DepEd assures to address Cavite faculty room issue

Robie de Guzman   •   June 6, 2019   •   2856

Courtesy : FB_Maricel Herrera

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday assured it is taking measures to solve the issue on the faculty office at the Bacoor National High School in Cavite.

“The Department of Education is exerting all efforts to facilitate a solution acceptable to all officials and teachers in regard to the faculty room issue in Bacoor National High School-Molino Main,” DepEd said in a statement.

“Concrete steps have been undertaken to resolve any conflict, in the interest of orderly operations of the school,” it added.

The issue arose after a teacher posted a message on Facebook saying they are trying to transform a comfort room into a space for the faculty.

DepEd explained that the situation stemmed from the decision of the school to move to single-shift classes this school year.

It said this resulted in faculty rooms, which are intended originally as classrooms, needing to be converted back into additional classrooms to realize the policy.

The school has an enrollment of more than 7,000 learners.

To address the displacement of teachers from the faculty rooms, DepEd said the principal met with the teachers last May 27 and “offered the library, the guidance center, and the advisory classrooms to serve as temporary faculty rooms.”

“However, 11 of the school’s 236 teachers opted to convert a restroom into a faculty room. It must be emphasized that the use of restroom is the choice of the 11 teachers themselves who then complained about it in social media,” DepEd said.

To address the issue and similar concerns, DepEd said it has included in its 2020 budget request to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) the funding for an initial batch of such buildings that will have space for principal’s office, faculty room, guidance room, library, and school supplies and equipment storage in times of calamities.

DepEd also reminded its teachers and personnel that there are appropriate administrative procedures in addressing welfare concerns. 

Gatchalian calls for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of illegal drug alternatives

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.

In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.

Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.

Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.

“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC

Deped on Tulfo issue: Teachers have the right to due process

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2019

Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (L) and DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla

Teachers have the right to due process, according to the statement of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the Tulfo issue.

Deped said the latest confrontation on the radio show of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo involving a teacher and a student’s guardians was a “move for on-the-spot compromise”.

During the episode, Tulfo discussed the complaint of a grandmother about a teacher who ‘mistreated’ her grandson after he allegedly failed to submit his report card.

A video footage shows the teacher sending the student out of the classroom to sit on a chair at the corridor. Tulfo gave the teacher two choices: resign from her office or face criminal charges against her. The teacher decided to resign which caused backlash from netizens.

“On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family,” the statement reads.

Deped also said that incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise because the department “endeavors to provide proper forum to discuss the facts and issues that will resolve conflicts and concerns in a fair and humane manner.”

The regional and division offices of the education department is currently conducting an investigation on the incident. They also plan to conduct a dialogue with the media regarding handling issues involving teachers, students, and schools.

“We need the cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain and promote trust, respect and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” according to Deped.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DepEd urged to heighten measures vs consumption of ASF-tainted products in schools

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

 Filipino children are seen in front of a school in Manila, Philippines, 08 October 2019 (issued 11 October 2019). EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – A senator has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to heighten precautionary measures to prevent students from consuming pork products tainted with African Swine Fever (ASF) in schools.

In a statement, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said DepEd should exercise vigilance following reports that processed pork meats from China tested positive for ASF, as well as some skinless longganisa and hotdog products from local manufacturer, Mekeni.

“Sa mga feeding program na isinasagawa ng DepEd, halimbawa, dapat siguruhin ng ating mga guro na gumagamit sila ng mga malinis at mapagkakatiwalaang mga produktong ipakakain sa mga bata,” he said in a statement.

While ASF does not pose a threat to human health, the senator said schools should raise awareness and exhaust all sanitary measures to protect students from ASF-contaminated products.

Gatchalian also cited an advisory from the Department of Health which identified uncooked and undercooked contaminated pork as a source of ASF’s spread in swine herds.

Health authorities said the swine disease is introduced into a herd when contaminated raw pork is ingested by a pig. The virus spreads when contaminated pigs get into direct contact with other pigs.

Food waste, feed, and garbage can also cause ASF when ingested by pigs.

“Etong mga hakbang na maaari nating gawin, nagsisimula ito sa responsableng pamimili at lubos na pagluluto ng karne sa mga paaralan. Ito ay upang maiwasan natin ang pagkakasakit ng mga mag-aaral pati na rin ang pagkalat pa ng ASF,” he said.

The Department of Agriculture earlier said that the illegal importation of pork products from China was responsible for the spread of the ASF virus in the country.

Gatchalian also urged DepEd to involve parents in efforts to raise awareness on sanitary practices and preventive measures.

“While schools play an important role to protect our students’ health, it is important that we also extend our efforts at the household level. Kahit gawin ng mga paaralan ang lahat ng pwedeng gawin kung hindi naman nababantayan sa mga bahay nila, malalagay pa rin sa panganib ang ating mga estudyante,” he said.

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