Indonesian scholarship available for ARMM madrasah teachers

The Bureau of Madrasah Education (BME) of DepEd-ARMM, headed by Prof. Alzad Sattar and assisted by Director Aliah Pacalna Cali, is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship for madrasah teachers in partnership with the Indonesian embassy. Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has made it part of his reform agenda to build a critical mass of professional bureaucrats who will continue the fire of reform. This scholarship is one of the several initiatives towards professional development in the Madrasah system.

Usec Sattar is inviting all potential and qualified pilot madrasah teachers to avail this rare opportunity to improve their pedagogical skills with the end view of making learning more motivating for madrasah pupils and students.

Maximum age requirement is 32 years old for master's degree and 35 years old for doctoral degree, minimum of 2 year working experience in a pilot madrasah, minimum General Point Average 80 (from 100 scale) for Master Degree and General Point Average 85 (from 100 scale) for Doctorate Degree and letters of motivation (including autobiography and study plan) and recommendation from the madrasah head.

Application form is available with Bureau of Madaris Education Office. Interested applicants are advise to email BME at  

All application will be received by BME Office besides the Blue mosque inside the ORG Complex, Cotabato City. The closing date is June 21, 2012. On June 22-29, 2012, Selection Committee will convene in Cotabato City.

BME and DepEd CO orient heads on the ALIVE program implementation

As a consequent to the on-going partnership between DepEd-ARMM and DepEd Central on the Madrasah Education Program and in preparation for the deployment of additional 2,200 contractual asatidz to teach Arabic and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) in the public schools, a series of program orientations has been scheduled.

This closer partnership between DepEd-ARMM and DepEd CO is one of the initiatives of the Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman to catalyze education reform in general and to deeped quality of education that is relevant and sensitive to the peculiar socio-cultural ebvironment of ARMM.

June 8-11 for Lanao Sur cluster in Cagayan de Oro, June 13-16  for Maguindanao cluster at Davao City and Basulta divisions scheduled for July. The invited participants are division, district and school heads implementing the ALIVE program.

The orientation will disseminate the standards in organizing, managing, monitoring and evaluating ALIVE Program implementation. There will also be opportunity for experiential sharing as selected regional ALIVE coordinators, district/school heads of ALIVE implementing schools and ALIVE teachers from Regions IX, X, XI and XII have been invited.

Usec Alzad Sattar challenged the participants on two fronts: After 6 yrs from now to produce graduates from the ALIVE program. It is understood that for the past 22 years of ALIVE program's existence, there was not a single graduate. He challenged them for quality education, through quality teaching and reiterated that the BME's vision is to "produce new generation with a new mindset equipped with Islamic and secular education, where Islamic values like "fear of Allah" (Taqwallah) are deep-rooted and inclucated in their hearts and their minds."

From the Lanao cluster orientation, participants expressed satisfaction with new implementation guide, pledge to support the ALIVE program and other BME's activities as they were motivated by the sincerity and adamant of the ARMM present administration in reforming ARMM.

AMORE and DepEd-ARMM inked MoU

DepEd-ARMM and AMORE inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the USAID-funded AMORE 3 for the School Electrification and Education (SEEd) Project in ARMM yesterday afternoon at the ORG Conference Hall, ORG Complex, Cotabato City.

ARMM's RG Mujiv Hataman was represented by his Chief of Staff Amihilda Sangcopan, DepEd-ARMM Sec Atty Jamar Kulayan by Asec Noor Mohammad Saada and AMORE by its chief of party Laurie Navarro. Also present were BEE Director Shuaib Maulana, BSE Director Hamid Ladjakahal, SDS Bai Alibai Benito-Aliuden of Maguindanao II Division and SDS Bai Meriam Ampatuan-Kawit of Maguindanao I Division. Also present were school heads from the target divisions.

The initial phase covers more than 40 schools in Maguindanao I, Tawi-Tawi and Maguindanao II. Leg work for the next phase has commenced with off-grid schools in Basilan, Sulu and Lanao Sur.

MoU signing ceremony for the SEEd Project in selected off-grid ARMM schools by representatives of ARMM Government, DepEd-ARMM Regional Office, AMORE and recipient division. (Photo courtesy of Amihilda Sangcopan/CoS-ORG)

Asec Noor Saada delivering the closing message on behalf of Sec Atty Jamar Kulayan
"Alagaan po natin ang tulong na ibinigay sa ating mga eskwelahan
at pagyamanin natin ito upang makatulong sa pag-aaral ng ating mga kabataan."
(Photo courtesy of Amie Mandi/DepEd-ARMM)

Dormant accounts delayed ATM release

The technical problem experienced by the Regional Payroll Services Unit (RPSU) as accounts were transferred to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) was due to dormant accounts. In one division alone about 300 accounts were dormants. This was explained by the RPSU head Abdullah Macataman and technical consultant Engr Bajuri Tuansi.

The divisions have been advised of the situation and directed to inform their concerned teachers to update their accounts with LBP. Thereafter, they need to inform RPSU of the updating and their salaries can then be updated.

