August 16, 2018

DepEd Memo: Observance of the National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous Peoples Month 2018

DepEd Memorandum No. 128, series 2018: Observance of the National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous Peoples Month 2018.

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) announces the Observance of the National Indigenous Peoples Day, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and National Indigenous Peoples Month.

2. All its offices and schools are enjoined to observe the following celebrations through various commemorative and advocacy activities:
a. National Indigenous Peoples Day pursuant to Republic Act No. 10689 entitled An Act Declaring August 9 as National Indigenous Peoples Day and Mandating the Meaningful Observance Thereof; and
b. National Indigenous Peoples Month is based on the issuance of the Presidential Proclamation No. 1906, s. 2009 entitled Declaring the Month of October of Every Year as National Indigenous Peoples Month.

3. For this year’s observance of the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Day and National IP Month, the DepEd shall be guided by the theme Ugnayan ng DepEd at Pamayanan Pagtibayin sa Pangalawang Dekada ng Pagsulong ng Katutubong Edukasyon. The theme highlights the importance of partnership between DepEd and IP communities, which is moving into its second decade this year. The strengthening of partnership mechanisms is a fundamental prerequisite to actualize the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) in the curriculum and meaningful participation of IP communities in program management and governance.

4. Integrated commemoration of the National IP Day and IP Month shall focus on advocacy activities that highlight the importance of this partnership and efforts to widen the involvement of communities in education governance and curriculum contextualization.

5. As the primary government agency mandated to protect and promote the right of every Filipino learner to basic education, including the inculcation of values that protect recognition of the nation’s cultural diversity, the DepEd intends to substantially contribute to the objectives of the said observances through the extensive network of schools, field offices, and various learning programs.

6. This is consistent with the aims of the K to 12 Basic Education Program and the National Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED) Policy Framework (DepEd Order No. 62, s. 2011), which stipulates that within the framework of maintaining inclusive and effective learning environments, the DepEd shall nurture, among all learners and DepEd teaching and nonteaching personnel, respect for human rights and cultural diversity and that DepEd shall promote greater awareness and appreciation of the Indigenous Peoples’ cultural heritage and history – an integral, yet often neglected, part of the Philippine nation’s cultural heritage and history (Section 15-g).

7. In line with the theme, the regional and schools division offices, and schools are enjoined to support the national celebrations by undertaking appropriate and relevant activities from August 6 to 17, 2018 (for the commemoration of the National IP Day on August 9) and from October 1 to 31, 2018 (for the National IP Month) through, but not limited to, the following:

a. Conduct of appropriate learning activities that promote the objectives and message of the national celebration (e.g., activities that promote awareness of and respect for indigenous cultural communities, particularly those within or proximal to the school vicinity);
b. Conduct of advocacy activities for teaching and nonteaching personnel, and other stakeholders;
c. Hanging of streamers/banners in strategic places in the vicinity of DepEd offices and schools (an electronic file of the standard layout shall be provided to regional offices by the DepEd – Indigenous Peoples Education Office/IPsEO); and
d. Featuring the event and other IPEd-related activities on the website and other communications media of the regional and schools division offices, and schools.

8. For DepEd personnel, it is highly encouraged that the said observances be maximized as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of key DepEd policies on IPEd, such as the IPEd Curriculum Framework (DO 32, s. 2015), the implementation of the IPEd Program, as well as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (online resources are available at

9. It is reiterated that the planning and conduct of activities are to be guided by the Guidelines on the Conduct of Activities and Use of Materials Involving Aspects of Indigenous Peoples Culture (DO 51, s. 2014), which are meant to provide guidance on the ethical assessment of the conduct of learning activities and related engagements of schools, DepEd offices, and other education initiatives, which involve various aspects of indigenous peoples culture. Likewise, field offices and schools are enjoined to consult and collaborate with indigenous community elders and other culture bearers as appropriate in the conduct of activities.

10. Regional offices and SDOs, through the IPEd focal persons, shall ensure the proper coordination of activities and compliance with the guideline provided in this Memorandum. Expenses incurred relative to the conduct of activities shall be charged to local funds, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

11. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

August 10, 2018

Councilor In Lagayan, Abra Shot Dead Inside His Own House

A local politician in the town of Lagayan in Abra died on Wednesday night (August 8) when a still unidentified assailant fatally shot him in the back. The victim has been identified as Isagani Ambaoa Joson, a municipal councilor in Lagayan town. The incident happened right inside the councilor's house at sitio Manaois in barangay Poblacion.

According to an incident report by the Abra police, Joson was shot at the back and that he was found at the crime scene with a .45 pistol in his hand. According to the neighbors of the councilor, they heard shots coming from the house around 7:45 in the evening. They immediately called the local police for assistance. Joson was brought to the Abra Provincial Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

A few shells were recovered from the scene. No motive has been established yet behind the incident and no suspects have been arrested. The Abra police are currently investigating the case.

