DepEd kicks off 2019 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   May 16, 2019   •   2973

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (May 16) launched the national kick-off and caravan of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela in Alfonso, Cavite.

With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” DepEd officials led the kick-off ceremony and caravan of the 16th “Brigada Eskwela” at the Alfonso Central School. They were joined by some teachers, students and parents for the cleaning of school chairs, desks and other facilities.

After a short program at the Alfonso Central School, DepEd officials next headed to the Pansin Elementary School in Barangay Lucsuhin Ibaba to conduct more cleaning and repair works.

“We, as a community can join our hands so that we can address the needs because if we con’t volunteer ourselves to be of service to others, it will be difficult for the schools to attain our goals,” said Odilon Ocampo, principal of Pansin Elementary School as he expressed his gratitude for the effort.

He also thanked DepEd for opening 24 new classrooms in their school that would help eliminate any need for scheduling shifting of classes.

“Brigada Eskwela” is the National Schools Maintenance Week devoted to preparing classrooms and other school facilities for the opening of the school year, which in 2019 to 2020, will begin on June 3.

READ: School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

The “Brigada Eskwela” will run from May 20 to 25, according to DepEd memorandum no. 036.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali reminded the public that students, as well as their parents, are not obliged to join the program for them to remain enrolled in a particular school.

Umali also emphasized that no fee shall be solicited from volunteers participating in the program.

“When there is Brigada Eskwela, collecting cash is prohibited. Obligating parents is prohibited. This must not be among the conditions for a student to remain enrolled,” he said. (with details from Benedict Samson)

No opening of classes sans COVID-19 vaccine — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he is not allowing the opening of classes unless an effective vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is discovered.

“I will not allow the opening of classes na dikit-dikit ang mga bata. Bahala na (kung) hindi na makatapos for this generation. Wala nang aral, laro na lang,” the President said adding that he’s most concerned about the safety of the students.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to talk about opening of classes. Para sa akin bakuna muna. Kapag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay lang,” he stressed.

Nonetheless, the President is optimistic that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be discovered before the year 2020 ends. 

This is the President’s position following the Department of Education’s (DepEd) announcement on the opening of classes on August 24.

READ: DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

The Department, also, announced the start of the enrollment process on June 1, though it encouraged parents to register their children online or through e-mail or phone calls to maintain social distancing measures in view of the risks of COVID-19 infection. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

LOOK: Deped’s proposed class seat arrangement for possible face-to-face learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) has proposed classroom seating arrangements in case face-to-face learning will be implemented for the upcoming school year.

In a post, Deped reiterated there will be no face-to-face learning unless it is safe for students to go out. However, as part of their preparations for the opening of classes, they proposed a seating arrangement that will still adhere to social distancing.

Deped showed layouts for classrooms with armchairs and classrooms with tables and chairs. Both have a 1-meter distance to observe proper social distancing. AAC

DepEd: Parents may enroll online starting June 1

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

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)

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