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Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

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  • A bill requires students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation
  • Students are said to plant trees in many areas in their locations
  • Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation

Trees are important to the environment, especially in our current situation where we experience the effect of global warming. Our country’s industrial and infrastructure developments are continuously improving, and some of our trees had been cut down to build some buildings.

Recently, the House of Representatives has approved, on its third and final reading, a bill requiring students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

This House Bill is called “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act.” House Bill 8728 aims to require all graduating students from elementary to college to plant at least 10 trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

Students are said to plant trees in any of the following areas: forest land, mangrove, and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands.

Students should also consider the location, climate, and topography of the area, with a preference for the planting of indigenous species of trees in choosing the appropriate plant to be planted.

The bill is authored by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, along with Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, Reps. Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Noel Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac), Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City), and Pablo Ortega (1st District, La Union), among others.

Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation.

House Bill 8728 also mandates the different government agencies to take part, which includes the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to implement the Act, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of National Defense, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Justice, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

Before it will be submitted to the President to be signed into law, the Senate must pass its own version of the bill before chambers meet in a bicameral conference committee to ratify the legislation.

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Fresh grad visits grave of deceased parents, devotes her college degree to them

Fresh grad visits grave of deceased parents, devotes her college degree to them

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  • A fresh grad from Cagayan de Oro dedicates her college degree to deceased parents
  • Mayer Mia Bautista visited the grave of her parents wearing her toga before her graduation day
  • The orphaned student sold snacks and pre-loved clothes while studying in order to make ends meet

A college student from Cagayan de Oro visited the grave of her parents before her graduation rites.

Mayer Mia Bautista, 21, wore her toga before her solemn investiture on Wednesday, as she presented herself to the tombstones of her mother and father.

“Treasure your parents,” she said in a report by ABS-CBN News.

Bautista wanted to dedicate her achievement of finishing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Technology and Communication Management from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) to her deceased parents—a struggle she faced alone and ended up triumphant, even when she was orphaned early on.

Her mother died of stroke while her father succumbed to pneumonia two years later. Three years ago, her sister also left her, forcing the young woman to rent a place of her own while continuing her education. Due to this, she had to sell snacks and pre-loved clothes at school to make ends meet.

“It was challenging for my part dahil ako lang. I woke up every morning na ako lang. I have so much achievements, teachers would say you are a good leader, you did it but I want that galing sana sa parents ko,” described Bautista.

Bautista used to be an academic scholar on her first year of college, but eventually lost it as she shifted to another course. Fortunately, she received another scholarship from the Commission on Higher Education and educational assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Recounting how she worked to balance her finances while going to school, she narrated, “Malaki yung dinadala kong bag(at) dun ko nilalagay ang food, saka damit mga ‘ukay-ukay’ kasi ibebenta ko sila, saka ko ilalagay ang mga books ko. My bag is my treasure kasi yun yung finances ko.”

The hardworking and tenacious student claimed that she would like to be an inspiration to others for them to still continue achieving their dreams, even without their parents.

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FEU professor makes students take exam in Baybayin

FEU professor makes students take exam in Baybayin

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  • FEU professor made an exam written purely in Baybayin.
  • The teacher said that his students are used to his way of giving exams and they even got high scores.

A professor from Far Eastern University decided to make his students take an exam.

So what’s unusual with that? His exam was completely written in Baybayin.

Rikardo Juan praised his Grade 10 students for their hard work after answering his text written in full Baybayin.

“Shoutout po sa mga Grade 10 students ko! Binabati ko kayong lahat dahil hindi niyo sinukuan ang exam ko na ito kahit na ang sabi ninyo’y hilong hilo na kayo. Hahahahaha. Much appreciated kiddos!”

When someone commented “Grabe yan sir!” the teacher replied that the students are so used to his way of giving an exam that they even got high scores.

Shoutout po sa mga Grade 10 students ko! Binabati ko kayong lahat dahil hindi niyo sinukuan ang exam ko na ito kahit na…

Posted by Rikardo Juan on Friday, November 23, 2018

The post has now reached more than 16,000 shares on Facebook.

According to a report by Interaksyon, the development came after Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Supreme Court‘s decision to drop Filipino and Filipino literature from core subjects from college institutions and universities.

Aside from that, the Department of Education (DepEd) implemented that all public schools will have Korean, Spanish, and other foreign language classes as a part of the Special Program in Foreign Language.

