Asean education in global disruption age


BalikBayani République | Tony Alabastro

Asean Summit chair Brunei says it is moving to make digital learning the new educational system norm.

Asean Plus Three and East Asia Summit Education Ministers are aspiring towards remedial learning and comprehensive services to recover learning loss in age of global disruption.

Best education practices and recovery plans during Covid19 were shared recently in two Asean ministerial conferences that Philippines’ Department of Education hosted virtually.

President Duterte said the educators’ meetings showed Asean’s determination to adapt and innovate in times of crisis where region cooperation and partnership are extremely important.

This October four years ago, Duterte joined royalty and other heads of state in celebrating Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’ s golden jubilee of his ascension to the throne. In October 2016, Duterte made a three-day state visit and meeting OFWs.

Filipinos last week registered with Philippine Embassy in Brunei to be included in Ministry of Health’s (MOH) vaccination program following Covid19 infection cases surge.

Four hundred Indonesians were vaccinated in Sunday’s Indonesian Embassy-MOH program where more people turned up than allocated slots.

For Philippine Embassy’s Covid19 food assistance package outreach program, Filipino Association (FA) and affiliate organizations gave community cash donations totalling PHP233,438, says association President Maria Luisa Ramos-Wong.

By May 8, 2020, the Embassy had received 2,112 assistance requests.
Last year, FA’s donation helped benefit 1,350 OFWs from April 15,2020.
The pandemic-related repatriation of OFWs, the “biggest ever in the history of the Philippines,” according to Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. last August, has sent home over a million Filipinos.

Before Covid19, a 252-strong Philippine delegation attended the 35th Asean Council of Teachers + Korea Convention’s Convention in Bandar Seri Begawan hosted by the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB).
HRH Princess Hajah Masna, Brunei’s ambassador at large at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, graced the 2019 opening program.

Mohagher M Iqbal, Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education, and Philippine Public School Teachers Association President D. Hj Kahar H. Macasayon led delegates from 12 regions and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

PGGMB teacher-protocol officer Naimah Basher, OWWA Welfare Officer Mr. Anuar Ampang and Philippine Embassy ATN officer Hataman Paraman welcomed Philippine delegates.

Brunei’s tourism sector fared better last year despite Covid19’s travel restrictions. Restaurants were “full,” people were visiting local tourist spots and hotels had 30 percent occupancy last year before this year’s second wave, says a tourism official.

Tourist arrivals fell 81.3 percent last year to 62,000 when air, land and sea borders stayed close from March, 2020 during Covid’s first wave. 333,240 tourists came in 2019.

Eighty five curfew breakers pay PHP3,700 (B$100) fine on first two nights of two-week night curbs.Cases top 8,000 on 8th partial lockdown week of Brunei’s Delta-fuelled Covid19 that leaves 39 dead, mostly men.

99 percent of cases are local transmissions after 15 months of no local infections until August 7’s second wave.

Brunei plans to give booster vaccine messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) booster shots beginning with frontline workers.

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