PASIG CITY, January 23, 2019– More than 400,000 public and private school learners all over the country competed in the elimination round of the 2019 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) conducted across 1,700 testing centers nationwide from January 17 to 18.

MMC is an annual Math competition carried out by Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), Mathematics Teachers’ Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and the Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with its regional and schools division offices. It aims to awaken greater interest in Math among elementary and high school learners, challenge them to strive for mathematical excellence, and empower mathematically talented learners with awards and recognitions for them to serve as models to the youth.

“In our schools, we should also campaign for our Math champions as ‘idols,’ just as we idolize fellow learners who are basketball players, singers, and dancers, because they deserve to be admired,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones shared.

She added that through the MMC, Mathematics is finally being given the attention it deserves.

Now on its 18th year, the MMC has engaged a total of 27,089 public and private schools from 217 schools division offices that registered online.

Division finals will be held on February 7 to 8, while the regional and national finals are slated on March 1 and 29, respectively. The national finals and awarding ceremonies are scheduled on March 30.

More information may be obtained from DepEd Memorandum No. 191, series 2018.