Regional Office joins mangrove planting

The Regional Office in line with the World Environment Day celebration will join the mangrove planting in Parang, Maguindanao on June 12, 2012.

A contingent of about 30 volunteers from DepEd-ARMM Regional Office will converge at the ARMM complex first for the flag raising ceremony to observe the Independence Day celebration and thereafter will proceed to Parang in a convoy for the Mangrove planting. 

This event is led by the DENR-ARMM and received full endorsement from the recent ARMM Cabinet Meeting held in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, yesterday.

ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman (center, in yellow shirt) leads the planting of mangrove propagules along the shore of Barangay Sarmiento in Parang, Maguindanao on Tuesday, June 12 amidst a bleak weather. The ARMM government spearheaded by DENR-ARMM organized a regionwide simultaneous tree planting activity as part of the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration and to help rehabilitate remaining mangroves and forests in the region and promote environmental awareness. A total of 120,000 seedlings were planted that day in different areas across the region. With Hataman are Major Gen. Rey Ardo (right) of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, DPWH ARMM Secretary Emil Sadain (2nd, left), Parang Mayor Ibrahim Ibay (2nd, right), RPDO- ARD Al Mlang (right) and DENR Secretary Kahal Kedtag (3rd, left, partly hidden) - (Photo courtesy of Myrna Jo Henry/BPI-ARMM) 

Visits reach 700+

Since it was open about a week ago, visits to the Deped-ARMM portal have reached 737 pageviews. Yesterday about 30 pageviews were reported, with "Where are we with K+12 preparation" having the most view from the public and majority of visits came via Facebook.

We thank our viewers for visiting our website as we look forward to more visits and perhaps even comments on how we can serve the general public better.

Today is World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day,  June 5 is the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. This day is to raise awareness of the need to take positive environmental action and a climax of environmental activities being undertaken all year round by organizations and individuals around the world.
According to UNEP, "Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

But what does all this mean for you? Well, this essentially what the second part of the theme is all about. If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you! The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it."

"Bagong Umaga sa Basilan"

A new day dawns in Basilan today with two political rival families reconciling for the interest of the larger community. The peace signing was spearheaded by Governor Jum Akbar and ARMM Regional Governor. Witnessing the event includes DILG Secretary Robredo, Presidential Adviser Ging Deles, Governors Sakur Tan and Sadikul Sahali.

Bishop Marvin Jumoad sums up the event with the words, "the only way to peace is through forgiveness."

Members of the 7th Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) express their support. Accordingly, this serves as an example of statesmanship in addressing clan conflict and factionalism, opening an avenue and an opportunity long awaited and now dawning, to achieve peace and development, that the ARMM people greatly deserve.

The DepEd-ARMM family supports this event and congratulates those who patiently work for this reconciliation.

MB: Madrasah key to peace, unity

(From Manila Bulletin Online Awareness)

AN Islamic-friendly and culturally sensitive curriculum for kindergarten and secondary levels developed by the Department of Education (DepEd) will be introduced in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in school year 2012-2013, as part of the program to implement Madrasah and upgrade training of azatids (Muslim teachers) through the Accelerated Teacher Education Program of the DepEd, in coordination with partner-universities.

There are two types of Muslim education prescribed by Muslim educational experts and institutions: The first is the Enriched Curriculum for Public Elementary School, based on teaching approaches using the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE). An agreement was signed between DepEd and ARMM early this year to implement ALIVE in the region.

ALIVE was earlier carried out in Lamitan City, Basilan, and in some Muslim areas in Metro Manila before it is implemented in ARMM, where majority of the country’s Muslim population reside. The ALIVE curriculum for elementary level was reviewed last year, resulting in the Refined Elementary Curriculum, jointly revisited by DepEd and Ulama (Muslim educators). Madrasah education using the ALIVE curriculum is integrating Muslim students into mainstream society and preparing them to have an equal chance of being employed as their counterparts who graduate from sectarian and non-sectarian schools.

The second curriculum is the Standard Curriculum for Private Madaris (plural form of Madrasah) that teaches subjects such as Qur’an, Seerah, Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet), Aqueedah (conduct), Fiqh (jurisprudence), and Arabic language alongside Math, Science, English, Filipino, and Makabayan (Social Studies, Livelihood Education, Values). The Madrasah education program was formulated to meet the needs of Muslim Filipino children. DepEd Order 51, signed in 2004, stated that all public and private Madaris in Muslim communities are encouraged to implement the curriculum as a vital component of the educational system.

Madrasah education remains a sector of the Philippine educational system that enhances, promotes, and develops the Muslim cultural heritage. The upgrading of the Madrasah’s quality of education, its curriculum, and facilities continues to be part of the educational thrust of the government. MABUHAY!

Grade 1 pupils will attend morning classes only

(From "The new curriculum" by Isagani Cruz, Mini Critique,

2012 will truly be a new year for Philippine education.

In June 2012, students entering the first grade of elementary school and those entering the first year of high school will follow the new K to 12 curriculum.

