Saturday, March 10, 2018

PBB FY 2016 a Go for School-Based Personnel in March

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The Department of Education (DepEd) reported to the Committee on Basic Education and Culture of the House of Representatives that school-based personnel will be among the first to receive the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 this March.
As of March 5, 2018, teachers in Regions I, III, IV-A, V, XI, and XII have already received their PBB, following the Department’s receipt of certificate of compliance from the AO25 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in January.
“Yung iba po, within the week, or before March ends, tapos na lahat ng schools natin bago tayo pumunta sa Region, Division, and Central offices,” DepEd Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo informed the committee members.
A representative from the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Organization, Position Classification, and Compensation Bureau (OPCCB) confirmed Mateo’s report and added that aside from the six regions, they are already processing the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region II, which are set to get the incentive within the week. DBM OPCCB is also already evaluating the submission of Regions VIII, IX, X, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and CARAGA, and awaiting the submission of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, and the now defunct Negros Island Region (NIR).  
“Lilinawin ko na ang polisiya natin dito ay inuuna natin ang mga paaralan bago ang mga opisina. Lahat ng eskwelahan dapat matingnan natin na meron bago sa field, huli ang Central,” the Undersecretary pointed out.
Mateo admitted that the Department encountered challenges in the requirements for the grant of PBB, some of which include factors that the Department addressed in compliance with the PBB requirements for FY 2017.
“Sa obserbasyon na ang NAT [National Achievement Test] at drop-out rate ay kasama sa performance, sa unang cycle yun ng PBB at tinanggal natin yan dahil sa maraming feedback na galing sa mga paaralan. Kung tutuusin, in-exempt po ang mga paaralan dun sa tinatawag na individual forced ranking. Tayo lang ang katangi-tanging ahensya na walang forced ranking sa school dahil saliwa ito sa school-based management,” Mateo pointed out.
The AO25 Memorandum Circular (MC) 2016-1 prescribes the criteria and conditions for the grant of PBB for FY 2016. Given are the following requirements: 1) Department Performance Accomplishment Report; 2) Good Governance Conditions; 3) Public Financial Management Reports; 4) Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance; and 5) Posting of Operations Manual or ISO Certification. A government agency must be able to comply with all conditions in order to qualify for the release of PBB.
The Department complied with the set criteria but had difficulty meeting the pre-conditions on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), the budget utilization rate (BUR), and specific Physical Accomplishments, which nearly rendered the Department ineligible. Through the joint efforts of various delivery units within all governance levels, DepEd took significant steps and actions to overcome these impediments, and in the fourth quarter of 2017, submitted the necessary documents for approval by the DBM.
“Pebrero po nang binigyan tayo ng report ng Inter-Agency Task Force. Nung March ay sinagot natin ito at ginawa tayong compliant. Ang hindi lang natin na-comply ay sa usapin na ng major final output (MFO) accomplishment. Bago kasi magkaroon ka ng ranking sa bawat opisina kailangan i-declare muna ng IATF ang buong kagawaran, isipin niyo na lang na ang Kagawaran natin ay napakalaki. Pinaliwanag natin na di natin ma-comply yung ibang targets (NAT and A&E) kasi kailangan makuha yung result nito kasi kung hindi, hindi natin masasabi yung mga target natin. Ang dahilan bakit na-delay ang administration nito ay dahil sa several failure of bidding.”
Moving forward
According to Mateo, since a major part of the Department’s delayed compliance was due to procurement issues, the Department is proposing to adopt a framework or ordering agreement to mitigate the delays and ensure improved compliance: “Ibig sabihin, hindi kada administration ng test natin ay magpro-procure. Magpro-procure na tayo ng isang provider for assessment at sasabihin na lang natin kung kailan ito ia-administer para hindi na paulit ulit yung bidding.” 
The Undersecretary further noted that for the PBB FY 2017, come summer of 2018, the Department will conduct orientation on the submission for PBB. 
Based on Executive Order No. 80, series 2012 (EO 80, s. 2012), PBB is “a top-up incentive given to personnel of bureaus or delivery unit in accordance to their contribution to the accomplishment of their department’s overall targets and commitments.” 
Further, the grant of PBB “aims to motivate higher performance and greater accountability and to ensure the achievement of education targets and commitments under the five Key Result Areas (KRAs) in EO No. 43, s. 2011 and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.”