The following is a post on Facebook by Bernardine Sibayan Joson, the councilor's wife, right after the incident:

"May the murder of my husband be the last in Lagayan and put an end to the culture of violence and barbaric minds of some greedy politicians. I will not put justice into my hands because my husband stands firm on due process of law and fair play. You may have taken the life of my husband but I am proud because even in death he played fairly. Sweet I LOVE YOU and I MISS YOU! I am so very proud of you. Guide me as I lead the way until your murderers serve their days in court. THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF DUE PROCESS!"

August 9, 2018

Job Opportunity: Philippine Statistics Authority Cordillera Is Looking For 28 Data Encoders

The regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority is currently looking for at least 28 data encoders. In a job bulletin, the office announced that they are going to need the data encoders for the following project: 2018 Family Income and Expenditures Survey (FIES).

Applicants have until August 13 (Monday) to hand over their resumes and application letters. They must submit their applications at the Statistical Operations and Coordination Division, PSA RSSO CAR, 141 Abanao Extension, Baguio CIty.

To be eligible for the position, an applicant should have finished at least two years of college education, should be computer literate, should have decent typing speed, and should be willing to work on shifts from Monday to Saturday.

Republic of the Philippines
Philippine Statistics Authority
Cordillera Administrative Region

Urgent Hiring

PSA RSSO CAR is in need of 28 data encoders.

Project: 2018 Family Income and Expenditures Survey (FIES) Visit 1 Machine Processing

1. Must have at least two years of college education.
2. Must be willing to work on shifting from Monday to Saturday (including holidays if necessary)
3. Must be computer literate and has a typing speed of at least 35 words per minute
4. Must have pleasing personality
5. Must be a team player

Please submit your Resume/PDS at Statistical Operations and Coordination Division, PSA RSSO CAR, 141 Abanao Extension, Baguio CIty.

Deadline of submission of application is on August 13, 2018.

August 8, 2018

Angel Trasadas, An OFW In Dubai Confirmed Dead By DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that a female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dubai named Angel Trasadas has indeed died. According to the agency, the Philippine Consulate in Dubai has received a request for assistance from the family of Trasadas in the Philippines. Elmer Cato, a spokesperson for the DFA told GMA News in an interview that the death of Angel Trasadas is currently under investigation. With that said, the concerned authorities in Dubai are not yet able to release her remains.

According to news reports, Angel Pauya Trasadas would have turned 34 years old on August 25. She perished on July 29 after allegedly bleeding out due to a pill she took to abort her pregnancy which happened out of wedlock. She was working as a maid in one of the flats within the China Cluster at Dubai International City.

A close friend of Trasadas also said that Trasadas has been overstaying in Dubai since 2016. She decided to stay and work in Dubai because it's the only way to support her kids and family back home in the Philippines. Trasadas is from General Santos City in the Philippines. Trasadas had two kids from a previous relationship. The kids are aged 11 and 8.

The Philippine Consulate has assured the family of Trasadas that her remains will be immediately repatriated back home to the Philippines once the Dubai police has completed their investigation.

July 25, 2018

24-Year-Old Woman Dies In A Road Accident Along Magsaysay Avenue In Baguio City

A 24-year-old woman died when she was struck by a passenger bus along Magsaysay Avenue in Baguio City on Wednesday morning. The road accident occurred around 8:00 in the morning. The woman has been identified as Edna Mangulay Loot, a 24-year-old resident in Wangal Extension, Buyagan, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The driver has been identified as Melchor Batel-ey, 46 years old, and a resident of Balakbak, Kapangan, Benguet. The bus he was driving has a Baguio to Kibungan route.

The driver has been taken into custody by the Baguio City Police. He has been charged with reckless imprudence resulting to homicide. The bus he was driving was also impounded by the authorities.

According to reports, Loot tried to cross the street when she was hit by the bus. Bystanders and responders flagged down a taxi and brought her to the Pines City Doctors Hospital but she didn't make it because of the seriousness of her injuries.

Photo from Facebook.
Due to the incident, authorities are urging the public, motorists, and drivers to be more careful and vigilant. People should only use pedestrian lanes when crossing the street. Magsaysay Avenue is very busy during rush hours. People should always stop, look left and right for incoming vehicles before crossing to the other side.

Paysbook Review: Is It A Scam? Is It Legit?

In this Paysbook review, I'm going to help you decide for yourself if Paysbook is legit or a scam. I learned about Paysbook when someone posted about it in a local buy and sell Facebook page in my city. The post was your typical "business opportunity" post wherein the person who posted about it talked of how he's making money in his "spare time" doing nothing but log in online. What a pile of crap. I know right there and then that this is yet another cash-grab put together by a group of people who prey on the gullible.

It still blows my mind how people still fall for these types of online business opportunities. How can there be a business when they don't even have a clear product or service? A product or service that you can't get from anywhere else with less hassle. I'm telling you right now. Stay away from this company. Never in a million years will you be able to earn sustainable income from them. Remember Supreme Wealth Alliance (SWA)? Or Ignition Marketing? Where are they now? They promised the moon to their members. But where are they now? I bet my house that Paysbook is going to suffer the same fate.