Students already in elementary school today will have 12, rather than 10 years of basic education.

Students already in high school today will still have only four years of high school, but will have the option of taking two years of voluntary Senior High School in selected public and private schools.

Let us go through these developments one at a time.

What is in store for six-year-old children entering Grade 1 in June?

First of all, they will all have some form of pre-school education. Those in public schools will already have had a full year of Kindergarten. Those in private schools will most likely have had even more than one year of pre-school.

According to DepEd, only those who have had pre-school or Kindergarten will be allowed to enrol in Grade 1.

A question that always arises during discussions about K to 12 is this: what happens to the six-year-olds that have not had Kindergarten?

DepEd has proposed a solution. There will be an intensive Kindergarten in April and May. For children still without some kind of pre-schooling, there will be an even shorter quasi-Kindergarten during June itself.

Of course, there are serious problems with such an arrangement, but a little pre-schooling is better than none. The idea, however, is sound: children entering Grade 1 should already have experience in being in a classroom, socializing with other children.

What will Grade 1 be like in June?

The biggest change is in the duration of classes. Starting in June, Grade 1 students will stay in school for only half a day.

A typical Grade 1 class will have the following schedule:
  • Homeroom = 10 minutes
  • Reading and Writing in the Mother Tongue = 40 minutes
  • Oral Fluency in Filipino = 40 minutes
  • Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (EsP) = 30 minutes
  • Recess = 20 minutes
  • Mathematics or Arithmetic = 30 minutes
  • Araling Panlipunan (AP) = 30 minutes
  • Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health (MAPEH) = 30 minutes
That is the schedule for the first semester (or the first two grading periods) for Grade 1. During the second semester (or the last two grading periods), Oral Fluency in English will be added for 40 minutes.

In the first semester, the student will stay in school for only 210 minutes or 3 1/2 hours. In the second semester, that will be extended to 250 minutes or a little over four hours.

The second biggest change is the use of the mother tongue both as medium of instruction and as a separate subject.

As an example, take a typical Grade 1 class in Cebu. In June, the students will devote one period to Cebuano. They will learn how to read using Cebuano texts in the time allotted for “Reading and Writing in the Mother Tongue.” Students will also use Cebuano to study the other subjects, including Arithmetic.

The third biggest change is in the way Mathematics, AP, and Filipino will be taught. DepEd has decided to use the Spiral Approach. Simply put, that means that everything will be taught all at once, but in small doses.

The approach is best illustrated in Mathematics. In the current approach, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are taught separately and in sequence.

Using the Spiral Approach, a typical lesson could go this way:

Take a group of five children. How many pencils do we need to have if each child would have one each? That is addition.

If another group of five children joins us, how many more pencils do we need? That is multiplication.

If one of the children goes home, how many pencils will we now need? That is subtraction.

If we had ten pencils and these two groups came to us at the same time, into how many groups of five pencils each do we need to arrange the pencils? That is division.

Instead of students learning the mathematical functions one lesson at a time, they will learn them all at once, within the same lesson. (This example is deliberately simplistic, but you get the idea.)

The fourth biggest change is the introduction of MAPEH. In the current curriculum, MAPEH starts in Grade 4. In the new curriculum, students are introduced to Philippine music, Philippine arts, physical education, and health issues immediately in Grade 1.

The biggest changes in Grade 7 (New High School Year 1) are the Spiral Approach and a new period called “Individual / Cooperative Learning.”

These big changes exemplify the major features of the new K to 12 curriculum.

The K to 12 curriculum is research-based. In order to draft it, curriculum designers had to look at what other countries are doing (thanks to foreign funding agencies that allowed Filipino experts to travel to other countries and foreign experts to come to the Philippines), what current pedagogical theories say (thanks to several local and foreign universities), and the situation on the ground (thanks to comprehensive reports from DepEd field offices). The designers have adapted the best practices of other countries to our own culture and experience. (To be continued)

Moratorium on the Creation of New Schools, Districts and Divisions

The creation of new schools, districts and divisions is based on rigorous requirements based on honest-to-goodness feasibility study, deed of donation, resolution from concerned LGUs and availability of educational facilities. However, these requirements over time have become mere pieces of paper. Unscheduled random visit informs that there are now over concentration in some areas while in-need areas are left out. The creation has also been largely politically-influenced and motivated. This situation is made worse by further division of jurisdictions and aggravated by increasing MOOE allocation. 

In the case of creation of divisions, Section XXVII of Republic Act 10155 (General Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2012) listed and recognized six divisions (Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Maguindanao and Basilan) only. 

In the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education, and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS), the key reasons for not attending school has nothing to do with distance (4.2%), no school within the barangay (3.3%) and no regular transportation (0.3%) but more to do with lack of personal interest or low motivation (39.6%), looking for job (13.9%) and high cost of education (13.8%). 

The overhead cost of creating new divisions further cut down what is already meager MOOE allocation to the divisions, instead of going to crucial instructional supervision, monitoring and evaluation activities. 

