November 25, 2021

Guidelines on the Conduct of Early Procurement Activities (EPA) at the Department of Education

Guidelines on the Conduct of Early Procurement Activities (EPA) at the Department of Education

To:
Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) issues the enclosed Guidelins on the Conduct of Early Procurement Activities (EPA) at the Department of Education, consistent with Section 7.6 of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9184, other related issuances pertaining to its implementation; and directives under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Circular Letter 2018-8 dated July 3O, 2018. The EPA allows facilitation of the immediate implementation of procurement of Goods, Infrastructure Projects or Consulting Services, even pending approval of the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

2. This DepEd Order is anchored on the rationale embodied in said issuances- those programs, activities, and projects are fully implemented within the validity period of the national budget.

3. The conduct of EPA, as a strategy to fast-track procurement, is a condition for the grant of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) as embodied under Memorandum Circular 2O2O-1. While this is no longer required in determining the overall PBB eligibility of agencies in 2O2l, compliance with the Guidelines shall be used as the basis in determining the eligibility of responsible units and individuals.

4. This shall take effect immediately and shall remain to be in force unless otherwise repealed/amended.

5. For more information and assistance, please contact the Procurement Management Service, 5th Floor, Mabini Building, Department of Education Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City through email at procms. ppmdfa deped. gov.ph.

6. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.

I. RATIONALE

One of the major reforms of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to support its thrust to increase economic growth rate to 8% in 2022, and, the massive investment on public infrastructure program to realize this goal, was the proposed Budget Reform Program (BRP) which aims to transform the budgeting system from obligation-based to annual cash-based appropriations (ACBA) in FY 2019. It envisioned to make every peso of the national budget count and lead to actual delivery of programs and projects.

Section 7.6 of the 2016 revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 9 184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act, provides the legal reference for the conduct of early procurement activities (EPA). Specifi cally, the provision states:

7.6 "To facilitate the immediate implementation of procurement of Goods, Infro-structure Projects or Consulting Services, even pending approval of the GAA, corporate budget, appropiations ordinance or loan agreements in the case of (FAPs), as the case may be, and notwithstanding Section 7.2 hereof the Procuring Entity may undertake EPA.

Procuring Entities are encouraged to undertake EPA to ensure the timely delivery of goods, implementation of infrastructure projects and rendition of consultancy services. The conduct of EPA for nationally funded procurement projects may commence as early as the submission of the (NEP) to Congress, usuallA in Julg. No EPA may be conducted without an indicative APP duly approved by the Head of the Procuring Entity (HPE) and the Multi Year Contracting Authorit (MYCA) issued by the DBM, in the case of multi-gear projects. This will facilitate the awarding of procurement contracts upon approval and effectivity of their respective funding sources or the reenactment of the previous year's budget which constitutes the current year's authorized budget, when authorized by the Constitution, law or rules."

Early procurement is one of the measures in the transition from the obligation-based budget to ACBA to deliver a 12-month contract within the fiscal year. Agencies, therefore, were enjoined to undertake early procurement under DBM Circular Letter 2O 18-8 prescribing the Guidelines on the Conduct of Early Procurement for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP). The Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) issued GPPB Circular No. 05-2018 dated May 18, 2018, and, consequently, GPPB issued Circular 06-2019 dated July 77,2019 to prescribe the Guidelines on tJ.e Implementation of Early Procurement Activities (EPA).

The ACBA puts a leash on budget implementation to just one yea-r; hence, annual budgets should only contain the projected budget requirements of programs, activities ald projects that can be implemented and paid for within the period from January to December of the fiscal year.

This was emphasized in DBM-DoF-NEDA Joint Circular (JC) No. 2017-1 dated June 30, 2Ol7, Annex A.3, which provides that as early as August of the current year, agencies may already start the conduct of early procurement procedures for projects and activities in NEP for the budget year.

Despite the above-mentioned issuances on the conduct of EPA, which is anchored on Section 7.6 of the revised IRR of RA 9184, it has been observed and monitored that EPA has not yet been fully implemented in the Department. It is therefore imperative to set these guidelines for information, wide dissemination, and compliance.

