Sam Milby is DepEd’s new youth spokesman

By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 09:49pm (Mla time) 07/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Instead of a math wiz or a National Achievement Test topnotcher, the Department of Education (DepEd) has tapped another celebrity as the agency’s new youth spokesperson: Fil-Am film and TV actor Sam Milby.

The DepEd will formally announce Milby’s inclusion in its pool of youth role models in next September’s national leadership training for student government officers at Teachers Camp in Baguio City.

Milby (real name: Samuel Lloyd L. Milby) was “recruited” by director Joey Pelaez of the DepEd’s Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs office, according to Secretary Jesli A. Lapus.

Aside from his popularity, “Sam was chosen because he has no bad record and he could inspire the youth with his talents. He could help the DepEd a lot,” Pelaez explained.

The 24-year-old Milby is the youngest child of Lloyd Milby, an entrepreneur from Dayton, Ohio, and Elsie Lacia, a native of Tago, Surigao del Sur.

Sam, a former ice skating contest medalist, grew up in Troy, Ohio. Along with his family, he had visited the Philippines several times before. But in his March 2005 return to Manila, he decided to pursue a showbiz and modeling career.

After a 49-day stint at the ABS-CBN hit TV show Pinoy Big Brother, he appeared in over a dozen TV shows and co-starred in at least four hit movies.

“We’ve agreed he’d be doing volunteer work,” said Pelaez.

Asked about Milby’s talent fee, the CSCA official said it would be “insignificant” and “not the usual industry rate.”

Pelaez described the actor as “kind and very down to earth … He has no attitude problem.”

Other DepEd spokespersons include theater actor and recording star Sam Concepcion, GMA-7 mainstay Dingdong Dantes, singer Yeng Constantino, whiz kid Shaira Luna, and former teen heartthrob Onemig Bondoc.

The late actor Rico Yan was the education department’s first spokesman.

According to Lapus, they were “exploring the possibility” of naming popular young actress and model KC Concepcion ambassador of the department’s Adopt-a-School program.

The department had earlier named boxing hero Manny Pacquiao as alternative learning system (ALS) envoy.

Lapus said they would “ask him again to help promote the program,” defined by the DepEd as a “parallel learning system that provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction.”

When interviewed, Lapus said they were also considering tapping the services of popular comedian Bayani Agbayani.

Lapus bumped into the Agbayani couple during his return flight to Manila from the United States where he took a short vacation.

Meanwhile, several celebrities will share their entrepreneurial success stories in next week’s Teen Go Negosyo conference-workshop of the DepEd, also at Teachers Camp.

They include actors Marvin Agustin and Dominic Ochoa, owners and operators of the Sumo Sam restaurant and Thumbs Up ice cream network, respectively, as well as Anthony Pangilinan (The Master’s Lighthouse Foundation), Allana Montelibano and Happy Ongpauco (Bed & Breakfast Boutique), and Crystalle Henares (Belo Essentials).

The CSCA had also invited Regine Tolentino (Regine’s Boutique) and Vina Morales (Ystilo Salon) to participate in the forum.

Over 2,000 public and private high school students, out-of-school youth and educators are expected to attend the four-day event, a joint project of the CSCA, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, Office of the Presidential Consultant on Entrepreneurship (PCE), the trade department’s Philippine Trade Training Center, and TMLF.

With its theme “Young Entrepreneurs Taking Charge,” the conference-workshop aims to “prepare the students to take charge of their future by taking on active and responsible roles in entrepreneurial endeavors, and inspire high school students and OSYs to consider entrepreneurship as a career and initiate them into entrepreneurial challenges.”

During the event, awards will be given to the most outstanding microentrepreneurs and most inspiring student entrepreneurs.

In a message, Lapus said “creativity and ingenuity are indispensable traits of an entrepreneur and these are natural to the Filipino.”

“Our students have the talent and the imagination; all they need is encouragement. Ultimately, this is what Teen NeGOsyo is all about: encouraging our youth to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and pursue their brilliant and innovative ideas that will create an impact on our country’s progress,” he said, adding “one is never too young to give birth to an idea.”

Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey A. Concepcion, meanwhile, said “the young ones, or at least those who are still young at heart, have the passion, creativity and drive to become the future entrepreneurial icons of our country.”

“They already have the optimistic, winning, can-do attitude which we have been advocating for. All they need now are the right mentors to lead them towards entrepreneurial success,” said Concepcion, also PCE founding trustee and president.



My Take:

How on hell did the DepEd decided to pick this person to be the children’s spokesperson?  Demonyo.  Spokesperson ng mga bata (remember mga bata ang sakop ng DepEd), ay isang taong lumaking hiwalay sa kultura ng ating bansa.  Tapos babayaran pa nila yan ha?

Saka bakit may spokesperson?  Para saan?  Anong mga isyung pambata at pang-edukasyon ang alam ni Sam Milby, at anng mga kalutasan ang kanyang isasagot sa mga problemang namumutiktik sa sistema ng ating batayan at sekundaryong edukasyon?

This only shows that the Dep Edp personalities are ill-witted.  Kaya naman siguro kahit mga librong pambata lang e batbat pa ng mga kamalian.  Bwisit!

4 Responses to “Sam Milby is DepEd’s new youth spokesman”

  1. anonymous Says:

    volunteer work lang gagawin ni sam milby, sabi sa article? pero si sam concepcion, na isang estudyanteng pilipino at bata talaga, pa rin ang iikot sa mga eskwelahan as spokesperson? although nakakapagtaka lang, bakit si sam concepcion lang naririnig kong active sa mga activities ng deped eh ang dami-dami naman pala nilang spokespersons 🙂


    volunteer work nga pero may talent fee. tsk. im wondering… bakla ba itong direk joey na ito? sana hindi. hay!

  2. anonymous Says:

    kinuha-kuha pa kasi! di naman sya makakarelate sa mga kabataang pinoy.. mabait okay pero di sapat yun. hahahaha! ano ba itong deped


    hehehe. di na kataka-taka yan. manipestasyon lang ito kung gaanong kalabnaw ang utak ng mga taong nagpapatakbo ng sistema ng ating edukasyon. o baka naman sobrang talino kaya nagawa nila ito. wehehehe.

  3. nikki Says:

    Yan po ang reason :
    Aside from his popularity, “Sam was chosen because he has no bad record and he could inspire the youth with his talents. He could help the DepEd a lot,” Pelaez explained.

    He’s very talented. Nageexcel xa sa lahat ng pinapasukan nya, name it. Music, sports, acting, business plus he has the charisma.


    given na yan. he excel, that’s good. but still he’s a lot older than the students’ he is representing (as the DepEd appointed him to be).

    and that makes him unqualified to represent the kids. pero im not putting the blame on him. hindi naman sya nagpresinta di ba? the DepEd chose him. Meaning, ang DepEd na naman ang nag-astang parang bata sa pagdedesisyon nila para kunin si Milby sa ganitong posisyon. Bakit? Marami namang mas nag-exel pa kay Milby at mas malilinis pa ang record sa kanya, na nasa tamang edad para maging representative ng mga estudyante ng elementarya at hayskul di ba?

  4. janjan Says:

    bakit ba hindi nyo tantanan si sam hindi naman siya ang nag presenta para kunin siya as spokesperson at saka kaya siya kinhuha dahil sa maganda at malinis ang reputasyon ni sam bilang artista at bilang tao . sam milby is very talented person at walang masamang bisyo kahit hindi siya nakapagtapos sa kanyang pag-aaral at hindi dito lumaki dito sa pilipinas hadlang bayan at matawag na ba siya na hindi pinoy mag isip nga kayo mga detractors ni sam ang kitid ng mga utak nyo . kinuha si sam bilang spokesperson dahil he can be a role model ma encourage nya ang mga kabataan na mag focus sa mga sports and e enhance nila ang mga talents nila diba at mamuhay ng malinis na walang bisyo dahil siya na galing sa ibang bansa na karamihan ang kinalakihan doon ang uminom at manigarilyo pero natigil nya di may maibibigay na aral si sam sa mga kabataan gets nyo !

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