Despite of the creation of additional divisions no significant improvements are attributable; instead learning outcomes in the NAT continue to be at the bottom of national ranking, 20% of the barangays in the ARMM remain school-less while proliferating in some barangays and instructional supervision is wanting and arbitrary with absentee school and district heads. 

In view of these considerations, the DepEd-ARMM is adopting a moratorium on the creation of new schools, districts and divisions. This moratorium shall cover primary, elementary or secondary schools, mother or annexes/extensions, regular or specialized. 

This moratorium also applies to the recognition of additional pilot madaris in areas where a considerable number of permitted and recognized pilot madaris are already operating. New permit shall only be allowed in other municipalities and only in densely populated areas where parents can afford to pay private matriculation. 

Effective June 1, 2012, new request for creation shall NOT be accepted. Earlier submitted applications shall be held in abeyance. 

This moratorium shall stay in affect pending the final report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) organized by this office to undertake a study on this matter. 

All bureaus and division offices have been directed to circulate the memo in their respective jurisdiction through appropriate media. Division Offices are directed to coordinate with local radio station to disseminate this moratorium to the wider community.

Oplan Balik Eskwela

After the conduct of the Brigada Eskwela from May 21 to 26, DepEd-ARMM is now in the "Oplan Balik Eskwela" (OBE) mode, a campaign to insure school-aged children are in enrolled and assistance is provided largely to parents requiring clarification on a number of concerns such as transfer, promotion, enrolment process, fees collection and so forth.

As expounded in DepEd Order 83, s. 2012, all divisions have been directed by Sec Atty Jamar M. Kulayan to organize their own Local Information and Action Center (LIAC). 

Revocation of designation for “Division Liaison Officer”

Cognizant with the current ARMM government’s thrusts on promoting transparency, accountability and efficiency and in order to operate “the principles of accountability and transparency in the performance of functions and responsibilities at all levels” and pursuant to 3rd para, Section 1.6 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations on Muslim Mindanao Act 279. 

It is observed that the conduct of the “division liaison officer” has duplicated the inherent functions of certain division officers (SDS, ASDS, AO and HRMO) and made liaising with the Regional Office redundant, cumbersome and complicated. There are also allegations of “division liaison officer” taking out appointment documents which have been officially endorsed by the division to the regional office, and by the latter to the Civil Service Commission. 

Aside from the Schools Division Superintendent and the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, only the Division AO or the HRMO shall be authorized to liaise with the Regional Personnel Section and Payroll Unit. 

All other designation such as “division liaison officer” either of a regional staff or detailed staff are now deemed revoked effective immediately. This designation shall cover liaising with CSC, DBM, DepEd CO and ORG. 

Division liaison officers detailed at the Regional Office are directed to clear themselves from property, money and administrative accountability from their respective Schools Division Superintendent and report back to their school assignment; they shall not be allowed to be detailed either at the division or district office; unless they are holding clerical position. The same is true with division liaison officers designated from the ranks of the regional staff. 

All regional officials and staff are hereby ordered to cease and desist from dealing with any of these “division liaison officer”. 

Division liaison officers detailed at the Regional Office are given up to the end of May 2012 to comply. Failure to comply will be dealt with relevant DepEd, CSC and CoA rules and regulations. 

Liaising with the Regional Office by division AOs and HRMOs shall be covered with an authorization letter specifying the authorized matter to be transacted by the concerned officials. 

All regional memos and other issuances or parts thereof which are inconsistent with this memo are hereby revoked, amended and/or modified accordingly.

Clarification on Age Requirement under K+12

A number of clarifications have reached this office on K+12 policy implementation. One of these is the age requirements for Kindergarten and Grade 1. Divisions have been advised that the age requirements for Kindergarten and Grade 1 are as follows:

a. Kindergarten - the required age is 5-year old and those who will be 5-year by August.

b. Grade 1 - the required age is 6-year old and those who will be 6-year by August.

This age requirement shall be apply to all public schools as well as private schools and pilot madaris regulated by or granted permit/recognition by DepEd-ARMM.

6-year olds and those who will be 6-year old by August, and have no prior kindergarten background shall be accepted in Grade 1. Initially, the Grade 1 teacher will assess their readiness and they will be immersed through the 8-week preschool curriculum to catch up with their classmates.

As the DepEd kindergarten requirement is for 5-year old children only, private schools and pilot madaris in the region offering two-tier kindergarten should adjust their age requirement as follows:

a. Kinder I – 4 years old

b. Kinder II – 5 years old

Private schools and pilot madaris in the ARMM are forewarned that SY 2012-2013 shall be the last year of intake to Kinder I. Starting SY 2013-2014, only the Kindergarten for 5-year old shall be recognized by DepEd-ARMM.

The Schools Division Superintendents are advised to disseminate this information to the general public through available local media and to direct their respective Private School Supervisor/Coordinator to disseminate this memo among all private schools and pilot madaris in the locality.

Sec Kulayan invites DepEd CO and CoA

As part of the continuing fiscal reforms and under instruction from RG Mujiv S. Hataman, DepEd-ARMM Secretary Atty Jamar M. Kulayan, has written an invitation to DepEd Central and CoA National inviting these offices to conduct special audit.