G.SKILL Announces 5th Annual OC World Cup 2018 with Increased Total Cash Prize Pool of $20,000 USD

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G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce the start of the 5thAnnual OC World Cup 2018, with the Online Qualifier stage beginning on March 13, 2018! This is one of the largest annual overclocking competition of its kind, with participating competitors from around the world and a massive total cash prize pool of $20,000 USD, where the champion will be taking home $10,000 USDin cash. The OC World Cup 2018 is open to the public, so join us and the next overclocking champion might be you!

G.SKILL 5th Annual OC World Cup 2018       
The G.SKILL OC World Cup overclocking competition consists of three rounds: Online Qualifier, Live Qualifier, and Grand Finals. Once the Online Qualifier has concluded, the top 6 ranking participants will be invited to compete against each other in the Live Qualifier round, held live on stage at the G.SKILL booth during the first three days of Computex 2018, from June 5th to June 7th, 2018 in Taipei City, Taiwan. On the fourth day of Computex 2018, the top two contestants from the Live Qualifier will contend in a head-to-head deathmatch in the Grand Finals round for the Grand Prize of $10,000 USD and the title of “OC Champion of G.SKILL OC World Cup 2018”!

Round 1: Online Qualifier
The Online Qualifier round of the OC World Cup 2018 will be hosted on the HWBOT’s OC-Esports webpage from March 13th to April 16th, 2018. Participants will be ranked in the completion and scoring of 4 featured benchmarks: Highest DDR4 Frequency, SuperPi 32m, Geekbench 3 Multi-Core, and 3DMark11 on integrated graphics processor. Participants must use G.SKILL DDR4 memory, Intel Core™ i5-8600K processor, and Z370 chipset motherboards. For more event details and rules, please visit the competition webpage on HWBOT’s OC-Esports webpage:!/round/gskill_ocworldcup_2018_qualifier

Additionally, all participants of the Online Qualifier round will receive an entry to a lucky draw, where one lucky winner will receive a G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) high performance memory kit!

Largest Single Cash Prize in an Overclocking Competition!
Since the inception of G.SKILL OC World Cup in 2014, this overclocking competition features the largest single cash prize for the winning champion, being able to take home a massive $10,000 USD cash prize. Furthermore, with the competition in its fifth consecutive year, G.SKILL is increasing the total cash prize pool to $20,000 USD for the OC World Cup 2018. Lastly, all contestants participating in the Live Qualifier will win sponsorship for G.SKILL’s latest high-end extreme performance memory kit.

For a breakdown of the cash prize in OC World Cup 2018, please see below:

OC Champion: USD $10,000
2nd: USD $3,000
3rd: USD $2,500
4th: USD $2,000
5th: USD $1,500
6th: USD $1,000

Friday, March 9, 2018

4 Powerful Reasons that Train Journeys are the Best in India

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When talking about planning a holiday, only a few modes of transport can compare to the train excursion. There are many people who travel by train only to cross the distance and reach their destination. But there are also people who go on train journeys and make the most of their experience.

There are many features of Indian railways that have made rail journeys absolutely easy in this present time. Be it PNR check or seat availability; you can keep a check of everything. Anyhow, there are some powerful reasons that denote train journeys are the best in India. You can walk through some of the reasons right below:

A date with real India 
Train journeys in India take you closer to the culture and to your people. Every companion or passenger you are travelling with has a distinct story. A train allows you sit across people. The train gives you the chance to know people and their cultures. You get to know what real India is. Maybe you are born and brought up in a specific region of specific place in India. But when you are in a train, you share the space with people who have their different backgrounds. When you look at their clothing style, language and listen to their views, you taste the real Indian essence. It is indeed a date with real India.

Refreshing trip 
When you are in a train, you get a chance to travel next to refreshing waterfalls, thick jungles or amidst waves.  Have you ever explored the excitement and thrill when a swift chugging train passes via a tunnel, it really induces enthusiasm in every heart. Similarly, the view of the dense forest during the monsoon or waterfalls leaves your jaws dropped. It is no less than a holiday, right? It is like a double treat. The train takes you to your destination and at the same time gives you adventurous time on board.

A filmy tang 
When you are in the middle of a train journey, there is every chance that you might meet someone special. Real life filmy love stories unfold right before you. These journeys are more than only journeys for people. It is the finest place for eyes to encounter, for the hearts to pound, for love to take place at the first glance. There are many love stories in India that have actually stemmed from a specific train journey.

Comfort on your palm 
Indeed when you are in a train, you are always in your comfort zone. When your legs begin to pain and body aches because of constant sitting of hours; you have every ease to stand up and walk through the compartments of the train. You can walk through the compartments and relax your body. This is something that is not possible in bus or other journeys. Similarly, sometimes when the train halts for a long time at a platform, you can get down and take a quick walk there too.

