[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 15 June 2010 Tuesday

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Newsbriefs 15 June 2010 Tuesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Aquino inaugural at Quirino, party in QC (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-President-elect Benigno Aquino III will stick to the traditional venue in Manila for the inauguration of a new head of state but will kick off at Quezon Memorial Circle nationwide street parties on the same day.

At a press conference, Aquino said his transition team had suggested that the inauguration be held at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and that he make a formal request for Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales to swear him into office on June 30.

Aquino, however, was more excited about his transition team's plans for Quezon Memorial Circle where his celebrity, VIP and common supporters would converge to kick off a string of street parties across the country to celebrate the end of the nine-year rule of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

12-yr education cycle under Aquino mulled (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - A plan to add 2 more years to the country's basic education cycle will soon be a reality under the Aquino presidency, according to Aquino's campaign manager Florencio "Butch" Abad. 

Abad, who is rumored to be the future education secretary of Aquino, said the 12-year education cycle is part of the 10-point agenda proposed by Liberal Party bet and President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III during the campaign. 

The 12-year education plan includes 7 years of primary (elementary) education, and five years of secondary (high school) education. 

Bangit set to retire early (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-Gen. Delfin Bangit has begun bidding farewell to his troops before ending a colorful military career capped by a last-minute appointment as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that incoming President Benigno Aquino III refused to honor.

Bangit, who used "Emperor" as his code-name when he was head of the intelligence service, Monday visited troops of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal, in preparation for his early retirement.

Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., AFP spokesperson, said the visit was the start of a round of farewells to say his thanks one last time to soldiers in military camps across the country.

Sex education now a reality (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-Besides worrying about classroom shortages, textbook errors, and large classes, some teachers will now also have to worry about teaching sex education as more than 23 million students go back to schools on Tuesday.

Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some parents, the Department of Education (DepEd) will push through this school year with the pilot-testing of sex education in 80 elementary schools and 79 high schools around the country.

The DepEd has been teaching sex education before as it was integrated in other subjects like Biology, but this time the Church is protesting a specific project of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to introduce the subject in schools.

Education officials insist that the bishops have nothing to worry about because the DepEd is open to deleting portions of the teaching modules that the Church finds offensive.

Philippines remains on US human trafficking watch list (www.gmanews.tv)

The Philippines remains on the US government's human trafficking watch list due to its "inefficient judicial system" and "endemic corruption" in government.

In its 2010 human trafficking report released Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the US State Department retains the Philippines' "Tier 2 watch list" rank, indicating that the country "does not fully comply with, but is making significant efforts to meet" the agency's standards.

"The Philippines is a source country, and to a much lesser extent, a destination and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and forced labor," the report said.

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