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Briones wants more LGUs to build museums

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Education chief Leonor Briones praises the National Museum of Natural History as a 'non-formal supplement' to classroom learning under the K to 12 program

PLACES OF LEARNING. Education Secretary Leonor Briones delivers a speech during the inauguration of the National Museum of Natural History. Photo by DepEd

WATCH: Briones, Salceda pay tribute to teachers

Oct 07, 2017 - 9:13 AM

'I am here to thank you and in so doing do, I also thank my father and my mother,' Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda says

PRODUCTS OF TEACHERS. During the National Teachers' Day, education Secretary Leonor Briones and Rep Joey Salceda shares that they are both children of teachers. Photos by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Duterte OKs random drug testing of HS students – Briones

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the President wanted DepEd to look at drug abuse as a health problem and to treat the random drug test as a preventive measure

GO SIGNAL. President Rodrigo Duterte during the 19th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 4. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

The education secretary who came from a 'dynasty of teachers'

Oct 06, 2017 - 5:53 PM

A former teacher herself, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones urges teachers to continue learning something new every day

We owe our country's success to teachers – Briones

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:53 PM

'Bakit tayo nagtuturo?' Education Secretary Leonor Briones asks the country's teachers as she leads the celebration of National Teachers' Day in Legazpi City




IN PHOTOS: A daylong tribute to the country's teachers

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:07 AM

In celebration of National Teachers' Day, the Department of Education recognizes the role teachers play in the positive change the country seeks to achieve

FLOWERS. The Department of Education distributes flowers to over 6,000 teachers who attended the National Teachers' Day celebration in Legazpi City.

DepEd on student drug testing: SC says it’s constitutional

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:43 PM

This matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says in response to criticism against random drug testing on students

APPROVED BY SC. DepEd says the random drug testing of high school students is pursuant to the law.

DepEd to consult Cabinet on drug testing of high school students

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says they plan to push through with the random drug testing this school year despite concerns on how the results will be kept confidential

High school drug tests: DepEd reviews procedure amid concerns

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers question how the education department can keep confidential the results of the mandatory random drug tests slated for September

STUDENTS' SAFETY. Lawmakers express concern over students' safety if chosen for the random drug test.

Drug testing of students ‘preventive, not punitive’ – Briones

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says every effort is going to be made to keep the results of the random drug test confidential

'PREVENTIVE, NOT PUNITIVE.' Education Secretary Leonor Briones defends the department's random drug testing of high school students. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Random drug testing for HS students, teachers starts September

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Hindi ito tokhang tokhang We’re doing this with an open mind We’re doing this as scientifically as possible says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she guarantees the confidentiality of the results

DepEd allots P42B to hire 81,100 teachers in 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:30 PM

A good chunk of the DepEd s proposed budget next year is also allocated for its program subsidizing the schooling of students in private institutions

BUDGET TALKS. DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, Secretary Leonor Briones, and Undersecretary Alain Pascua hold a press conference on August 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd partners with UNESCO, KOICA on new ALS project

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project will focus on Tacloban City and the municipality of Palo in Leyte

ALS PROJECT. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the initiative aims to tackle gender inequality in education, and help girls to realize their full potential. All photos by Cielo Esmeria

10 public high schools in Metro Manila to offer Korean language this year

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says it would be good for Filipino students to continue the tradition of knowing about Korea

How DepEd plans to address PH classroom shortage

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The education department is considering different solutions to address this perennial problem including the construction of high rise school buildings as well as school communities outside urban centers

SHORTAGE? Grade 1 students attend classes at a hallway of Belmonte Elementary School in Holy Spirit, Quezon City during the start of classes on Monday, June 5. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Schools open doors for Marawi learners

Jun 05, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The education department urges schools to welcome transferees from Marawi City with open arms Jee Geronimo reports

Only 3 schools used as evacuation centers in Iligan City, says DepEd

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:25 PM

These schools still opened on Monday June 5 as evacuees are only using the gyms or multi purpose buildings

EVACUATION CENTERS. A family from Marawi City rest at an evacuation center in Balo-i on May 29, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Martial law in Mindanao: School opening to bring 'sense of normalcy'

