MODULAR classes in public schools will soon commence and a couple of weeks prior came to an alarming concern. One of the modules for school children is an exercise where the names of people used subjects have double meanings and have provocative terms.
For a learner, he cannot help except to think of some malicious things with the names. They are apparently intentionally used and not written coincidentally or by sheer inadvertence since these are all first names combined with the last names in one page written exercise.
Who would not hate the names Pining Gar**a, Abdul Sal******, Malou Wa** and Tina Mo***? One need not be a rocket scientist to comprehend the other meanings of double-meaning names. While they are somewhat funny, they stir minds and produce other for-adults-only meanings.
The said names are for drinking sprees only and not for modules that shall be taught to students. They are unfit for young minds who might get used to such obscene names. Further, if one has a near similar to such names, he or she can also be subjected to bullying.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has quickly stated that the said names did not come from them. The said agency pointed to a Catholic School in Zambales as the source of the said learning material that is now being ridiculed.
While it may be true that the DepEd is not the source of the module, it has the watch to screen, look after and approve the same for the consumption of students by early next month. It has the final say and should not be simply pointing its fingers to other entities.
In the past, there are textbooks from the DepEd which were criticized for having wrong entries or erroneous information about certain subject matters. The agency seems to be too lax to screen materials used for learning.
The Balik Pinas Balik Pampanga Program of the Provincial Government of Pampanga is continuously helping to return overseas Filipinos (ROFs) to the province. It's an assistance program to Kapampangans amid government health protocols brought about by the present pandemic.
The program is very effective and helpful to Kapampangans coming from abroad and into their hometowns. Last week, my returning cousin from London has enjoyed the great benefits of the program. He has not bothered for his transportation from the airport to a quarantine facility.
Indeed, Kapampangans returning from abroad are pampered with their safety, security and health are taken care of by the Pampanga Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda.
Various testimonials from ROFs are all around saying their gratitude for the assistance they received. Other provinces in the country do not have such kind of assistance program.
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