Thus, it’s for sure that your perspective towards train journeys have changed a little after going through these discussed point’s right? Maybe slowly, but your love for train journeys will expand once you take journeys in a positive perspective.

Your Best Trip Ever Starts With's Destination: PH

Wazzup Pilipinas!, one of the country's leading online travel agencies, will be having its first travel fair entitled "Destination: PH" from March 16 to 18, 2018, at the 4th Floor, Activity Center, Century City Mall in Makati.

As part of's objective to promote the country's most beautiful destinations, this event will be an avenue for customers to get amazing and exciting offers from its hotel and tour partners as well as flight loyalty program partners. Lots of prizes and freebies will also be given away.

Each event attendee will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket with numerous stubs that will entitle them to discounts on the following hotels when they book through 40% off in Circle Inn Iloilo, Circle Inn Bacolod, Azalea Resorts and Residences Baguio, and Azalea Resorts and Residences Boracay; 30% off in The District Boracay; and PHP 1,000.00 off in all hotel partners for a minimum booking amount of PHP 4,000. In addition to these fabulous discounts at the event, over 100 hotels and tour activities from will also be on sale!

Tourism industry professionals will also be gracing and conducting talks at the three-day event. Among these are Senior Tourism Operations Officer Ms. Azucena Pallugna from the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Office of the Undersecretary for Tourism Development; travel blogger Mr. Arjay Abellara of RJ D Explorer blog; illustrator, designer, travel blogger, and contributing writer for ABS-CBN and Travel Now magazine Ms. Sheena Gonzales; lifestyle and travel blogger Ms. Arnie Villanueva of blog; and travel blogger Mr. Rogelio Gabiano, Jr. of the Pinoy Travel Freak blog.

Actor and model Daniel Matsunaga will also be present in the event to share stories of his travel experiences and to participate in a meet-and-greet. Plus, Japanese comedy trio HPN3 from It’s Showtime’s The Funny One will entertain the attendees with their hilarious skits. made it even more exciting as attendees will get a chance to win prizes from the following sponsors: Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay, Midori Hotel and Casino, Subic Bay Yacht Club, Siglo Suites by Century Properties, The Dessert Museum, Enchanted Kingdom, Zoomanity Group, Inflatable Island, World Traveller Bags and Luggage, AirAsia BIG, GetGo, and Mabuhay Miles. Everyone will also be bringing home some cool freebies!

Wazzup Pilipinas is a proud media partner.

Interested attendees can pre-register for the event by visiting's event page for Destination: PH on Facebook and clicking the pre-registration link under the details section.

Each visitor who pre-registers through this link automatically earns a raffle entry for a chance to win an overnight accommodation at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino in Pampanga or Subic Bay Yacht Club with breakfast for two!

Start your summer adventure with and have the best travel experience ever! See you there!

Written By: Hyacinth Uri

DOE Celebrates Women’s Month with Girl Scouts

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PLEDGE OF EMPOWERMENT: Girl Scouts from various cities in Greater Manila Area pledge their commitment as “Energy Cost Busters” by practicing energy efficiency and conservation measures in their day-to-day living. The oath-taking was part of the collaboration between the DOE and GSP Rizal Council Camp for the celebration of the 2018 National Women’s Month last March 2 in Marikina City.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Rizal Council Camp celebrated the 2018 National Women’s Month (NWM) through a joint consumer education campaign last March 2 at the Sto. Niño Baseball Field in Marikina City during the annual camping activity.

Consistent with the 2018 NWM’s theme: “We Make Change Work for Women,” two sub-camps from the GSP Rizal Council Camp took part in the DOE-Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office (CWPO)-led educational seminars - the ENEReady: A Career Talk on Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Energy Workforce under the agency’s Gender and Development (GAD) program; and the Energy Smart Kids or EnerKids.

Aligned with the DOE's E-Power Mo campaign, the ENEReady and EnerKids programs aims to promote gender balance and development in the energy sector and educate the younger generation on energy efficiency and conservation measures.

A total of 238 Grades 7-10 campers from Antipolo, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pateros, Rizal, San Juan and Taguig were given valuable insights by resource speakers from DOE-CWPO on the work of women engineers and geologists in the DOE whose careers they can aspire for in the future.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “As we salute and recognize the vital role of women in our lives, the energy family commits itself to the furtherance of women empowerment and upholding gender complementarities for a more progressive society.”

The DOE Speakers engaged the GSP in a lively and very thorough discussion of practical household energy efficiency and conservation tips that they can apply in their daily lives.

The educational program was capped with the Pledge of Commitment, branding the students as “Energy Cost Busters” to apply their newly acquired learning on energy in their own homes.

