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Blended Learning

COVID-19 came as a shock and has made school year 2019-2020 one we will never forget.

For teachers like me, we were transported from the familiar four-walls of our classrooms to a home-based online teaching-learning process with less time to prepare.

For parents like me (again), we got to miss sending and fetching our children to and from school, and we missed, too, attending the most awaited recognition, completion and graduation rites.

Truly, we are barely recovering from the harsh impact of the pandemic and the new school year is here with its seemingly insurmountable challenges. Yet, “education must continue” as clearly stated by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones during the May 27 press briefing. With this announcement came the need for Blended Learning as an alternative to face-to-face classroom instruction.

Of course, any change brings reactions, and although (after just an hour of surfing the internet), one can safely say that while Blended Learning is not really a novel approach in education, it suddenly becomes the new hype among learners, parents and teachers. Predictably, the term brings confusions and questions:

Will it be effective? Will there be holistic development in our students? How will I grade my students’ performance? How about students with no gadgets or Wi-Fi access at home? These are some of the questions we often hear.

Personally, one thought keeps boggling my mind for over a month now, and I believe many teachers are also thinking “I know where I have to go, but I don’t know the best road to traverse”. Somehow, I feel I am not fully equipped yet to be a Blended Learning or online teacher.

Indeed, Blended Learning in public schools where many students do not have or cannot afford to buy cellphones or laptops, and with no access to network services, we are digitally and capability challenged. Fortunately, we, educators are resilient because in our hearts we believe that we are playing major roles that transform lives and societies.

Most likely, this is the reason why despite the BIG demand confronting us, we are also enlightened because we are given the opportunity to revise our teaching philosophy; that the s crisis brings into the open Blended Learning which tells us that somehow, our teaching beliefs and teaching modalities may no longer match what we are supposed to deliver.

Thus, we need to do more and to give more for the sake of our children.*

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CFO Marks 40th Year

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas will observe its 40th founding anniversary on Tuesday.

The Commission was established on June 16, 1960 through Batas Pambansa 79 as an agency of the government under the Office of the President tasked to promote and uphold the interests, rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos and strengthen their ties with the home country.

Shortly before its anniversary, CFO announced that it has extended the deadline for online registration of Filipinos abroad to July 31.

CFO advises clients that through the online registration they can secure a temporary certificate which they must print out for presentation to immigration officials when they exit the country.


Two week-long observances will be observed in the country on the third week of June.

These are National Safe Kids Week as mandated by Proclamation No. 1307, issued in 2007), and Metals and Engineering Week (Proclamation No. 144, signed in 2011).

The third Monday will be marked as National Tour Guides’ Day (Proclamation No. 574, signed in 2013).


Environmentalists are calling for awareness and participation in the Global Wind Day which will be marked on Monday.

Global Wind Day is spearheaded by the European Wind Energy Association) and the Global Wind Energy Council. It is a day when wind energy is celebrated, information is exchanged and adults and children find out about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.

In association with EWEA and GWEC, national wind energy associations and companies involved in wind energy production organize events in many countries around the world.

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electrical power, windmills for mechanical power, wind pumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships.

Wind power, as an alternative to fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation and uses little land.*

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Help protect the elderly from all forms of abuse. This is the message promoted as the global community will observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day of Monday.

The United Nations, which is at the forefront of the observance, has noted that virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions, including Southeast Asia.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community, the organization added.

Abuse of the elderly consists of physical, emotional, or sexual harm that is inflicted upon an older adult. It also includes exploiting their finances, or neglecting their welfare, especially by people who are responsible for their care.

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was officially instituted by the United Nations General Assembly when it passed the resolution 66/127 in December 2011. This was done in accordance with a request made by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).

Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world,

Abuse of remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans, UN said.

Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community, the organization added.


- Around one in six older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.

- Rates of abuse may be higher for older people living in institutions than in the community.

- Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.

- Elder abuse is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.

- The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.*

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Celebration Focuses
on Safe Blood and More Donors

Tomorrow will be marked as World Blood Donors Day.

The day aims to raise awareness about the global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute. It is also an occasion to thank blood donors.

The World Health Organization has emphasized the need for safe blood is universal. Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.

Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care.

But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few. Most low- and middle-income countries struggle to make safe blood available because donations are low and equipment to test blood is scarce.

Globally, 42 percent of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16 percent of the world’s population.

An adequate supply of safe blood can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. This is why the World Health Assembly in 2005 designated a special day to thank blood donors and encourage more people to give blood freely.

- Celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood and encourage more people to start donating;

- Raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save life;

- Demonstrate the need for universal access to safe blood transfusion and provide advocacy on its role in the provision of effective health care and in achieving universal health coverage;

- Mobilize support at national, regional and global levels among governments and development partners to invest in, strengthen and sustain national blood programmes.

Blood donations are needed all over the world to ensure individuals and communities have access to safe and quality-assured blood and blood products in both normal and emergency situations.

Through the campaign, WHO calls on more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.

The day and the theme are also a call to action for governments, national health authorities and national blood transfusion services to provide adequate resources and put in place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.

The event also aims to provide quality donor care; to promote and implement appropriate clinical use of blood; and to set up systems for the oversight and surveillance on the whole chain of blood transfusion.*

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People & Events
CFO Marks 40th Year
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Celebration Focuses on Safe Blood and More Donors

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