Funding Guidelines on MTB-MLE Materials Development and Production

[NOTE:  I looked at the list of schools implementing the MTB-MLE Program by regions and was surprised that CALABARZON Region which is mostly a Tagalog/Filipino-speaking area gets the lion’s share (more than 80 schools) as far as the initial participation in the MTB-MLE Funding Program is concerned. Really? Aren’t these the schools for which the Department of Education has dedicated its resources developing and producing Tagalog/Filipino learning materials for the last more than half a century? In fact, there are additional Tagalog/Filipino-speaking schools included in Region III such as those in Bulacan.  On the other hand, there are so many schools outside the CALABARZON Region whose students’ mother tongues (L1) have been marginalized by the overweening desire of the government through the Department of Education to supplant their indigenous mother tongues with Tagalog/Filipino. If I had my rathers, these schools whose students' L1 is not Tagalog/Filipino should have been given more immediate attention in their participation in the MTB-MLE Funding Program.

Don’t you think DepEd ought to examine its priorities? -- Joe Padre]

DepEd ORDER……………………………………………………………….NOV 10 1011
No. 90, s. 2011

Alberto T. Muyot

GUIDELINES ON THE UTILIZATION OF
DOWNLOADED FUNDS FOR MATERIALS

DEVELOPMENT
AND PRODUCTION OF
MOTHER TONGUE-BASED
MULTILINGUAL
EDUCATION (MTB-MLE) PROGRAM

To:  Undersecretaries
……..Assistant Secretaries
……..Bureau Directors
……..Regional Directors
……..Schools Division/City Superintendents
……..All Others Concerned

1.    To synchronize and decentralize the production of indigenized teaching and learning materials, monitoring, evaluation and research for the implementation of this Program, the Department of Education (DepEd) hereby issues the Guidelines on the Utilization of Downloaded Funds for Materials Development and Production of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) Program below.

………a.  The types of materials to be developed and reproduced are as follows:
…………..i.    Story books in big and small book format and for listening;
…………..ii.   Flash/Activity Cards (Letters/Numbers);
…………..iii.  Basic Sight Words (Grade level words and picture dictionary); and
…………..iv.  Thematic Picture Chart for Oral Literacy.

………b.  The following shall be the required percentage distribution of the
…………..downloaded funds for the materials development and production:
…………..i.    50% for the development and reproduction;
…………..ii.   20% for monitoring and evaluation;
…………..iii.  15% for research; and
…………..iv.  15% for transportation.

………c.  For equitable appropriation of the teaching and learning materials, the
…………..number of classes and languages implementing the pioneer MTB-MLE
…………..schools shall be considered.  Please see the enclosed list of schools
…………..implementing the MTB-MLE Program by regions.

Rosalina J. Villaneza

2.     Misuse and/or mismanagement of these funds for purposes other than those authorized are strictly prohibited.  Any person found to be using/mismanaging funds will be dealt with administratively.

3.     A report on the number and the kind of materials developed and produced out of this fund, and a monitoring report should be submitted to Dr. Rosalina J. Villaneza, Bureau of Elementary Education-Curriculum Development Division (BEE-CDD) through email address:  roseville62@yahoo.com.

4.     Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.

………………………………………………………………………………(SGD) ATTY. ALBERTO T. MUYOT
……………………………………………………………………………………………………Undersecretary
………………………………………………………………………………………………….Officer-in-Charge

2 thoughts on “Funding Guidelines on MTB-MLE Materials Development and Production

  1. DepEd to develop learning aids in dialects to boost mother-tongue multilingual education

    By Rainier Allan Ronda , The Philippine Star, December 01, 2011

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will allocate more funds for the development of learning aids and materials in the various dialects as it seeks to bolster mother tongue-based multilingual education in public preschools and elementary schools all over the country.

    Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the development of the learning materials will go full speed ahead especially with his release of guidelines on the use of funds to develop learning materials for schools offering mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE).

    The languages used for instruction and learning under the MTB-MLE include Iloko, Pangasinense, Kalangoyan, Kapampangan, Sambal, Tagalog, Minangyan, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, Cebuano, Waray-Waray, Chavacano, Yakan, T’Boli, Surigaonon, Adasen, Bunungan, In Laud, Maranao and Maguindanaon.

    Mother tongue-based education prescribes the use of the language learners speak at home or in their respective provinces in delivering lessons and in classroom discussions. MTB-MLE is implemented from preschool up to Grade 3 and in the alternative learning system. He said “producing educational materials that suit the specific needs of learners will result to better learning outcomes”.

    Luistro explained that DepEd came up with the guidelines to synchronize and decentralize the production of indigenized teaching and learning materials as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of the MTB-MLE.

    Local and international studies show that the use of the learner’s mother tongue or the language used at home is the most effective medium of learning. “It is the easiest way for children to access the unfamiliar world of school learning,” Luistro explained.

    Educators say that when the use of mother tongue is discarded in favor of an unfamiliar language upon the children’s entry into grade school, the learners lose interest in their studies because there is a disconnect in the language used at home and in school.

    Based on DepEd Order 90, the types of learning materials to be developed are story books in big and small book formats; flash/activity cards using letters and numbers; basic sight words (grade level words and picture dictionary) and thematic picture chart for oral literacy.

    The guidelines also specified that 50 percent of the allocated funds should go to the development and reproduction of the teaching and learning materials; 20 percent for monitoring and evaluation; 15 percent for research and 15 percent for transportation.

    DepEd piloted the implementation of MTB-MLE in school year 2010-2011 in 879 public elementary schools nationwide. As of November 2011 some 2,288 field officials, non-government organizations, local government units, parent-teacher-community associations and teachers have been trained to ensure the effective integration of this initiative into the curriculum.

  2. Hi Joe, the links you have included to “list of schools implementing MTB MLE by region” is not working. Do you know where I could find this list? It would be very useful for some research I am doing. Many thanks, Salamat!

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