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Globe, UC hold PRISM Digital Literacy Training Program for Teachers in The Visayas

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Globe Telecom, in partnership with the University of Cebu (UC), held today the culminating activity for the Visayas leg of PRISM, a digital literacy training program designed to equip private school teachers with technological skills for effective classroom teaching.

This is in line with Globe Telecom’s sustainability commitment to empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology in response to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

These days, it is imperative for teachers to learn how to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom if they want to motivate students to learn and to help increase their skills for entrepreneurship and employment. The changing times mean that teachers need to continuously adapt to their evolving role. Through this program, we are assisting the teachers in discovering new ways in which they can foster creative and critical thinking among the students,” said Michelle Tapia, Globe Advisor and Head of Education Strategy & Innovation.

The partnership with the University of Cebu has proved to be a natural fit, sharing the same vision in technology’s critical role in the 21st century. Dr. Anna Liza B. Son, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UC said: “We are happy to host the Visayas leg of PRISM. UC, one of the leading universities in the region, continues to democratize quality education guided by the core values of innovation, camaraderie, alignment, respect and excellence (ICARE). As education becomes increasingly competitive, UC believes that ICT is a catalyst to respond effectively to society’s demands. This challenge has steered the university to implement a number of initiatives related to ICT. Our mission is to equip our teachers with knowledge, skills and desirable attitudes on technology utilization which will benefit the educational system. We firmly believe that if we train and develop our people, this will reflect in the quality of graduates that we produce.”

The pressing need for digital learning skills prompted Globe early this year to reach out to 1,000 educators from all over the country. Of the number, 140 teachers came from the Visayas region. The program was participated by representatives from the University of Cebu, Cebu International School, Holy Name University, Negros Mission Academy, Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu, Sacred Heart School- Hijas de Jesus, Santa Isabel International School, St. Joseph College, University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos, University of San Carlos, University of St. La Salle, St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Silliman University.

Through PRISM, the selected teachers underwent a three-week professional development program conducted by Globe. It included a two-day immersive bootcamp, distance project-based learning, and personalized coaching. A key component of the program is the Brightspace Integrated Learning Platform where the teachers underwent distance learning for three weeks with access to the global Brightspace Community and multimedia resources to guide them through the learning process as well as a seamless platform to collaborate with learning coaches and teachers in real time. For the culminating activity, the teachers were invited to showcase various projects on technology-enabled instruction and content development.

PRISM is supported by Globe myBusiness whose mission is to help transform Philippine schools and empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology. “We want to create a better education system through an ecosystem of enablers. We want to impact the lives of the students in the best way that we can. But first, we have to train the teachers on the effective use of technology to encourage 21st century learning in the classroom,” said Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor, Globe myBusiness Group.

Teachers who attended the PRISM Digital Literacy Program were nominated by both Globe and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC). The PEAC National Secretariat processed the nominations submitted by schools nationwide while a Vetting Committee, composed of two (2) representatives from the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), a DepEd Regional Director, and the PEAC Executive Director, was set in place to closely vet the nominated teachers.

PRISM was earlier conducted in Metro Manila and Naga City while Pampanga and Cagayan de Oro City will follow within the first half of the year. ​

Ribbon cutting by Atty.Hanz Abella and Ms. Michelle Tapia,Globe Advisor and Head of Education Strategy and Innovation

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10 Schools in Cebu Chosen for Japanese Disaster Management Program

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Ten schools in Cebu Province will benefit from a Japanese disaster management program.

SEEDS Asia, a Japan-based non-government organization, partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the school-based disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) program.

There are 10 pilot schools in Cebu province under the program of SEEDS Asia.

The schools will receive trainings, equipment and manuals on disaster management.

The 10 schools are found in the cities of Bogo, Carcar, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, Naga, Toledo and Cebu Province –Daanbantayan.

Dr. Theron Aranas, Division DRRM Coordinator of DepEd Cebu City, said the program, which started in March last year, had made significant reformations in the disaster management of Cebu City Central School.

The teachers at the City Central School underwent trainings and other capacity building workshops.

“The school initially had only one exit gate, after the initial trainings they now have a specific plan and another alternative exit,” Aranas said.

This April, there will be 120 teachers who will undergo a five-day training on DRRM in schools.

