By Deedee M. Siytangco
“Blessed are they they that have no see, and yet have believed.” John 20:29
It’s only 54 days till we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, let us remember to keep the Holy Babe in the center of our Christmas celebration! As President Trump said, we should greet each other merry Christmas, not just happy holidays! (For once I applaud him sincerely).
And remember that the lights of Christmas signify his coming to dispel darkness!
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SC Mardison Corporation, a printing, publishing, importing, and bookselling company launched five new series of textbooks at our Bulong Pulungan media forum at Hotel Sofitel last week. We had a room-full of principals and teachers, most of them book writers, and it was a real happy launch, with red wine for toasting too. Thanks to Ditas Crisostomo, the motherly chairman and CEO of the 30-year-old Mardison group of companies.
Her sons Ulysses, who takes charge of marketing, Cavite Board member Paolo, and Antonio were there too. As well as their book editor, the effusive, super efficient, multi-tasker Dr. Florencia Domingo, a former school administrator and teacher, now the company’s book editor. She pointed out that the company has free seminars for school administrators and teachers for them to get acquainted to their new books and upgrade their skills.
In the audience that day were teacher-writers who proudly showed off their handsomely printed, colored textbooks, thanks to Mardison.
The new textbooks are in line with the Department of Education’s K to 12 basic education curriculum. Enacted into law in 2013, the K to 12 Program aims to provide enough time for students to master concepts and skills to prepare them for tertiary education, as well as enable them to qualify for employment or entrepreneurship. The K to12 Program covers kindergarten, plus 12 years of basic education—six years of primary education, four years junior high school, and two years senior high school
The newly launched books are Araling Panlipunan sa Bagong Panahon, a series of references for Araling Panlipunan or Social Studies for the elementary school. Get Engaged in English, a series of specially-designed textbooks for pupils in Grades 1 to 6.
Spark Science. K to 12 compliant, the series adopts the inquiry based learning process. This puts the students at the center of the content and skill development through exploring and investigating. It starts by posing questions, problems, or situations. The teachers then facilitate and assess the development of the students’ conceptual understanding of the environment.
SC Mardison, Ulysses told us, started out in commercial and large-scale printing and publishing for both private and government institutions nationwide. SC stands for Simon Crisostomo, founder of the company, while Mardison is acronym for the name of Crisostomo’s wife, Maria Ditas who now serves as chairman and CEO, and sons Paolo, Antonino, and Ulysses.
The company also distributes other imprints such as: Marshall Cavendish Education Singapore (My Pals Are Here! series, I-Science, Mathematics Matters, Science Matters series), The Learning Store (Science & Math Manipulative Kits), Leong Soon (Model Drawing Rulers), I can Read, Singapore, and Science Centre Singapore.
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Good news Dept. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) recently remitted P5 billion to the Office of the President of the Philippines (OPP) for the Socio-Civic Projects Fund (SCPF) of the government. PAGCOR has remitted P11.6 billion since 2016, noted Chairman Didi Domingo.
The provision of the SCPF is pursuant to Section 7 (a) of Presidential Decree No. 1869 or the PAGCOR Charter that provides the Board of Directors the functions and duties to allocate and distribute the earnings of the corporation earmarked to finance infrastructure and socio-civic project with the approval of the OPP.
The funding will be used as special financial assistance and healthcare assistance for uniformed personnel, indigent individuals/families’ medical assistance, burial assistance, educational assistance, subsistence allowance, livelihood assistance, resettlement/housing assistance, and other forms of assistance for an individual, community or group for purposes such as international competition/events, sports development, environment-related activities, public-health, and other socio-civic projects.
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From the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). There is a new deadline (Dec. 29) for the replacement or exchange of New Design Series (NDS) banknotes at par with the New Generation Currency banknotes and without charge.
In response to numerous requests from the general public to allow the exchange and replacement of their NDS banknotes, the Monetary Board established a new deadline for this purpose. The replacement or exchange transactions on the NDS banknotes shall be accommodated without charge at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cash Department, Regional Offices, and Branches. The BSP shall allow the exchange of demonetized NDS banknotes in cash to a maximum amount of P100,000 per transaction. NDS exchange for larger amounts may be allowed but payable only by check or direct credit to a bank account.
So be guided, dear readers!
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