The invitation to CoA will be a follow through to the 2005 Special Audit. Additionally, the releases, disbursement and liquidation to National High Schools (NHS) in the form of MOOE, shall also be subject of CoA action.

The invitation to DepEd Central will focus on downloaded program funds to the regional office and those downloaded to the divisions and NHSs as well as those under the various education financing schemes availed by the private schools and pilot madaris.

RG Mujiv Hataman in several of his public speeches said, "Hindi dapat natin makalimutan na ang pera ng gobyerno ay pera para sa bayan, pera sa serbisyo publiko; at hindi pera sa bulsa ng mga nanunungkulan." (We should not forget that government funds are for the people, for public service; and not for the pockets of public officials and staff.)

School Calendar to be issued for the first time

It is observed that a number of activities and observances are largely uncoordinated and if observed hastily prepared. Many administrative matters (personnel, budgeting, payroll, reports) are often left to fate, disorganized and if responded to are a matter of compliance; instead of observing its wider monitoring and evaluation (M&E) implications, or contributing to the overarching education policies and national agenda. 

Section 55, Article V of the MMA Act 297 states “DepEd-ARMM shall make an official issuance of school calendar days for every school year thereby determining the date of the opening and closing of classes, school days, number of school days, and those for regular national and regional holidays. School calendar must be flexible during the month of Ramahan.” 

DepEd Order 26, s. 2012, issued on April 4, 2012, defines the School Calendar for School year 2012-2013. The important details to remember are: 

a. June 4, 2012, is the opening or first day and March 22, 2013, is the last daysschool classes for all public schools. 

b. Private schools may open classes not earlier than June 4 and not later than August 30, 2012. They shall notify the DepEd division office for any deviation. 

c. The total school days required in 200 days. 

d. Observing local holidays not specifically provided in the DepEd Order 26 shall be subject to repays (conduct of makeup classes) to be determined by the concerned local DepEd office. 

Suspending or cutting short school classes to attend personal celebration called for by school/district/division heads is not allowed. School, district or division head that will authorized this suspension or cutting of school classes shall be liable under Sections 3(e) and 4 of to Republic Act 3019. 

The ARMM School Calendar herein adopted (refer to appendix). The activity dates are indicative by nature and are subject to confirmation by the organizers. 

The Schools Division Superintendents are directed to post school calendars (enlarged size) in conspicuous places in the division office and to disseminate to all districts, NHS and elementary schools within their respective jurisdiction.

This memo will be circulated within next week to all the divisions in the ARMM.

Where we are with K+12 preparation?

Undoubtedly, teacher training and the provision of new curriculum and instructional materials form part of the core preparation for K+12 implementation.

Since the assumption to office of the DepEd-ARMM leadership. It has been a policy to work closely with DepEd Central on program development and delivery. The cornerstone of this synergy is K+12 implementation.

The following month, a team from DepEd-ARMM joined in the national workshop conducted by DepEd Central in Cebu. It was to plan the massive training requirement for Grades 1 and 7. The legwork to implement the regional plan as approved by DepEd central was done by a composite team headed by Asec Mai Latiph, and with members from BSE and BEE. 

While DepEd-ARMM was allowed to participate, the critical fund disbursement was centralized by DepEd. Payment to TEI partner in charge of Grade 7 training was not downloaded according to plan. Payment for Grade 1 training at 3 different venues was delayed. in one particular instance, DepEd-ARMM have to shoulder directly P2.4 million.

There was a number of training that cannot be postponed anymore and will have to proceed even without funds downloaded because the trainers and participants are already in transit. In this particular situation, DepEd-ARMM Secretary Atty Jamar Kulayan step in and coordinated with his finance team to look for ways to pay for these emergent expenses.

Asec Mai Latiph for Programs response: "Our K-12 Trainings for Grade 1 training is on-going despite the absence of funds and modules from DepEd Central Office. However, we experienced some difficulties in terms of module production and accommodation so the Management Team decided to re-schedule some remaining batches for efficiency and quality."

To date, we have trained 1,285 or roughly corresponding to 37.58% of our Grade 1 targets. After coordinating with DepEd Central and within June 2012, we will trained the remaining 2, 134 Grade 1 teachers or roughly 62.41%. The breakdown by division is reflected in the table below:

For Grade 7 targets, we have trained 1,297 or equivalent to 44.61% of the total 2,342 targets. 1,045 Grade 7 teachers are still to be trained or equivalent to 55.38%.

Grade 7 training is provided by University of Southern Mindanao. DepEd Central Office directly download the funds without any participation from the DepEd-ARMM. DepEd-ARMM's role is to mobilize target participants. So far, the attendance to the training is very high due to teacher's commitment and enthusiasm about K-12.

Even then DepEd-ARMM is still committed and will continue to work with DepEd Central. Given the magnitude of the demand for training, these are just glitches and should inform better preparation for the upcoming training still to be delivered.

For K+12 background, please click here .... 


