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Makati gov’t allots P2.1B for education this year

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00 Published in Metro

Consistent with its commitment to provide quality education to the nation’s future leaders, the city government of Makati has allocated a total budget of P2.1 billion for its public education programs this year covering the pre-school, elementary, high school, K to 12 senior high school and tertiary levels.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said the city government for over two decades now has consistently provided substantial funding to its public education sector, putting it among its top three biggest expenditures annually.
He added the city’s education budget this year makes up 17.02 percent of its P12.28-billion budget for calendar year 2015.
“We remain focused on developing the potential of the youth to the greatest extent possible, using all available resources and tools, including modern technology and innovative methodologies in education. How well they will fare in an increasingly globalized and competitive environment largely depends on how well they are being educated and trained in our learning institutions,” Binay said.
Of the P2.1-billion budget, P476.91 million has been allocated for free school supplies, reading materials and uniforms for pre-school to high school and even free meals for undernourished elementary students. P150 million has been earmarked for workbooks and reading materials, P212 million for school uniforms and P.E. uniforms, P84.6 million for school supplies and bags and P9.8 million for dental kits for Kindergarten to Grade 3 pupils.
For its supplementary feeding program called Project FEED (Food for Excellent Education and Development), the city government has allocated P14.5 million this year. Last year, some 3,881 elementary students benefited from the program which aims to address the nutritional needs of undernourished schoolchildren in the city’s public elementary schools to help improve their academic performance.
For its senior high school program at Higher School ng UMak (HSU), the city has allocated P40.7 million to cover expenditures for school supplies and uniforms, textbooks and workbooks for school year 2015-2016. At present, over 6,000 students are enrolled at HSU under the pilot K to 12 program of the Department of Education.  In April 2013, the school produced the biggest first batch of K to 12 graduates in the country, numbering 3,246, of which 32 were honor graduates.
This year, over P460 million has been allocated for the operations and academic programs of the city-run University of Makati which implements a “dualized” training system combining classroom-based learning with on-the-job training. The continuing success of the system that has produced highly employable graduates has been made possible through strong collaboration between the university and a growing pool of industry leaders as its partner-institutions, reaching over 100 to date.

The sights and the selfies:

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

Microsoft Lumia 535 is equipped for the Binondo tour

Exploring Binondo, a camera has become a travel essential to capture the intriguing colors and shapes of Chinatown. For many, the smartphone replaces the camera. With the camera function getting more and more sophisticated, the phone has become a convenient all-in-one gadget. Aside from call, messaging and music functions, the camera has become the most used feature, especially for taking selfies and sharing them in social networking sites.
The new Microsoft Lumia 535 is equipped for taking pictures, especially selfies, with five-inch screen, wide-angle lens and a five-megapixel front-facing camera, aside from the five-megapixel main camera. The Lumia camera enables users to manually adjust the ISO, exposure, white balance and shutter speed. Additionally, there is the Lumia Creative Studio app for one to create desired visual effects. But perhaps, the most interesting app of the first Microsoft-branded Lumia is the Lumia Selfie.
Made for taking self portrait, the app, already installed in the phone for easy access to the front-facing camera, automatically enhances selfies with filters and makes them easily shareable to OneDrive, Instagram and Twitter, etc. One can also use a Treasure Tag accessory as a remote shutter in Lumia Selfie as well as fine-tune selfie appearance with effects.
Another important feature for travelers is the Here Maps, which helps users find streets and locate destinations even offline.
The Lumia 535 has the latest version of the Windows Phone and other specifications such as a quad-core processor; a built-in, eight-gigabyte internal storage; and 15 gigabytes of free OneDrive storage with an additional 128 gigabytes by adding a microSD card.
Also, Microsoft Lumia 535 comes in the eye-catching  colors of green, orange, white, cyan and black, and sells for the suggested retail price of P5,990.

Second Divine Mother retreat set

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

The Summit Lighthouse Study Group of the Philippines (TSL-Philippines) has scheduled its next major international event, a spiritual retreat entitled "Embrace the Culture of the Divine Mother and Change the World," for Feb. 27 to March 1 (Friday to Sunday), at the Richmonde Hotel Ortigas in Pasig City.
This is the second Divine Mother Retreat (DMR2) to be conducted in the Philippines. The first healing retreat was held in Punta de Fabian, Baras, Rizal, in 2012. This sequel will go deeper into the study of the Divine Mother and her culture, allowing participants to integrate the qualities and characteristics of this magnificent culture into their daily lives and empowering them to initiate positive changes in their communities and the world.
Rev. Carla Healy, an international lecturer from The Summit Lighthouse who conducted the first DMR in the Philippines in 2012, will again facilitate DMR2.

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