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Jan 12 2008

The MSU SASE Results SY 2008-2009

Recently, one of the top keyword searches in this blog is “sase result”. These searchers were looking for the MSU SASE results for SY 2008-2009, given last August 25, 2007, but they are brought to my “MSU-IIT IDS and SASE Results” for school year 2007-2008 post, so I feel obliged to post the results here. The results have been released on the second week of December 2007

The Mindanao State University SASE (System and Admission Scholarship Exam) is a non-negotiable requirement for all forms of admissions, scholarship and study grants in the MSU System. The Exam is administered once a year, during the First Semester, for graduating high school students who want to enroll in the University the succeeding year.

Go to the MSU SASE page to see if you passed.
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Jan 12 2008

Sulu To Send Muslim Clerics, Students Leaders On Education Tour In Malaysia, Saudi

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan prays with other Muslims in Patikul town. Tan says he will send student leaders and Muslim clerics on educational tours in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia as part of a local government program aimed at enhancing their knowledge on Islam and Shari’a law. (Mindanao Examiner Photos/Nickee Butlangan and Mark Navales)

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 12, 2008) — Muslim clerics in the southern Philippine province of Sulu hailed a proposal to send selected clergies in other Muslim and Arab countries as part of a local education program.

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, the proponent of the program, said sending ulama in countries like Malaysia and Saudi Arabia will further enhance their knowledge of the shari’a law, including philosophy, dialectical theology or Quoranic hermeneutics.

Usually, the fields studied and the importance given them will vary from tradition to tradition, or even from seminary to seminary.

“We will send the ulama to an education trip to further expose them and enhance more their knowledge of Islam, the shari’a and other fields,” Tan, himself a religious man, told the Mindanao Examiner.

The ulama in most nations consider themselves to represent the ijma (consensus) of the Ummah (community of Muslims) or to represent at least the scholarly or learned consensus. Many efforts to modernize Islam focus on the reintroduction of ijtihad and empowerment of the Ummah to form their own ijma.

In a broader sense, the term ulama is used to describe the body of Muslim clergy who have completed several years of training and study of Islamic sciences, such as a mufti, qadi, faqih or muhaddith.

Aside from the ulama, Tan said he will also send dozens of Muslim high school and college student leaders in Malaysia for an education tour where they would visit different schools and meet with other student leaders.

“The tour will give our students an opportunity to see and observe the educational system in Malaysia and mingle with Malaysian students and we can even propose or start an exchange program between Sulu and Malaysian students,” Tan said.

Education in Malaysia broadly consists of a set of stages which are Pre-school, Primary Education, Secondary Education, Tertiary Education and postgraduate studies. In 2003, Malaysia introduced the use of English as a medium of teaching in all science subjects.

Tan said the Sulu provincial government will spend for both the ulama and students education program which will begin this year.

“This is good and we long wanted to travel to other Muslim or Arab nations and observe the implementation of their respective shari’a law and other Islamic scholarly issues,” one Muslim cleric, who identified himself only as Ustadz Mohammad, said.

Tan, a known philanthropist in the southern Philippines, urged students to excel in their academics and pursue their goals so they can be a responsible citizen and future leaders of the province.

“Education is very important and only through education that we can help not only our family, but the government as well by becoming more responsible and a partner in nation building,” Tan, a former congressman, said. (With reports from Nickee Butlangan and Mark Navales)

Jan 03 2008

Web Safety Tips for Teens

Internet users, especially the teens, nowadays are vulnerable to malicious acts in the web such as online frauds and scams, pornographic sites and others.

Here are some of seven web safety tips from Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan for teens for a friendly internet environment:

1. Never post personal information online.

2. Don’t put strangers on your buddy list.

3. Don’t post potentially embarrassing images of yourself online.

4. Remember that anyone can read blogs.

5. Communicate only with friends and family.
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Dec 02 2007

Going for overnight recollection tonight

Tonight i will be going for overnight recollection tonight with my co-major, Entrepreneurs 3rd year. This is part of the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of the Ateneo de Davao University which will be spearheaded by the AdDU Campus Ministry. It ask us to actively participate in the overnight recollection which is a time for recollection, […]

Dec 02 2007

CHED Student Loan Plans

Do you know that theres available loans for the students in the Philippines? If you need extra money to cash in for your tuition fees and other miscellaneous fees because you are just poor, theres a student loan plan from CHED. Starting next school year, funds for the student loan program of the government will […]

Nov 26 2007

more issues on Philippine education

the second part of mike luz’s article came out of the inquirer today. this time, it discusses in detail the concerns on teachers’ salaries. while it is true that elite private schools are able to provide a relatively competitive wage scheme for teachers, smaller private schools are the opposite. something i have experienced myself when i was still a jesuit volunteer in bukidnon. my partner and i were assigned in a small Catholic school there. i received a salary ofP3,200.00 a month. at that time, i thought of that amount as «wow! saya.» because my previous assignment in mindoro was just P1,500.00. after a while though, i began to realize it was okay for me because i was only taking care of myself in a far-flung town where the money i earn just goes to my snacks and coke. but how about other teachers who have families to take care of? i chanced upon the payroll one time and saw that the principal of the school was only receiving P5,600. dang. for the headache of running a school of 2,000 students. my. and even those who are single teachers could barely make ends meet as they would often share what they earn with their families.no wonder there are a lot of teachers who’d rather work as domestic helpers abroad.the third part of the series will come out tomorrow. i’m pretty excited about what mike luz has to say about parent education. for the last four years that i have been with assisi, i’ve come to realize how important it is to involve the parents in the education of their children. parents, especially those in poorer communities, tend to put all the responsibility of their child’s welfare in the hands of the school. a fact, that we urban-raised people, know is untrue. parents play a crucial role in the development of their children. study habits and discipline in learning often reflect how a child does in life as well.

i think i’m starting to have a bigger crush on mike luz already. hehe! but it is just wonderful to see the things i’ve been mulling over work be put on paper. whenever i suggest something for the program i can say, «mike luz said in this article he wrote that…» nyehehe!

Nov 25 2007

a funny exchange and a serious thought

i have just been enlightened by toni what a naughty gift pearl necklace means. and i had to go «eeeeeeek!» i have just been sending that to friends over facebook? what the hey. i am so sorry.so note to self… if it is a naughty gift and it looks pretty harmless… it still means something else. so if you don’t know what it means… don’t bother sending it. jeez. kakahiya. hahaha! kasalanan mo to, sigmund freud! nyeta ka. hahahaha!* * * * *

after paying the water bill, i arrived at an empty office with just today’s paper waiting on the table. (hmm… how did that get there? moomoooo!) . so i flipped around and saw the usual bad news and did not bother to read. until i came across an article on education written by mike luz.

it talk about systemic answers to the problem of the department of education, rather than band-aid solutions. one of the band-aid solutions that he points out to is cyber-education. which i totally agree with! when i first heard jesli lapus talk about it during the karunungan festival in the ateneo, i was totally skeptical about the idea. having gone around several indigenous communities in mindanao, i have seen the state of public elementary schools in the area. and using the internet would do nothing to improve it at all. heck, there is no electricity and much less phone connections! and with zte deal… makes you wonder, really. cybereducation would probably just widen the gap between urban and rural education centers more.what these children in the forgotten regions of our country needs are good teachers and better classroom conditions. they need schools that are near their communities and not one that can be reached only after a three kilometer walk. what they need is definitely not the internet. yet.mike luz makes a good point about the department of education budget. while it has the biggest budget allocation (as it should be), the real test of government commitment to education should be budget per child. and he indicated, other countries spend seven to ten times more than we do. and the teacher’s salary… most urban private schools are able to provide good benefits for their educators. the government and the people have to realize that teachers are the core to the progress of the nation. salaries must be competent and one that will allow a teacher to live on it, not merely survive. imagine that our nation’s future is in their hands. so investments on good teachers is a must. and applicants should be screened properly. not just on the intellectual basis (which i actually find lacking still), but also on their capability to handle and educate a class. teaching is not about having the smartest people in front of the board, but one who is able to have an idea understood. (i’ve had so many near-genious teachers in the ateneo, but some of them do not know how to teach at all!) and any person who believes in corporal punishment applying to be a teacher, should be kicked out as soon as they step in the door. threatening a child will not do anything to a child’s learning. at all.on mike luz… juan miguel luz used to be the undersecretary of education. while i was not able to follow his short career on the post, i find it tragic that he wasn’t able to stay longer to make the changes he had discussed in his article today. i had the privilege of being in a meeting in him january this year.when i was informed that we were to present our program to him for comments, i got nervous. i barely had an idea about him and i’ve always been afraid of presenting thoughts to education experts. but he came. late but quite apologetic because he came from another meeting. and i was aghast… he was a handsome fellow. if i were in my 40’s, i’d have a super crush on him. since i’m only nearing 30’s, i only have a slight crush on him. hehe! but i was more blow away by the way he thinks, by his ideas. in that man, i find a true educator. one truly concerned by delivering education to children and not just an official concerned with statistics to present to people. we both advocate against GMA’s english policy for early childhood level students. and our program was lauded for using the native dialect as medium of instruction for class (yey!). and he was encouraging with focus on our skills-upgrading for teachers rather than prioritizing infrastructure (which tends to be a government folly).

anyway… that meeting made me a mike luz fan. i would like to work with someone who has that kind of drive for change and the intellectual capacity to lay options out. i do hope to hear more from this man next time. for now, i will content myself with his articles.

Nov 06 2007

Manila Promises More Education Opportunities

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — «Educating a nation cannot be accomplished by single individual or institution. Education is a shared responsibility,» Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapuz, said.

Lapuz admitted that limited resources especially budget availability has hampered the DepEd’s effort to ensure the delivery of quality education.

With this burden, the government gladly welcomes non-government organizations and individuals supportive of uplifting the education and literacy rate in the country.Lady Mayor Leonida A. Angcap of Midsalip for instance; beams with joy for the support it gets from Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) — a flagship project of the national government funded by World Bank and is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).Of the 7 CIDSS-recipient municipalities in ZDS, Midsalip, Matalang and Dumalinao has its farm to market road and level 2 water system contributory to improved livelihood opportunities, better school attendance of children and access to potable water.Midsalip has 8-kilometer concrete road benefiting 7 barangays with 70% Subanen population. Manang Violeta, a resident joyfully said, ‘karon nga miabot na namo ang kalsada, makakaon na mi lab-as nga isda» (with good road, we can now eat fresh fish». With good road, we can now easily transport patients to Pagadian and other cities, she added.In Ticala, 93 pupils are now housed in a P1.3 million worth school building. 70% of which is a KALAHI grant while 30% of it is the LGU counterpart. «So far, this is the first big barangay project that we have, revealed Barangay Captain Yasser Samal.Municipal Engineer Mossidic Calalagan, describes Ticala as a 90-hectare coco trees dominated island with 90 households who are peace-loving people mostly engaged in fishing.Raised from Ticala and had his elementary education there, Calalagan said, children today are lucky to have a school in the island. He added that during his time, he used to paddle to and fro the mainland San Pablo daily for an hour through pump boat to finish elementary education.Correspondingly, Zamboanga City District 1 Representative Beng Climaco, values education for youth. As a legislator, she advocates in the promotion of children’s rights and welfare.Recently, she forged partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC), to conduct value education for the youth. Her kind of education involves the orientation of leaders like SK chair and members on their roles and functions of Sangguniang Kabataan officals that should be practiced based on virtues of goodness, honesty and good governance.To continuously enjoy the momentum of more development opportunities coming in, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the caucus in Malacanang for key leaders of the administration coalition over the weekend squelched ‘all humors and speculation that this country is divided.The President revealed that she and the coalition leadership had ‘agreed on a process of national consolidation, gathering all our allies around the common vision’ towards national consolidation ‘based on a coalition of principle and action.’

Good road, fresh fish as viand, potable water to drink, children’s rights and welfare are indeed contributory factors among many, that paves the way for better opportunities in far-flung areas. And these are made possible through a focused vision, direction and GO-NGO partnerships, national consolidation and coalition of principle and action opens more opportunities specially to far-flung areas. (Mimi Edaga)


Oct 27 2007

An Orange a Day

Just minutes ago, I have witnessed this local version of the gameshow 1 vs 100. Hosted by the domineering Edu Manzano, tonight’s episode exemplified the nation’s elementary education condition: Alarming.I said elementary because in this episode, both celebrity and noted young students represented the “Mob” of the show (nah, the specifics are too tedious to discuss). What was really disturbing, in the utmost concern for the Philippine education system, was that these little kids must have either went out of the classroom to harvest guavas at the school grounds or the current teachers’ capability to edify young minds have already faltered. These two reasons should explain why those kids were not able to answer this simple and basic question:

1. A/An _______ a day keeps the doctor away.a.) appleb.) orangec.) grapes

Fact: A lot of the children answered orange.
Bullfrogs! There were more questions that could easily shake you out of your seats about this uneventful truth witnessed by millions of viewers, too, worldwide. What Christmas character is always described as the snowman (answer: Frosty), What is the sound that’s usually portrayed by Santa Claus (answer: Ho ho ho!), and many more. Sigh!

So much for «pag-asa ng bayan», eh?


Sep 07 2007

U.S., Australia Continue Mindanao Education Initiative


The joint EQuALLS-BEAM Beginning Reading Program helps teachers understand the learning process of children, classify them according to levels of school readiness, and effectively teach beginning reading in pilot schools in ARMM.


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Building on previous collaborative efforts, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) trained 134 teachers, school heads, and division supervisors from 18 public schools across the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on teaching beginning reading to Grade One students.

Called the Beginning Reading Program, the joint effort is carried out by USAID’s Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS) and AusAID’s Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) program. The trainings were conducted on August 20-24 and August 27-31 in Cotabato City and Zamboanga City, respectively.

Teachers were trained in devising innovative and engaging methods of teaching beginning reading to first-graders.

They were likewise trained in assessing the readiness of pupils to begin formal schooling thereby allowing them to tailor-fit their lessons according to the readiness of the class.

Department of Education ARMM Secretary Udtog Kawit has acknowledged the contributions that USAID and AusAID are making to improve the capacity of teachers in ARMM, which is a region that continues to require significant assistance to develop teaching capacity and provide students access to quality basic education.

Mrs. Shirley Dawila, principal of Provincial Housing Lab Elementary School in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, says “the Beginning Reading program will help us solve the problem of non-readers in our school. After this training, I want to witness the teacher’s class and see to it that she follows the program.”

Earlier this year USAID and AusAID jointly trained 4,000 teachers in the ARMM on teaching English, science, and math. Two other follow-through trainings are set for November this year and January next year.

EQuALLS’ partnership with the BEAM project for the Beginning Reading program is a step towards EQuALLS’ goal of improving education quality in Mindanao, especially in areas where learning is disrupted by poverty and conflict.

Sep 07 2007

Post-Graduate Intership: Which is the best hospital?

I thought that my four years of stay in medical college and the hospital rotations I am having right now for clerkship were the hardest part of my medical education, until I faced choosing for the best hospital to do my post-graduate internship, which include:

1. Monetary constraints. I come from an average family so I had to consider it.

2. The board exam which comes 2 months after internship. Many have advised that I should choose a hospital which is not too busy, nor benign to prepare for the board exam.