 

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CHED to conduct mandatory drug testing to college students next year

CHED to conduct mandatory drug testing to college students next year

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  • Mandatory random drug testing will be conducted in universities, colleges and higher educational institutions next year.
  • PNP assured that there will be no human rights violations in such operations.

On November 5, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced that students universities, colleges, and other higher educational institutions will have to undergo mandatory random drug test next academic school year.

CHED has released a memorandum order to implement the intervention. According to CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera, this is to help create an environment with a healthy lifestyle.

“Ang ginagawa natin sa loob ng mga pamantasan ay mag-create ng environment ng healthy lifestyle. Huwag nating hintayin na umabot sa punto na masyadong talamak na ‘yung problema bago tayo mag-intervene.”

The memorandum states that such tests should be done with consultations with not just the student, but their parents as well. It can only be done by Department of Health accredited facilities, physicians, and private medical practitioners.

The Board of Regents and Student Governing Boards also need to agree to the intervention.

Not everyone, however, agrees with the plan as other students expressed their concern over the confidentiality of the results. University of San Carlos councilor Basilio Claudio asked about the assurance that there will be no discrimination against those who will have negative results.

“It’s possible din that the school admin will go… may previous disciplinary cases ka, how do we ensure din na even ‘yung treatment ng students who might yield positive results they are not discriminated upon.”

He further suggested that the tests should not be disclosed to the public.

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde stated that there will be no human rights violations in the upcoming operations.

“We will not come in na parang magco-conduct ng buy-bust. No, we will not do that. We will surely coordinate with the faculty, administrator, or sa mga security managers nila sa mga different schools.” 

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Daniel Matsunaga will not return his honorary degree: “I’m just a recipient of the award”

Daniel Matsunaga will not return his honorary degree: “I’m just a recipient of the award”

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  • Daniel Matsunaga said that he will not return his honorary degree given by a religious school in Gapan, Nueve Ecija.
  • He said that he was saddened with all the hate he and his family have been getting, but he’s blessed to receive the recognition.

Model-actor Daniel Matsunaga admitted that he was affected by the recent issue of Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) which the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) deemed unauthorized.

Matsunaga was one of 18 graduates who received the Doctor of Humanities Major in Community Services and Development from BEST, which is a religious institution.

He stated that he felt disappointed not because of the issue of the school, but all the bashing towards him and his family.

“Siyempre nalungkot kami, with all the hating and bashing towards me and my family. One thing I have to say is I’m just a recipient of the award.”

Matsunaga also said that he didn’t expect BEST to grant him an award as he only wants to help other people.

“I don’t know what are the criteria or anything, but I’ve been helping in my own ways …from the bottom of my heart all those charities from different cities in the Philippines. I do it not to tell the public, not to tell everyone …but unfortunately those bashing happen.

“I’m sure, they went to my background, they checked and there was a reason for me receiving the award.”

But in spite of all the criticisms, he admitted that he has no plans of returning the award.

“I’m really happy and blessed to have received that award and I will never say or think that I will give the award back. Of course, not. It is a blessing for my life no matter what. It means a lot to me and it means a lot to my family too.”

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Nueva Ecija school which gave Daniel Matsunaga a doctorate degree unauthorized by CHED

Nueva Ecija school which gave Daniel Matsunaga a doctorate degree unauthorized by CHED

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  • The school which gave Daniel Matsunaga a doctorate degree was revealed to be unauthorized by CHED.
  • It was said that the school never applied for the said authorization.

Daniel Matsunaga recently posted about finally getting a doctorate degree in Gapan, Nueva Ecija from Brethren Evangelical School of Theology (BEST).

But controversy sparked as the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) clarified on Tuesday that BEST is not authorized and has not been issued a permit to operate. This means that the degree that Matsunaga, and other recipients such as lawyers, educators, and public servants, were given does not hold water.

CHED added that BEST is not recognized as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the country. According to CHED officer-in-charge and spokesperson Prospero de Vera, the school did not even apply for the said permit.

Video courtesy of Daniel Matsunaga (Instagram)

“Based on CHED records, the school has never applied for an authority to operate from the Commission and is not recognized as a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Philippines.”

They added that BEST’s awarding of the honoris causa degree is considered as a violation of the agency’s policies which is stated in the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 19, series of 2014, also known as the  “Enhanced Policies and Guidelines on the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees by HEIs.”

According to the CMO, doctorate degrees may only be granted by HEIs that have existed for at least 25 years.

BEST has not yet made an official statement as of this writing.

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