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Busted: Senior High School voucher program was developed in 2015, not by Pacquiao but by DepEd

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Facebook page “Senator Pacquiao Supporters” shared a screenshot of another Facebook post about how Grade 10 students who graduated from public schools are entitled to receiving P17,500 worth of voucher from the Department of Education. The voucher will then be given to the senior high school of their choice, wherever it is in the country. If the student chooses to go to a private school, the voucher will be sent to that school and the parents will only be required to pay for the balance left after the P17,500 is paid.

The post even cited DepEd Order No. 8 and No. 11 series 2015 and No. 1 series 2016 for guidance.

Senior High School Voucher Program

When we checked the comments section, it seemed that netizens have different ideas about the voucher, with some saying that it is not truly offered by the government and others claiming that it is indeed available. However, among the comments that stood out are those thanking Senator Manny Pacquiao for the voucher.

Senior High School Voucher Program

However, there are the things that we learned about the Senior High School (SHS) voucher program.

According to DepEd, the Voucher program is designed for Grade 10 completers who are going to pursue Senior High School education in private high schools, colleges or universities, local universities and colleges (LUCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and technical and vocational schools, starting school year 2016-2017. The voucher is meant to help out families in having access to a wider range of options when sending their students to a school with an SHS program.

One clarification though. The voucher will not be given to the students or their parents directly in the form of cash. Instead, it will be disbursed to the non-DepEd school where the students choose to enroll.

Who, then, are the intended recipients of the SHS voucher?

  • Public Grade 10 completers (automatic recipients) get 100% of the voucher amount
  • Grade 10 completers who are Education Service Contracting (ESC) grantees from private Junior HS are also automatic recipients who will receive 80% of the voucher amount
  • Grade 10 completers from private JHS but are not ESC grantees may apply.

There were also debates on how much the voucher amount really is. DepEd said that the amount varies based on the location of the school.

  • Recipients from public JHS who will register in a non-DepEd SHS in the National Capital Region (NCR) will receive P22,500, while those who came from private JHS will only get P18,000. Those who will choose SUCs or LUCs will receive only half, P11,250.
  • Recipients from public JHS who will register in a non-DepEd SHS in any highly-urbanized city (HUCs) outside of NCR will be entitled to a P20,000 voucher, while those who came from private JHS will only get P16,000. Those who will enroll in SUCs or LUCs will only get P10,000. For more information on what are identified as HUCs, you can visit the DepEd page on the vouchers.
  • Recipients from public JHS who will go to a non-DepEd SHS in municipalities and incities outside of NCR and are not HUCs will receive P17,500, as what was cited in the Facebook post by the Pacquiao fan page, while those who completed Grade 10 from private JHS will only get P14,000. Those who will enroll in SUCs or LUCs will only be entitled to a P8,750 discount.

For more information, you can visit DepEd’s page on the Voucher Program here.

As for the DepEd orders cited in the Facebook post, DepEd Order No. 8, series 2015 is about the Policy Guidelines on Classroom Assessment for the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

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DepEd Order No. 11 series 2015 is about the Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the SHS Voucher Program Under the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Program. It was released on April 10, 2015.

It showed that the voucher program was developed in 2015, although it was only implemented in S.Y. 2016-2017. This proved that Senator Pacquiao has no involvement in the development of the program at all. The netizens misunderstood that the program was the senator’s initiative because it was posted by his Facebook fan page, not even by his official Facebook page.

DepEd Order No. 1 series 2016 is about the Clarifications on the SHS Voucher Program and Partnerships with Public and Private SHS Providers.

Here are also infographics released by DepEd to help in the better understand of what the SHS Voucher Program is all about.

Senior High School Voucher Program

img credit: deped.gov.ph

Senior High School Voucher Program

img credit: deped.gov.ph

Senior High School Voucher Program

img credit: deped.gov.ph

The program started during the Aquino administration and it has continued under the Duterte administration, as what was reported in the DepEd press release on November 8, 2016, assuring the distribution of SHS vouchers for Grade 11 enrollees in 2017.

To make things clear, it wasn’t Senator Pacquiao who developed the SHS Voucher Program, but the DepEd under former Education Secretary Armin Luistro in 2015. It was implemented starting S.Y. 2016-2017, but there are certain guidelines in determining who are qualified to be voucher recipients.

Sources: (deped.gov.ph)

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Busted: Robredo wants to add years to the K-to-12 program? It’s fake news!

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Vice President Leni Robredo’s office released a statement debunking social media posts claiming that she wants to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program. This came after several posts started circulating about how Robredo allegedly said that she wanted to add a few more years to the K-to-12 program, angering netizens.

A certain tweet on March 1, 2020 showed the vice president’s photo along with these words: “Kulang ang K to 12 education system natin. Kelangan apat na taon sa Junior HS at apat na taon sa Senior HS.”

In January 17, the same image shared to the Facebook page “Raffy Tulfo In Action Supporters” also got shared over 6,000 times and triggered negative comments among the netizens.

Many social media users have lambasted Robredo over the said meme.

The unwarranted bashing and adverse reactions prompted her office to release an official statement debunking this false claim.

“Hindi totoong pinadadagdagan ni VP Leni Robredo ang mga taon sa K-to-12 program,” said the vice president’s office in a statement.

“Suportado ng Bise Presidente kung sakaling magkaroon ng review ng nasabing programa. Binibigyang-diin niya na kailangang siguraduhin na may tamang facilities at equipment ang mga specialized tracks, para mas maging madali ang pagtuturo nito at matiyak ang kahandaang makapagtrabaho ng mga mag-aaral sa kanilang pagtatapos,” it added.