What is K+12?
K+12 means: 1 year kindergarten (5 yrs old), –6 years elementary (6 to 11 years old), –4 years junior high (12 to 15 years old) and –2 years senior high (16 to 17 years old). Full 12 years of basic education will be requirement for college entry by SY 2018-2019.

Why K+12?
The Philippines is the only in Asia and among the 3 in the world with 10-year basic education cycle. Education outcomes (participation, completion, achievement) require urgent action and ARMM is the lowest performers among the 16 regions. Lacking 2 years implies inadequate instructional time or time on task – 12-year congested in 10-year.

A recent SEAMEO-Innotech study found out the following: Congested elementary education curriculum, especially in Math, Languages and Sciences, compared with ASEAN neighbors; High school graduates (15-16) too year to enter workforce legally (18), and inadequately prepared for college (need for remedial classes).

Our 10-year cycle do not conform with the Washing Accord and Bologna Process. Washington Accord prescribes 12-year of basic educ prior to recognition engineering courses. Bologna Process requires 12-year basic education prior to university admission and professional practice.


We are going to have phased implementation, meaning gradual, one year level at a time.

Kindergarten is offered starting SY 2011-12 for all 5 years old children or those who will be 5 years old by August. The new curriculum will be offered this school year to Grade 1 and Grade 7 (1st year high school).

We rise to the challenge, we ACT

"Corruption afflicts all countries, undermining social progress and breeding inequality and injustice." Read UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's message on Anti-Corruption Day

Learning resource guide for Grade 7 now available online

To support the implementation of the K+12 policy, DepEd CO issued Memo # 98 suggesting list of learning resources for grade 7 covering 8 subject-areas.

To access this list, please click here ...

BW: Education sector is real challenge in ARMM reform agenda, says ARMM official

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Overhauling the education sector in the autonomous Muslim region is the real challenge of the reform agenda earlier set by President Benigno S. Aquino III, a ranking official of the region said on Friday. 

Teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education constitute about 80% of the total workforce of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and more than 60% of the region’s annual budget goes to their salaries and monthly operating expenses, Noor D. Saada, ARMM’s assistant secretary for education, told BusinessWorld in an interview.

Allegations of corruption have hounded the region’s education sector for years, but Mr. Saada said the situation has changed. “We are in the reform mode, trying to address strategic concerns that plague the system,” he said. “These concerns include ghost data; problems with recruitment, selection and promotion; and deteriorating education performance.

“If we can resolve the region’s education problems, more than half of ARMM problems are already solved,” he said.

Mr. Saada said that the regional government was able remove ghost entries in the payroll. He added that the new administration will prioritize licensed teachers by verifying results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

“For the rest of the personnel already in the system, we are doing the same PRC license verification,” he said.

Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, sectoral-representative to the Regional Legislative Assembly who heads the committee on education, said she will be calling for a committee on education hearing sometime before June 4 to see what the legislative branch can do to support the reform agenda.

Meanwhile, starting next month, an Islam-friendly and culturally sensitive curriculum for Muslim students will be implemented in the autonomous region even as the National Government continues to allot resources to further train Muslim teachers.

Mr. Saada said that the curriculum, which was launched recently in Lamitan City, Basilan, aims at hiring an additional 2,200 Arabic teachers in the region. The region’s Education department said in a statement that there are two types of curriculum prescribed in madrasah or Muslim educational institutions, namely:

• The Enriched Curriculum for public elementary schools which uses the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (Alive) taught by qualified asatidz (Muslim teachers) who were trained by the Dep-Ed; and,

• The Standard Curriculum for private madaris (Muslim schools) which teaches subjects such as Qur’an, Seerah (Life Story of the Prophet), Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet), Aqueedah (conduct), Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Arabic language alongside Science, Math, English, Filipino and Makabayan.

“We are glad that the Madrasah Alive curriculum will be finally taught in the heartland of Muslim society years after it was first successfully implemented in seven other regions including the National Capital Region where there is a sizable Muslim population,” said Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro in a statement.

Mr. Luistro noted that madrasah education is the third priority in Mr. Aquino III’s 10-point education agenda. For 2012, Mr. Luistro has approved the allocation of P300 million to fund various initiatives to widen the implementation of madrasah and upgrade the training of Muslim teachers. -- Amilbahar S. Mawallil

PIA/IAG: DepEd launches Islamic-friendly and culturally-sensitive curriculum in ARMM

PASIG CITY (PIA/May 23) -- Starting June this year, an Islamic-friendly and culturally-sensitive curriculum for Muslim learners will be implemented in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) even as the national government continues to allot resources to further train Muslim teachers.

The curriculum was launched recently in Lamitan City, Basilan, attended by Department of Education (DepEd) representatives and ARMM officials and the local government unit of Basilan, a press report from DepEd said.

Two types of curriculum were prescribed in Madrasah or Muslim educational institutions. The Enriched Curriculum for Public Elementary Schools uses the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) taught by qualified asatidz (Muslim teachers) who were trained by DepEd.

The other is the Standard Curriculum for Private Madaris (Muslim schools) which teaches subjects such as Qur’an, Seerah (Life Story of the Prophet), Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet), Aqueedah (conduct), Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Arabic language alongside Science, Math, English, Filipino and Makabayan.

Early this year, Luistro signed a memorandum of agreement with then ARMM governor Ansarrudin Alonto-Adiong for the implementation of ALIVE curriculum in the ARMM region.

“We are glad that the Madrasah ALIVE curriculum will be finally taught in the heartland of Muslim society years after it was first successfully implemented in seven other regions including the National Capital Region where there is a sizable Muslim population,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro.

Luistro added that he pursued the implementation of Madrasah curriculum because he believes that education is key to peace and prosperity. It must be noted that Madrasah education is the third priority in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s ten-point education agenda.

For 2012, Luistro approved the allocation of P300 million to fund various initiatives to widen the implementation of Madrasah and upgrade the training of azatids (Muslim teachers).

Luistro explained that Madrasah education using the ALIVE curriculum aims to integrate Muslim students into mainstream society. “Their education should be such that they have an equal chance of being employed as their counterparts who graduated in sectarian and non-sectarian schools because they have been properly prepared.”

One of the first acts of Luistro when he assumed office was the creation of the Office of Madrasah Education. To get things started, Luistro ordered the release of P75 million for preparatory activities such as orientation and training of asatidz.

DepEd has set the qualifying exam for asatidz on ALIVE and those who qualify will undergo a 25-day pre-service training on language enhancement and pedagogy.

RLA committee investigates DepEd-ARMM

The Committee on Education, Arts, Culture and Sports Development headed by Assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis invited DepEd-ARMM for its first committee hearing. Assistant Secretary Noor Mohammad Saada and Director Alia Cali of Madrasah Education represented DepEd-ARMM.

PIA: Grades I and 7 ARMM public school teachers undergo training on K+12 program curriculum

By Perlita B. Changco,  Philippine Information Agency

Grades 1 and 7 teachers in public schools have been trained all over the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum starting this school year, which started May 21 and will end today, May 25.

The K to 12 program begins with kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high, and two years in senior high school.

According to Department of Education (DepEd)-ARMM regional secretary Atty. Jamar Kulayan, the agency fully supports the K to 12 program manifesting government’s efforts to improve the country’s quality basic education as he acknowledged the need to raise the literacy rate in the autonomous region.

Underscoring the collaborative efforts in instituting reforms in the ARMM bureaucracy, Kulayan expressed optimism K to 12 would greatly help improved and strengthen the foundation of basic education particularly, with the inclusion for the use of ethno and multi-lingual approach in the curriculum.

“We don’t intend to be left behind especially with the use of the mother tongue as a start like Maguindanaon, Maranao and Tausug as a medium of instruction, nakakarelate dito ang mga bata para mas madali nilang maiintihan ang lesson and then ire-reinforce ng Pilipino and English subject,”’ Kulayan said. 

Based on studies, he said, the use of the multi-lingual as medium of instruction has been proven most effective in basic education process adding that modules and other instructional materials are provided as guide in the training.

Meanwhile, to make learning more conducive, Kualayan said, DepEd-ARMM in partnership with USAID has allocated P2.5 million for the repair and painting of 50 schools located along the national highway dubbed at “Kulayan ang Paaralan” in the ongoing conduct of the 2012 Brigada Eskwela. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)

"No fees collection" Policy

School heads, teachers and the communities in the ARMM are reminded on the voluntary contribution policy:

  • No fees shall be collected from Kindergarten to Grade 4 for the duration of the school year.
  • From June to July, no fees shall be collected from Grade 5 to high school. However, starting August fees maybe collected for the following: BSP/GSP, Anti-TB, Red Cross, PTA and membership in pupil/student government/organizations.
  • PTAs can only collect after presenting to the members in an assembly financial report of the previous collection. Even then, contributions are voluntary, not mandatory.
  • PTA membership fee is per member basis regardless of the number of children a parent-member has enrolled in school.
  • PTAs are to refrain from collecting exorbitant fees.
For additional information, please refer to DepEd Order 41, s. 2012, issued on today May 24, 2012. to access this memo, please click here ...

ZamboToday: ARMM DepEd gears for opening of classes in June

By Hader Glang

In preparation for the opening of classes for school year 2012-2013, theDepartment of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) launched its "Balik Eskwela" program and "Brigada Eskwela 2012" in the five provinces of the region.

ARMM DepEd Sec. Jamal Kulayan last week kicked off the ceremonial painting of Marawi Central Pilot Elementary School. He was accompanied by Mayor Nur Yasmin Candada and Marawi DepEd officials headed by School Supt. Dr. Mona Ampuan Makatanong.

"We're going around to help the DepEd in its Balik Eskwela program in several public schools in ARMM in the repair and cleaning of school rooms in preparation for the opening of classes on June," Kulayan said.

Aside from assisting Brigada Eskwela in order to prepare safe and convenient environment for school children, Kulayan said they were also tasked to distributelesson plan class records and books to teachers.

