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We are happy to inform you that, like the big schools in Metro Manila (Ateneo, Xavier), we just received the DepEd approval for our incoming Grades 4-9 to skip 1 year from the K to 12 curriculum since we have always offered a 12-yr program with focus on science and math.

 

This will save our families time and resources. Come to an orientation on this program on May 10 at 9-11 AM at our AVR.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK of

“Making a Better World Possible through a

Spirituality of Stewardship”

Theme for School Year 2013 – 2014

 

by: Romel Obinario

Background

 

In its 2012 Yearend Economic and Political Briefing, IBON Foundation noted that “the year 2012 ended with the Philippines seemingly moving forward on many counts. There was rapid economic growth, record highs in the stock market and gross international reserves (GIR), looming investment grade credit ratings, higher foreign investment and increasing corporate profits. The political scene was also relatively steady especially compared to the decade of turbulence during the previous Arroyo administration. In particular the traditional political opposition was restrained and as yet unwilling to test the administration’s perceived core of public support. There were also apparent advances in some controversial pieces of legislation and, notably, even in the Moro armed conflict in Mindanao.”

 

The rapid economic growth was affirmed when, on 31 January 2013, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) released the national accounts data, saying that “the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, paving the way for the full-year GDP estimate to post a broad-based growth of 6.6 percent.” With these figures, 2012 was a banner year for the Philippine economy as it registered the fastest growth in the ASEAN region, and was second only to China in the whole of Asia.

 

“Yet,” IBON argues, “many things which were arguably more meaningful remained unchanged. Despite supposed economic good news and a degree of political stability the majority of Filipinos still faced record joblessness, stagnant earnings, rising prices and growing poverty. Domestic manufacturing and agriculture continued their long-term decline.”

 

These observations are validated by the government’s own data. The NSCB reported that poverty incidence remained unchanged as of the First Semester 2012, as indicated by the Family Income and Expenditure Survey. The official poverty rate was 28%, meaning that approximately 35 million Filipinos are poor, living with just P52 or less a day. Contributing to this is the record joblessness of approximately 4.42 million Filipinos, the highest since 1998, and 7.5 million underemployed.

 

It is no wonder then that the income gap between the rich and poor is widening. The combined annual income (Php 343 billion) of the top 1% (125,000 families) is equal to the income of the poorest 30% or 5,500,000 poorest families. The combined net worth of the 25 richest Filipinos (US$ 21.4 billion) is equal to the combined income of the 11,100,000 poorest families.

 

When we look at the list of candidates in the 2013 mid-term elections, the same old surnames appear on the slates of both the government and the opposition, whether at the national or local levels. It would not be far-fetched to say that two sets of siblings, plus a bunch of old names belonging to well-entrenched political dynasties, will represent us in the Senate, prompting IBON’s observation that the “old disagreeable political ways (will) continue.”

 

 According to IBON, “the administration and its supporters have played up the onset of ‘good governance’ in the country and supposed economic progress. However the two-and-a-half years so far of profits without prosperity, persistence of undemocratic politics, and dearth of fundamental pro-people reforms has affirmed the country’s duality: a Philippines for the rich and another for the poor. There is still no development and economic gains are shallow or merely financial and speculative. There has also not yet been anything approaching the major changes needed to improve the country’s political system.”

 

IBON further notes: “There are also shorter-term flashpoints: repressed political rivalries could erupt around the May 2013 elections on any number of issues, a renewed push for charter change could yet be divisive despite administration efforts to build consensus, the MILF-GPH peace process could become very controversial with discord among Moro groups or even between the parties to the peace deal, and military tensions could rapidly escalate in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).”

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