Early this year, the DOE and the GSP made a pact through a Memorandum of Understanding to train 2.2 Million Girl Scouts on basic electricity concepts and wise and efficient utilization of energy as well as through hands-on experiments.

The Agreement also entailed the conduct of educational fora geared towards encouraging young girls to take up courses in science, technology and energy.

ENERGY SMART GIRL SCOUTS: Girl Scouts listen attentively to CWPO’s Senior Science Research Specialist Norita C. Froilan as she lectures on basic household saving tips during the annual GSP Rizal Council Camp on March 2 in Marikina City.

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN THE ENERGY FAMILY:DOE-CWPO staff and GSP Rizal Council Camp teachers with one of the sub-camps of Girl Scouts that attended the ENEReady: A Career Talk on Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Energy Workforce during the council’s annual camp activity on March 2 in Marikina City.

Glass Tiles Artwork - Edwin Coscolluela's Tile Works

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Tile works. Edwin Coscolluela’s latest exhibit at Galleria Duemila consist of his glass tiles on plywood, a visual rendering that saw its stages in Adobe Illustrator and finally composed into concreteness through small, colored glass tiles that are in modes of abstraction. Inspired mainly by the movements of nature, Edwin Coscolluela’s works saw various dynamisms and active gestures that the artist claims to crave.

Creating an image out of many other tiles, the works of Coscolluela are mosaic in nature and a testament to his artistry of non-representational art, gaining inspiration from the momentary, transitory scenes in the environment surrounding him. 

Curling, a 163 cm x 120 cm composition, made up of grays, whites and blacks, with a curvilinear subject draws the eyes in a fluid, whirlwind loop of gradient-like positioning of tiles despite the rigidness of the material used.

Written in the stars, a 240 cm x 60 cm work is evident of Coscolluela’s eye for imagery and his command of materials. All works are but inspired of ordinary circumstances turned into an otherwise sophisticated form of art.

Edwin Coscolluela has participated in more than 100 shows from 1973 up to the present. He is a trained photographer and a retired instructor for more than 36 years.

Tileworks will open on March 17 – April 28, 2018. Opening Reception is on March 17, Saturday at 4pm.

Galleria Duemila is located at 210 Loring St. 1300 Pasay City.

Makati Diamond Residences Holy Week Staycation

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Have a meaningful stay with your family at Makati Diamond Residences this Holy Week. Feel at home in the well-appointed rooms with special features that include a fully- equipped kitchenette, a complimentary mini bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi and local city calls.

Access the health club amenities including our 24-hour gym, daily TRX classes at the TRX studio, and an indoor lap pool so you can stay on track with your fitness regimen. Inspire the chef in you and participate in a cooking demonstration, or visit the inflatable play area, arts and crafts station, and more.

Enjoy the privilege of a 20% discount on the Easter Brunch Buffet. Book a room with breakfast for two at ₱5,800 net per night for the 41sqm Studio or ₱7,800 net per night for the larger 64sqm One Bedroom Suite. Studio Room-only packages start at ₱5,000 net per night.

The Holy Week room package is available from March 24 to April 1, 2018. This offer is exclusive to local residents and foreigners with ACR I-Card certification.

Book your reservations now! Call (02) 317-0999 or email Visit for the complete details and other hotel offers.

Makati Diamond Residences is located at 118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City 1229. 

For more information, contact +63 2 317 0999 or visit or email

Check or follow @makatidiamondresidences on Instagram for more updates.

American Idol Set to Return to Asia, First on Sony Channel

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Global Music Sensations Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan Take the Judges’ Hot Seats

American Idol, the iconic, genre-defining music reality series, returns to Asia at its new home on Sony Channel on Monday, March 12. Featuring superstar judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, the season will take viewers on a mesmerizing musical journey to discover America’s next singing sensation. Emmy award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of the renowned series.

“American Idol is a series that truly revolutionized the TV landscape and pioneered the music competition genre. The sizzling new series makes its home on Sony Channel for the first time and is sure to captivate audiences across the region with its breadth of talent, musical variety and witty banter, courtesy of the three dynamic judges,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia.

The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the American Idol Bus travelled across the U.S.A covering 23 cities. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social platforms using an official tag #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls could audition through a live stream platform.

American Idol premieres on Sony Channel within 12-hours of its U.S. telecast on Monday, March 12 at 6:00pm. American Idol airs every Monday and Tuesday at 6.00pm, with same night encore at 9.45pm.

American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive Megan Wolflick.

