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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020   •   1336

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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DepEd clarifies opening of classes in September still blended learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday (July 19) clarified that the opening of classes on September 13 is still through blended learning.

During the virtual press briefing, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said President Rodrigo Duterte still has not approved resuming face-to-face classes amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Gusto kong mag-clarify na ang pag-approve ni President ng September 13, ang in-approve niya ay for opening of classes na blended learning pa rin,” she said.

(I want to clarify that the President approved the September 13 class opening for blended learning still)

Briones, meanwhile, said they are still proposing a pilot study for face-to-face classes in 100 schools.

Before reopening face-to-face, she said that schools should follow health and safety guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“What we are proposing is a pilot study of 100 schools but the decision is still with the President,” she said.-AAC

School infra projects remain top priority over conversion to isolation facility — DOH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said schools with ongoing infrastructure projects can decline requests for their establishments to be used as isolation facilities.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones has issued a memorandum providing guidelines on the use of schools as isolation areas.

The Department directed schools with ongoing infrastructure projects to politely decline requests for their schools to be used as isolation facilities.

“The pandemic did not hamper our mission to provide conducive and motivating facilities. Our infrastructure projects remain a priority to help our stakeholders, especially teachers, to have a comfortable place to work in,” she said.

However, if the school is currently being used as an isolation area and the infrastructure project is to take place, the school can still house the isolation facility. That is if the school is large enough to separate the isolation area from the construction site.

If the school has a limited area to cater to both the isolation facility and the construction of school buildings, it must coordinate with the Local Government Unit (LGU) and request for the immediate transfer of the isolation facility to a nearby school that is not a recipient of infrastructure projects.

DepEd is expecting infrastructure projects to start in the third quarter of 2021. The department said these projects need to be completed by the end of 2021 to avoid the lapsing of funds. -AAC

DepEd to launch history channel to reinforce students’ historical awareness

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to launch a history channel to reinforce students’ historical awareness.

In a statement on Wednesday (June 23), the education department said the DepEd TV History Channel will make films and documentaries accessible to be used as learning resources.

The historical films and documentaries will be available online through DepEd Commons, DepEd TV YouTube, and soon on DepEd EdFlix. It will also feature lessons provided by history teachers that will pass the review of the Curriculum and Instruction strand.

“The ideas and views that the learners may form after watching DepEd TV History Channel serve as their stimulus in improving their conditions and circumstances, in fighting for their rights, in upholding their nationalist aspirations, and in thriving in multi-culturalist societies around the globe,” Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said.

The initial line-up will be composed of existing historical video materials that have been shown publicly as well as new content that DepEd will produce in collaboration with other filmmakers.

Contents for the DepEd TV History Channel will follow the guidelines of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

“We can also start filmmaking workshops and contests that will produce historical films made by local filmmakers. This is an excellent opportunity for the education sector and the film industry to work together,” Pascua said.

Meanwhile, the viewing hours, time, and schedule of programs will consider the age and grade level of the viewers. AAC

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