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones: Schools should not be made as battlegrounds between and among contending parties engaged in violence with or without martial law

CONFLICT. Internally displaced persons pass thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

WATCH: How to report school opening concerns

Jun 04, 2017 - 8:10 AM

School opening complaints from parents and students may be sent directly to the Department of Education DepEd Central Office or to its local counterparts

Rappler Talk: 'Oplan Balik Eskwela' sa panahon ng martial law sa Mindanao

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:28 AM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz talks to Education Secretary Leonor Briones on the impact of the Marawi crisis on schools in Mindanao

Higher tuition fees in 1,013 private elementary, high schools

Jun 01, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Metro Manila still has the most number of schools that will increase tuition fees for school year 2017 to 2018

DepEd, Ateneo, MovePH agree to use Agos for disaster preparedness

May 18, 2017 - 7:09 AM

The partnership enables the education agency to harness social media and technology in managing disaster information using Agos powered by eBayanihan

PARTNERSHIP FOR DRR. MovePH Executive Director Rupert Ambil and Usec Annalyn Sevilla conduct a ceremonial signing of an MOA between DepEd, Rappler, and Ateneo on disaster preparedness. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

Duterte, Sato, Cayetano | Evening wRap

May 17, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Drug tests for public school teachers to start during school year 2017-2018

May 17, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The initiative of the Department of Education is set to be extended to include secondary level students

#BrigadaEskwela kicks off nationwide

May 15, 2017 - 4:54 PM

From Cordillera Regional Science High School in La Trinidad Benguet to Ipil National High School in Zamboanga Sibugay teachers students and parents take part in cleaning their schools to make facilities ready for the start of classes

COMMUNITY EFFORT. Parents and teachers of Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Batasan, Quezon City join together in cleaning the classroom during the 2017 Brigada Eskuwela that signal the start of school classes. Photo by Darren Langit/ Rappler

WATCH: How to join Brigada Eskwela 2017

May 12, 2017 - 10:12 PM

The Education Department is calling on volunteers companies and civic groups to help fix up schools and donate school supplies and other equipment

DepEd aims to reach out-of-school youth during Brigada Eskwela

May 11, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the integration of the Alternative Learning System into Brigada Eskwela is very important given the President s instruction to prioritize the program

Ex-athlete’s passion for sports remains steadfast even after paralysis

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:20 PM

When word of the Palarong Pambansa spread throughout his home province Jimmy Calantas vowed he would not miss it for the world

UNWAVERING PASSION. Jimmy Calantas may no longer be able to partake in games like he used to, but his dedication to sports drive him to attend games as often as possible. Photos by Clarisse Cabinta

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2017 kicks off

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:41 AM

More than 12 000 delegates from 18 regions fill the stadium for the opening rites as President Rodrigo Duterte officially declares the games open

Palarong Pambansa 2017 wRap for Sunday, April 23

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:30 AM

Watch this special edition of the Rappler newscast from the Palarong Pambansa in Antique

WATCH: Festive opening for Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 23, 2017 - 11:27 PM

Hopefully the holding of the Palarong Pambansa will be an inspiration to other smaller and lesser known provinces like ours that if we can do it they can do it too says Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao

Palarong Pambansa 2017: The future of PH sports is here

Apr 23, 2017 - 2:18 PM

More than 12 000 elementary and secondary student athletes representing 18 regions will be vying for 376 gold medals 376 silver medals and 487 bronze medals that will be up for grabs from 21 regular sporting events

WELCOME TO ANTIQUE. The Western Visayas Region leads the parade across San Jose de Buenavista. Photo by Andrew Catayao III/ Rappler

Palarong Pambansa 2017 wRap for Saturday, April 22

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Watch this special edition of the Rappler newscast from the Palarong Pambansa in Antique

Tiringbanay sa Palarong Pambansa 2017: All systems go

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:27 PM

All roads lead to Antique as more than 12 000 delegates gather for the biggest youth sports event of the country on Sunday April 23

ALL SYSTEMS GO. (Left to right) Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, and DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali hold a press briefing on April 22, 2017. Rappler photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 3-9, 2017

Apr 09, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Hello Here s a round up of videos from the past week you need to watch

