Aug. 14 update — Duterte instructs classes to start Oct. 5, 2020

Aug. 14 update — Duterte instructs classes to start Oct. 5, 2020

(UPDATE) Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has instructed Education Sec. Leonor Magtolis Briones that the opening of schoolyear 2020-2021 has been reset to Oct. 5, 2020, instead of today, Aug. 14, 2020.

This was contained in a memorandum signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea today (Aug. 14, 2020) in behalf of President Duterte. The decision was done as recommended by the Department of Education (DepEd).

According to the memorandum, the DepEd has been “instructed to ensure that all preparations has been made for the smooth and successful virtual opening of classes for academic year 2020-2021.
Duterte order reset start of classes
Start of classes

Briones hails World Vision’s “Abutin Na10.”

Philippine Education Sec. Leonor Magtolis Briones of the Department of Education (DepEd) has commended World Vision Philippines for ‘Abutin Na10,” a project to continue education under the New Normal.

Secretary Briones attended the virtual launch of this educational fund drive last June 30. It aims finance the reproduction of self-learning materials and gadgets to help thousands of students face the new school year amid the Covid-19 crisis.

“Education must continue,” said the education chief with or without the threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Education “is perhaps the greatest legacy we can leave our learners and our children,” she said. The Abutin Na10 campaign should enable distance learning and home schooling.

World Vision assistance to DepEd lauded

World Vision

Distance learning

The “Abutin Na10” campaign hopes to bridge a gap by enabling distance learning and homeschooling modalities.

“>A global organization, World Vision International has focused on the most vulnerable people in 17 countries. It particularly engages in the prevention of transmission, supporting health responses, and caring for children made vulnerable by this crisis.

In the Philippines, the NGO’s National Director Rommel V. Fuerte pointed out how the country has been coping from succeeding emergencies in the past months.

“Thousands of people are still reeling from the impact of the multiple earthquakes in Cotabato, volcanic eruption in Taal and typhoon in Bicol. In Marawi and other fragile areas of the country, thousands of children are still displaced. We also remember the children living in poor and highly urbanized areas who are most vulnerable in these times,” Fuerte shared.“World Vision lauds the coming together of different stakeholders to combat fear and the further spread of the virus. We continue to pray that we will get through this as a country and as a global community,” he added.

World Vision and PRWorks

As an integral part of its commitment to uplift life, PRWorks Inc. began its partnership with World Vision in 2008. While this continued through the years, both entities formally signed an agreement only in 2015. Amid the current pandemic today, the team continued its education advocacy with its partnership with World Vision.

The PRWorks team began its partnership when it organized pro-bono the launch of  the international NGO’s “Adopt a Child Program” at the Mang Inasal of Park Mall in Mandaue City on July 26, 2008. Miriam Quiambao, the 1999 Miss Universe 1st runner-up, provided star power to the event.

World Vision Miriam Quiambao

The following photos show the education NGO’s activities supported by PRWorks through the years:

World Vision with Christian Bautista

World Vision with Sam Milby and Doris Mongaya

World Vision with Jasmine Curtis in Cebu

World Vision with Miriam Quiambao

World Vision with Matteo Guidicelli
Matteo Guidicelli, a World Vision ambassador, talks about the World Vision Run 2017 during the press launch organized by PRWorks in July 2017. #WorldVisionRun2017

World Vision with Bianca Umali

World Vision with Bianca Umali in Marawi


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