II. SCOPE OF THE POLICY

1. These Guidelines shall apply to all Offices, Bureaus, Divisions, and Units of the Central OIfice (CO), and all Regional Offices (RO), Schools Division Offices (SDOs) and Implementing Units (IU) of the Department.
2. These Guidelines shall cover all types of procurement of goods, infrastructure projects and consulting services funded out of or by the GAA, or loan agreement in case of Foreign-Assisted Projects (FAPs).
3. EPA is applicable for Procurement Projects undertaken through Competitive Bidding and Alternative Methods of Procurement, except the following:
a. Repeat Order (Sec. 51);
b. Shopping (Sec. 52);
c. Negotiated Procurement - Emergency Cases (Sec. 53.2);
d. Negotiated Procurement - Take-Over of Contracts (Section 53.3); and
e. Negotiated Procurement - Small Value Procurement (Sec. 53.9).

4. Procurement Projects to be funded from lump-sum funds in the NEP wherein the recipients and the corresponding amounts have not been identifred or approved, such as contingent funds, are excluded from the conduct of EPA.

III. DEFINITION OF TERMS

1. Early Procurement Activities (EPA) - refers to the conduct of procurement activities, from posting of the procurement opportunity, if required, until recommendation of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) to the HPE as to the award of the contract for goods to be delivered, infrastructure projects to be implemented and consulting services to be rendered in the following fiscal year, pending approval of their respective funding sources.
2. Head of the Procuring Entity (HPE) - refers to the head of the agency, and the head of each decentralized unit shall be considered as the HoPE. Thus, the HoPE in the CO shall be the Secretarry, the Regional Director in the ROs, the Schools Division Superintendent in the SDOs, and the Principals in the IUs.
3. Procurement Project - refers to a specific or identified procurement covering goods, infrastructure project or consulting services. It shall be described, detailed, and scheduled in the Project Procurement Management Plan (PPMP) prepared bythe agency which shall be consolidated in the PE's APP.
4. Procuring Entity (PE) - refers to any branch, constitutional commission or office, agency, department, bureau, office, or instrumentality of the Government of the Philippines (NGA), including Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC), Government Funding Institutions (GFI), State Universities and Colleges (SUC), and Local Government Units (LGU) procuring goods, infrastructure projects and consulting services. For purposes ofthese Guidelines, the PEs shall be the CO, ROs, SDOs, and IUs of the Department.

IV. POLICY STATEMENT

This Order shall prescribe the guidelines on the conduct of EPA to hasten procurement of resources and ensure utilization of budget within the budget year.

V. GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

1. The PEs shall complete all the appropriate preparatory activities prior to the approval of the indicative APP. These include, but are not limited to, cost-benefit analysis, feasibility studies, and market research for goods and services, and detailed engineering designs (DED), regulatory clearances, and right of way acquisitions for civil works projects. These are some of the tools used to assess the project's feasibility and viability, and to measure the advantages/ benefits of the project while taking into consideration the costs associated with it. For civil works projects, no bidding and award of contract shall be made unless the detailed engineering investigations, surveys, and designs have been sufficiently carried out and duly approved in accordance with the provisions of the IRR (Section 17.6, revised IRR, RA 9184).
2. Upon issuance of the budget call, the End-user Units shall formulate their respective PPMPs for their different programs, activities, and projects. The PPMPs shall then be submitted to the respective Budget Division/Oflice for evaluation to ensure consistency with the DepEd's budget proposal and existing budgeting rules.
3. The PPMPs included in the budget proposal, as harmonized with the NEP, shall be forwarded to the Procurement Management Service, in case of the Central Office, or BAC Secretariat, in case of Field Offices, for consolidation into an indicative APP, and to the BAC for final recommendation of the appropriate procurement modality. The indicative APP and budget proposal shall be submitted to the Secretary/HoPE for approval, and to other oversight bodies, in this case, the DBM.
4. The indicative APP shal1 be posted on the DepEd Transparency Seal pursuant to DBM Circular Letter No. 2018-8 dated July 30, 2018, not later than August 31, or at a date as may be specified in future issuances, upon approval ofthe NEP. 5. The bidding documents issued for the procurement at hand as posted in the PhiiGEPS should clearly state that the Procurement Project is undertaken through EPA. It must likewise ensure that the prospective bidders are properly informed, through the bidding documents and during the pre-bid conference, of all the implications of a Procurement Project undertaken through EPA. This shall include, but is not limited to, the:

a. rules and procedure of EPA;
b. frxed price rule in procurement;
c. extension of the bid validity and security;
d. validity of the eligibility requirements prior to tlle award of contract;
e. conditions of award; and
f. date of earliest delivery.

