PRC New MOA, Involves Schools and Universities in Manila, Baguio and Legazpi

Just recently, the Professional Regulation Commission or PRC in the Philippines signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the various school institutions and universities within Metro Manila.

According to the published information through the PRC’s official website, the MOA is about using the facilities (as test centers) of the involved schools and universities when necessary for the board exams.

Aside from Manila, the commission likewise had an agreement with some provinces that they selected.

The MOA is crucial in helping the PRC to provide the best venues and safety for all those applicants who are going to take the licensure examinations. To assure fairness and transparency, the commission and all the involved parties agreed to certain terms and conditions before signing the memorandum.

Here are the schools involved in the new MOA as detailed by the PRC:


Central Colleges of the Philippines

Centro Escolar University—Manila

Colegio De San Juan De Letran

College of the Holy Spirit Manila

Holy Trinity Academy

Mary Chiles College

Philippine College of Criminology

Sta. Isabel College

St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City

The Family Clinic, Inc.



Baguio Central School

Baguio Central University

Bonifacio Elementary School

Josefa Cariño Elementary School

Lucban Elementary School

Mabini Elementary School

Quezon Elementary School

Rizal Elementary School

Rizal National High School



Tanchuling College, Inc.


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UN Reveals Issues About Female Refugees Not Enrolling to Schools

The United Nations (UN) revealed on Wednesday that the refugee girls are having difficult to continue their education due to what they call “formidable barriers.”

There are only 50% girls who are about to consider their secondary school.

According to the reported news through AFP, the refugee girls are having difficulty in making a decision to continue their secondary school because of “formidable barriers” or possible hindrances, as detailed by the UN.

Based on the information provided by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), majority of the affected girls are those exiled and cannot easily access the right schools to pursue their education.

“There are formidable barriers to overcome. We are calling for an international effort to turn the tide,” as stated by Filippo Grandi who is the current chief of UNHCR.

From the recorded data of the agency in 2017, nearly 3.5 million children from the refugee sites are not studying, particularly those who need to pursue their secondary and higher education. From the revealed data last September, they found out that only 23% of the refugee children are studying in the secondary level.

This is way below than the 84% percent regular children across the globe who studies their secondary level.

The agency likewise reported that the male refugees who enrolled for the secondary school might just have the same number with the female refugees, which the figure reveal that possibly 50% enrollees only.

There are issues that the expenditure about the school uniforms and books is the main problem on why many refugee girls are not planning to study. On the other hand, the concern about giving priority education to the refugee males is what affects the female refugees, the news online added.

From the point of view of the agency as detailed on the report also, most families are keeping their girls at home for various household activities such as taking good care of their young sibling and in collecting fuel or water supply. In addition to this, families do not permit their female teenagers because they worry about the potential sexual harassment, insufficient suppliers for their menstrual period and unclean toilets for them in school.

According to the UNHCR chief, neglecting the female refugees to have proper education will have a huge impact for the coming generations.


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2017 ALS Passing Rate Lower to 60% from 75% after DepEd Decision

After the “all time low” results of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Department of Education (DepEd) made a decision to lower the passing rate or score of the examinees.

The announcement came last Tuesday to cope with the revealed poor results.

According from the reported news through, the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines headed by its secretary Leonor Briones had decided to lower the passing rate or score for those who are taking the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

The department saw an “all time low” results and so it now reduced the current 75% passing to 60%, based on the November 2017 Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E).

Secretary Briones revealed such decision is out of fairness to the examinees.

“This is to align the present test with previous standards, as well as to mitigate the unfairness to the examinees brought about by the circumstances mentioned,” stated by Briones and revealed that that the 60% score will be applicable to the examinations scheduled this March 2018.

From the explanation of the good education secretary, she said that the recent exam last November 2017 contained difficult level that the previous examinations.

On the other hand, the exams this year might be more complex because of converting the Filipino questionnaires to English and so they still need to evaluate the questions by coordinating with those who implement the changes from ALS.

According to the published news also, ALS had almost 586,693 enrollees in 2015 and increased to 691,461 in 2016. The department is expecting more enrollees as the program continues to expand nationwide.


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PRC Moves 2018 CPA Board Exam Schedules, Now May 13, 20 & 21

For those who need to know about the Certified Public Accountant board examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that the schedule of the licensure will be on May 13, 20 and 21, 2018.

According to the PRC, the decision to move the schedule is to give way for the upcoming May 14th Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election in the Philippines.

All applicants must be aware of the new schedules and the designated test centers include Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Lagazpi City, Manila and Tacloban City.

The changes adheres to the PRC Resolution 1091 Series of 2018.

