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4,000 PH schools receive plastic chairs

IN a span of two years, Philippine Senator Cynthia Villar on Wednesday said a total of 4,145 school chairs made of recycled plastic wastes were distributed to different schools in the country.
Villar said through Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), they were able to contribute to the drive of reducing plastic by recycling the wastes into a more useful form. The drive is being highlighted with the celebration of July 3 as the International Plastic Bag Free Day.
A staunch environmentalist, the senator noted that plastics remain as the most common trash, as her monthly clean up activity at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA) would show.

PH senator seeks suspension of K to 12

PHILIPPINE Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes, together with Magdalo Partylist Representatives Gary Alejano and Francis Ashley Acedillo, on Wednesday, filed a petition with the Supreme Court, calling for the suspension of Republic Act 10533 or the K to 12 Law, which would add two additional years in high school.
In a Petition for Writ of Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order, Trillanes pointed out that the law failed to comply with the 1987 Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people and their organizations to consultation and participation at all levels of social, political and economic decision-making. The Petition emphasizes that no representative from the people most affected by the program, particularly students, college instructors, teachers and non-academic personnel, was invited to participate, or share their views and opinions during crafting of the law.
Trillanes, the sole negative vote during K to 12 Law deliberation in the Senate, added that the said law must be suspended until an adequate and comprehensive study on the impact and effects of the implementation of the said program, particularly on the already impoverished sectors of our society – the parents, the teachers, and our youth, can be undertaken.
“These effects of K to 12 include the mass termination of teachers and non-academic personnel of schools, particularly of college instructors, whose services will have to be terminated because there would be no incoming college freshmen for at least two (2) years as a result of the impending implementation of the K to 12 Program.,” the senator said
Alejano, on the other hand, emphasized: “This is not just a simple restructuring of our education system. We are talking about the future of this country. Why risk it for a program that is likely to fail? We will do our best to suspend this Program.” Trillanes and the Magdalo, together with the Coalition for K to 12 Suspension, will hold a massive protest against the program on May 9, Saturday, at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.
Acedillo urged: “I call on our countrymen, our parents and teachers, who also believe that the country is not yet prepared for K to 12 Program, to join us on Saturday in sending our message to the authorities, especially to President Aquino and our justices in the Supreme Court, that the people do not want this Program.”

Philippines approves use of sign language

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a proposed law requiring the use of Filipino sign language insets for local news programs in the Philippines.
Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and with an overwhelming 208 votes, the plenary approved House Bill 1214 aimed at amending Section 22 of the Republic Act (RA) No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities.
Under the measure, television stations are mandated to provide Filipino sign language insets.

Learning spaces in 3 Philippine towns

THE Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened this week five temporary learning spaces in three Leyte towns as operations of schools in typhoon-hit areas official commenced on Monday.

The temporary classrooms are located at Palo 1 Central School and San Joaquin Central School both in Palo towns; San Roque Elementary School in Tanauan; and Daniel Z. Romualdez Memorial Elementary School and Tolosa National High School, both at the municipality of Tolosa, according to Leyte schools division superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo.

Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa are among the worst hit areas of typhoon Yolanda.

‘I don’t belong to this society’


WHAT’S wrong with being black? Is it a sin to be born dark? What is meant by racism? What strict and precise definition does it hold? What are its implications on a country dominated by white or fair-skinned people? Why are they being driven away from the mainstream of society, where they also belong? Like the United States of America, racism also exists in many parts of the world. And the Philippines is among these nations that subscribes to this inhuman practice. One case in point is Tajil, a friend of mine, whose roots belong to the Manobo Tribe in Southern Philippines. Standing five feet with kinky hair, he’s dark-skinned and speaks a regional dialect.