From their website alone, there's a ton of red flags there. Everything about it is vague and just too freaking obscure. There's a tagline that says "Connecting Your Dreams". Huh? It doesn't get more vague than that. They can't even get their grammar right. Don't believe me? Here's a line from their website front page:

"Need more help? Contact our support that is always help you with any questions, problems, and information"

- Walang period at the end of a sentence.
- "Contact our support that is always help you..." If you are going to get people to entrust you with their hard-earned cash, at least make your grammar right.
- Wag kayo maniwala na maayos support nila. Just read the reviews on their Facebook page. Andaming reklamo about their customer support.


Ngayon, kung malaki ang kitaan sa Paysbook, bakit marami ang nagbebenta ng kanilang mga account?


Let's address the elephant in the room here. How exactly do you earn money from Paysbook? Well, according to the company, you earn from sign-in rewards, login rewards, posting rewards, direct commissions, matching commissions, and leveling commissions. Okay, these seem to be at least reasonable. But doesn't it bother you what they keep on talking about rewards and commissions but they can't seem to directly and clearly put out what exactly it is that they are selling. What are their products? What are their services?

The answer lies in the fact that you need to buy an activation code for a whooping 1000 pesos. Isang libo, pare. Activation code lang yan. Hahaha. As to their leveling commissions, familiar ka na siguro diyan. Downlines and uplines chuchu. Lol. And furthermore, you earn by inviting people to join the company. Pag isa sa mga core business models ng isang company is to pay people to invite more people into the company, lumang tugtugin na yan. Andaming mga tao at pamilya nasira ng mga modus na yan.

Last but not the least, Paysbook claims itself to be a social media site. That's fine. If you visit the official website for Paysbook social, you get the following signup page:

"Be cool and join today. Meet millions!" Anong millions? What millions? Are you claiming to have millions of members? Eh sabi ng founder at CEO niyo sa Official Informercial Video niyo na around 11,000 plus lang members niyo. Millions daw.

In a nutshell, stay away from this company. Instead of wasting your 1000 pesos to buy an activation code from them, invest it somewhere else or deposit mo na lang sa banko mo. Doon kikita ng interest. Maliit pero sigurado.

I'm going to jump off a plane if 10% of Paysbook's members are actually earning any money. And one last thing, why is the Facebook page of Paysbook posting the names of their members publicly? Check the post below:

What happened to business ethics? What happened to protecting the privacy and security of your members and customers? You are an online company so you should deal with these issues internally. Why are you posting the names of your customers in a public digital page?

Paysbook is being managed by a bunch of amateurs. Amateurs who can't even get an editor to correct the wrong grammar in their website and marketing materials. Amateurs who don't know anything about business ethics and consumer privacy.

To all consumers, stay away from Paysbook. Masasayang lang pera at oras niyo diyan. To the founders of Paysbook, ayusin niyo business model niyo. Create products and services that are actually valuable to people.

Paysbook keep saying that the company is a combination of social media platform, e-commerce, and affiliate marketing program. To the consumer, puwede mo lahat gawin ito without Paysbook. Create a blog, publish valuable content in it, and monetize it with affiliate products from companies like Amazon and Lazada. Signing up with Amazon, Lazada, and other affiliate programs are free. Hindi ka pababayarin ng 1000 para lang bigyan ka nila ng activation code. Promote affiliate products in your own website. Kikita ka if you work had and work smart. Supplement your income from your blog by signing up with advertising programs like Adsense. Free ulit mga yan. Hindi ka magbabayad ng 1000 pesos for an activation code.

Gawa ka ng account sa mga legit na social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and promote your blog in these platforms. That's how you do it. It takes time to earn a decent income from the process but you will get there if you work hard. Hindi yung magbabayad ka ng activation code, tapos log-in log-out ka, tapos invite ka ng maraming tao, tapos kikita ng libo-libo. Kalokohan.

If you really want to learn about making money online, Google is your best friend. Everything you need to learn about e-commerce, online advertising, and affiliate marketing are free online. You just have to spend the time to learn and apply what you learn.

February 21, 2018

GCash Suspends Their PayPal to GCash Service Because Of Payment Fulfillment Issues

Well, it's clear now. If you are among the hundreds of freelancers in the Philippines who can't transfer their funds from PayPal to GCash, here's some bad news for you. GCash has just suspended their PayPal to GCash service.

This means that for the time being, you won't be able to transfer your money from your PayPal account to your GCash wallet. It can be recalled that for several days now, the service has been unavailable. It's only now that GCash personnel have come out to directly state that the service has been suspended.

When asked about the unavailability of service, GCash representatives replied with the following answer: "Hi. We recently suspended the PayPal to GCash service because we detected payment fulfillment issues between the two parties.

This is a preventive measure to protect you, our customers, and the integrity of your transactions. We're working closely with PayPal to get the service back to normal. We hope for your understanding."

Well, there are three important things that we can learn from the above statement. One, the service has been suspended which means you can't use it until further notice. Two, the breakdown of the service was due to payment fulfillment issues between PayPal and GCash. But that seems like a canned response. The cause if probably much more complicated. And three, GCash is working with PayPal to bring back the service. There's no way of knowing if this is true. Only time will tell.