Sony Channel is available on Cablelink Channel 39, Cignal Channel 120, Destiny Cable, Channel 35, G Sat Channel 48, and SKYCable Channel 35.

FamilyMart Gives You the Chance to Have a Fun-Filled Summer Getaway

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Summer is coming and it’s time for you to go on vacation mode. After working for so many hours, you deserve that break to relax and recharge. That’s why your go-to for daily essentials FamilyMart is giving you the chance to win awesome getaway packages where you get to bring along your barkada or family!

As the popular Japanese convenience store celebrates its 5th anniversary in the Philippines, FamilyMart is bringing you the 5x the Summer Fun Raffle Promo.

Get a chance to go on that dream #SQUADGOALS vacay, because the grand prize is a trip for four to Bali, Indonesia, which includes a 3-day, 2-night hotel stay and roundtrip airfare. One other lucky winner will receive the second prize of a trip for four to the beautiful island of Siargao.

Bali, Indonesia



Summer is also a great time to spend a chill #STAYCATION with the #FAMBAM. There will be one winner each of either a staycation package at Hotel H20 Manila with 4 passes to Manila Ocean Park, a luxurious stay at Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila plus 4 passes to DreamWorks entertainment playground DreamPlay, or a relaxing weekend at 5-star hotel resort Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Hotel H2O

Nobu Hotel



Joining the raffle promo is easy. All you have to do is register for free via mobile by typing PFM Summer along with your name, complete address, email and send to 292-908. You’ll then receive a unique bCODE which you’ll scan at the counter every time you make a purchase. Registration is for one time only.

Get one entry for every purchase worth P80 in a single receipt. You can also double your chances of winning by purchasing major sponsor products to earn 4 bonus entries or minor sponsor products to get an additional 2 bonus entries. 

Don’t just daydream about alarm-clock free mornings or sunbathing at the beach, make it happen! Head on over to FamilyMart for your daily favorites and you might just win one memorable summer getaway.

Promo runs from March 15 to May 31. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 3663. Series of 2018.

For updates, exciting products, and awesome deals, like and follow FamilyMart Philippines on Facebook, @familymartph on Instagram, and @FamilyMartPH on Twitter. 

For store locations or more information on FamilyMart Philippines, log on to

FamilyMart is the 2nd largest convenience store chain in the world with over 18,000 stores across Asia. In the Philippines, FamilyMart has branches in Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Alabang and Laguna.

Briones Underscores Importance of ICT in Teaching, Governance

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Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones underscored the importance of integrating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in both teaching and governance for the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for Filipino learners.

The Education chief noted this during the recently concluded National DepEd ICT Summit held from February 27 to 28 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas in Parañaque City, which was attended by around 700 ICT practitioners, leaders, policy-makers, achievers in ICT education, and other stakeholders nationwide.

Briones shared that through ICT, teachers may devise various teaching methods that will instill creativity and critical thinking in learners. She further conveyed her hopes for the time to come that schoolchildren will no longer be burdened to carry books in their backpacks because of ICT innovations.

Ngayon napakarami nang technologies, napakarami nang gadgets, which make us do so many things and achieve so many goals and projects all at the same time… Kayang-kaya na nating mag-multi-task,” Briones stated.

Moreover, she highlighted how ICT can help fast-track the processes in the Department, “DepEd is a mammoth institution and with thousands of teaching and non-teaching personnel, technology may serve as an essential tool not just in teaching, but also in governance.”

“We’re going to overhaul the information system of the entire Department—the financial management system, accounting system, budget system, and all other processes,” Briones added.

Capacity building
To achieve these aspirations, the Secretary mentioned that teachers and non-teaching personnel handling concerns in ICT must undergo trainings, especially those who finished their education when technology was not as advanced as it is today.

Malaking bagay ‘yung capacity building ngteachers and personnel. Kasi isipin ninyo, ‘yung Secretary, hindi masyadong marunong saICT eh… So even I, myself, have to upgrade my skills and knowledge in ICT,” Briones said.

Best projects
In the same Summit, the Department, through its ICT Service (ICTS), recognized and awarded innovations in utilizing ICT to effectively deliver teaching and learning, as well as provide efficient governance and operations, directly to learners, teachers, and other education stakeholders.

“We will also recognize best projects to reward those who innovate… Because after all, education is not just about memorizing facts, it's also about being creative, about finding solutions to problems, and it's about dealing, accepting, living and adjusting with change,” the Secretary pointed out.

The winners for the Best ICT Innovations for Teaching and Learning are Regions VII, XII (CARAGA), and IV-A (CALABARZON), while the winners for the Best ICT Innovations for Governance are Regions III, X, and VI.