The commission likewise revealed that the proctors or in-charge persons will honor the issued previous Notice of Admission (NOA) that include the original date for the upcoming CPA board examination.

Based on the published information also through, it is not necessary for those conditional examinees to submit their documents again. However, the must present their issued NOA to the Application Division or present their verification slip or report of rating to the Record Division to avoid any inconvenience.

As expected, it is best for those who are going to take the licensure to visit the official website of the commission for more details and instructions.



Lawrence S. Bacow to Become New President of Harvard University

After almost 11 years of having Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust as its university president, Harvard recently announced its successor last week who is set to serve the campus truthfully.

They appointed Lawrence S. Bacow as the new president of Harvard.

From the latest reported news online through, Harvard University announced its new president who is the successor of Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust and he is the 66-year-old Lawrence S. Bacow. As detailed online, Faust has served the university for almost 11 years and he is now stepping down to give way to the newly appointed president.

Bacow will be the 29th president of Harvard and he is Tufts University’s former president.

According to William F. Lee as quoted by the news, the changing of the president is a vital moment for higher education and said that, “a time when the singular value of higher education and university research has too often been challenged and called into doubt.”

Lee is the current chairperson of presidential search committee and a senior fellow of Harvard Corp. who added that the new head of the school begins his work on this coming July 1, 2018.

Based on record, they founded Harvard University back in 1636 and the oldest institution for higher education in the United States.

According to the revealed information through the Chronicle of Higher Education, the 70-year-old Faust who took her post of the president of Harvard back in July 1, 2007 became the 21st highest paid college president in history. She is the 28th president of this prestigious US-based school and not many knew that she is also a popular American historian.

The incoming president is likewise a respected person because of this remarkable achievement for the past years. Aside from being the former president of Tufts University, he also served as a chairperson of faculty, a chancellor as well as a professor of environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more than two decades.


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Killer Pleaded Guilty, FBI Failed to Verify Caller’s Tip

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in front of the court as stated by Howard Finkelstein on Friday with his involvement of the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida.

The arrested shooter who is a former student of the school killed 17 individuals.

From the latest news report published through CNN online, Howard Finkelstein revealed that the 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty in front of the court for his involvement in a high school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida.

According to Finkelstein, this kind of move will help Cruz in preventing the death penalty sentence and not undergoing strenuous trial at the courthouse. Howard Finkelstein is the current Broward County Public Defender.

The schedule of the next hearing will be on Monday and the assigned judge can hear the filed motion of the defense team.

With this kind of guilty plea, the families and parents of the victims are going to reveal their frustrations because they will not get the exact sentence for the killer.

In line with this issue, the reported news likewise revealed that Cruz confessed about the killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday, but the authorities did not give much attention to it and not acting to verify the tip they got back in January.

As detailed online, a concern person made an effort to contact the FBI and gave a tip last January 5, 2018 that Cruz is planning to attack and kill individuals. Unfortunately, the FBI failed to follow the necessary protocols in verifying the tip of the caller.

This kind of negligence triggered the frustrations of the parents and families of the victims.


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Bill Gates Reveals Global Teacher Prize Awardees, Includes Andria Zafirakou of UK

From the latest announcement made by Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, he revealed that one of the recipients of the global teaching award is from the United Kingdom, named Andria Zafirakou.

Andria is one of the final 10 awardees who hail from northern London.

From the shared news information online through, it revealed that tech tycoon Bill Gates announced that one of the lucky recipients for the global teaching award is Andria Zafirakou of United Kingdom (UK).

According to Gates, education serves as the “master of switch” to the lives of many people and improvement of the society.

Based on the information, all the 10 chosen teachers who are part of the Global Teacher Prize will be receiving an amount of $1 million. This kind of recognition is under the project of Varkey Foundation and they are very strict when it comes to choosing the winners.

Andria is a teacher for art and textile at the Alperton Community School in North London and teaching those underprivileged young students, which made her a strong candidate for the nomination of Global Teacher Prize.

“By getting pupils to open up about their home lives, I discovered that many of my students come from crowded homes where multiple families share a single property,” Mrs. Zafirakou said as quoted by the news online.

“Others could not participate in extra-curricular activities after school because they had to take on parental responsibilities like collecting their brothers and sisters from other schools,” she added in her explanation.

The nominations for this courageous teacher from UK truly proved her worth and dedication because they consider her as a phenomenal leader as well as a teacher.

According from the reported online news information also, over 30,000 teachers are part of the nominations and coming from almost 173 nations worldwide. The 10 lucky awardees came from UK, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Colombia, among others.


