DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020   •   1264

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded parents that enrollment in all public schools in the country, both elementary and secondary, will start on June 1, 2020. 

The Department advises parents to prepare their children for the upcoming opening of classes on August 24. 

DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo on Friday (May 22) said parents may enrol their children online or call the school so they don’t need to go personally to observe physical distancing. 

Meanwhile, parents may call DepEd’s hotline 8636-1663 and 8633-1942 or email the agency at action@deped.gov.ph for enrollment concerns though DepEd is still finalizing adjustments in the enrollment procedures. 

Parents will be asked about which learning system is applicable to their children in view of the adjustments due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. 

Enrollment runs until June 30.

“Sa bagong enrollment guidelines, ang kanilang dating class adviser ang siyang mag-i-input o kaya ay mag-e-enroll sa kanilang mga estudyante para sa susunod na school year, [Under the new enrollment guidelines, their former advisers will be the ones to input or enroll the students for the next school year],” Usec. Escobedo said.

“May mga platforms na gagamitin katulad ng online enrollment at meron ring SMS at pwede ring tawag thru hotlines na ibibigay ng mga eskwelahan, [There are platforms that are available like online enrollment, SMS, or they can call to the hotlines that their respective schools will provide,]” he added. 

Escobedo said DepEd is constantly coordinating with the House of Representatives as regards the adjustments that the agency wants to apply in the country’s education system in the coming school year. 

The official ascertained that the Department is now preparing all the needed learning materials based on the level of health risks of  COVID-19 infection. 

The DepEd official maintained that face-to-face classes remain restricted in areas that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 identified as ‘high-risks.’

In relation to this, DepEd has issued a memorandum order detailing different options for alternative work arrangements among teaching and non-teaching staff under the Department to ensure that proper protocols are observed specifically social distancing and minimum health standards. 

Meanwhile, Escobedo said the DepEd is appealing to the HOR for additional funds in order to provide teachers with laptops that they need to cope with the new normal in the education system. 

The said additional funding, likewise, will be used to establish clinics in school premises, procurement of thermal scanners and hygiene kits. 

Sa Kongreso po ngayon ay pinag-u-usapan na po talaga ay ang mga susunod na batas para mapag-bigyan po talaga ang Executive Department na magkaroon sila ng flexibility na matugunan nila ang pangangailangan para dito sa panlaban sa Covid-19,” noted Rep. Roman Romulo, Chairman of the House Committee on Education. 

[In fact in Congress at present, we are discussing a proposed bill that will grant the Executive Department flexibility in responding to the needs of the public to combat COVID-19.]

The HOR has asked DepEd to submit in July a concrete plan on how it will efficiently deliver the lessons to students without compromising the quality of education so that Congress will be able to assess the needed additional funding. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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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