Deped: Public schools to accommodate 1,100 displaced Lumad students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019   •   1178

The Department of Education Davao Region said the 1,100 displaced Lumad students will be accommodated by public schools.

These students are from the 55 suspended Lumad schools operated by the Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, they already directed Salugpungan to facilitate with the transfer of students to different provinces.

“We will also be doing everything that we can do just to make sure that all of these children will be accepted. We will accept them even without credentials,” he said.

Atillo added that they will also accept Lumad teachers applying as public school teachers. However, he clarified that these teachers will still have to go through proper application process.

“We will be very willing to cater to them as applicants but we will not ‘short-cut’ the application,” he said.

The 55 Lumad schools were temporarily suspended by Deped due to reports submitted by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Esperon said these schools are teaching ideologies that are advocating against the government.—AAC

COA: P113-M instructional materials unutilized in Deped warehouses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The Commission on Audit (COA) has discovered around P113.70 million worth of unused instructional materials in the warehouses of the Department of Education (Deped) in Taguig City.

“Deped has an alarming number of undistributed instructional materials amounting to ₱113,708,595.00 that were procured as buffer stock from CYs (calendar years) 2014 up to 2017,” based on COA’s annual audit report in 2018.

The total amount is equivalent to over 3 million copies of learning materials intended for public schools nationwide.

COA also reported that around P254 million worth of books, which were intended for Grade 3 pupils in public schools, contained errors.

Meanwhile, Deped said they will review the guidelines of the agency in procuring instructional materials.

“The DepEd Management assured that they will revisit the existing DepEd guidelines on the procurement of instructional materials and will evaluate the controls on buffer stocks,” according to their statement.

The education department also assured they are already in the process of distributing the remaining instructional materials from the said warehouses.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Deped suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019

The Department of Education (Deped) temporarily suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao region after receiving reports from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

The said school are operated by Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, the National Security Council has reported the involved schools are allegedly teaching ideologies that advocate against the government.

“Number one, allegedly they do not teach in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the department. Number two, allegedly they are using children in rallies and number three they teach the children ideologies that advocate against government,” he said.

A testimony from a former teacher of Salugpungan School also verified the allegation.

Atillo said they will temporarily revoke the schools’ permission to operate while investigations on the report is on-going. “We would like to give them the democratic process of due process,” he said.

Deped XI already received reports about schools teaching ideologies of the New People’s Army rebels.

Meanwhile, Deped is prepared to assist the Lumad students and teachers affected by the suspension.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Lawmaker seeks to ban school hours earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Marje Pelayo   •   July 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Bacolod Representative Greg Gasataya on Monday (July 1) filed a bill seeking to ban classes that start earlier than 8:30 a.m.

“It is the policy of the State to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development in schools,” Gasataya said in a statement released on Wednesday (July 3).

“We must give priority to the physical, mental, and social well-being of students, among others, through a system of education which gives primordial interest and concern to the health and safety of students,” he added.

The lawmaker argued in House Bill No. 569 that school hours should not start earlier than 8:30 a.m. because the current “state of transportation, amount of workload under the new K-12 curriculum, state of mental health in the country, and accessibility of schools especially in rural areas” are some reasons that can affect the health and safety of the students.

Gasataya cited other countries’ education policies which start classes at a later time to help improve students’ performance.

The bill covers schools under the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

Gasataya believes that once enacted, the bill would ease parents from the burden of waking up early to prepare for the children’s school needs.

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