In October 2019, Robredo did say that she was alright with reviewing how the K-to-12 program to determine how it could be further improved.

“Tumutugon rin ang kaniyang Tanggapan, kasama ang #AngatBuhay partners nito, sa pangangailangan ng tamang kagamitan. Nakapagbigay na ng kaukulang tools at equipment sa mga mahihirap na paaralan, gaya sa Mulanay sa Quezon, Panglao sa Bohol, at Sta. Maria sa Romblon,” the statement further said.

This is not the first time Robredo has been a victim of fake news. There were false claims, misleading headlines, and edited images or captions about how former Senator Bongbong Marcos has already won over Robredo, how she met former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, or how her portrait was sold on eBay, something that a popular blogger apologized for.

Sources: ( inquirer.net , news.mb.com.ph )

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Busted: Walang kasalanan ang Tulfo brothers ayon sa imbestigasyon? It’s a misleading headline!

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An article has claimed that an investigation has found the Tulfo brothers to be not guilty. It says, “Lumabas Sa Imbestigasyon Na Walang Kasalanan Ang Tulfo Brothers,” as published by the website phworkit.top.

The story was even shared by Facebook pages “Ferdinand Emmanual Edralin Marcos” and “Rody Duterte MEDIA.”

However, the article merely contained a 10-minute YouTube video, which was a mix several video clips of different reports, some parts of which touched on the issues involving the P60 million tourism ads that aired on the PTV program of Teo’s brothers, the Tulfos.

One of the video clips showed that the CNN Philippines reported on why nepotism is considered corruption and abused of authority in the case of now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda and how her husband, Roberto Teo, served as the board member of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). But Roberto was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III and has tendered his resignation from TIEZA effective June 30, 2018.

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Another video clip showing a CNN Philippines report of a Malacañang press briefing, where a reporter asked Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque if Communications Secretary Martin Andanar would be among those investigated in the controversial placement of P60 million worth of tourism ads on the program of the Tulfos, who are Teo’s brothers, leading people to raise the issue of conflict of interest. As the PCOO chief, he also supervises the state-run PTV-4, where the Tulfos’ programs are a blocktimer.

Asked by yet another reporter what President Rodrigo Duterte’s comment was on the issue with the DOT and the Tulfos, Roque said that he did not know then because he had not talked to the President for a while and the investigation conducted by the Office of the President was ongoing then.

The headline used in the video is misleading. It meant to make people think that the Tulfo brothers have been cleared from the issue involving them with the controversial P60-million tourism ad deal.

However, reports showed that even after Teo resigned from her post on May 7, the Ombudsman will still continue with the probe into the scandal. The body requested from the Commission on Audit (COA) a copy of its DOT report involving the controversial P60-million worth of payments for ads aired on PTV on May 8. The investigation is still ongoing, which meant that they it has not yet cleared the Tulfos.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is also said to be investigating the scandal to determine the officials at fault at the DOT, People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI), and the PCOO.

Ramon Tulfo, an Inquirer columnist, came out in the defense of his sister Teo and blamed  his younger brother Ben Tulfo for the controversy.

Party-list group Akbayan, however, said it was not enough for Teo to step down from her post. They wanted her to be prosecuted.

“The simple firing or resignation of corrupt officials will not put a stop to corruption in the government if this is not followed by swift prosecution and conviction,” the group said in a statement.

Akbayan also challenged President Duterte to file cases against Ben and Erwin Tulfo over the controversial ad transaction. Ben owns Bitag Media, which produced the PTV show “Kilos Pronto,” the program where the DOT ads were aired. His brother, Erwin, co-hosts the show with him.

Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.ne , thestandard.com.ph , cnnphilippines.com , rappler.com , news.abs-cbn.com , businessmirror.com.ph )

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Busted: Legarda sinumbatan si Robredo na mag-resign bago pa lumabas ang resulta na panalo si Marcos? Misleading headline!

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Senator Loren Legarda allegedly confronted Vice President Leni Robredo and asked her to resign before the results would show former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the winner.

The video was posted by blog dailydu30.info on May 15, 2018. The vice presidential vote recount is still ongoing, so the headline must have been referring to the result of the recount. It also made it seem as though Legarda is telling Robredo that she is certain that Marcos would emerge as the winner in the recount.

The YouTube video is 20-minute long and Legarda’s face was immediately shown at the beginning of the video. However, if you finish watching it, you’d know immediately that the video was not taken recently. In fact, it showed a portion of the budget hearing for 2017 for the Office of the Vice President. Further research showed that the hearing was conducted in front of the Senate panel on August 22, 2017 and it lasted less than an hour before it was approved. Robredo herself attended the budget hearing to present an overview of the OVP’s plans for 2018.

Legarda served as the Senate panel’s chair.

During the hearing, Robredo reported how the OVP spent its funds, mainly for poverty alleviation.

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that following the presentation on the fund allocation of the OVP, Legarda asked Robredo to send them a yearlong report on the needs of the sectors and areas that the OVP has reached while promising to help out on fulfilling those needs.

So unlike what the headline claimed, Legarda did not tell Robredo to resign from her VP post to make way for Marcos’ imminent victory. The headline is misleading and is merely playing with people’s emotions and gullibility.

However, Facebook page “Sara Duterte Worldwide Supporters” still shared it without verifying the headline’s claims.

There have been several fake stories involving Marcos and Robredo and the VP vote recount that we have busted. We debunked a misleading headline claiming that Marcos has already won, that Marcos won by 1,786 votes over Robredo, that Robredo would perform her tasks as VP until Marcos takes over, and that Marcos will replace Robredo.

Sources: ( philstar.comnewsinfo.inquirer.net )

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