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    Default House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September


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    Lani Mercado wants class opening moved to September

    MANILA, Philippines - Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla has revived calls to move the country's school calendar to avoid the rainy season.
    Mercado-Revilla filed House Bill 4895, which proposes to move the opening of classes from June to September.

    "The Philippines and Brunei are the only countries in the Asia-Pacific region that open their regular classes in June," Mercado-Revilla said.
    She also cited that Malaysia and Singapore open their classes in January, China in February, South Korea in March, Japan and India in April, Thailand in May, Indonesia in July and Hong Kong in September.

    Citing data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mercado-Revilla said about 19 to 20 typhoons visit the country every year beginning June up to September.
    Mercado-Revilla said torrential rains and heavy floods disrupt classes in all levels resulting in the suspension and irregularity of school days in past years.

    "As much as 25 to 30 days are subtracted from the school calendar, as recorded in the previous years and could have been prevented if classes start on the later part of the year," Mercado-Revilla said.
    During the rainy season, classes are usually suspended as storms pass by the country. Several schools, particularly in areas prone to storms, have to extend the suspension of classes because their classrooms have to be utilized as temporary shelters for residents displaced by storms.

    "It will also minimize the danger to the students, teachers and their parents and relatives who bring and fetch the students and teachers to school especially when classes are abruptly suspended or cancelled because of the rains and floods that threaten the safety of these individuals," Mercado-Revilla added.

    Mercado-Revilla said the changing of the school calendar to September will also help lessen the dangers posed to the health of the students, teachers and their guardians like respiratory diseases, dengue fever and leptospirosis, and ensure their safety which can be endangered by various street repairs which result in excavations and open drains.

    - By Angelo L. Gutierrez (Philstar News Service, Philippine News for the Filipino Global Community)
    Then naay recent update...

    DepEd may move class opening from June to September

    DepEd may move class opening from June to September
    By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) Updated September 20, 2011

    MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) is studying the possibility of moving the opening of classes from June to September to reduce the disruption of classes due to bad weather during rainy season in the country.

    Education Secretary Armin Luistro said during the Senate public hearing on DepEd’s proposed 2012 budget that there are now internal discussions about the proposals to move the school opening to September.

    Consultations were conducted several months ago and the agency is now gathering data to be used for its evaluation.

    He said that the DepEd has asked the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the regional offices of the education department for data on the amount of rainfall and the resulting suspension of classes over the past 10 years.

    The proposal to move the opening of classes from June to September came up during the Senate hearing after committee on finance chairman Franklin Drilon and vice chairman Edgardo Angara directed Luistro to finally take a serious look into the proposals, which have been broached time and again.

    Drilon said that moving the classes to September could lessen the disruption of classes due to bad weather.

    He pointed out that the suspension of classes due to bad weather is compounded by the use of public school buildings as evacuation centers after the storms, resulting in even more suspension of classes.

    “This is not a new issue, this has been an issue ever since. There are more school suspensions in the second half of the year as compared to the first half. That is quite obvious,” Drilon said.

    Luistro noted that the DepEd has already collected data from 54 percent of its school divisions across the country.

    “The initial trend is that the least destruction over the past 10 years, are during the months of January to May and then during the period of June to December, (we have the) number of months with the most suspensions (of classes),” Luistro said.

    “We’re very serious about looking at this issue based on actual data. Maybe in a month’s time we can give the complete data,” he added.

    After collecting the data, Luistro said that consultations would be made with the parents as well as the DepEd school divisions regarding the proposal to move the school opening.

    If ever the final recommendation is to adopt the proposal to move the opening of school to September, Luistro said that this could be implemented as early as 2013.

    “I will press the DepEd to make a decision on this. I am just suggesting to them that a decision be made because in my view, all indications would lead to the need to revise our school year for the benefit of everyone,” Drilon said.

    “Suspension of classes means less time in the classroom. Less time in the classroom means less absorption by our schoolchildren,” he added.

    Drilon wants audit of school building program

    Drilon said the Commission on Audit (COA) should look into the school building program of the DepEd which is more expensive compared to the cost of construction of school building conducted by the private sector.

    Luistro revealed that the DepEd spends around P650,000 for one classroom using the standard specifications of 7x9 meters.

    Drilon said that the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI) has been building the same classrooms at half the cost and so the DepEd should find ways to match this and help make up for the classroom shortage in the country.

    He said the FFCCCI has managed to construct 7x7 meter classrooms, with comfort rooms and blackboards at only P250,000 each and if the DepEd specifications of 7x9 meters were to be followed, the cost would go up to just P325,000 per classroom.

    “The COA should look into it. The COA has a value for money portion in its reports and that’s a proper area for a COA inquiry,” he added.

    Drilon noted that his pork barrel since 2002 has gone to the school building program of the FFCCCI, which has constructed a total of 1,400 classrooms nationwide.

    Using the FFCCCI cost, Drilon noted that the DepEd would be able to construct two classrooms instead of just one using its current budget of P650,000 per classroom.

    Under the proposed P1.8-trillion national budget, the DepEd was allocated P18.2 billion for construction and rehabilitation of around 15,000 classrooms, the provision of 2.5 million desks and 25,000 toilets.

    Luistro explained that the difference between the cost of the FFCCCI and the DepEd was due to the 12 percent contractor’s tax that the DepEd has to pay for the construction of classrooms.

    “It goes through the regular bidding and via the contractors. There is a profit margin for the contractors,” he said.

    Drilon agreed that the contractors do have a profit margin but to peg this at 100 percent would be “a bit excessive.”

    “I just got a commitment that the FFCCCI is willing to construct 700 school buildings at P650,000 per building or P325,000 per classroom as against P650,000 per classroom budget allocation of the DepEd,” Drilon said.
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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    ahw wa koy problema ani, dili naman sad ko studyante..

    pero bitaw, okay ramn sad kay louy man sad atu mga estudyante esp ang mga gagmitoy..

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    ang iyang mga arguments makes sense, ingon ang uban kay ma heat stroke daw ang mga bata kung mag klase sa march-may, duh! ka init na daan sa pilipinas, duwa2x man gani nang mga bata ilawms adlaw, kana naba kahang mgklasi ilawm sa classroom...

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    Mas maayo man nga september mag start ang klase. Ang argument na ma heat-stroke, dili man mag buwad sa init sila. Naay man sab electric fan.

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    halah nganung ma heat stroke man intawn oi.. ang heat stroke is staying under the sun for a prolonged time.. sa classroom man sad na sila magklase intawn.. ug magduwa duwa man gani na sila, kaybaw man sad na sila mopasilong.. but anyways, mas nice sa sept nalang start..

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    mao mani proposition sa debate class sa college....hehheheehe

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    good to know. makes sense.
    ok rah kaayo..

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    I would love to see this bill passed.
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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    up for this louy keu ang mga bata basta ting uwan na....maau lang unta ug mabasa ang uban kay maanod pa dyud sa baha....up ta ani beh

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    Default Re: House Bill 4895: Moving Start of Classes to September

    ok raman sad. delikado nalang noon ni sa mangadto ue beach kay manga lonod. mabati ang mga resort kay bagyohon... pero ok nalang advantage sa mga student...

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