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FIRST PERSON – Alex Magno – The Philippine Star

Nov 9, 2021 | 12:00am

Filipino youngsters haven’t been receiving the very best instructional preparation to start with. Comparative research bear that out. Our college students rank low in comparison with their friends overseas in core areas corresponding to arithmetic and science.

The pandemic made issues worse. Though the DepEd struggled valiantly to maintain the tutorial course of going by “blended studying” in the course of the public well being emergency, it’s broadly conceded that the method is inferior to face-to-face classroom work.

SWS experiences, from a survey of households finished November final yr, discover that solely 58 p.c of enrolled Filipinos aged 5 to twenty used units for distance studying. These units have been both owned (27 p.c), purchased at a mean prices of P8,000 per pupil (27 p.c), acquired (9 p.c), borrowed (10 p.c) or rented (0.3 p.c).

Of those that purchased or rented their units, 79 p.c acquired a smartphone, 13 p.c a desktop or laptop computer, 5 p.c a tv set and three p.c a pill. The report has no numbers on web entry.

Amongst these presently enrolled, 80 p.c participated solely in modular distance studying, 1 p.c in in-person courses, 0.1 p.c solely in tv or radio instruction and 4 p.c in “blended studying.”

Over the 12 months since that survey was finished, the numbers may need improved a bit. However the evident actuality stays: the pandemic and the closure of faculties this entailed additional widened the digital divide between wealthier and poorer college students. We’re at risk of dropping a era of scholars ought to colleges stay closed.

There are a number of proposals to assist alleviate the state of affairs. Foremost, after all, is to reopen our colleges as quickly as potential. One other is to produce our college students with the devices they should proceed their training remotely.

Rep. Loren Legarda filed Home Invoice 10405 or the proposed “One Pill, One Pupil Act” to produce tablets to all college students of public colleges and state schools and universities. Those that have already got their very own studying devices shall be given instructional help to cowl the price of connectivity.

“Whereas the proposed allocation is staggering,” Legarda writes the Home management, “ensuring that our college students every have entry to assets that might assist them deal with adjustments in our academic system is required for us to make sure that, regardless of the restrictions within the conventional modalities of courses, our college students will nonetheless obtain the type of high quality training that they deserve.”

Staggering, certainly. With 27 million elementary and highschool college students and 1.6 million enrolled in SUCs and native schools and universities, it’s estimated this system would require an extra funding of P154 billion for subsequent yr alone.

The target is perhaps noble, however this system won’t be reasonably priced. We shouldn’t have the cash to purchase the devices even when they have been out there. Then, we’d not have the bandwidth to assist simultaneous use of all these devices.


This was like a foul dream or one thing conjured by the masters of the literature of the absurd.

Eduardo Barretto succumbed to most cancers January final yr. Earlier than that, he managed the corporate Panapino Holdings Inc. based by his father Jorge Sr. His brother, Jorge Jr., lived in Canada and managed the household’s companies there.

Nearly as a matter after all, Terrence Barretto, son of Eduardo, took over administration of the corporate after his father handed on. That was till two former workers of the corporate secured a courtroom injunction banning his entry into firm premises. His mom, his brother and himself, in line with the courtroom order, personal nothing within the firm.

When founder Jorge Sr. handed away in 2012, his property together with a 60 p.c share in Panapino was by no means correctly settled. The courtroom order successfully disinheriting Terrence and his mom was issued on the premise of a notarized doc that Eduardo was presupposed to have signed even whereas he was confined on the ICU. On the premise of this doc, all of Jorge Sr.’s property was awarded to Jorge Jr. who now supposedly owned 92.5 p.c of the company. One thing is amiss right here.

The disinherited Terrence filed go well with in opposition to the Makati trial choose, the chief metropolis prosecutor and his personal uncle to right an injustice. A very powerful piece of proof he had in his favor was a categorical denial by lawyer Joshua Lapuz that he notarized the paperwork used to disinherit Terrence and his facet of the household.

Lapuz adamantly declared he had not seen any of the individuals supposedly concerned within the notarial course of in his workplace. The paperwork he supposedly notarized weren’t recorded in his books. Neither have been they registered on the workplace of the clerk of courtroom in Makati.

Briefly, the important paperwork used on this extrajudicial settlement have been faked. One other choose dominated falsification did occur. However how might the chief prosecutor and the trial choose have neglected this? Their haste in disinheriting Terrence and his facet of the household might have resulted in excessive injustice.

Terrence desires to unravel this. He initiated administrative proceedings in opposition to Makati Metropolis chief prosecutor Dindo Venturanza alleging violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act. He likewise filed administrative costs in opposition to Taguig Regional Trial Courtroom choose Lorelei Datahan for what he considers improper, anomalous and irregular conduct within the dealing with of this case.

Clearly, Terrence thinks there was extra than simply carelessness concerned in what occurred. He desires to unravel this.

A David courageously goes after Goliaths within the courtroom system. So many who’ve been victimized by the miscarriage of justice within the system presupposed to uphold equity needs to be watching the progress of those complaints filed.

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