Ways forward
Furthermore, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua and ICTS Director Abram Abanil led the forum with all the Summit participants to gather insights and comments which will be used in the advancement of various ICT projects and programs.

“I don’t think we can survive without ICT. We will surely go back to the dark ages if we ignore ICT... We have to remember that ICT is primarily a tool which helps us in making decisions, in understanding the world that we live in, and in finding solutions,” Briones said.

“At the end of the day, it is still us—the users of technology—who are responsible for making things happen,” she concluded.

Reinventing Filipino Time

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Filipino time means being minutes to hours late compared to the standardtime. It's like having our own clock, albeit aware that the right time is the World Standard Time. In our defense, not all Filipinos are usually late. (Promise!)"

We'll be doing video interviews with executive peeps later tonight after office hours. This will be as promotional material for an upcoming big event happening soon at SMX MOA where Wazzup Pilipinas is a proud partner.

We're just hoping it doesn't rain or it will be traffic to the extreme. Of course, we don't want to be late since "Filipino Time" should be early or on time, and not 1 or 2 hours after :)

People are getting used to arriving late because events, meetings, gatherings, etc., rarely start on time. Something organizers should think about.

Reward or acknowledge the efforts of early birds so more people will emulate punctuality. Please don't encourage latecomers. You are unknowingly endorsing a negative trait among Filipinos, and showing a bad impression among foreigners.

Bad trip talaga when an events starts late because some or most attendees have not yet arrived.

When we were working for the United Nations, we always start on time because our boss was American. Everyone is already seated in the conference or meeting room at least 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting.

Imagine the culture difference witnessing our fellow Filipinos with a mindset "It won't start on time coz not everyone will be there on time" or "It's OK for me to be late because I won't be penalized anyway"

What's wrong with us? The only events we witnessed that started on time are those that were organized by foreigners, but when Filipinos are involved, you'll be sure they will go pass the scheduled start of event - 1 or 2 hours or even more. Then the actual event would be happening for only 30 minutes. Lol!

There are a lot of time and opportunities wasted just because we let late-comers, especially the ones with VIP feels, to get away with such irritable acts.

Once again, reward the early birds who know time is valuable. Make the late-comers realize they should change their ways.

For a better Philippines, let's always be early or on time!

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Journo Shares Expertise in NSPC Facebook Twitter Google+ Share

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Following the success of the 2018 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) held in Dumaguete City from February 19 to 23, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), extended its gratitude to all who have contributed to the “Olympics of campus journalism.”

These include broadcast practitioners and journalists such as Steve Dailisan of GMA News and Public Affairs who authored and shared the comprehensive guidelines for TV script writing and broadcasting, which is one of the group contests for secondary level, as stipulated in DepEd Memorandum No. 200, s. 2017 and DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016.

The guidelines consist of a detailed depiction and simulation of actual television newscasts, which include the pre-production (news gathering), production proper (script writing, video editing, and broadcast presentation), and post-production (editing of taped as live newscast combined with reporters’ audio-visual (AV), remote AV package, and additional video requirements) processes.

Dailisan, likewise, shared a sample news story lineup, and provided the criteria for judging the best newscast including script writing, broadcast presentation, technical application, and overall impact.

A journalist who won in the New York Festival in 2014 and Japan Prize in 2013, Dailisan also helped DepEd in the same category in the 2017 NSPC held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Education Chief Adjusts 2016 A&E Test Cut-Off Score; Raises Examinees’ Hope in Life, Faith in ALS

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In the interest of fairness for out-of-school youth and adult (OSYA) learners whose hopes and dreams for better opportunities are anchored on the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones adjusted the passing score of the 2016 Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test conducted last November 2017 from 75% to the generally accepted passing score of 60%.

The decision was made by the Education chief, in consultation with concerned officers and personnel of the Department, following a thorough evaluation of factors that contributed to the dismal result of the test, such as change in language of assessment, difference in design between the previous and the present tests, and length of time between intervention and conduct of test.

