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

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019   •   1025

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)

DepEd secures NTC’s support for TV, radio-based education

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has secured the support of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) for its television and radio-based education for the upcoming school year.

Based on NTC’s Memorandum Order No. 10-06-2020, radio and television operators are reminded to provide free assistance in broadcasting educational materials and instructions.

Deped Usec. Alain del Pascua said this is part of the department’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

“The Department is determined to strengthen education delivery through television, whether it is through commercial broadcast TV networks, free channels, government-owned TV stations, and even cable TV networks,” he said in a statement. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DepEd denies giving teachers enrollment quotas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has denied claims made by an organization alleging the department of ordering teachers in several provinces to visit communities and convince parents to enroll their children for the upcoming school year.

DepEd said such a claim is baseless and false.

The agency explained that when the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) was formulated before the enrollment period, an existing protocol requires teachers to check the status of their former learners in any way applicable; may it be by text, by telephone and other means.

“The objective is to reconfirm whether learners shall participate in the incoming school year, in light of the COVID-19 situation,” the DepEd said in a statement. 

DepEd also included a survey to determine the limitations and needs of the students in relation to the new normal system due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

“The alleged enrollment quota is not true,” the agency said.

DepEd denies report obliging teachers to sign waiver for ‘physical reporting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) advised against reports that some teachers are being asked to sign a waiver to physically report to school or DepEd offices.

The Department stressed that physical reporting is not mandatory under DepEd Order No. 11 Series of 2020. 

“Ang mga waiver na nag-a-authorize sa DepEd personnel at mga guro na pumasok ay walang legal effect,” the advisory read.

[Waivers that authorize DepEd personnel and teachers to report physically have no legal effect.]

The DepEd explained physical reporting is only necessary if the teacher’s specific function or task cannot be accomplished through alternative and remote work arrangements.

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