3. The skills I could acquire. I was advised that I should go to a public hospital to acquire more skills. In our clerkship, we were exposed to both private and public hospitals and I could really compare the difference. It is true that when you are at a private hospital, you acquire “lesser” skills, due to the lesser number of cases to handle, but the advantage is you get the appropriate techniques. Further, in private hospitals, you are “hands off” when you are not a license yet because the patient pays for a better service. At a public hospital, you are are exposed to different kinds of cases, the great thing is you can do the procedures yourself. But of course, this differences varies among hospitals.
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Aug 10 2007

the state of education in the philippines

begin rant.these are some of the graduates of our pre-school in malabog district here in davao city.notice that some of them are wearing their uniform, while the others are not. this is actually the spot where they change into their uniform. the place is 30 minutes away from their home.the night before, it rained. the roads are like melted chocolate, and are quite slippery. so they kids walk barefoot, while carrying their slippers so as to keep it clean for class.from this point, they have to walk another thirty minutes to get to their primary school. some of them have not had breakfast yet. it is possible that they won’t have lunch either. some probably brought boiled rootcrops to tide over their hunger, until they get home.at least they only have to do it thrice-a-week.isn’t class supposed to be mondays to fridays?yeah, well. up in the mountains, teachers get to school on monday afternoons, start teaching on a tuesday and go home on thursday afternoons.and the government insists on an additional year of high school or elementary?! these people hardly have anything between their ears, ano?hey you people up there in your pedestals… before you do that, why don’t you first have your teachers go to school regularly. then limit those monthly programs that take so much time from class just to practice. independence day, nutrition month, linggo ng wika, christmas, valentine’s, araw ng sitio, fiesta ng sitio, intramurals… and maybe you could add more schools to farther areas, one that won’t force the children to walk for hours just to be ‘educated.’ no budget? crap. cough up those kickback! our foundation has been able to build a decent enough structure for just P50,000.00. who are you kidding.

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Jul 29 2007

Download the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows e-Book

Last February, J.K. Rowling announced that the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series, entitled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will not be available as e-books. This was already the case of the previous books of Harry Potter.

Two reasons were cited by Rowling for not releasing electronic copies of the book: 1. She was concern about online piracy (which has never been a major problem for the Potter books),

2. And the desire for readers to experience the books on paper.

Although the first reason has minimized the online piracy of the book, it did not totally eliminate it. Copies of the previous versions, available in pdf and other e-book formats, were made available for downloads through P2P sharing programs. These were all user-made.
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Jul 29 2007

Good news: Student loans may soon be granted

The Commission on Higher Education will be increasing its funding for student loans to P4 billion from P215 million, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. Due to this, student loans may soon be available from the government of as much as P30,000 per year to finance their education. This will serve as financial aid to less fortunate students and they can pay it later.

The funds could be availed of as early as the second semester of the current school year which begins in November. The student loan program’s bank is the Land Bank of the Philippines which has committed itself to providing some P1 billion in funding.

Further, the qualification standards will not be that strict so everyone can avail to it. The program will be available by the second semester this year and will be fully implemented by 2008.

With this increase in budget for student loans, the CHEd will be able to provide about P30,000 per year (or P15,000 per semester) to each of almost 200,000 student beneficiaries.
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Jul 25 2007

How to Prepare for the August 2007 Philippine Licensure Exam for Physicians

The August 2007 Philippine Licensure Exam for Physicians is fast approaching. How do you prepare for it? Here are few tips you can follow:

1. Follow these tips from The House Officer’s Survival Guide: Rules, Laws, Lists and Other Medical Musings, by Lawrence Martin, M.D for It is written for doctors in training, but will also be of interest to medical students, and practicing physicians who must take recertifying exams.

2. Get good reviewers and focus on one study material per subject area. This way, you can concentrate more and it won’t take more of your time. Of course you will still need the “big” text books for clarification of some points you can’t understand while taking the review.

3. To attend to review center or not? Some successful passers do not advocate attending review center while others do. It would depend on the person’s preference.
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Jul 25 2007

Nursing exam flunkers as practical nurses

The June 2007 nursing licesure exam results will be released in the middle of August 2007. Only half of the 78,000 board takers are predicted to pass.

For some people, not passing the board exam may mean a closed door for opportunities for being full nurses. Good thing that the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE have proposed a program for those who won’t make it to the licensure exam.

While they can have a re-take, one fall back offered by the DOLE is to have them licensed as practical nurses, assuming they do not want a re-take. This opens another opportunity for nurses to work abroad and practice their chosen field even though they failed the test.
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Jul 23 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Braille Edition

The National Braille Press had a special exclusive agreement with Scholastic Press, the publisher of Harry Potter book series (in the US), released a special braille edition of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Wallows, the last of the series. It is 1000 pages long in 10 volumes, weighing about 12 pounds, and standing more than a foot tall when stacked up. It costs $63 to publish one book with an expected higher price than the regular print edition but with NBP partnering with Yahoo! blind children and need not to spend more for a copy of the book than sighted people.

