Alfred Vargas says Moving Start of Classes to October will Make Roll Out of Blended Learning More Efficient

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BY: Pilar Mateo

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Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas welcomes the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to move the opening of classes from August 24 to October 5, upon the recommendation of the Department of Education.

Vargas said the two-month postponement of classes will give DepEd, teachers and students ample time to prepare for a more efficient implementation of blended learning.

“The deferment of school opening will benefit all education stakeholders as DepEd will be able to detect and address problems related to blended learning in the run up to October 5. This will result in a more efficient implementation of the ‘new normal’ in education,” the lawmaker said.

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Vargas, a member of the House committee on basic education and culture, had suggested postponing the opening of classes amid concerns from teachers that they’re still unprepared for the new school year.

He also suggested holding pilot tests of various blended learning methods in select schools nationwide before classes start.

Vargas said DepEd will also be able to save funds in the long run since it can allocate resources more efficiently based on the results of dry runs conducted by schools.

“We expect DepEd to use the next two months to fine tune the implementation of its blended learning program,” he said.

With deliberations on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 set to start this month, Vargas, a vice chairman of the House appropriations committee, said he will ensure DepEd will have adequate funds for education in the “new normal.”

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MADAM CHAIRMAN looks back!

In spite of the flak she’s getting and her so many bashers, Liza Diño Seguerra is loving every minute of the things she does for the film industry, as head of FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines).

On My Appointment as FDCP CHIEF (Written on August 13, 2016 in Cebu)

(Sorry mahaba. Para one time big time😊)

“As you may have already known, Ang daming “ganap” kahapon. May mga naging masaya, may mga nalungkot, may mga galit, may mga takot. Hehe! Parang pelikula pa rin. And it just dawned on me that for the next three years, mukhang ito ang pang-araw araw na mundong gagalawan ko.

“Yes, I admit, I am terrified. and Overwhelmed. And scared. But At the same time, I am also very excited. The last few months spent on doing consultations with the arts and culture sector has inspired me so much to be proactive towards addressing the needs of our community. Ilang administrasyon na ang nagdaan pero kulang na kulang ang pagpapahalagang binibigay sa ating sining at kultura kaya’t hindi masisisisi kung bakit ang lahat ngayon ay gutom at sabik na mapakinggan. Lahat gustong makiambag sa mga pwedeng magawa upang buhayin at palawigin ang ating sining. So to be given the chance to actualize these recommendations, at least sa film sector, is already a feat in itself.

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“I really don’t see myself as “CHAIR” or Head. I just happen to be the person entrusted by the president to act as a bridge between the sector and the government para lalong maisulong ang pagpapayabong ng pelikulang Pilipino sa ating komunidad. I am deeply humbled by this opportunity to help and to give EVERYONE a fair chance to access the support that our government can provide—suportang hindi lang para sa iilan kungdi para sa lahat especially ang mga minorities na hindi nakakaramdam ng tulong mula sa gobyerno.

“My goal is to be inclusive. Decentralize FDCP and empower regional film communities . Buhayin natin ang kwento ng mga rehiyon. Marami tayong mapupulot dito bilang isang nasyon. Maganda ang naumpisahan ng FDCP in putting up cinematheques all over the country at magandang mamaximize natin ang potential ng mga venues na ito. I have big shoes to fill. Yes, I recognize that. A lot has been done to create global presence and recognition sa mga films natin abroad and I would like to congratulate former Chair Briccio for what he has done to Philippine cinema pagdating sa International scene. That was the thrust of his term and he has succeeded. Maraming programang pwedeng ituloy mula sa kanyang pamumuno.

“But while Filipino films are gaining recognition abroad and making a presence in global cinema, its doing the total opposite in our own country. Nakakalungkot isiping piling pili lang ang mga tinatangkilik na pelikula pagdating sa sarili nating bansa.

