TARLAC CITY, Tarlac—Open your books, not Facebook.
This advice to students at Tarlac National High School comes from one who used to be chided for playing PSP (PlayStation Portable) at work: President Benigno Aquino III himself, who inspected the school’s new buildings on Friday.
“Let’s open our books before our Facebook accounts,” Mr. Aquino said, drawing laughter. “Let’s finish our assignments before making a raid in the Clash of Clans,” he added, referring to the online combat game pitting players from around the world in real time.
“You’ve probably heard this a number of times from your parents, but this one is from the President of the Philippines: Study hard,” the President told the students inside the high school’s gymnasium.
From Malolos, Bulacan province, President Aquino proceeded to this city to inspect the new school buildings built with funds from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).
“We’re doing the best we can to give you a better start than what we had. I guess it’s not too much to say you will go far,” Mr. Aquino told his young audience, adding that they should not only choose the right leader but train to become experts in their own field.
“(As such), you will be better as a defender of what is right, vanguard of what is true, and protector of the interests of many,” the President said in his speech.
By doing so, the students would bring honor not only for themselves, but for the country as well, Mr. Aquino said.
The school building project had cost at least P7 billion, and will have 4,500 classrooms, of which 1,124 have been completed. Pagcor has allotted P10 billion for the school building project across the country that will include typhoon-resilient classrooms.
The President said he was doubly excited to visit his home province to see for himself how the education sector had improved during his administration.
When he came onboard nearly five years ago, Mr. Aquino said the government faced a backlog of 61.7 million textbooks, 2.5 million school desks, 66,800 classrooms and an inadequate number of teachers.
Back then, the Department of Education and the Department of Budget and Management estimated that the national budget had allowed the construction of only 8,000 classrooms a year, or 48,000 classrooms in six years.
But by adopting good governance, and thanks to the efficiency of education and public works officials, as well as contributions from Pagcor to the private sector under the private-public partnership program, the government managed to address the backlog in half that time, Mr. Aquino said.
No gimmick or magic
“It’s clear; we’re able to surpass these huge challenges without resorting to gimmick and magic,” he said. “We strove hard to lay out the reforms. As the economy grew, we were given the opportunity to raise more funds, and the capacity to address the shortcomings in this sector,” he added.
“Any transformation that we’re witnessing is proof of our goal: That we leave the Philippines in a better state than what we stumbled into,” President Aquino said.
Aquino: Let’s finish our assignments before making a raid in the Clash of Clans.
SAF44 families: tell that to yourself! look at what you have failed to do when you green lighted the raid in mamasapano without first finishing your assignments and all the preparations necessary for such high profile tactical mission.
Well, Aquino needs to open his mind too. He has to realize that he does not have the monopoly of constructive criticisms. No one has. That those who give him constructive criticisms do not necessarily make them against whatever Daang Matuwid is nowadays.
The books approved by DepEd is full of lies, half truth and outdated. Internet is a lot better source of information. At least the cojuangco-aquino bastards can't control Internet the way they did with our school's history books.
children elsewhere in the world are equipped with electronic notebooks where they jot their notes and assignments, read their books and answer their workbooks; and where they could also interact with their teachers online
we are still addressing our backlogs in chairs tables books classrooms teachers
oh and yes, our teachers are poorly paid too
why? because we are not allotting adequate funding for education compared with other countries, particularly in asia
we are still one of those allocating a meager percentage of our budget for education
deped is doing its best i know, but methinks their best is not yet good enough
perhaps if deped was like the military establishment, or the public works, they could lobby for more funds as easily because those that approve the budget (congress) would notice that they could squeeze more money from the department. otherwise...kung kulang naman ang kikitain diyan sa deped e bakit bibigyan pa yan ng malaking share sa budget. ganun siguro 'yun. hehe
Not to trivialize the issue, but I also know first-hand of students who collaborate through FB on their projects and homeworks, exchanging notes and ideas, coordinating activities and organizing resources towards a common goal, very much like that of a peer-to-peer network environment in online multi-player games. This is very different from the President playing PSP games at work, which can be rationalized as shifting between focused and diffuse mode of thinking to maximize productivity, or simply taking a break. :)
LOL! It's amazing how yellowturds are abandoning Boy Sissy articles and are now camping on all articles about inferior secretary MARia. It's almost as if they really really believe they did a good job propping up this stupid government and want to lend their "magic" to help their losing candidate succeed.
yan ay totoo! magbasa kayo bago kayo nag-aaksaya nang oras sa FB! FB is good to connect to your relatives and friends ang hirap tayong mga Pinoys and especially mga kabataan ay naka tutuk sa FB na gusto alamin ang anong meron o anong ginagawa nang ibang tao at kapag hindi nagaya ay nakakaisip tuloy nang kung ano-ano.
bastat lang magkaroon nang anong meron ang iba. kailangan pa ba malaman nang tao kung saan at anong kinakain ninyo oras oras? kung anong napupuntahan? kung anong mayroon magandang gadgets, magandang bahay, kotse? e ang hirap mas marami ang nagpapakita nang ganyan tapos only to find out nakaw pala? hindi ba social media at anak ni Napoles ang dahilan kung bakit siya nadiin?
hindi lahat nang nakikita sa FB ay totoo. kasi if you really are rich and successful hindi na kailangan pa malaman nang buong mundo diba? this is why countries like Germany, Japan and even other countries are not so much on FB they really use it to get in touch with friends and relatives. hindi nakababad at hindi nilalagay ang isang katerbang litrato!
nagkakaruon lang nang culture of tsimis kamo at lalong culture nang inggit! kaya lalo marami ang na de depress kasi i want that too mentality! use FB the right way but most important is reading! kaya wala nang marunong mag-basa!