring high vaccination coverage and protection against Covid-19, the city of San Juan has also stepped up its efforts to give its teachers and students the tools they need to learn and teach.

By November of this year, all classrooms in the 13 public schools in the city of San Juan will be equipped with 55-inch smart TVs and will have Wi-Fi and fiber optic internet in common areas.

Around 7,000 homes of public school students also have a fiber optic internet connection.

“The City of San Juan will work to provide our teachers with the tools to make it easier for them to pass on knowledge to our children. We know their difficult work has been further complicated by the pandemic,” Zamora said.

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When poverty is holy… | The Manila Times https://apasl2019manila.org/when-poverty-is-holy-the-manila-times/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 16:12:35 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/when-poverty-is-holy-the-manila-times/ Painting of Saint Francis of Assisi (1642) by Jusepe de Ribera. PUBLIC DOMAIN VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS LIKE everything human, poverty is ambivalent. This can be the cause of disappointment, frustration and even despair. This kind of poverty cannot be holy. This is also the reason why children die at a young age, that many do […]]]>

Painting of Saint Francis of Assisi (1642) by Jusepe de Ribera. PUBLIC DOMAIN VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

LIKE everything human, poverty is ambivalent. This can be the cause of disappointment, frustration and even despair. This kind of poverty cannot be holy. This is also the reason why children die at a young age, that many do not have the means to pay hospital and professional bills, that many litigants have to be satisfied with lawyers who pay little attention to their cases. This kind of poverty can be holy, but not necessarily.

Francis teaches us how and why poverty is holy. First, the why. Poverty frees a person from the rat race that consumes many lives. It allows a person to rejoice in all that God provides and to be grateful for the smallest blessings. Above all, poverty expands our vision and allows us to see fulfillment beyond material prosperity.

Poverty is not necessarily a life of misery. In Francis’ own life, poverty was real — but it was joyful! An “option for poverty” is an option that can be made by both the rich and the poor. While materially deprived people may be said to have no choice, the fact is that they do. Many poor people spend their days endlessly calculating how to get rich, or whining and worrying about their poverty or envying the rich or worse, plotting various schemes to get rich without much effort. It cannot be holy.

But when someone, rich or poor, embraces poverty, opts for simplicity in life, chooses the path of having less and giving more, when one is ready to use the goods with which one is blessed to contribute to the building the Kingdom, then such poverty is holy.

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Francis teaches us that poverty is not primarily about having or not having much and wealth. It is a disposition of mind—a disposition that seeks to be more in the eyes of God by giving more to God and to others and keeping less to oneself. It’s not “minimalism” – because minimalism is a fad and, like many fads, will pass after it has had its day. It is the strength of a soul that finds its refuge not in what the world regards as sources of security—but in God and His bountiful love!

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Congresses and courses

Whether classes are held face-to-face or online is not for Congress to decide.

Let’s review the case law: De La Salle University v. Court of Appeal (2007). According to current case law, academic freedom encompasses the independence of an academic institution to determine for itself: 1) who can teach; 2) what can be taught; 3) how he should teach; 4) who can be admitted to studies.

There is nothing new in that. This is the classic Frankfurter judge.

Another case: Camacho v. Coresis (2002). The issue here was precisely whether a university could legitimately award a degree to a student who had never physically attended classes with other students. And the court ruled: “Institutional academic freedom includes the right of the school or college to decide for itself, its aims and objectives and the methods of how best to achieve them, without coercion or outside interference, except possibly when the overriding public welfare calls It includes the freedom to determine for itself on academic grounds: who can teach, what can be taught, how it should be taught, and who can be admitted to study. the school to confirm and validate the teaching Dr. Daleon’s method is immediately apparent in the third freedom, that is, how it should be taught.”

Whether a university organizes courses physically or online, through lectures, through modules, through group discussions, through seminars or any other method is a matter of academic freedom.

In other words, Congress doesn’t have to tell universities and colleges that they have to have face-to-face classes. This violates their academic freedom.

In short, a university may even choose – as in some overseas universities – to require a student to complete a reading list and then be vetted on the readings. It’s all about “how” to teach — and it’s clearly academic freedom!

For the enlightenment of our legislators!


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