With the change in passing score, the passing rate jumped to 46.8% from 16.49% of the 15,845 elementary level examinees and to 62.08% from 15.58% of the 168,167 junior high school level examinees. 
The Division Testing Committee (DTC) of School Division Offices are, therefore, instructed to accommodate the November 2017 A&E takers who still did not reach the adjusted passing score as walk-in examinees on March 4 (Luzon) and 11 (Visayas and Mindanao) despite non-presentation of required documents (e.g. Certificate of Rating or COR). 
The same adjusted cut-off score shall be implemented, but only to the aforementioned tests.
DTCs shall prepare and facilitate the registration of these walk-in examinees at the testing center from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. prior to the pre-test activities. Only the examinees who took the A&E Test last November 2017 but did not make it to the adjusted passing score and the learners who earlier registered for the March 2018 test are qualified to take the exam. 
Photocopying of answer sheets is allowed only for the March A&E Test administration to ensure that all qualified examinees will be able to take the test.
Moving forward, the Secretary has instructed concerned officers and personnel to conduct a comprehensive review of the A&E examination standards, including its alignment to the existing learning resources and instruction delivery. She also ordered the suspension of the provision in DepEd Order No. 55, series 2016 that sets 75% as the passing score until further notice.
ALS, as the administration’s flagship program, has the full commitment of the Secretary. True to the learners’ byword, “Sa ALS may pag-asa,” the Department continues to expand and intensify ALS projects and partnerships so that more OSYAs may be provided with options, either through skills training or higher education, to improve their lives and to contribute to nation-building.
Questions and concerns about the A&E Test may be addressed to the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA) at (02) 631-2591 or (02) 631-2589, or at

The Globe Philippine Pro Gaming League 2018 Grand Finals

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The Philippines' biggest multi-platform league this year reaches its climax

The Globe Philippine Pro Gaming League 2018 Grand Finals is heading to Glorietta 2 Activity Center on March 24-25, 2018 from 11:00AM to 10:00PM. MET continues its tradition of organizing the country’s biggest leagues as the grand finals of the Globe PPGL 2018 gathers the absolute best competitive gamers in the Philippines.

The Globe PPGL 2018 is dedicated to the hundreds of Filipino esports hopefuls that dream of making it to grandest of stages. The Pro Gaming League serves as the bridge for amateurs to reach the professional level and compete with top players to achieve their dreams of becoming full-fledged esports athletes.

The Dota 2 teams will be fighting for lion’s share of the 500,000 PHP prize pool while the Arena of Valor grand finals will be for the 200,000 PHP prize pool. The eight Tekken 7 finalists will be battling it out for the 100,000 PHP prize pool.

A total of three champions will be crowned after the 2-day event for Dota 2 (PC), Arena of Valor (Mobile), and Tekken 7 (Console). Budding esports professionals that hail from barangays all across the Philippines will gather at Glorietta 2 for a weekend full of exciting esports action.

Come celebrate the true Filipino spirit of esports in the grand final of the biggest Philippine tournament of 2018. Catch all of your favorite esports talents!

The event in Glorietta will also feature giveaways for all the lucky fans supporting the local teams, and a press conference area where bloggers and media personnel can get a chance to talk to the players and the teams. The event will also feature a Globe Booth on-site with activities, giveaways, and other Globe services.

MET continues its commitment to Filipino gamers by delivering a true Filipino League along with Globe Telecom, Mobile Esports Arena, and PlayBook Esports. Join as us we culminate the first season of the biggest league of the year at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center on March 24-25, 2018 from 11:00AM to 10:00PM. See you there!

Reviving Small Boat Sailing with Simple Boxy Boats

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Sailing has become so affordable and user-friendly it is drawing more Filipinos to join a growing international interest in taking up the hobby and sport that is virtually a perfect fit for the country’s archipelagic environment.

International and local collaboration of companies and individuals involved in sailing and boatbuilding, including Hyde Sails International a British company that makes sails for sailboats whose main factory is in Cebu, Duckworks Boatbuilder’s Supply of the U.S, Broadwater Marine of Australia., local boatbuilding materials suppliers such as Zamboply Marine plywood, Pioneer Epoxy and Polymer Products, Inc. has brought about the popularity of the Oz Goose sailboat, designed by Batangas-based Australian designer Michael Storer,  has broken down the myth that sailing is only for the rich.

This collaboration was brought about by the Philippine Home Boatbuilders Yacht Club or PHBYC, a group of boating enthusiasts that promote affordable boating and sailing through do-it-yourself wooden boats. 

So far, over  40 Oz Goose sailboats have been built in the three island groups of the Philippines from scratch using boat plans, built to order from authorized builders, and most of the produced during Family Boatbuilding Weekends (FBW), the signature event of PHBYC, wherein families or groups assemble an Oz Goose from a prefabricated kit.

The boxy looking boat is easy to build and sails well with 3 persons, but is best sailed with one or two people onboard, making it a great platform to learn how to sail. Its shape gives it a lot of stability and is empty of water when righted from a capsize, (To find out more when the next FBW would be, feel free to follow PHBYC’s facebook group page and the Open Goose Sailing Boat Group).