Two groups of Harry Potter fans, who aims to provide everyone (including the blind) an access to this international phenomenon, had made an initiative to raise funds for the project. The Walking Wizards had committed to raise $10,000 and Harry Potter for Grownups (a Yahoo! group) to raise $7,777. Yahoo! has spotted the kind intention of these groups and decided to help them with their goal. Yahoo! has decided to donate to the National Braille Press what each of these two initiatives raise, up to their respective goals.
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Jul 18 2007

Primary Colors

Yesterday Boz woke up and held is right hand up high saying, «Mama, amo ni kuno ang primary colors siling ni Ma’am» his fingers curling to a number three.»Really? ano ang mga primary colors haw?»»May blue, red and….»»Ano pa gid?»»Kag yellow»»Ay ka very good sang baby ko a!» Kissess and laughs.

He’s paying attention in class. Thank God!

Jul 18 2007

Blogging and Time Management

An interesting post over PinoyBlogero, entitled “Student Bloggers: Juggling Studies and Blogging” has put me into deep thoughts on how I manage to blog and study at the same time.

I am a fourth year medical student, currently on my clerkship and hospital rotations, and if compared to an average student, perhaps I face bigger responsibilities, sacrifice, hardships, and self-punishment or anyway you put it. I tried several attempts to quit blogging but I just couldn’t because:

Firstly, it’s one of my passions. I have always been tagged as an internet addict by people around. I just can’t simply live without the internet, blogging included.
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Jul 16 2007

Videos: Different graphical multiplication tricks

…for beginners?! Aside from the classical method of multiplication, there are interesting ways to solve a multiplication problem.

The Easy Mental Trick

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Jul 12 2007

Free Full Text Books

Fullbooks.com offer thousands of full-text books for free. They offer fiction and nonfictional books. You can find historic books as well. The Darwinian Hypothesis by Thomas H. Huxley, The Boys’ Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay, and The Canadian Dominion, a Chronicle of our Northern Neighbor by Oscar D. Skelton are only among the thousands of books offered.

All books are available in html which offers the convenience to print and save it directly. You also do not need to download the book because it can be opened directly through your browser. Further, document readers are not needed to view them.

Books are also arranged alphabetically for readers’ convenience and easier find. However, a search function is not yet available.
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Jul 08 2007

Use English Language, Solon Tells Educators

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 08 Jul) — House Deputy Majority Leader Eduardo Gullas urged the Department of Education (Deped) to use no less than the national hero, Jose Rizal, to motivate students to master the English language.The solon from Cebu province is the author of a bill seeking to reinstate English as the medium of instruction in elementary and high school in the Philippines.»While Rizal did not speak English, to which he then had absolutely no exposure, he did master at least four other foreign languages,» he said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner on Sunday.»In this sense, Rizal can definitely served as a model that can inspire school children to learn English, the global lingua franca, or other foreign languages that will be useful to them once they join the labor force,» Gullas said.Rizal, who studied in Europe, was fluent in Spanish, French, German and Latin, even as one of the popular proverbs attributed to him is: «Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika ay mas masahol pa sa mabahong isda.» (People who do not love their own language are worst than a rotten fish).»In an increasingly borderless ‘global village’ characterized by the freer world trade in human resources and services, English mastery or a working knowledge of the language is certainly a huge competitive advantage,» Gullas said.»This applies to all Filipinos — to nurses, engineers, sailors, hotel staff, construction workers, caregivers and domestic helpers overseas, as well as to the Filipino personnel here of multinational firms and business processing outsourcing (BPO) providers,» Gullas said.Gullas, meanwhile, lauded the Supreme Court decision throwing out a lawsuit that had sought to stop the Deped from enforcing a new language policy reviving English in schools.Gullas was referring to the petition filed by a group of Filipino writers, academicians and linguists, asking the tribunal to restrain the implementation of Executive Order 210 and Deped Order 36, both of which seek to bolster English in schools.A large labor group earlier bared that BPO providers here have stepped up hiring of Filipinos who can speak at least one foreign language besides English.The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) pushed for the «foreign language skills «retooling» of secondary and vocational school graduates, college undergraduates and jobless professionals, to build up their chances of securing gainful employment.»Workers who are able to speak a second foreign language can surely look forward to even more lucrative jobs, here or overseas, in global corporations, non-government organizations and multilateral institutions,» TUCP spokesperson Alex Aguilar said.

«So this is definitely not just about well-paying jobs in call centers here that are now offering a substantial premium for extra foreign language proficiency,» he said.

Jul 08 2007

List of new Pharmacists for 2007



Jun 24 2007

Search for a board passer easily

Everybody is excited to know the results for the recently held licensure examination for Philippine nurses on June 2007. But, excitement sometimes brings into frustration when you have to scroll down the roll of successful examinees, from a thousand, to look for your name.

Here are some lazy ways to easily look up a board passer: 1. Go to your favorite search engine. 2. Type in the name of the one you’re searching for then click enter

3. You’re done. If you see your name, it means celebration.

If it turns out the other way around, don’t lose hope yet, you can confirm it through scroll over the list of examinees. Who knows, search engines might have missed your name.

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Jun 20 2007

Radiologic Technologist Licensure Examination June 2007

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 413 out of 1,119 passed the Radiologic Technologist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Radiologic Technology in Manila this June 2007.

The members of the Board of Radiologic Technology are Ms. Wilhelmina M. Gana, Chairman; Dr. Orestes P. Monzon, Mr. Bayani C. San Juan, Mr. Zaldy M. Ambon and Ms. Cecilia M. Mananghaya, Members.

