the DepEd is set to pilot test sex education for grade schoolers. Ang Kapatiran, the political party used by presidentiable jc de los reyes has filed suit in a court to stop the program from proceeding.
in their suit, they implied teaching sex education to students destroys the moral character of the students? since when did knowledge and a better understanding of your own body become a destroyer of moral character?
DepEd will not be teaching the students to engage in sex, they will be teaching them about what they will eventually learn by themselves. and as these things are, that is always a much more dangerous thing. the incidence of teen pregnancies has been rising, to make the point.
as one 14 year old girl told me – i know what a knife is and what it can do. i know that to stab someone with a knife will kill the person but i have never done it. i have not stabbed someone with a knife.
knowledge does not always result to a bad thing. there are other factors that affect action or inaction.
here is one bit of knowledge – we are glad jc de los reyes did not win the presidency.
The petitioners said that the DepEd’s Memorandum No. 261 on sex education was unconstitutional since it “[violates] substantive due process and [violates] the primary right of parents to the development of the moral character of their children.”
The project would be pilot-tested this school year in Grades 5 and 6 classes and in high schools in Olongapo City, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Masbate, Bohol, Eastern Samar, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Sultan Kudarat.
For Grade 5, sex education would be included in the Science and Health subject that would have lessons on the reproductive system.
For Grade 6, it would be integrated in Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan and it would include lessons on the “proper behavior between peers of different gender,” personal hygiene, and the problems caused by unwanted pregnancy.
Valisno explained that the program was initiated in 2005 and that DepEd was on the “second batch” of pilot-testing to decide if some items in the teaching modules should be deleted before it is implemented throughout the public school system. She also clarified that the UNFPA was no longer funding the project.
we are counting just days before gloria macapagal arroyo leaves office and noynoy aquino takes over. here is a place where you can tell gloria what you feel and think as she leaves the presidency and as noynoy takes office.
click here: http://goodbyegloriahellonoynoy.wordpress.com/
first time that the country is conducting an automated election in its history. aside from that historic omoent, this election is also one of the most important in the country’s history.
you have gone to the polling places and casted your vote, now let us know how you feel, how the experience went and whatever your thoughts are.
tell us what you think, some leads for your to answer:
- areas of improvements
- what were the problem areas
- where were the problems
- what irritated you the most
- what went well
- what made you happy
- what are the good things
- what did you like the most
no question, noynoy aquino’s win in this election is a landslide win.
we thought manny villar showed class and character in being the first to concede the election to noynoy aquino, the presidentiable who has a commanding lead in the elections. aside from the action of conceding, we thought he gave an excellent concession speech with words of encouragement to the winner, mea culpa, personal touch and words of support and reconciliation with his opponents.
to us manny villar had his ratings go up.
4 presidential bets concede defeat
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 11:12:00 05/11/2010
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 2) A day after the election, four presidential candidates conceded to Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, currently the frontrunner in the political race that saw over 40 million Filipinos vote electronically for the first time for their leaders in the national and local levels.
Senators Manuel Villar and Richard Gordon, former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, and JC de los Reyes of Kapatiran Party issued separate statements giving notice that they were dropping out of the contest and expressed their support for Aquino who was expected to be proclaimed the next president.
Villar and Gordon said that “the people have spoken” and congratulated Aquino on his impending victory.
“Nagpasya na ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Malinaw na sa kabila ng ating pagpupunyagi, hindi tayo nabiyayayaan ng tagumpay sa halalan noong Lunes [The Filipino people have decided. It is clear that despite our efforts, we were not blessed to win in Monday’s elections],” Villar said, reading a prepared statement before members of the media in his headquarters at the Starmall in Mandaluyong early Tuesday.
the misunderstanding on automated election – not for speed of voting process but for accuracy of counting
the election is on going in most parts of the country. the complaints are not on the PCOS machine malfunctioning but on the long wait for voters to get on with the voting. this is frustrating a lot of voters specially now that we experiencing a heat wave.
voters are complaining about the long lines leading to the polling precinct, the inability to quickly confirm the precinct number and the wait to get a ballot and vote. once inside the polling precinct, it takes the voter anywhere from 6 to 8 minutes from filling up the ballot and getting the PCOS machine.
the long lines are not being caused by the automated election system that the country is doing for the first time in its history. unfortunately most people thought that speed in voting is one of the things it is supposed to solve.
automated election was meant to solve accuracy in the counting of the votes, also to a large degree prevent election cheating and speed up the counting process, not speed in voting during the election process. where before it took the country to get election results after several weeks, the automated election will enable the country to get the results after 2 days at the longest.
what the voters need now is patience, an umbrella and water to drink while in line.