6. The Certilicate of Availability of Funds shall not be required prior to the commencement of EPA.

B. Commencement of Bidding Activities, Short of Award

1. All PEs shall undertake EPA from October to December of the current year, upon submission of the NEP for the fiscal year to Congress. Pursuant to DBM Circular Letter No, 8-2O18, at least 50% ofthe value or volume of the planned procurement for the budget year should undergo early procurement, after PEs have identified those aclivities and projects that are needed to be implemented in the first semester and those procurement activities that are deemed difficult or risky. No EPA may be conducted without an indicative APP duly approved by the HoPE, and the Multi-Year Contracting Authority (MYCA) issued by the DBM, in the case of multi-year projects.

2. Procurement activities, from posting of the procurement opportunity, if required, until recommendation of the BAC to the HoPE as to the award of the contract, for goods to be delivered, infrastructure projects to be implemented and consulting services to be rendered in the following fiscal year, shall be conducted pending approval of their respective funding sources, to wit:

a. For Procurement Projects that are included in the DepEd budget (source agency) but shall be released directly to another agency (recipient agency), such as the DPWH in the case of School Buildings, pursuant to a special provision in the NEP, the special provision shall be the basis of the recipient agency to conduct EPA.

Such projects shall be included in the indicative APP of the recipient agency.

b. For Procurement Projects funded in the DepEd budget (source agency) but to be implemented by another agency (recipient agency), if any, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them shall be the basis of the recipient agency for the conduct of EPA. The MOU shall state that the source agency:

(i) has proposed funds in the NEP for a Procurement Project.
(ii) identilies the recipient agency as the implementing unit for the said Procurement Project; and
(iii) authorizes the recipient agency to undertake EPA for the said Procurement Project.

Such Procurement Projects shall be included in the indicative APP ofthe recipient agency.

c. For Procurement Projects funded by forthcoming sub-allotments from the Central Office (CO) or Centrally Managed Items, the written approval, in whatever form, from the CO identifying the implementing unit therefor with the corresponding amount and authorizing the conduct of EPA shall be the basis for the conduct of said activity.

d. In any instance, DepEd, as well as recipient agencies/ ROs/ SDOs shall facilitate preparation and processing of documentary requirements to ensure that the release of funds or sub-allotments shall be timely prepared to enable the implementing agency or unit to award the contract within the prescritred period.

3. The conduct of EPA from posting to recommendation of the BAC to the HoPE as to the award of the contract shall observe the procedures and mandatory timelines set forth in the 2016 revised IRR of RA 9184, including the period for re-bidding which shall be within frfteen (15) days after each declaration of failure of bidding, which may be extended up to thirty (30) days upon approval of the HoPE.

4. The issuance of the Notice of Award (NOA) may, however, be done only upon approval or enactment of the respective appropriations or budget authorization document and based on the amount authorized therein. If the PE cannot award the contract due to the delay in the approval of the funding source, the PE may request the bidders to extend the validity of ttreir bid securities beyond one hundred twenty (120) calendar days, prior to their expiration. If the bidder refuses to extend the bid validity, the PE shall reject the bid submitted by said bidder.

C. Award of Contract

1. Notwithstanding the mandatory procurement timelines provided in Section 37 of RA No. 9184, Procurement Projects undertaken through EPA may be awarded only upon approval and effectivity of the GAA or loan agreement. Apart from the approval and effectivity of ttre GAA, or loan agreement, PEs shall not award contracts for Procurement Projects requiring Special Allotment Release Order or Sub-Allotment Release Order until the same has been issued, secured or released.

2. Prior to award, and as soon as the funding source has been approved, the indicative APP shall be revised and approved in accordance with Section 7.2 of the revised IRR of RA 9184. The final approved APP shall be submitted to the GPPB on or before the end of January of the budget year, and shall be posted in the Tralsparency Seal, in accordance with Executive Order No. 662, as amended.

3. Accordingly, pending approval and effectivity of the GAA, or the loan agreement in the case of FAPs, the following periods shall be tolled or suspended:

a. the fifteen-day (15 day) period for the HoPE to approve the Resolution of the BAC and to issue the Notice of Award provided under Section 37; and a change in the form of the bid security is allowed if this is made prior to the expiration of t1e bid validity sought to be extended.

b. the three-month (3-month) period within which to complete the procurement process, from the opening of bids up to the award of contract, under Section 38 of RA No. 9184.

