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Bongbong Marcos’ Tough Answer to Student Activists


By: Elena Grace Flores

Manila Bulletin Online
[VIDEO]: Bongbong reveals Sara’s preferred Cabinet post

Education Secretary

Presumptive president, Bongbong Marcos reveals that VP Sara Duterte prefers to be the Secretary of Education in his Cabinet. The announcement is very timely. Student activists flood the streets of some areas in Manila. They want to contest his presidency. These groups are afraid that alleged brutal incidents during his father’s time would happen again. It is, however, baseless.

A Challenging Job

The job of a Department of Education Secretary is very challenging, said Bongbong Marcos. He appreciates his VP’s willingness to accept the offer right away. She’s the first nominee in his cabinet. He sits down with experts in various fields every day. Especially in finance, agriculture, energy, and other sectors. There would be daily updates.

Pandemic Recovery

The economic czars are very important to be able to facilitate the pandemic recovery. Since more than 31 Filipinos are happy with Uniteam’s unity message, they would come from different parties. For as long as they are the best in their field. This is the same with the other sectors. No more political colors.

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Education: Robredo’s Bachelor of Laws & Marcos’ Social Studies Special Diploma


By: Elena Grace Flores
ANC 24/7

Degree in Education

Outgoing VP Leni Robredo took up her degree in Law from the University of Nueva Caceres in 1990. This is after graduating from the UP School of Economics. She graduated on March 21, 1992. That is clear-cut knowing the education system of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos studied in the UK. In the ’70s the country has not adapted to the international standard yet. But he was admitted to Oxford. The school for the best students ins the UK. Despite being a foreigner there. Then he successfully got the Special Diploma qualification. Education-wise, his achievement is above average.

Why Special Diploma?

Foreign studies in the UK likely opt for a special diploma. That leads to a graduate degree to save time. This means that the bachelor’s degree academic requirements are taken in just two years. They are compressed from the 3-year course. One must be a qualified bright student to be able to do this. In Marcos’ case, he took up Social Studies where Social Science is highlighted. This is necessary for his Political Science agenda as a politician. He did not finish his Graduate Coursework in Business Administration at Wharton because he won as Vice Governor in Ilocos Norte.

Special Diploma is Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree

Oxford’s special diploma is not a vocational degree. In fact, academically, it is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree. Especially during Marcos’ time. At least at this prestigious university. Now, it is taught at a graduate level. So, it is a bit complicated to compare apples with oranges in education. Although, the character and speech show it all. Therefore, watch what they say.

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Education System Adjustment: Senator Imee Marcos to DEPED Secretary Briones


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Imee Marcos

Sen. Imee Marcos interviewed over Radyo Agila hosted by Laila Tumanan and DepEd Usec Antonio Umali

No One Size Fits All

Give the authority to decide to the different school boards nationwide for education, Senator Imee Marcos said. There’s no one size fits all. One city’s educational needs and capacity differ from another. Internet learning is not reliable at this time. Many do not have access at all. Radio and TV systems can’t pin down learners and they need programs conducive to the curriculum. There are budget constraints also. It is better to just identify a learning center that students can go to at flexible times to get the materials and other tutorials necessary for each learner, added Marcos.

Localized Strategy

Take the pandemic as an opportunity to instill independent learning appropriate to the interest of the student. The school gives guidelines and the student can research according to what one needs to learn according to the chosen interest or career path. Memorization exercises must not be a priority. It’s the experience of how to think in making the best out of the situation that matters, Marcos explained.

Defer Face to Face to 2021

Revisions on the law are already undertaken. It’s now the call of the Department of Education to move the opening of classes next year instead of August 24. The realization of the blended systems of online and module strategies is still unknown. This is a trial and error strategy for Education Secretary Leonor Briones. She might be confident to fulfill it as per the schedule but the rest of the local schools are still clueless on how to implement it. This change in the education system simply needs time.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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This Truth Hurts from Senator Imee Marcos on Education


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Kelvining’s Corner

In reality, most teachers took education because it’s the cheapest degree. It’s not their first choice, according to Senator Imee Marcos.

Truth Hurts on Education

Passion is needed to be successful in any field. The Philippines’ education is not an exemption. This is seldom the case if the teaching profession is only an alternative choice for most of the country’s teachers. However, they are a few who display their life skills during the pandemic. One is a teacher who resorts to online selling to survive the crisis. Senator Marcos is right that it is hard to find a committed teacher but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. However, these few educators often struggle to influence their peers. Let alone their superiors because of the current system. Flexibility is not an option.

Life Skills

The senator explains that life skills are essential in the development of children. Thinking, interacting, managing, and leadership enhancements are crucial for nurturing a dynamic workforce in the country. The system must equip the current teachers with the resources for them to serve as models to their students.

Bashing Imee Marcos

Some media that are in favor of the opposition can only interpret Marcos’ statements as blaming the teachers. Senator Marcos’ theories are not mere speculations but are the procedures of the current emerging digital industries. Without the capabilities that she mentioned, it would be impossible to innovate. Filipinos must adapt to the changes quickly because those who can’t be simply left behind.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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No Quick Fix: Senator Imee Marcos Suggests an Education System for the Long Haul


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Imee Marcos

Sen. Imee Marcos attended the virtual hearing on Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture

No Quick Fix, Please

Senator Imee Marcos attends the virtual hearing by the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture yesterday recently. It is to discuss the opening of classes for the school year 2020-21. She hopes that the new education system would be for the long haul and not just a quick fix.

Amending RA 7977 for the Long Haul

Senator Marcos clarifies to the officials of DepEd that the Senate is ready to amend the law. This is to defer the school opening. She reminds them that August is the start of the rainy season in the Philippines. The children’s safety is also the most important thing to consider during the pandemic. Will they be safe at school in August? Marcos also expresses apprehension that most school children might not be able to cope with online education. This is due to the lack of equipment and poor access to wifi.

The Internet Infrastructure is Not Ready

It is not certain yet that by August, the Department of Health can already assure the people that it is safe to hold classes at a social distancing arrangement. Therefore, online learning must be an alternative to the classroom session. However, the country’s internet infrastructure is not yet ready. In fact, most government websites crashed. These digital platforms are definitely not designed for millions of users, unlike Facebook. She strongly suggests coming up with a new system for the new normal and that is to speed up the digitization of the country’s education system.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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Imee Marcos Reveals Reasons for the Country’s Deteriorating Public Education System


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Imee Marcos
Senator Imee Marcos interviewed by the Senate media

Disappointing PISA Survey Result

Senator Imee Marcos talks to the Senate media as per the video. This is about the reaction of the academic community to the performance of public school students in the PISA survey. The repercussions on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement are also part of the discussion.

Public Education Teachers Need Help

The Senator said that the teachers have many responsibilities aside from teaching. They serve as providers to the needy, psychiatrists to anxious students, and second parents to neglected children. Programs in education must focus on enhancing the abilities and capabilities of educators. They can also do more when they are financially able.

Changes in Public School Learning Needed

The country has the oldest education system in the world. Indonesia and Vietnam are already ahead of the Philippines. Memorizing and multiple choice strategies cannot nurture the mind. Problem-solving does. Parents must also be a part of their children’s school activities. There’s no need to be defensive here, she added. PISA can be wrong but it cannot be denied that the current education in the Philippines needs overhauling. Substantial changes in public school learning are crucial.

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Senate: Bongbong Marcos Proposed the Free Education Bill – Not the Author

By: Elena Grace Flores

The recent fact-checks of some media recently failed a great deal. Half-truths can also be misleading. Bongbong Marcos might not be the author of the Free Education bill but he proposed it. According to the Senate of the Philippines’ 17th Congress website, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. pushed for free college education in all the state colleges and universities in the country. z

YouTube video byElena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Many senators may have claimed to propose such bill but it is already recorded in the minds of the public that Bongbong Marcos initiated it first in 2015.

Support for Public School Teachers

Likewise, Marcos also called for increased support for public school teachers. He said that it is a crucial factor in improving the country’s educational system. Marcos stressed that education is one of the most important services that the government can provide to people. He worked for possible enactment of measures for this during his last term in the Senate but the legislative agenda at that time was not able to accommodate Marcos’ proposals.

Electoral Protest Delayed the Bill

Marcos vowed to continue this quest when he becomes Vice President but his electoral protest against the presumptive VP Leni Robredo is still ongoing. However, his proposal was endorsed and authored by other Senators when he was no longer in the position. The bill becomes a law in August 2017. It aims to provide students from state colleges and universities with free education.

Screenshot of the Senate Press Release

It is actually hard to miss this kind of press release if the objective of a media entity is to tell the truth. It is very clear that the country’s news networks have the hand of anti-Marcos oligarchs. Here’s the screenshot and link of the said Press Release:

The Bill’s Authors and Co-Authors

The authors of the bill signed on January 23, 2017, were Senators Recto, Villanueva, Ejercito, Aquino IV, Gatchalian, Pangilinan, Angara, and Legarda. The bill’s passage into law also shows that other senators were made co-authors. All in all, the bill had 12 authors: senators Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Sherwin Gatchalian, Francis Pangilinan, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Loren Legarda, Leila de Lima, Cynthia Villar, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Richard Gordon.

Aquino-Marcos Feud

The Aquino and Marcos rivalry still exists these days. As one of the co-authors of Marcos’ proposed bill, Bam Aquino receives criticisms in claiming that he is the author of the bill that Marcos initiated. The feud has come a long way and it generally delays the provision of laws that would benefit the general public. Too bad that the mainstream media is more interested in “Who’s Who or Who’s What” than for the common good.