Long time sailing enthusiast, Peter Capotosto, Commodore of the Taal Lake Yacht Club said, “The cost to build 10 Oz Geese, is the same as the cost of bringing in two Olympic class sailboats (Laser dinghy) and surprisingly it performs just as well especially for new sailors. Without a doubt the Oz Goose has more bang for the buck.” Mr. Capotosto said.
The unique coming together of international and local boating experts and suppliers leading to the rising popularity of the Oz Goose class in the Philippines is unprecedented, And could be the hope for the future of Dinghy sailing here, According to Mr. Capotosto; “We organize monthly races at TLYC and the increased participation of old an new sailors in the Oz Goose class has increased exponentially after we had an FBW there last month” Mr. Capotosto added.

Sailing clubs around the world are trying to emulate what PHBYC has done to revive interest in small boat sailing. According to boat designer Michael Storer:  “We still have a long way to go to get mainstream interest in small boat sailing in the Philippines, but PHBYC is making progress, schools have expressed their interest having sailing as a varsity sport and our maritime academies that produce sailors that know little about sailing are beginning to appreciate how small boat sailing and boatbuilding can significantly add to the seamanship knowhow of their cadets.”

The Oz Goose is made from 5 or 6mm marine grade plywood, and lumber, assembled with epoxy. While the sails that move the boat can be made by the builder from materials like polytarp or tyvek, professionally made dacron sails can also be purchased locally from dealers such as Las Pinas based Monsoon Marine.

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Safety on the Water
Anyone can learn how to sail, and PHBYC has always been an advocate of safety on the water by wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) being responsible and respectful to the environment and advising people when to expect you back when going on extended boating trips.

The Philippine Home Boatbuilders Yacht Club (PHBYC) is a local community sailors, boaters and amateur and professional boatbuilders that help people get into boating and sailing economically through boatbuilding. Plans for building all kinds of boats are available online and the materials to build them are readily available locally. Established in 2006 PHBYC helps its members by giving advice on sourcing materials and boatbuilding techniques, all they ask in return is for people to pay forward what they’ve learned to help grow the fleet of homebuilt boats.

Contributed By: Roy Espiritu /PHBYC

Conquer Big Days with Berocca!

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A fast-paced lifestyle is often filled with physically exhausting and mentally-draining activities. For spirited men and women, Big Days can mean the challenges they go through every single day – the rush hour traffic in the morning, beating deadlines and targets at work, while having enough energy to go to the gym or go out with friends after!  And a great way to conquer big days is with BEROCCA everyday!

Celebrities Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino, like many of us today, also lead very active lifestyles.  For them, every day is a Big Day, each with their varied commitments aside from very demanding production schedules for TV shows and movies.  Kim also does Muay Thai and trains for triathlons, as well as helps out with their family business, and still goes out for occasional trips abroad with family and friends.  Paulo on the other hand has a passion for riding motorbikes, works out to maintain his physique, all while making sure to have time for date nights.  The two have enough energy to keep a healthy balance of work and “me” time with the help of Berocca.

That’s because the Vitamin B-complex in Berocca helps release the energy from the food we eat, and we need to replenish especially when doing physical challenges or even when under emotional stress.  Berocca’s combination is unique because aside from Vitamin B-complex, it also has vitamin C plus calcium, magnesium and zinc that is clinically proven to give increased physical energy and mental sharpness to help you conquer Big Days.
And now, for only P22.50 SRP, the new Berocca singles pack can help give you the extra energy and mental alertness that can beat deadlines and juggle schedules.  Grab it now in all major drugstores nationwide!

Once you’ve tried it, share your experience on how you Conquer Big Days to get a chance to win an exciting day with celebrity endorsers Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino as they go about conquering their Big Day, and also appear with them in Umagang Kay Ganda in May. Three (3) weekly winners will also be selected, based on who visualized “Big Days” in a great way, and will win a “barkada” adventure package, starting April 1, 2018.

To join, simply make a public social media post (Facebook, Instagram) from March 1 to April 20, 2018, on how you Conquer Big Days and include the hashtags #BeroccaPH and #ConquerBigDays.  Winners will be notified via private message to their social media account.  They will have 48 hours to respond.  In case there is no response from the winner within 48 hours, the Berocca Team will choose another winner.

So be bold enough and share how you #ConquerBigDays with #BeroccaPH online to win these exciting prizes!

Conquer Big Days with Berocca!

For more information, find Berocca on Facebook ( and on Instagram (@BeroccaPh).
Check out and share the Berocca experience with the hashtags #BeroccaPH and #ConquerBigDays.

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