Acting ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman announced that there were some 2,300 available items for new teachers in the ARMM.

"Sa ngayon may bakanti kaming 2,300 teachers item. Ang priority namin ngayon ay LET (Licensure Exam for Teachers) passers," Hataman said in an interview.

He said that teachers outside ARMM who are LET passers can apply. "Puwede. Pero ang tanong mayron bang gusto? Actually, ang gusto ko puwede silang mag apply kahit outsiders sila kasi nga nangangailang kami ng quality of teachers."

With many applications are received in the region, Hataman appealed to the region’s governors, mayors, and DepEd officials “na huwag politikahin ang application ofteachers, at unahin natin ang mga LET passers.”

While Hataman admitted that in his administration’s effort to institute changes, some promises were broken, “not because we wanted it but because of the resistance of those affected by the changes.” 

He cited the case of systematizing the releasing of salaries of the teachers in the ARMM through automated teller machines (ATMs). “Nahirapan ang Landbank sa disiplina ng mga nag-oopen ng account,” he said. 

He appealed to the teachers to be patient with the new system as he is aware of some complaints that teachersassigned in the islands and far-flung communities would still have to spend time and money to visit banks in urban centers to claim their salaries in ATM. 

He said that the system is the same with salaries released through checks, “the teacher will still have to visit a bank to encash his/her check.” 

Hataman pointed out that this system is for the benefit of the teachers because their salaries will already be free from unauthorized and illegal deductions.

He assured that by the opening of classes in June, all salaries will already be in ATMs, complete with identificationcards with picture and in biometrics.

Meanwhile, Governor Hataman vowed to address the record low literacy rate gripping the 21-year-old region.

Education experts traced the problem to various factors including the scarcity of licensed teachers in the ARMM.

ARMM which has the lowest literacy rate in the country, Governor Hataman also vowed to address the scarcity of quality teachers.

He is launching a special program giving prospect teachers aspiring to take the LET free review classes, reference books and transport expenses.

The ARMM DepEd is currently building classrooms and making chairs. The construction of these classrooms are being rushed for the opening of classes in June.

"Kakulangan sa classrooms mayron tayo...mayron tayo...pero marami din ang on-going construction ng mga school buildings. Ang problema namin may nabigyan na hindi naman priority kaya inaayos pa namin ang systema na iyan kasi nag monitor iyong team namin, mayron talaga na hindi na kailangan," Hataman said. 

Tempo: Islamic-friendly curriculum in ARMM


Manila, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will introduce an Islamic-friendly and culturally-sensitive curriculum in Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to be implemented when classes resume this coming June.

In line with the continued efforts of the national government to allot resources to further train Muslim teachers, the curriculum was launched recently in Lamitan City, Basilan. The event was attended by DepEd representatives and ARMM officials and the local government unit of Basilan.

Currently, there are two types of curriculum prescribed in Madrasah or Muslim educational institutions. The Enriched Curriculum for Public Elementary Schools uses the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) taught by qualified asatidz (Muslim teachers) who were trained by DepEd. The other is the Standard Curriculum for Private Madaris (Muslim schools) which teaches subjects such as Qur’an, Seerah (Life Story of the Prophet), Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet), Aqueedah (conduct), Fiqh (jurisprudence) and Arabic language alongside Science, Math, English, Filipino and Makabayan.

Earlier this year, Education Secretary Armin Luistro signed a memorandum of agreement with then ARMM Governor Ansarrudin Alonto-Adiong for the implementation of ALIVE curriculum in the ARMM region.

“We are glad that the Madrasah ALIVE curriculum will be finally taught in the heartland of Muslim society years after it was first successfully implemented in seven other regions including the National Capital Region where there is a sizable Muslim population,” said Luistro.

Luistro added that he pursued the implementation of Madrasah curriculum believing that “education is key to peace and prosperity.” He explained that the Madrasah education is the number three priority in President Benigno Aquino III’s ten-point education agenda.


ARMM Officials joined Brigada Eskwela

ARMM officials have joined Brigada Eskwela, this is the ith time that line agencies have actively participated in the annual school maintenance week.

Snapshots of their activities provided below:
ORG Chief of Staff Amihilda Sangcopan confers with school officials at Parang, Sulu,
as her team joins in the annual Brigada Eskwela in her mother's hometown. CoS Sangcopan gave up
a scheduled management training in Boracay to be in Sulu for this activity. 
OBYA Executive Director Prof. Hani Bud and BCH Executive Director Ardan Sali plant a tree
at one of the schools they've participated for the Brigada Eskwela in Sulu.
Brigada Eskwela with free haircut, ice cream at school supplies and Mambuay Elementary School,
Wawalayan-Marinaut, Marawi City, adopted by CabSec Norkhalilah Mambuay-Campong.

ARMM lands 13th in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa

The ARMM landed 13th in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa with 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze.

17 regions participated this year.

NCR was overall champ with 114 gold, 67 silver and 64 bronze.

"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa ARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa ARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"