Students' murder shows need to support war on drugs – Briones

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:25 PM

After an alleged drug user killed two students in Siquijor Education Secretary Leonor Briones laments that not much focus is given to victims of drug addicts

Rappler file photos

2017 Palarong Pambansa to showcase 'youth power'

Mar 17, 2017 - 6:59 AM

It will carry the theme 2017 Palarong Pambansa: Converges Youth Power Builds Sustainable Future

HISTORIC. Officials from the Department of Education and the province of Antique ink the Memorandum of Agreement for the 2017 Palarong Pambansa to be held from April 23 to 29. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Briones gets CA nod amid questions on health

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:25 PM

There is no correlation between the state of my knees and the state of my brain 76 year old Education Secretary Leonor Briones tells the Commission on Appointments

HUMAN RIGHTS. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says human rights is the 'framework of all that we are doing.' Screenshot from Rappler video

Cabinet officials back Duterte's tax reform plan

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says however his department is coordinating with the DOF to fine tune the excise tax brackets being proposed for vehicles

FULL SUPPORT. Several Cabinet officials attend the House ways and means panel hearing on March 6, including DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd stops school field trips until June after Tanay bus crash

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:57 PM

The moratorium will allow for a review of existing policies and to harmonize the implementing details of regions the education department says

BUS CRASH. Police and soldiers stand guard next to a tourist bus which hit an electric post in Tanay town, Rizal province, east of Manila on February 20, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Catching up on ALS: Challenges of a 'parallel system'

Feb 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The education department is already reviewing the Alternative Learning System to match it to formal education s K to 12 program

All eyes on ALS, 'centerpiece' of basic ed under Duterte

Feb 18, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Alternative Learning System is a priority program under the Duterte administration What is it all about?

SATURDAY CLASSES. Maricel Pascua is a grade school teacher for 5 days a week. On Saturdays, she teaches adult learners under the Alternative Learning System. File photo from Maricel Pascua

Briones: No condom distribution in schools

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says health centers are tasked with condom distribution

EDUCATION SPENDING. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the Philippines can only show it deserves to spend 6% of the GDP on education by catching up on commitments to deliver services. Screenshot from Rappler

Condoms in schools? Sotto hits Ubial for 'imposing' beliefs on Filipinos

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

It s insensitive to dismiss the sentiment of a conservative culture just because they failed to implement effective health programs says Senator Vicente Sotto III

Screenshot of Ubial from Rappler; Sotto file photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

QC mayor bans DOH from giving out condoms in public schools

Jan 15, 2017 - 1:42 PM

We will allow the use of QC public health facilities but not QC public schools says Quezon City mayor Herbert bautista

NO CONDOM DISTRIBUTION. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista prohibits the Department of Health's planned distribution of condoms in public schools in the city. File photo by AFP

DepEd: Revive Quick Response Fund for typhoon-hit schools

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The Department of Education says it can use the fund to fast track the repair of damaged schools

AVOIDABLE. An aerial photo shows the town of Polangui after typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall in Albay province on December 26, 2016. Photo credit: AFP/CHARISM SAYAT

DepEd receives P543.2B in 2017 national budget

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The education department s increased budget will fund teachers salaries improve basic educational facilities purchase instructional materials and give financial assistance to students

WATCH: Educators gather for 2nd National K to 12 Conference

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:42 PM

With the theme One DepEd for Quality Basic Education the 2nd National K to 12 Conference builds on the gains of the first conference organized in early December of 2016

Briones inspects schools devastated by Typhoon Nina

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

At least 118 schools in Bicol Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions are being used as evacuation centers for about 4 050 families affected by Typhoon Nina

AERIAL INSPECTION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday, December 27, joins an aerial inspection of the areas affected by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of DepEd

Briones: Condoms won't be given out like leaflets in schools

Dec 15, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Hindi naman sa tatayo sila diyan sa pinto bawat pumapasok bibigyan kagaya ng nagbibigay ng leaflet diyan… Hindi ganoon It has to be done very carefully says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

PREVENT HIV/AIDS. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the plan to distribute condoms in schools should be done carefully and with great sensitivity. Briones file photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler