Angara wants probe into failed construction of 47,000 DepEd classrooms

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019   •   767

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara wants an investigation on the school rooms that the Department of Education (DepEd) planned to construct in 2018.

In its 2018 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the DepEd was supposed to construct 47,000 new classrooms, however, only 11 were completed.

“That’s not even one percent of the target,” the senator said.

Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, also wants to probe into the P27-M worth of undelivered textbooks supposedly for DepEd’s K-12 program.

The DepEd, meanwhile, said they are now distributing all instructional materials stored in five of their warehoused in Taguig City which cost the government P113-M.

“Regarding the large number of learning materials procured, they already allocated the materials and there is already an approved activity request (AR) and is in the process of releasing the buffer materials to the lower units,” the DepEd said in a statement.

The Department assured that they will revisit the agency’s existing guidelines on the procurement of instructional materials and will conduct an evaluation on its buffer stocks.

“The Department is already working with its internal and regional units to comply with the audit recommendations,” DepEd’s official statement read.

“Some of the findings are due to late updating of consolidated reports and reconciliation of voluminous records with implementing units,” it added. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Off-campus national, regional events may be held starting Feb 24 — DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that all national, regional, and off-campus activities may resume starting February 24.

“All DepEd units may already resume the conduct of national, regional, and/or off-campus activities starting February 24, 2020, provided all precautionary measures identified by DepEd and DOH are strictly followed,” according to DepEd’s statement.

DepEd also instructed schools to dedicate weekends to school-wide general cleaning and intensified disinfection efforts.

Meanwhile, DepEd also said that all personnel and students who will proceed with their scheduled personal travels to countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the Philippines.—AAC

Deped creates task force on 2019-nCoV ARD

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has formed a task force in response to the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV ARD).

Based on DepEd Memorandum no 11 s. 2020, the task force is created to lead the overall efforts of the department in addressing the situation.

“[DepEd] stands ready to contribute to the overall Philippine government efforts for the management of this public health situation,” the memorandum states.

Several responsibilities of the task force include:

  • Cooperate with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines on overall Philippine government efforts on addressing the nCoV ARD;
  • Coordinate with the DOH for the implementation of its guidelines in response to the situation, including any decision for school/office lockdown or suspension of classes/work in specific localities should a need arise;
  • Promulgate standard protocols in response to the nCoV ARD in DepEd offices and schools, as well as in activities organized, or participated in, by the Department, which may include travel restrictions if necessary;
  • Issue advisories which may contain policy directives for implementation and compliance by all DepEd units;
  • Establish a system to monitor the situation in the Central Office (CO), field offices and schools and regularly meet for assessment and adjustments of existing policy issuances, guidelines, or protocols;

Several schools and universities have already advised its students arriving from China to self-quarantine for two weeks.—AAC

Public schools may accept transferees from Taal sans documents

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

A Filipino elementary student ties her shoelace at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. Close to 23 million students in public schools started the new school year, with around 4 million students in private schools expected to start in the coming weeks. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has ordered public schools in the country to accept transferees displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

This is part of the Department’s emergency measures “to address the dislocation of basic education learners from their school of origin, the significant safety concerns in other affected areas and other implications” of the volcano’s eruption.

Based on DepEd Memorandum No. 3 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, displaced students from eruption-affected should be accepted in all public schools despite lack of proper credentials.

“All public schools where displaced learners from Region IV-A will seek to be accommodated are directed to accept these emergency transferees even with the unavailability or insufficiency of the require transfer credentials,” the memorandum states.

According to Save the Children, about 21,000 children residents inside the 14-kilometer danger zone were already evacuated since Taal volcano started erupting on Sunday (January 12).

For further information, read the copy of the Department Order No. 3 HERE.

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