Eight (8) applicants were approved for registration without examination as Radiologic Technologists and Nineteen (19) as X-Ray Technicians. The results were released in one (1) working day after the last day of examinations.
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Jun 08 2007

Dentist Licensure Examination Results for June 2007 Released

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 264 out of 802 passed the Dentist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila this June 2007.

The members of the Board of Dentistry are Dr. Maria Teresa De Jesus-Amador Chairman; Dr. Rosita Canlas-Nisce and Dr. Norma Reyes-Ayap, Members.

The results were released in three (3) working days after the last day of examinations.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Monday, June 18, 2007 but not later than June 29, 2007.
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Jun 07 2007

Dentist Licensure Examination Results for May 2007

Congratulations to the 315 out of 593 who passed the theoretical phase of the Dentist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Dentistry in Manila this May 2007.

Those examinees who passed the theoretical/written are the only allowed to take its practical/performance phase. Examination results for removal examinees will be released after the June 2007 practical examination.

The successful examinees who passed the theoretical phase are advised to pay their practical examination fee starting Thursday, May 24, 2007 up to May 31, 2007. The practical examination will be conducted on June 1-4, 2007.
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Jun 06 2007

The Ultimate Collection of Free Medical, Basic Science, Dentistry and Nursing E-Books

My previous post about free downloads of medical e-books is one of the most viewed in this blog.

An additional resource I found is Medical Heaven, which has a complete collection of free medicine/medical, basic science, dentistry and nursing e-books. It has a vast collection of e-books for each subject area: surgery, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, and more!

For students who are preparing for the licensure exam, reviewers such as the USMLE secrets and NMS (National Medical Series) are also available.
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Jun 05 2007

back to school

yesterday, the public schools have begun their classes. (which means, the intolerable traffic in manila when i go there. darn it.) while i was nccc lunch time, there were these children with their big bags wearing their school uniform. and the nostalgia came. those were the days when i was so excited with new notebooks and all that.but, aha! i’m going back to school this year too! i go back to UP Open University for a second try. hehe! the last time i enrolled in their distance course (Masters in Professional Studies in Development Communication), I dropped my elective (which was more demanding than my major!) and aced my major (yeah!). And was considered AWOL because apparently the form they asked me to fill up asking whether I plan to enroll in the next semester which I stated I would not was not considered official. So for 5 years I was AWOL. Mwahaha!So… I am once again a UP student. This time taking up their Professional Teaching Course. Not that I plan to become a teacher, but the education units will help me better with my job (I handle an education program). And the way fate has taken a turn, I might have to bid my media background goodbye and truly focus in the pursuit of education for all. Hahay.

Still, I’m not as excited as I should be. But I need the distraction for the loads of work I have to do. This morning I woke up realizing I am doing the work of three people plus helping out in other programs as well. I wanted to screaaaaaammmm! But haha. More work as therapy? Times are crazy nowadays.

Sayang though… I don’t get to enjoy student discounts anymore. Darn it. 20% Student fares with PAL can only be for those 25 below. Not even that close. Mwhehe! Oh well. Another adventure for me, going back to school is. Let’s see, let’s see. 😀

Jun 02 2007

Free Medical E-Books for Doctors and Medical Students on the Go

Medical iSilo™ Depot is a collection of medical documents created for use with the iSilo™, a highly versatile document reader available for Palm OS®, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone, Sybmain UIQ, Symbian Series 60, and Windows® CE Handheld PC handhelds, as well as for Windows® computers.

Medical iSilo Depot has a collection of more than 150 iSilo documents for the medical PDA user and more than 100 are free! These documents are useful for doctors and medical students on the go for quick references while they are away from their books.
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May 20 2007

BBC Documentary Film: An Islamic history of Europe

The current rhetoric surrounding the War on Terror is that a resurgence of Islam and the Caliphate marks a return to the 7th century society. This argument has emanated from the West, especially britain and America. This documentary looks at the civilisation that was established in Spain under Muslim rule and how this society, inspired […]

Apr 30 2007

Which Language To Emphasize And How To Teach It?

I have been hearing the phrase, teaching English as a second or secondary language, since I finished high school in the Philippines, and since I have been here in the US way back in 1980.The only part of the methodology of teaching English as a second language that I have been exposed to and therefore familiar with has been that whereas before English had been taught primarily through the total immersion process with very neglectful regard to the native dialects of the learners, it is now being taught on top of and with deferential regard for the primary languages that migrant or foreign students are born with.

Using a poor analogy for the latter, it is much like using and learning Windows on top of DOS, which was the situation prior to Windows XP. (Though many would still contend that WInXP continues to have remnants of DOS.)

Tracing then my contemporaries’ journey in learning English, we can vouch that the old ways were “imposed” on us in earnest and with obvious noble intentions. While we had Filipino English teachers in grade school, most if not all of our English teachers in high school were young American Jesuits who spoke no other languages, both foreign and local. Additionally, since the school administrators were also American Jesuits, all English teachers starting from the primary grades had strict instructions to follow total immersion “techniques” in teaching English. (And I believe the concept or art of teaching English as a second language had not germinated then. At least not in that milieu that we were exposed to.) A quite tangible, and not easily forgettable, imposition was the draconian rule that only English could be spoken within campus. And sanctions were strictly imposed on violations, which for us was a possible unwanted trip to the office of the Dean of Discipline for a “jug” sign-up.