Yo Kunieda, Philippine Country Representative of SEEDS Asia, said the program covers preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

“Management is very important because it is a matter of life and death. We want to impart what we know in Japan here in the Philippines,” Kunieda said.

She mentioned that three tiers are needed to achieve comprehensive safety: safety building, school disaster risk reduction management, and risk reduction education.

SEEDS Asia received the project funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-Kansai International Center.

The other schools include Beatriz D. Durano Memorial National High School in Danao City, Daanbantayan Central Elementary School, Marigondon National High School in Lapulapu City, City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy, Uling Elementary School in Naga City, Paknaan National High School in Mandaue City, Carcar City Central Elementary School, Talavera Elementary School in Toledo City, and Tabunoc Central School in Talisay City. (fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

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DOH Opens Slots for Medical Scholarship in the Visayas

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The New Year brings good news to the Cebuanos as the Department of Health (DOH) reopened its scholarship program for would-be doctors and midwives.

In today’s Kapihan sa PIA Cebu, Mario Natividad, Nurse II, DOH 7 said the scholarship program for medical courses are now being offered in partner schools in Cebu and Visayas.

“This means that DOH is offering all in free education, the scholar will not pay for anything while enrolled in the program,” Natividad said.

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Initially, two courses are open for the scholarship program – medicine and midwifery – and so far, these are offered in three partner schools in the Visayas.

For medicine course, two slots are available at the University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMED) in Mandaue City and four slots at the Southwestern University in Urgello, Cebu City.

For midwifery, it is offered at the University of Bohol in Tagbilaran City.

The requirements to avail of the scholarship, Natividad said, will depend on those set by the partner schools.

For those who are accepted in the Medicine scholarship program, they are entitled to receive more than P30,000 package which include allowances for books, uniform, miscellaneous, transportation, lodging, living subsidy, and an annual premium for PhilHealth.

For midwifery, the scholar is entitled to a book allowance worth P10,000 for every semester and uniform allowance at P2,500 annually.

Aspiring scholars will have to apply directly to the partner school which has their own set of requirements.

After graduation, the scholars will have to take the Professional Licensure Examination within the year.

If they fail to pass, the scholar will have to shoulder the expenses for the succeeding licensing exam.

Furthermore, Natividad said the scholars are also required to render a “return of service.

“For every year of the scholarship program, multiply that by two and that is the required return of service obligation years,” Natividad said.

They shall render first three years in Public Health Care Services through the Doctors to the Barrio Program.

The remaining years shall be in government service, either in national or local public health institution, academe, residency training, and research and development.

The aim of the program is to draw more medical professionals to work in the public health sector to address the inequitable access to quality health care services prioritizing the depressed, hard to reach communities, the marginalized, and vulnerable population in the country. (fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

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Cebu Province Gives P500,000 for Devotee City

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For the first time, the Provincial Government of Cebu budgeted P500,000 for the mounting and operations of the Devotee City for this year’s Sinulog season.

Baltazar Tribunalo, Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (PDRRMO), said Governor Hilario Davide ordered the assistance considering that majority of the beneficiaries of the Devotee City are from the province and nearby islands.

The Devotee City caters to revelers and devotees from Carcar City and beyond in the south and Danao City and beyond in the north as well as those from other provinces.

All they have to do is to present a boat or a bus ticket to be accommodated in the Devotee City.

Tribunalo said that other than the budget, members of the disaster teams from the different local government units are also around to augment the emergency responders of Cebu City.

Last year, the PDRRMO participated for the first time as responders in the Sinulog festivities and church observances.

Cebu City Councilor Roberto Cabarubias, who had been assigned to oversee the Devotee City in the last 10 years, said this year the facility can accommodate lesser number of people after a portion is already designated as a commercial area.

“From 120 container vans, there are now just 88, but they still have the basic amenities such as cooking area, washing and bathing area, plus the 10 gig Wifi offered by PLDT,” Cabarubias said.

“There is also an assigned house parent for every container to ensure safety and order in the facility,” Cabarubias added.

There are also policemen assigned 24/7 in the area.

The Devotee City started during the time of the late Cebu City Councilor Fe Mantua Ruiz.

It was then called as “Tent City” set up at the Plaza Independencia.

In the olden times, revelers and devotees from far-flung areas would bring with them pigs and chickens and other food which they will cook for everybody after paying homage to Señor Santo Niño. (fcc/PIA-Cebu)

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital

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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

Sinulog activities

Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

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