“We have to bridge that divide. it’s time to really go back to the core and think about how we can thrive locally. How can we use film to propagate culture among Filipino people? How can we use film to educate, expose, and enlighten? We have to really create programs and policies for audience development dahil sa ngayon ang daming films, pero salat na salat tayo sa audience. It is time to encourage more Filipinos to watch our local cinema—hindi lang puro banyaga. Mainstream films are gaining a consistent audience and that is good, pero hindi makasunod ang low budget films dahil “hindi kumikita” ang pelikula. Dahil dito, napupull out ang mga pelikula sa sinehan ng hindi man lang nabibigyan ng pagkakataong makahanap ng mga manonood. Siguro nga Nagkaron ng stigma na pag indie, hindi entertaining. Pag indie, hindi accessible, pag indie, masyadong mataas. Pero hindi ito sapat na dahilan para hindi protektahan ang mga pelikulang Sariling atin. Dapat magtulong-tulong ang lahat pati ang theatre owners para sanayin ang ating mga audience na manood ng ibat ibang klaseng pelikula. In the end, tayong lahat ang magbebenefit dito. Sa aking pag-upo, kaakibat ninyo ako para basagin ang konseptong ito at patunayan sa ating mga manonood na marami tayong de kalidad na pelikulang sumasalamin sa ating kultura na dapat tangkilikin, panoorin at ipagmalaki—na mayrong indie films na entertaining, mayroong intelektuwal pero makabuluhan, at mayroong pupukaw sa diwa at kamalayan.

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“Oo nga, Maganda ang presence natin internationally. Pero naiiwanan ang mga manonood na Pilipino.
How we can bridge this gap is going to be the thrust of my term as chair. Let us empower our film makers by creating a self sustaining environment LOCALLY so they don’t feel the necessity na makilala muna sa ibang bansa para lang panoorin ng mga Pilipino (unless yun talaga ang vision ng film maker). At the end of the day, sana pakaisipin nating ang Pelikulang Pilipino ay first and foremost, PARA sa Pilipino. As much as I respect our thought provoking films which pique global sensibilities, I believe that we shouldn’t lose sight of this equally important goal when making films. Let’s always keep the Filipino audience in mind—-their sensibilities, their language, their needs. The great Ishmael Bernal and Lino Brocka were amazing proponents of these. They made landmark films na nakilala sa ibang bansa pero pinanood pa rin at tinangkilik ng mga Pilipino. Hanapin natin ang balanseng ito.

“On the other hand, with the plethora of films the country produces every year, napakalaki ng potential natin para maging isang creative industry. It would be an achievement to push forward what has been started and move towards creating a creative economy. With healthy competition, we can encourage filmmakers to set a standard in making quality films na de kalidad but at the same pwede ring kumita. Let’s all head towards that direction.

“Alam kong maraming kumukwestiyon sa aking kakayahan, maraming nagdududa sa kung anong pwede kong magawa. Nirerespeto ko yan. Hindi nyo ko kilala. Karapatan ninyong magpahayag ng inyong mga agam agam.

“Sa mga sumusuporta, salamat. Makasisiguro kayong gagawin ko ang lahat sa aking makakaya upang makapaglingkod sa bayan. Sa mga pumupuna, salamat din. Kayo ang inspirasyon ko para pagbutihan lalo ang gingawa ko.

“But whatever your opinion is of me, isa lang masisiguro ko sa inyo, mahal na mahal ko ang sining na ito. This is my passion. Binuhay ng sining na ito ang pagkatao ko and l am willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes para maiangat ang estado nito. Naniniwala ako na ang FDCP ay para sa ating lahat at sisiguraduhin kong lahat ay stakeholders dito.

“For my first project, I want to propose a FILM SUMMIT. Let’s sit down and listen to each other. Level our expectations and come up with a road map towards improving our industry.

“Sana’y magtulungan tayong lahat.

#parasapagbabago #FDCP

To which, the ever supportive husband Ice Seguerra, commented, “Happy anniversary sweetheart!!! 4 na taong priority mo ang film industry at hindi ako. Jaaaazzz keedeng. May you able to serve more people. Kayod lang, kahit may ilang hindi nakakaappreciate nang ginagawa mo, please know na mas marami ang nakikinabang sa magpagbabagong sinimulan mo. Keep planting good seeds.

“I love you.”

Not everyone is happy. Not all appreciates what she does. Everybody cannot be pleased.

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