4. The period for the award of contract and termination ofthe procurement process shall begin to run again upon the approval and effectivity of the GAA, or loan agreement.

It shall not commence anew but rather, grants the HoPE the balance of the remaining period to award the contract or terminate the procurement process.

5. If the amount authorized for a Procurement Project has been reduced, the PE may still make an award if the contract price to be awarded is within the amount authorized in the GAA, or loan agreement regardless of the posted ABC.

6. The HoPE shall not award any Procurement Project if the amount therefor has been withdrawn or in the event ttre amount authorized in the GAA or loan agreement is lower than the amount of contract to be awarded.

7. In all instances, the HoPE has the authority to exercise the reservation clause under Section 4l of the rervised IRR of RA 9184, which grants the HoPE the right not to award the contract if, for any justifiable and reasonable ground, the award of the contract will not redound to the benefit of the government.

VI. MONITORING AND EVALUATION

1. The respective APP of PEs shall reflect tte Projects undertaken through EPA under a column separate from the regular procurement activities using the revised APP Form from the GPPB website.
2. It shall be reported in the Procurement Monitoring Report (PMR) of the PEs using the rervised form for PMR which may be downloaded from the GPPB website.
3. Under Indicator 9 on Compliance with Procurement Timeframes under Pillar III of the Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicators (APCPI), the PE's compliance shall be adjusted considering the tolling of the periods as allowed.
4. The foregoing reports shall be submitted to the oversight agencies in accordance with the provisions of the Revised IRR of RA 9184 and related issuances, i.e. GPPB Resolution No. 11-202O dated 20 May 2O2O, and to the following:
For purposes of monitoring, a separate issuance by the Offrce of the Assistant Secretary for Procurement (OASPA) or Procurement Management Service-Office of the Director (ProcMs-OD) shall be issued to inform DepEd PEs on other monitoring forms and tools to be submitted. This notwithstanding, the following offices are enjorned to monitor compliance of the respective PEs under their jurisdiction, i.e., Office of the Director - Procurement Management Service, for the Central Office; Office of the Regional Director, for ROs and SDOs.

VII. REFERENCES

1. Rule II, Section 7 of the CY 2016 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9184
2. DBM Circular Letter 2018-8 dated July 30,2018, Guidelines on the Conduct of Early Procurement for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2Ot9 National Expenditure Program (NEP)
3. GPPB Circular No. 05-2018 dated May 18, 2Of8, Issuance of Certificate of Availability of Funds (CAF) for Early Procurement Activities
4. GPPB Circular 06-2019, July 17, 2019 Guidelines on the Implementation of Early Procurement Activities
5. DBM-DoF-NEDA Joint Circular (JC) No. 2O17-1 dated June 30,2017, National Government Fiscal Calendar, Annex A.3
6. GPPB Resolution No. 11-2020 dated 20 May 2O2O, Approving the Electronic Submission of Annual Procurement Plans, Procurement Monitoring Reports and Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicator Results, and Posting and Extension of Deadline for Submission of Annual Procurement Plans and Procurement Monitoring Reports

VIII. EFFECTIVITY

This Order shall take effect immediately upon issuance and shall be filed with the University of the Philippines - Office of the National Administrative Register (UPONAR). It shall remain to be in force unless otherwise repealed/amended.

November 24, 2021

DepEd Memo No. 81: Call for Submission of Professional Development Program Proposals for Public School Teachers and School Leaders from DepEd Service Providers

Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
All Others Concerned

l. The Department of Education (DepEd), through the National Educators Academy (NEAP) announces the Call for Submission of Professsional Development Program and Course Proposals for Publlc School Teachers and School Leaders from DepEd Service Providers. This is in line with DepEd Order (DO) No. 001, s. 2O2O titled Guidelines for National Educators Academy of the Philippines Recognition of Professional Development Program and Courses for Teachers and School Leaders.

2. The call is open for DepEd Central Office (CO) Bureaus, Services and Units, Regional Offices (ROs), and Schools Divisions Offices (SDOs), which seek to offer Professional Development (PD) programs and courses intended for all public school teachers and school leaders for inclusion in the NEAP Professional Development Programs.

3. The DepEd CO, Bureaus, Services and Units, and ROs shall submit their proposals through asknea@de ped.gov.ph, addressed to:

John Arnold S. Siene
Director IV
National Educators Academy of the Philippines
2nd Floor, Mabini Building
Department of Education Central Oflice
DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

Attention: Edward DJ Garcia
Project Development Officer V
NEAP-Quality Assurance Division
DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue
Pasig City 1600

4. The SDOs shall submit their proposals to NEAP in their respective ROs for evaluation.

5. Proposals shall be evaluated based on the following criteria as stated in DO OO1, s. 2O2O:

a. Alignment with NEAP Professional Development Priorities as stated in DepEd Memorandum No. O50, s.2O2O;
b. Mapping of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST), the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH) or the Philippine Professional Standards for School Supervisors (PPSS);
c. Articulation of Objectives/Outcomes;
d. Alignment of the Objectives/Intended Learning Outcomes (lLOs), Content and, if applicable, Assessment with the professional standards for teachers or school leaders;
e. Soundness of Methodology;
f. Mechanism to determine whether or not the objectives/IlOs have been met;
g. Strength of Research-base;
h. Use of Adult Learning Principles;
i. Use of Recognized Best Practices;
j. Intended Level Classroom Application and Innovation;
k. Credentials, Expertise of Resource Person/s; and
1. Budget and Costing and Absorptive Capacity.

6. The DSP proposal may include a request for budget support from the Human Resource Development Fund.

7. All interested applicants can access the updated soft copy of Recognition Application Form at https:/ /btt.lyleLSPForms.

8. For more information, please contact the National Educators Academy of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Mabini Building, Department of Education Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, through email address: askneap@deped. gov. ph.

9. This DepEd Memorandum shall take effect immediately upon issuance.

10. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

November 21, 2021

DepEd Advisory on Virtual Climate Science Youth Camp

The Department of Science and Technology through the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), in cooperation with the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines (UP-MSI), will be conducting a Virtual Climate Science Youth Camp (VCSYC) from November 8 to 12, 2021.

This year’s theme, “Finding Career Path Through Research,” will showcase potential careers in the field of Marine Science through the UP-MSI’s research project on harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Invited participants are public high school students composed of three students and one science teacher per school from the following pre-selected schools:

1. Batasan Hills National High School
2. Caloocan National Science and Technology High School
3. Doña Rosario High School
4. Tandang Sora National High School
5. Culiat High School
6. Pitogo High School
7. Rizal High School
8. San Francisco High School
9. Sen. Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School
10. Valenzuela School of Math and Science
11. San Matias National High School
12. Sto.Tomas National High School
13. Malhacan National Hitgh School
14. Meycauayan National High School
15. Meycauayan National High School-Annex
16. Angono National High School
17. Cardona National High School
18. Morong National High School
19. Rizal Science High School
20. Tanay National High School

In the event that the pre-selected schools cannot submit the names of the participants, the DOST-SEI will invite an alternative school from same region/s. All expenses relative to the conduct of the said science camp shall be borne by DOST-SEI.

For more information, contact Ms. Marren Joy Belgado-Aquino, Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute through email at sciencecamp.sei@gmail.com or mobile phone number at 0915-901-3575.

November 20, 2021

DepEd Memorandum No. 080: Third National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education

To: Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Minister, Basic, Higher, and Technical Education, BARMM
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe) under the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs (OULA), will conduct the Third National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Educatlon with the theme, Batang May K: Karapatan ng bata sa Edukasyon, Katuwang ang Lahat sa Pagsulong!, on November 25-26, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., via the Zoom online platform.

2. The Summit is scheduled in November as part of the annual celebration of the National Children's Month, as mandated by Republic Act No. 10661, otherwise known as the National Children's Month Act, to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, instill the significance of the CRC in the Filipino consciousness, and promote children's rights.

3. The DepEd, as duty-bearer recognizing its duty to uphold and continuously strengthen the rights of the child in basic education, issued DepEd Order No. 003, s.202l titled Creation of the Child Protection Unit (CPU) and the Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe) in the Department of Education on January 15, 2021. The CREDe, using a legal and child rights lens, is mandated to act as the lead unit of DepEd to flesh out and articulate standards and meanings of child rights in basic education, monitor and report on the implementation of the rights of the child in basic education, raise awareness and facilitate building capacity on these rights among duty-bearers and rights-holders, and advocate integration and strengthening of these rights in the mandate and work of the DepEd.