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PRC Is Warning about CPD Law Fake News, Reminding Professionals to be Vigilant

From the latest shared news report through the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), it is now warning the public about the spreading fake or bogus news. The commission stated that it is important for the people to become aware about the spreading news online through checking them properly and avoid being victims.

The latest issue that is circulating over the Internet is about the incorrect and confusing information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and many social media users are reading about them lately.

According to the PRC, the most complicated fake news online includes the planned abolishment of the new CPD Law (Republic Act 10912).

This new law came into existence after the proposal of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and he clearly stated that such issue to abolish his passed law is not true. He even said that both the PRC as well as CPD Councils had discussed to him about the continuation of the consultations with various stakeholders and public hearings in improving the process of implementation, as detailed by the PRC.

Back in 2017, different groups already showed their disappointment about the implementation of the CPD law and that includes the Filipino Nurses United (FNU). According to the group, this is an added burden for many professional nurses in the Philippines, especially hitting those who are not working or serving people from isolated places.

In an effort to help many professionals understand the new rule, the PRC is reminding these people to visit their official website online for further details.

Students in Myanmar Expelled after Protesting for Added Education Fund

In Myanmar, a university here made a decision to expel at least 14 students following the issue about protesting against the school because of not funding the education properly.

The protest somehow triggered concern about eroding freedom in democracy.

From the latest shared news information online through AFP, the Yadanabon University in Mandalay needed to break the protest of nearly 100 students here with the help of the police authorities last Thursday. It took the students 4 days to protest against the campus.

According to an activist, the rally of the students is about the issue of the university in failing to provide added fund for the education purpose and this caused the decision of the school to expel at least 14 students.

Since Aung San Suu Kyi took over the administration in 2016, this is the first ever protest of the student in Yadanabon University.

The students in Myanmar are among the primary drivers of activism against the politics here and were able to break the former military regime in the country. The people here believed that the administration of Suu Kyi will give them the right direction to a better freedom, but they expectation did not manifest.

As detailed on the news, his administration triggered arrest of media personnel and onset of deformation cases. Furthermore, the administration became strict in terms of providing censorship in arts and now the people are beginning to think about the vanishing freedom, after the police arrested the 14 students who took part of the protest.

The arrested students joined the rally to for more funds in education.

“We… were given a letter saying that we were expelled for breaking regulations,” said the 22-year-old Kyaw Thiha Ye Kyaw, who is a law student at the Yadanabon University when interviewed by the AFP.

“Our demands are not for us… but for all students and all educational staff around Myanmar,” added by the student.

In line with this, Zaw Myint Maung did not comment about the arrest and said that they are just following the imposed law. Same thing with the other officials, no one is available to give a statement or comment about the case.

Maung is the current chief minister of Mandalay in Myanmar.


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PUP President Clarified Issues about “Student Repression” in 2017

After the issue about “student repression” involving the some organizations and activist students in Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), the president of the campus strongly denied the allegations revealed by the students in 2017.

From the recent shared news information online through, Emmanuel de Guzman strongly denied the issues about the allegations of some organizations and activist students following the issue about “student repression” and gave his own explanation for clarification.

De Guzman is the current president of PUP, which is a state-run university.

As detailed by the news, the rising issues include the following:

  1. Closure of the student tambayans and offices ordered by the admin
  2. Taking over of the publications in the school
  3. Removal of student regent and replaced by representative appointed by the admin
  4. “No overnight policy” implementation to the students
  5. Senior High School Students mandatory ROTC, mandatory drug test
  6. New school fees, mandatory implementation of uniform
  7. Suspension of student council elections
  8. Deployed police forces inside the school

After learning about the allegations, he immediately released his own explanation about the exact purpose of the university.

“It is not in the authority of the school to remove the student regent. It is determined by the process election by the federation of student council sa PUP,” said De Guzman in a phone patch interview with the ANC regarding the student regent removal as quoted by the news.

About the takeover of the publication in the school, he clarified that he has no intention to do such thing. “I am not taking over anything,” De Guzman revealed.

“In fact, ‘The Catalyst,’ the official publication of the university, is still there. They have been holding office,” he said, adding that if the publication wants to release issues “they can do so,” he added.

Regarding the issue of the visibility of the police forces in PUP, the current president said that such allegation is not true because even a single police officer is inside the school.

As for the allegation involving the “no overnight policy,” he explained that this is not legitimate because the prohibition of the students is about the unlawful stay of those students who had been in a building for almost half a year.

“I ordered eviction but they refused,” he explained and added that there are parents who complained about their students who do not go home because they choose to stay inside the campus even if it is illegal.