Posts Tagged ‘Philippine Government’

Inauguration – one such historic moment for another Aquino

a new light and a beginning; a freedom and an escape; dreams merged from two visionaries; people hoping for a better point…a new revolution

A heroic odyssey to bands of yellow and eyeglass(es). Now took oath as the President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had consistently used the color “yellow” to represent his and the Aquino legacy.

We had just come to a point that we must create such historic moment of putting Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, now President, as the highest ruling leader of the country.

Similar with the idealistic campaign of “CHANGE” by US President Obama, President Aquino himself and the Filipino people are now hoping that his administration will truly bring if not that considerable, but at least a distinct and evident change of what he promised during the election. With his campaign tag line: KUNG WALANG CORRUPT, WALANG MAHIRAP, he purposefully and somewhat subtly merged such idealism with “change,” so as not to look directly similar with the then candidate President Obama. Now that he took his turn and successfully influence a huge number of voters, ours is to support and celebrate such historic event….reinforce his advocacies; love him; negate his ideas and plans; create or make him through media; attempt to create a rally and even a coup; plan assassination (the same with the late Ninoy Aquino); create harsh and good criticisms on his administration; ….or we could just simply unite for one better “revolution!”

You chose him and so you have the freedom to recycle and re-invent our history….and we should just accept imperfections…we never know what’s in store for us under his administration…



. . . ‘nakuha mo?!?’ . . .

Sabi ng isang news anchor, ngayon na lang daw umiyak at nagpakitang umiyak ng ganun si Pangulong Arroyo. E pa’nong hindi iiyak ‘yan e tears of joy baga ang nararamdaman n‘yan – sige sabihin na nating umiiyak s’ya ng may pighati pero kung ako, ikaw o sila ang tatanungin, ano kaya?


Sa kabila ng lahat, umiyak s’ya ng may halong awa at saya. Awa dahil sa kumitil ito sa walong sakay ng BELL 412 patungong Ifugao at SAYA NAMAN, DAHIL SALAMAT PO LORD (malamang nasambit ni Mrs. Arroyo ‘yon) AT HINDI PO AKO KASAMA!






O ano, malamang mabigat ang “tears of joy” do’n! Tuwang-tuwa ang ating mahal na Pangulo at hindi s’ya sumakay sa Presidential Chopper na ‘yun! At susuportahan ko ang minsang sinabi ni Mr. Lord de Veyra para sa ating Pangulo, ‘ANG SUWERTE MO, HINDI KA SUMAKAY SA HELICOPTER!’

Automated Election? How true in 2010……

With all this “politicking” from aspiring candidates who have now (slightly) started their campaign for the 2010 election, a “planned” Automated Election shouldn’t be left behind

An editorial from Manila Times entitled Open Election System (OES) in 2010 stated the growing sentiment of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) concerning the upcoming automated election in 2010. This because the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had proposed to the Senate that it will be using the so-called Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines instead of DRE (Direct Recording Electronic) and OMR (Optical Mark Reader) which had helped the ARMM vote-counting to be a success. However, CBCP expressed their concern that “these technologies seem to be very costly in terms of procurement and storage and do not exactly guarantee fraud-free election results.” It endorsed the so-called Open Election System (OES)” (

While it’s quite technical to discuss how PCOS, DRE and OMR operate, Comelec argued that PCOS machine is much better because it is an improved OMR. “PCOS involves the use of machines reading or scanning optical paper ballots that voters have marked by hand. The votes shown in each scanned ballot are then automatically added in a computerized tally for every “clustered precinct.” Under this system, precincts would have to be clustered, otherwise there would have to be hundreds of thousands of precincts to be equipped with PCOS machines. With cluttering, only 80,000 PCOS machines need to be deployed throughout thePhilippines” (

I bet it’s too technical.

With P113 billion “approved” supplemental budget for the automated 2010 election, I hope that President Arroyo would live up to one of her nationalistic plans under the Medium-Term Development that emphasizes electoral reforms by pursuing an automated elections that is said to be ‘essential to political stability.’

e-Learning, until when?

Just recently, while I was browsing for the latest tech buzz on the net, I came across with the hompepage which features DSWD and its partnered NGOs on their supposed e-learning project for pre-schoolers nationwide. The project is dubbed as Philippine e-Learning Network or PeN Project with primary goal of offering “distance learning program for day care centers under the early childhood care and development (ECCD). Furthermore, when we say e-learning, it’s quite obvious that it pertains to ‘eletronic learning’ which merits the use of computers, Internet, and other electronic device such as audio device and the like to efficiently integrate technology towards an interactive learning. Although the site did not further the budget and the exact date when it will be launched or until when the project will run, the bottom line is, until when does this E-learning project facilitate effective e-learning among our pre-schoolers? Will it “last”?

This thing bothered me as I go through with the article. It leads me to doubt whether it was DSWD’s initiative to pursue such or maybe part of President Arroyo’s “image-building” amid all these first family’s controversies sprawling out in the media. Even so, DSWD worked and being financed under the Office of the President and yet, the agency couldn’t point out the total budget allocated for this e-Learning project and until when it will run. And mind you, this is a nationwide campaign! I’d rather think that this is just part of PGMA’s fabrications in all of her political agenda.

So what is e-Learning by the way? Quoted from the paper entitled E-learning in the Philippines through the Use of Affordable, High-Quality, and Custom-Designed Development Tools by Caccam et al., e-learning is “technologically-supported learning, which includes the use of electronic media such as the Internet, personal computers, phone bridging, audio and videotape, video teleconferencing, satellite broadcast, mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and other related technologies to enhance teaching and learning.” Meanwhile DSWD stated that “It hopes to increase enrollment of day care children from 1.2 million to 3 million….. the project will cover 42,000 barangay day care centers nationwide….. also, the program will review and update pre-school curriculum.. (”

In another article entitled E-Learning for Basic Education in the Philippines authored by Professor Virgilio Manzano of the UP College of Education, “There are a lot advantages of using e-learning in the in-school and off-school settings in the Philippines. It allows interactivity between the lesson and the learner. The individualization of each learner is enhanced. The cost-effectiveness can be seen on it since the reproduction and distribution of learning materials is considered to be inexpensive. Its novelty allows the learners to deal on interesting lessons allowing them to become well motivated and receptive …..the integrity of each lessons can be maintained since the computer allows the delivery of uniform information in a sequential manner based on the needs of the learners, anytime and anywhere.”

Yes, it has its (good) objective and a (good) vision, but what about its implementation? I don’t mind of the correspondent from missing all those ‘necessary’ information like the planning, budget allocation, execution, strategy and the like. What I doubt in this supposed e-Lerarning project are: 1.) could this be an idea of the President so to make her name surfaced in a good light? 2.) How long does this PeN project will last? maybe just for a year, and 3.) Can DSWD and its NGO partners could really implement an effective e-Learning project in the country?

Manzano added that President Arroyo “stated the need for a government to support the use of distance education utilizing e-learning as one approaches to promote the provision of quality education in the local communities and to promote equal access to basic education that include the elementary and secondary school level.” As a student, I am always looking forward to one of Mrs. Arroyo’s promises of “quality” education, “education for all”, DSWD’s e-Learning and other things that she had envisioned for her past terms. But, where did she brought those promises?

DepEd lunched its E-learning program for teachers and principals in ARMM and Region 11 & 12 last 2005, let’s see where this e-Learning project will take the young minds of Pinoy pre-schoolers.