It should be noted that an all-girls college across town, run and operated by an all Filipino complement of nuns, also followed this total immersion process, complete with pecuniary sanctions on violations to the English-only rule. As I recall, each violation divested the violator of 10 centavos, quite a fortune during those idyllic times.Then on the way to the forum, certain things changed. English would be taught as a second language. New books, still in English as were all the other textbooks in school, were published and given adequate promotion incorporating this new methodology, mode, or approach. I can’t really recall what brought this wind of change. It just happened. There were no pious or remorseful admissions that we, the prior recipients of the older method of teaching English, were incorrectly taught. We in no way considered ourselves deprived, under-taught, or any such thing in our learned English. I suppose this whole thing was pretty much like the onset of the new Math (remember that?) which came about the same time. Was that then considered a period of Renaissance or Enlightenment in the education process?Who knows? But whatever happened to new Math, anyway? Consigned to the dustbin of best-forgotten history?

Anyway, when we arrived in California in 1980 with school-age children, we unerringly got exposed to bi-lingual education in the public school system, with focus on teaching English as a second or secondary language. At that point, we had what they called education centers for the major minorities, such as Chinese and Filipinos, and of course, Hispanics, whose numbers had outstripped all others. New immigrant schoolchildren went through these centers prior to being sent to “mainstream” schools, ostensibly to get a better grasp of English before being diluted with the rest of the student population.

It all sounded good on paper. But when overall student scores started falling, specifically in English proficiency and in the sciences, questions about bi-lingual education started being asked. And relevantly so, when California students compared negatively with the rest of the country.Nowadays, bi-lingual education has lost a good portion of its luster, and its once-avid proponents in the education field appear to have cooled off. Imagine callers to San Francisco city hall complaining that they could hardly understand the English of staff members answering phones. Or that newly-hired airport screeners had to undergo intensive re-training in English prior to being deployed to their respective assignments, most requiring interaction with the riding public. And US citizenship is required for the position. Or that call center operators in the Philippines, India, or maybe, China, are being hired at a premium based on their English proficiency.

But those described above and much more are the realities, not only in the US but arguably for the rest of the globalized world.

So how are the various authorities responsible for general education responding to the situation?

World countries, states, and provinces where English is the official language are dark blue; countries, states, and provinces where it is an official, but not a primary language are light blue.


English as a global language

Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as a «global language«, the lingua franca of the modern era. While English is not an official language in many countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a second language around the world. It is also, by international treaty, the official language for aircraft/airport and maritime communication, as well as being one of the official languages of both the European Union and the United Nations, and of most international athletic organizations, including the Olympic Committee. Books, magazines, and newspapers written in English are available in many countries around the world. English is also the most commonly used language in the sciences. In 1997, the Science Citation Index reported that 95% of its articles were written in English, even though only half of them came from authors in English-speaking countries.

From Manchester Central School of English

Apr 11 2007

Bo Sanchez on homeschooling

Do you know that Bo Sanchez advocates homeschooling? Well, now you do. And that’s one more thing that’s great about him. He speaks what he believes to be true, even if it’s highly unconventional, and even radical.

Here’s a great article about homeschooling he wrote for the Catholic Filipino Academy: Why More And More Parents Are Sending Their Kids To The Best School In The World: Their Own Home. It’s very long, but it’s really worth your time.

If you’re new to the idea of homeschooling, it will really strike you as very radical. But if you think about it carefully, doesn’t it make a lot of sense?Someday when I’ll have kids of my own, I’ll homeschool them, too. I’ve been passionate about the idea since way back in my first course in college. I even wrote an oration piece about it in English class. I didn’t actually get to deliver it to the whole class. We were short of time then, so I had to deliver it privately to my teacher, just when the semester was about to end. I felt elated when my teacher said afterwards, «That’s a good food for thought».

Compulsory schooling is harmful
and does not foster real education

I wish to propose for your consideration an idea which I’m sure will appear wildly subversive. The idea in question is this: that compulsory education or compulsory schooling does not foster real education, and that it in fact is harmful to our development as human beings.First, why do I say compulsory schooling does not foster real education?Several famous and noted men in history – writers, artists, poets, philosophers, even scientists – have in the past spoken against compulsory education. Albert Einstein, the most well-known among them perhaps, once said, «It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by coercion and a sense of duty.» Einstein recognized that this «delicate little plant,» this fundamental source of a child’s capacity for growing and learning, needed freedom from compulsion and control. He believed that true learning only happens when the child is free from manipulation and compulsion, when she is left to discover and follow her own inner drives. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, two of the greatest writers in American literature, have also spoken against compulsory education in their time. They believed that mass schooling destroys a person’s individuality and his desire to learn. Mark Twain, also a great figure in American literature, once wrote, «I never let schooling interfere with my education.» The great poet William Blake expressed his frustration about school in «Songs of Experience.» In the poem «The Schoolboy,» he wrote:I love to rise in a summer morn,When the birds sing on every tree; The distant huntsman winds his horn, And the skylark sings with me: O what sweet company! But to go to school in a summer morn, -O it drives all joy away! Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the dayIn sighing and dismay. Ah then at times I drooping sit, And spend many an anxious hour; Nor in my book can I take delight, Nor sit in learning’s bower, Worn through with the dreary shower. How can the bird that is born for joySit in a cage and sing? How can a child, when fears annoy, But droop his tender wing, And forget his youthful spring! George Bernard Shaw, another great writer, said that education is not supposed to be the «filling of a pail,» the mere transfer of information from the teacher to the student, but the «lighting of a fire,» or the ignition of the child’s interest or curiosity. John Dewey and the psychologist Carl Rogers also each criticized compulsory education, they each envisioned alternatives to the modern methods of schooling. The philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell once wrote, albeit more bluntly, that «Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.» These are just some of the notable men in history who have spoken against compulsory education. There are yet many others, including more contemporary ones. One such modern thinker, a well-respected author in the field of education, is John Holt. John Holt passed away in the late 80s, but his ideas about education are still very influential today. John Holt is one of the founders of what’s called in America as the «Homeschooling» or «Unschooling» movement. It’s a growing movement of about 2 million families who believe that real education only happens when the child is left to herself, free from compulsion and control, to discover her own true interests and desires. It’s based on the philosophy that true learning only happens when it is self-directed. So children and teenagers who unschool don’t go to school, they just stay at home. They don’t follow a fixed curriculum. They just follow their own interests and desires, do the things they love; they never stop learning. Learning for them becomes indistinguishable with living. John Holt believed that children have the innate desire to learn, that they are naturally curious, that they have a natural desire to know and learn things. If left to themselves, with the trust and support of parents and other adults, if given the time and the resources, children grow up to become better learners and beautiful human beings. However, after a few more years, each child has to go to school, and for the next 16 or 17 years or so, that is to say, for the rest of his or her childhood and teenage years, he/she has to spend a great deal of his/her time, a great many hours, confined inside classrooms, detached from the natural world and real world experience. The child inside the classroom is disciplined and controlled, and as a result, his/her natural drive for learning, his/her inner curiosity, is stifled, and his/her capacity for authentic creativity is curtailed.What follows in the succeeding years in the child’s life as a student is mere indoctrination. Education is reduced to mere transfer of information from the teacher to the student. The child is treated as a mere receptacle to be filled by information that the school or the teacher deems as important. This concept of education was first introduced by the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Friere. He called this the «Banking» concept of education, wherein students are mere receptacles to be filled by information while the teachers act as the «experts» who deposit information to the passive students. As a result the students learn how to be passive and compliant. Then after they graduate they go out to the larger society and adjust to the present order of things instead of questioning them. They adjust to the unjust conditions of society instead of challenging and working to change them.So in short, school really teaches passivity, conformity, and mediocrity.Now, why do I say compulsory education is harmful to our development as human beings?Well, because it detaches us from the bigger picture of society. It detaches us from direct experience of the real world. It gives us a fragmented view of reality. It teaches us to become passive, compliant automatons in society instead of active participators in its transformation. It teaches us to accept the status quo.To quote John Nash in the movie «A Beautiful Mind,» «Classrooms dull your mind, destroys your potential for authentic creativity.»We should not wonder, then, why, as students, we are usually so mediocre, so dull, so incapable of independent thinking and coming up with original ideas.Also, we can take a close look at the educational system, particularly the grading system. It compares and classifies people into hierarchies. It teaches conceptions of inferiority and superiority. It teaches the values of competition instead of cooperation.So far I have only presented the «negative side» of compulsory education. What about the «positive side»? Of course, our schools do produce competent professionals – doctors, nurses, therapists, engineers, architects, and so on. However, according to the nationalist historian Renato Constantino, these professionals are inevitably «compartmentalized» in their view and involvement in society. A compartmentalized worldview and orientation is the product of a compartmentalized kind of education wherein the student is merely fed fragmented reality. Again, this goes back to Friere’s concept of «banking» education. You cannot expect to cultivate the student’s critical faculties by treating him/her merely as a container to be filled by information and «knowledge». These professionals are inevitably only concerned with matters within their particular fields of interests, and not much on the things beyond. For example, most doctors are concerned only with their careers, and most nurses are concerned only about their own private goals, like, as is commonly the case with us, going abroad. They’re not really curious or interested about the bigger picture of society, they don’t really have that sense of involvement in the bigger problems of their community. It’s no surprise that while our schools do produce competent and capable young professionals, there are only very few among them who truly and sincerely care about the country and are sensitive and responsive to its needs.There’s still so much that I have left unsaid. It is of course entirely up to you to agree or disagree. But you can ask yourself whether, as a student, you really feel free and liberated. Because education is supposed to liberate you and stimulate your curiosity and desire to learn new things and to grow in every aspect as a human being.EndYup, I was pretty charged then. It’s funny how I now find myself in the opposite side — I’m studying nursing and planning to go abroad!

Finally, you must watch this video: Sir Ken Robinson on TED Talks. «In this talk, he makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.» Green Lingerie

Apr 01 2007

2007 DOST Scholarship Exam Result out now!

Finally, the result was out. We were and have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for it because my sister applied for the scholarship.

To the thousand other hopefuls, you can now access the result at http://www.sei.dost.gov.ph/scho_2007.html. Good luck.

It is a PDF file so you need an Acrobat Reader to view it.

Tags:Education, Examination Results, School, Science

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