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National Newsbits for April 20, 2014

‘Balik Eskwela’

To ensure the smooth opening of classes when school year 2014-2015 begins, the Department of Education (DepEd) will activate its “Oplan Balik Eskwela” (OBE) and the Public Assistance Station (PAS) starting from the last week of May to the first week of June. Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through DepEd Memorandum No. 42 series of 2014, said the OBE and PAS “primarily aim to address problems that are commonly encountered during this period to ensure that pupils and students are properly enrolled and are able to attend school by the first day of classes.” Earlier, the DepEd announced that the first day of classes for School Year 2014-2015 in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide will be on June 2, 2014. Private schools are allowed to deviate from the school opening date set by DepEd given that “they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not late than the last day of August.” (Ina Hernando-Malipot)

 

Reducing Poverty

Malacañang assured yesterday that the administration is determined to reduce poverty incidence in the country in the last two years of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s term through the updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP). Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the assurance despite the reported criticisms made by former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on the slow implementation of the government’s Private Public Partnership Program. (JC Bello Ruiz)

 

Navy Modernization

Recognizing that the country is years behind in terms of defense technology, the Philippine Navy has brought together experts from various fields in a bid to bridge this gap as the military pursues its modernization program. Dubbed as “NRDC (Naval Research and Development Center) Triad Meeting,” the event was held early this week at the Navy headquarters in Manila. (Elena L. Aben)

 

Korea Test

Filipino job seekers seeking to work in South Korea under its Employment Permit System (EPS) are advised to take the 10th Test of Proficiency in Korea (TOPIK) which will be conducted from April 21 to 20, 2014. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in coordination with the Human Resource Development Services of Korea (HRD-Korea), advised applicants to personally register for the test, reminding that they will have to present a valid passport during the registration. (Carlo S. Suerte Felipe)

 

Crisis Management

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is enjoining local government unit (LGU) participation to the training on “Introduction to Crisis Management for Local Governments.” Through its training arm, the Local Government Academy (LGA) in partnership with the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be implementing the training. It aims to equip local government officials and functionaries with the knowledge and skills in organizing crisis management organizations and handling and managing crisis incidents. Czarina Nicole O. Ong)