4. The Summit will provide a seminal opportunity to discuss the rights-based education (RBE) framework of DepEd, its newly-created Child Rights in Education Desk and its work, initiatives and efforts of DepEd on child rights, distance and limited face to face education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities and points for collaboration among stakeholders of child rights in education.

5. The Summit embraces a whole-of-school, whole-of-DepEd, whole-of- government and whole-of-society approach in upholding the rights of the child in education. As the RBE framework emphasizes the whole-of school approach in strengthening child-centered and rights-upholding basic education schools and learning centers, the Summit will highlight the importance of schools/ learning centers and their engagement with the local community in promoting the holistic development of all learners as they lead happy and productive lives while contributing to nation-building.

6. The Summit is an avenue to bring together various stakeholders in education to discuss the multifaceted rights of children and learners not only TO accessible and quality basic education but also their rights IN education such as the rights to participation, protection against violence, rest and play, nondiscrimination, health, among others. Thus, it will be conducted online within the Zoom platform with different officials and personnel from DepEd national and local offices as well as public schools, and representatives from private schools, national govemment agencies, LGUs, civil society, international organizations, the academe, business community, and the media. More importantly, learners themselves and their parents, guardians, and caregivers will also participate. The Summit is an affirmation and reinforcement of the full commitment of DepEd to uphold the rights of the child in education in normal times and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

7. As provided in DepEd Memorandum No. 075, s. 2O21, the Summit is the culminating activity of the Department for the 2O21 National Children's Month (NCM). The Summit aims to

a. build on the gains of the Second National Summit on the Rights of the Child in Education held in November 2O2O;
b. reinforce the continuing commitment of the Philippine government, including DepEd and its newly created Child Rights in Education Desk, and other stakeholders in upholding rights-based education in normal times and during the COVID-l9 Pandemic;
c. introduce the rights-based education (RBE) framework of DepEd and the Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe);
d. facilitate discussions and elicit recommendations on upholding RBE in normal times and during the COVID- 19 Pandemic through a whole-of-school, whole-of-DepEd, whole-of-government, and whole-of-societ5z approach; and
e. ensure the participation of children-learners in shaping policies and actions pertaining to RBE in normal times and during the COVID- 19 Pandemic.

8. There will be also a Pre-Summit Conference with Children and Learners on November 19, 2O21, from 1:OO p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to prepare children and learners for their participation in the Summit, educate them on the rights-based education (RBE) framework of DepEd and the newly created Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe) of the Department, as well as elicit their comments and recommendations on matters affecting their rights and the design of the Summit. The Pre-Summit Conference will highlight the right of children to participation, to have their views heard and taken seriously on matters affecting them, with consideration of their age and maturity as children.

9. The full list of participants is provided in Enclosure No. l. The regional directors (RDs), schools division superintendents (SDSs), and Central Office Directors of Bureaus and Services shall submit their list of participants by accomplishing this Google Form (embedded link) or by entering this link https:/ /tinyurl.com/ThirdNationalsummit. The Google form must be accomplished on or before November 18,2O2l (Thursday). The participants will be provided the links to the Zoom meetings for the Summit once they are registered via Google form. All others are invited to watch the Summit, which will also be livestreamed on the DepEd Philippines Facebook page and other social media pages.

10. The tentative program of the Summit is provided in Enclosure No. 2. Further, an advisory pertaining to the technical aspects of the Summit to guide the participants through the technical aspects of the registration process is provided in Enclosure No. 3.

11. For more information, please contact Mr. Arjay F. Barioe of CREDe under the Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, through email addresses at aday.barrios@deped.gov.ph, childright@deped.gov.ph or (cc: oula@deped.gov.ph) and telephone number (+632) 8633-5439.

12. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


November 10, 2021

Scientist: New Biography of E.O. Wilson by Richard Rhodes Now Available in Bookshelves Near You

E.O. Wilson: a Life in Nature is out now. And as was expected, it quickly climbed up the bestseller list for biographies on Amazon. This highly anticipated new book by the historian Richard Rhodes offers an updated narrative of Wilson's life and career in science. Wilson wrote an autobiography but this was way back in 1994. That's 27 years ago; nearly three full decades. It's about time fans of the man's work get an update of what he'd been up to since 1994.

E.O. Wilson: a Life in Science fills that void. This is a complete and detailed biography that will further boost the legacy of Wilson. Because this is an authorized biography, Rhodes had access to Wilson himself, his associates and his mountains of papers and documents. This book is most definitely a must-have for fans of Wilson's writings.

You can read excerpts from the book on Amazon. I suggest you do that to get a feel of the book. I'll tell you right now that Rhodes has a very straightforward and clear writing style. He has written a heap of books, I've read a few of them, and I'll say that he has one of the clearest writing styles I've ever come across. That's why reading his history books is always a breeze.

For example, here's the first few sentences of the book's first chapter:

"Finally, Ed Wilson was on his way, twenty-five years old, tall and lanky, the upper range of his hearing gone since his teens, his right eye ruined in a childhood accident: half deaf and half blind. Outwardly, he was a polite, soft-spoken product of Gulf Coast Alabama, the first in his family to graduate from college. But behind the well-mannered finish he was as tough as nails, as bright as the evening star, and no man's fool. He would become one of the half-dozen greatest biologists of the twentieth century."

That right there is great and clear writing.

Wilson is 92 years old. It's about time that a new biography about him is published. Richard Rhodes has done an excellent job. This new biography is respectful despite the handful of controversies that have hounded Wilson over the course of his career as a famous scientist and writer. As a reviewer on Booklist writes, Rhodes "illuminates Wilson’s insights into biodiversity, biophilia, altruism, and the nature of science".

South African Writer Damon Galgut Wins the 2021 Booker Prize for His Novel 'The Promise'

The South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut has won the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction. His family saga novel The Promise bested 5 other books that made it to the shortlist. Galgut is the third South African writer to take home the prestigious fiction prize. The other two are J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. Coetzee actually won the award not just once but twice. He won it in 1983 for Life & Times of Michael K then won it again in 1999 for Disgrace. Gordimer won in 1974 for her novel The Conservationist.

Galgut's victory was announced on November 3, 2021 during a ceremony conducted at the BBC Radio Theatre. Aside from the literary prestige and the boost in sales of the book, Galgut will also receive £50,000 in cash. Prior to winning the 2021 Booker Prize, two other novels by Galgut was shortlisted in the same award. The Good Doctor was shortlisted in 2003 and In a Strange Room was shortlisted in 2010. Galgut lost to Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre in 2003 and to The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson in 2010.

Back in September which was around the time that the shortlist for the award was announced, Galgut was interviewed by Hephzibah Anderson for an article published in The Guardian. Anderson asked Galgut the following question: "How has being a two-time Booker Prize finalist affected your career?"

Galgut's answer: "It really did change my prospects in a way that almost nothing else could have done. Having said that, prize lists are problematic in all sorts of ways and there’s such a frenzy surrounding this particular prize that one feels almost guilty benefiting from it. I don’t cope that well with big public events or too much attention, so both shortlistings probably shaved a few years off my life."

So far, reader response to The Promise has been very positive so far. Of the hundreds of reviews and thousands of ratings on Goodreads, the book currently enjoys an average rating of 4.09 stars out of 5.

The other novels that made it to the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction are:

1. A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
2. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
3. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
4. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
5. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Previous novels by Galgut:

1. A Sinless Season
2. Small Circle of Beings
3. The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs
4. The Quarry
5. The Good Doctor
6. The Impostor
7. In a Strange Room
8. Arctic Summer

Galgut also wrote plays:

1. Echoes of Anger
2. Party for Mother
3. Alive and Kicking
4. The Green's Keeper

October 11, 2021

3 Children Die in Ambiong Landslide Caused by Typhoon Maring

Three children who were siblings died when their house was struck by debris from a landslide caused by Typhoon Maring. The landslide occurred on Monday night at Sitio Ubbog, Barangay Central Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet. The children were aged 2, 6, and 8. Based on initial reports, the three kids and their parents were eating dinner when a landslide struck their home.

Rescuers on the scene rushed the three children to a hospital but they were declared dead on arrival. They are the first reported casualties of Typhoon Maring in the La Trinidad area. Their parents, Stephanie and Romnick Teligo, survived the ordeal.

The province of Benguet started experiencing heavy rains and strong winds on Monday when Typhoon Maring landed on northern Luzon. Several barangays like Pico, Betag, Wangal, and Buyagan also experienced flooding. At some sections, the floodwaters were severl feet high. The Strawberry Farm and surrounding fields were also submerged in floodwaters.

Typhoon Maring is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday.