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The costs of the Aquino government’s K to 12 program * Latest Posts Education Other Stories Special Reports Youth 

The costs of the Aquino government’s K to 12 program

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Being touted as the main education reform program of the Aquino government, the K to 12 program is already in its second phase of implementation. How did it impact on the country’s deteriorating public school system? Last June 2012, the Department of Education implemented the first phase of the K to 12 program to grades one and seven or first year high school. Before the school opening, news reports reveal the lack of preparation for the program’s implementation in terms of teachers’…

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Now you see them, now you don’t, but G.I. Joes are here to stay, no thanks to the Aquino government * Latest Posts Other Stories Politics & Governance Special Reports 

Now you see them, now you don’t, but G.I. Joes are here to stay, no thanks to the Aquino government

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Tensions at the West Philippine Sea have been hitting the headlines since last year. President Benigno Aquino III has been blowing hot and cold over the issue: at times saber-rattling, begging the US to deploy more troops and ‘defend the Philippines against China,’ then calling for diplomatic measures to resolve the territorial dispute. The dominant media has also done its share in fueling tensions by reporting and interpreting each and every move of China as preparations for war. At the same time, the Obama…

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Elite governance, elite economics: When vaunted growth clashes with reality * Latest Posts Economy Economy & Business Other Stories Politics & Governance Special Reports 

Elite governance, elite economics: When vaunted growth clashes with reality

By ARNOLD PADILLA Bulatlat.com MANILA — In 2012, the dominant theme peddled by the Aquino administration was “good governance is good economics”. Malacañang’s hoax is that the “daang matuwid” (righteous path) has created a favorable environment for inclusive economic growth. From being the sick man of Asia, the Philippines now brims with vitality. Or so, President Benigno Aquino III declared in last July’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). Going by the mainstream media reports, Aquino’s boasts seem hard to doubt. For one, the national accounts do show rosy numbers….

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