March 2, 2021- To keep its stakeholders accurately informed on the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Education (DepEd) has joined in the launch of the vaccine education campaign dubbed “Ugnayang Pang-paaralan tungkol sa Pagbabakuna para sa Kalusugan ng Bayan.”
In partnership with UNILAB’s AKAP Guro CONNECTed program, the campaign is organized by the government’s Vaccine Cluster – Task Group on Demand Generation and Communications to inform the general public about the national vaccine deployment plan.
During the campaign’s launch, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones encouraged everyone to keep themselves informed on the COVID-19 vaccine and the government’s vaccination program.
“I enjoin everyone to continue to advocate truth, believe in science, and foster critical thinking as we all take part in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan through our respective roles and jobs,” Secretary Briones said during the program.
“Vaccination works, not because it is someone’s opinion or because it is the sentiment of the majority, [but] vaccination works because it is the result of decades and even centuries of scientific endeavor, of studying, of further learning, of education,” she added.
In the program, Dr. Nina G. Gloriani head of the Vaccine Development Expert Panel of Department of Science and Technology was invited to discuss the vital processes of vaccine used to assure its safety, efficacy, and quality.
“Ang importante pong maintindihan sa mga side effects and adverse effects na ito, is to determine causality… All together, the benefits must outweigh the risks or the side effects,” Dr. Gloriani shared.
Meanwhile, a local government unit (LGU) was also invited to show how the National Vaccine Deployment Plan (NVDP) is operationalized at the local level.
The DepEd Task Force COVID-19 (DTFC) also took the launch as an opportunity to gather initial feedback from field personnel as to how the NVDP can be best operationalized in the Department.
In his message read by Bureau of Learner Support Services OIC Director Lope Santos III, DTFC Chairperson Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said that the guidelines that will soon be issued by the DepEd will address the questions that the field personnel may have about their role in the vaccination program
Three-week webinar series In informing the general public about the NVDP, the campaign will conduct a series of webinars that targets educating school heads and teachers from all over the country and providing them a venue to seek answers from the experts regarding their questions about COVID-19 vaccine and the government’s vaccination program.
DepEd Regional Directors and School Division Superintendents were specifically invited to be present during the launch as they will be leading the dissemination of information to all concerned regional and division personnel, school heads, and teachers in their respective regions and divisions to ensure active participation in the campaign
.The webinar series will be available via Facebook live every Saturday from February 27 to March 13, 2021 on the pages of AKAP Guro Connected (https://www.facebook.com/akapguroconnected) and DepEd Philippines https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH
226 Supreme Student Government officers take oaths
February 25, 2021- Committed to engage the youth sector, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones discussed and consulted various initiatives of the Department of Education (DepEd) to student-leaders all over the country on February 20.
“Kailangan kasali ang kabataan sa paggawa ng polisiya ng Departamento. At yung ating mga tinuturo ay relevant at meaningful sa inyo,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said during the National Assembly of Division Federation Officers.
After virtually administering the oath of 226 Supreme Student Government (SSG) officers, Secretary Briones gamely answered their questions for more than four hours on academic ease measures, sports event plans, future of education, learning continuity initiatives, among others.
“Marami sa aming polisiya ay nanggagaling sa mga kabataan, through consultation, pero gusto namin gawing pormal through your federations,” she added.
Briones even urged student-leaders to review and give inputs for the updating of the SSG mandate, which is currently based on DepEd Order No. 049, s. 2011.
The Education chief also discussed present challenges in youth participation, including the spread of misinformation and fake news.
“I expect our learners to have the capacity to reason, and think rationally.
Second, the capacity to have an open mind,” she answered when asked by Region X SSG President Queenie Joy Cabatingan about her expectations of today’s learners.
In another query during the open forum, the Secretary replied in the affirmative when CALABARZON SSG President Earl Vincent Hiwatig asked if DepEd is planning to continue implementing blended learning initiatives such as DepEd TV once the pandemic ends.
“Kasi maski wala na ang pandemic, mayroon pa ring lugar na walang connectivity, mayroon pa ring eskwelahan na kulang ng libro,” she said.
Briones also formally turned over digital tablets to SSG federation presidents to further promote their causes on student governance.
Meanwhile, student representatives from Region CALABARZON, VII, XI, X, and XII shared their Kabataan reports, which highlighted various SSG initiatives in the regions. There were also 226 SSG advisers during the event.
Aimed to provide the youth sector with up-to-date information in basic education, the assembly also featured Undersecretaries Diosdado San Antonio and Alain Del Pascua, who shared presentations on academic ease, and blended learning approach, respectively.
“It is an honor to be given the chance to interact with government leaders and organizations for they are the ones who can greatly help us and forward our goals”, National Federation of SSG President Ken Bien Mar Caballes said. Reference from DepEd Public Affairs
Pag AALAY webXHIBITION and FESTIVAL
The University of the Philippines showcase the acts of kindness, generosity, and sacrifice of our everyday heroes through the eyes of our filmmakers, communicators, and multimedia artists during the first Pag-aalay webXhibition & Festival Awards Ceremony on February 28, 2021 (Sunday) at 6pm (Philippine Standard Time) via livestreaming on the TVUP YouTube Channel as well as Facebook Live on the TVUP Facebook Page.
The Pag-aalay webXhibition and Festival is an online festival of short videos in the categories of Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Documentary, and Music Video, that celebrate the various acts of kindness, generosity, and sacrifice that everyday Filipinos selflessly give, extend, and share to fellow Filipinos in need during this challenging time of the pandemic.
The festival received an overwhelming response with various entries that focused on the theme “Pag-aalay sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. Aside from the video categories, there is also a special award, the “Chooks-To-Go People’s Choice Award,” which is the video entry that has garnered the most votes during the Festival Showcase.
“Committing these stories and experiences to film is not only to honor the subject’s heroism but also instill hope and determination in the filmmaker and the audiences it will reach. The global pandemic is a shared experience which no one can come out of unaffected,” explained U.P. President Danilo L. Concepcion about the festival.
The Board of Judges for the festival are comprised by National Artist for Music and Former Dean of the U.P. College of Music, Dr. Ramon Santos (Chair of the Board of Judges); U.P. Film Institute Professor and Member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Dr. Rolando Tolentino; Cinema Historian and faculty member and Academic Coordinator of the U.P. Film Institute, Assoc. Prof. Nick Deocampo; faculty member of the U.P. Film Institute and Director of the UP-CMC Office for Extension and External Relations, Asst. Prof. Roehl Jamon; and faculty member of the U.P. Film Institute and documentary filmmaker, Asst. Prof. Adjani Isabel Arumpac.
Winners will be presented the “Pag-aalay” trophies specially handcrafted by multi-talented U.P. artist and TVUP Executive Director Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso. The trophy presents two silver hands offering a world enveloped in katakataka leaves, the same plant sculpted at the base of the U.P. Oblation.
Reference from UP Office of Alumni Affairs
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