Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is the 7th largest city in the National Capital Region (NCR), otherwise called Metropolitan Manila. NCR is one of the 17 regions in the Philippines. It is located at the mouth of Pasig River and Manila Bay and found in South-western part of Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippine archipelago.
It is bounded on the west by Manila Bay, on the north by Navotas and Caloocan City, on the east by Quezon City, San Juan and Mandaluyong City, and on the South by Makati City, Pasay City and Parañaque City.
The Philippine Normal University (PNU) is a public research university in Manila, Philippines established during the early days of American colonial rule. Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9647, it is now funded and operated as a National Center for Teacher Education in the country.
The Philippine Normal University (PNU) was originally established as the Philippine Normal School (PNS) by virtue Act No. 74 of the Philippine Commission. Enacted on 21 January 1901, Act No. 74 mandated for the establishment of a normal and trade school. The Philippine Normal School formally opened on 1 September 1901, as an institution for the training of teachers.
Conversion into college
For more than two decades, PNS offered a two-year general secondary education program. It was only in 1928 when it became a junior college offering a two-year program to graduates of secondary schools. When PNS was converted into the Philippine Normal College (PNC) in 1949 through Republic Act No. 416, also known as the PNC Charter, the four-year Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) program was introduced. Subsequently, other undergraduate programs ensued, such as the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) with specialization in Elementary Education; a BSEE major in Home Economics; and a three-year Combined Home Economics diploma. In 1953, the Graduate School was established. Equipped with a legal mandate, PNC included the Master of Arts (MA) in Education curriculum in the academic program. However, the organization of a full-fledged Graduate School came five years later.
It was only in 1970 when the Bachelor of Science in Education curriculum, offering major and minor subjects, was introduced. The passage of Republic Act No. 6515 in July 1972, which amended Republic Act No. 416, paved the way for the offering and conferment of the Doctor of Education (Ed. D) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) degrees and the provision of other academic programs relevant to the in-service training of teachers, school supervisors, administrators, researchers, and other educational specialists and personnel. Curriculum development, revision, adaptation played an important role in ensuring high scholastic standards for the institution.
As it gained its foothold in teacher education, PNC established branches in Agusan del Sur, Isabela, and Negros Occidental by virtue of Republic Act No. 4242 of 1965. Aside from the creation of campuses, the college expanded its services, most significant of which was its designation as the Curriculum Development Center for Communication Arts (English and Filipino) under the Language Study Center-Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (LSC-EDPITAF) Project and afterward as Center of Excellence (CENTREX) in English, Filipino and Values Education. Its major functions included the development of English and Filipino textbooks and teacher manuals for use in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide, and the conduct of national level trainers-training programs for the Bureau of Secondary Education, Department of Education, Culture and Sports, and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education.
The school was elevated to university status on 26 December 1991, under Republic Act No. 7168. A fourth campus was born in Quezon province. It continues to serve as collaborative partner in various government and private-sector educational projects. In further recognition of its leadership role, the university was designated as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education (COE) for the National Capital Region and Center of Excellence in Filipino at the national level. On 1 September 2001, the university celebrated its centennial founding anniversary.
In 2008, it was declared the country's National Center for Teacher Education by virtue of Republic Act No. 9647. Dr. Fe Hidalgo, an alumnus and former Department of Education undersecretary, served as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the University until 31 December that year. On 16 November 2010. Dr. Ester B. Ogena, a director from the Department of Science and Technology was elected and appointed by the University's Board of Regents as the 10th University President. She assumed office on 1 January 2011.
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The city of Manila lies in a coastal area, specifically in the coast of Manila Bay. Thus, it is considered as a low-lying area. It is said that Manila developed from a river delta and has now been altered by its inhabitants. Since the influx of migrants from the provinces, Manila expanded to nearby towns that expanded into cities and this group of cities compose Metro Manila (Ragrario, 2003).
Manila is a mega city with 16 highly urbanised cities composed of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan,
Manila is bustling with economic activities such as business and trading, transportation, electronics, business product outsourcing, tourism, and other service-oriented activities. Manila Harbour, the country’s main seaport, can host hundreds of ships at the same time, and it is a busy harbour for import and export processes. New buildings such as hotels, condominiums and malls are built to cater to tourists, residents and other migrants. Other new players are those in the gaming industries and entertainment.
Manila and the country are economically growing because the city is now a key player
There are a number of environmental issues in Manila. These include: poor flood control; air and noise pollution; water pollution; poor enforcement of environmental laws; and urban heat island effect. These are discussed below.
Poor Flood Control
Heavy downpour of rain lasting for one hour or so cause floods in some districts of Manila. Although there are only very few areas that might be flooded, the rest of the city’s roads are affected because of the traffic flow. There are also instances when the roads above the underpasses tend to be flooded while the underpasses are not. This would only
Manila is a land of contrasts. While there are many who are poor and who live in “hand to mouth” existence, the city experiences the surge of wealthy people whose assets have come from trading and business. The newly rich are the Filipino Chinese business tycoons who own malls, airlines, food chains and many more. While the wealthy live in affluent homes with all the luxuries in life, the poor families live in poverty with makeshift houses or sometimes in parks or streets. While the rich could live even without working, the minimum wage earners have limited workers rights and experience
Other regionally-specific issues
Other regionally specific issues include human rights violations; the marginalisation of indigenous people; diversity of culture; and weak governance. These are discussed below.
Human rights violations
Extra Judicial Killings (EJKs) are the usual content of daily news in Manila and NCR. Drug suspects do not go through legal processes in terms of arrest and court proceedings. The usual script of the police is that the criminals, when caught or arrested, would fight back using their guns or knives and the arresting officers have no other recourse than to kill the suspected drug pushers or
There are more than 300 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Metro Manila (NCR) of the 1,710 HEIs in the country. 28 of the 233 public HEIs are in NCR. About 50 HEIs with four state universities and two local universities are in Manila. A number of big HEIs in Manila have campuses outside of Manila. For instance, the Philippine Normal University has four campuses located in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The same situation holds true with the Technological University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, De la Salle University and many more.
Organisation and management
The HEIs are administered and regulated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Most the HEIs are headed by a president, who oversees the general functions of the institution, and vice presidents/chancellors/directors who oversee the more specific functions of the HEIs, such as academic, research, extension, production and others. Public universities receive subsidies from the government and, from 2017 onwards, tuition fees for students are free, while the funds of the private universities and colleges come mostly from student fees.
Most HEIs in Manila have similar patterns of
Main priorities of HEI in the region
Considering the diversity of HEIs in Manila, these institutions vary in their main priorities and specialisations, with some institutions having specific objectives, activity areas, and remits. For instance, the Philippine Normal University, which is the National Centre for Teacher Education, aims to prepare innovative teachers and education leaders through its teacher education and education-related programs. Its research centres on teaching-learning theories and practices, quality assurance, as well as educational policies and standards. Another specialised institution is the Technological
Addressing local issues
The plans and goals of all government agencies need to be anchored on Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 that captures “the vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay (strongly-rooted, comfortable, and secure life) in the next 25 years.” The Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 is cascaded to the Regional Development Councils (RDCs) and Manila has one such council. The RDCs are responsible for implementing the national development plan of the government. All plans of public universities are also anchored in the Philippine Development Plan.
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