Deped suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2019   •   2145

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)

DepEd drafts supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) drafted a supplemental policy to boost child protection during online classes.

DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Josephine Maribohoc said the supplemental policy includes guidelines for recording online classes.

“In fact when we issued supplemental policy as a policy it would  become a rule. Unlike guidelines that you mentioned, they are recommendations, so once those are adopted into policy they become rule,” she said.

“And some of the themes actually on recording, seeking consent, use of images, all of those will be in the supplemental policy. And we hope we will come in that policy in the very near future,” she added.

The department expects that learners will be using the online learning approach more often following the educational system’s shift to the new normal. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DepEd holds final test run for educational TV broadcast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday (September 21) began the final test run for its educational TV broadcast.

According to DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Director Abram Abanil, they will test run 26 episodes which is set to officially air at the beginning of classes on October 5.

Importante itong dry run para mapag-praktisan naman iyong mga procedures para araw-araw makapag-broadcast tayo ng 6 to 27 episodes (The dry run is important to practice the everyday procedures of broadcasting 6 to 27 episodes) amounting to 130 episodes per week this coming October 5 to December 31),” he said.

The episodes will also be dubbed in local languages.

Abanil also clarified that the episodes will be for major subjects as they still cannot allot episodes for all subjects. However, DepEd officials expect to expand the subjects by 2021.

There are currently 170 teacher-broadcasters in DepEd, mostly in Metro Manila. DepEd said they are still in the process of adding more teacher-broadcasters. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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DepEd, iginiit na wala silang pa-contest para mamigay ng libreng gadget

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa publiko na huwag basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na scam na nanghihikayat sa pagsali sa anumang contest upang mabigyan ng libreng laptop at smartphones.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DepEd na hindi ito namimigay ng gadget o libring pocket wi-fi sa pamamagitan ng anumang raffle draw o contest para sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.

Ayon sa kagawaran, wala itong pinapayagang grupo o indibibidwal na manghingi ng donasyon kahit nangangailangan ito ng malaking pondo para sa pagpapatupad ng bagong educational program sa gitna ng pandemiya.

Dagdag pa nito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga kumpanyang katuwang ng DepEd ang namamahagi ng gadget para sa mga mag-aaral ngunit idinadaan ito sa regional at division offices ng ahensiya.

“Ang learning continuity packages na donasyon ng LGUs at lehitimong partners ay ipinamamahagi sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro sa pamamagitan ng DepEd regional and division offices at mga paaralan,” ang wika ng DepEd.

Hinimok ng DepEd ang publiko na agad i-report ang mga scam na may kinalaman sa darating na pasukan sa Public Assistance and Action Center sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa 0919-456-0027 at 0995-921-8461 o kaya ay mag-email sa action@deped.gov.ph. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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