Rural farm schools act signed into law

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III signed two new laws this week aimed at improving the health care and education systems.

The President signed on Tuesday Republic Act 10618 or “An Act Establishing
Rural Farm Schools as Alternative Delivery Mode of Secondary Education and
Appropriating Funds Thereof.”

Republic Act 10618 will be known as Rural Farm Schools Act.

Implemented by the Department of Education, the new law aims to provide
alternative mode of secondary education in rural areas. Public rural farm
schools will be free of charge but private rural farm schools could collect
minimal fee under the law.

Relatives of CARP beneficiaries however will be exempted from payments if
they enroll in private rural farm schools.

DepEd, being the implementing agency, will institutionalize education
standards in rural farm schools to maintain credibility and academic

After one year of implementation, the DepEd is expected to encourage the
establishment of at least one public rural farm school in every province in
the country.

The curriculum of the rural farm schools will follow the guideline set by
the DepEd for secondary education with an addition however focusing on
agri-fishery arts.

Other supporting agencies will be the Department of Agrarian Reform, the
Department of Agricultur, the Technical Education and Skills Development
Authority, and the Agricultural Training Institute.

Rural farm schools will receive funding from the annual General
Appropriations Act.

Also, the President signed on Tuesday Republic Act 10619 or “An Act
Amending Republic Act No. 6876, Entitled Barangay Si-it, Municipality of
Tanudan, Province of Kalinga Apayao, To be Known as the Tanudan Municipal
Hospital, and Appropriating Funds Thereof.”

The ten-bed Tanudan Municipal Hospital will be supervised by the Department
of Health. PND

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