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USAID hands over 1.1 M supplementary books for DepEd’s K-3 classroom libraries

December 22, 2017

PASIG CITY, December 22, 2017 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over a total of 1.1 million supplementary books for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Kindergarten to Grade 3 (K-3) classroom libraries in Regions I (Ilocos) and VII (Central Visayas).

The ceremonial turn-over was held at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office on December 11 as part of the Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) — USAID’s flagship basic education activity which supports the Philippines’ goal of improving the reading skills of one million early-grade students.

On behalf of DepEd, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Lorna Dig-Dino expressed her gratitude to USAID for reaching out to 1.8 million K-3 learners, training 19,000 teachers, and granting eight million pesos’ worth of learning materials to 3,000 public schools.

“This zeroes in on how important reading is, for all the kids and all of us,” she stated.

Undersecretary Dino also shared her hopes that other regions in the country will likewise be given access to the newly turned-over supplementary books, and emphasized that developing reading and comprehension skills are pre-requisites for learning 21st century skills.

US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski also lauded the wonderful partnership they have had with DepEd over the years. They have also been very active in promoting innovation in the Philippines, and in institutionalizing literacy instruction approaches and materials to deepen and sustain gains in reading achievements.

“To have an educated country, we have to have a very educated public,” he said.

Directors Alma Ruby Torio of Region I and Juliet Jeruta of Region VII personally acknowledged USAID’s assistance to their respective schools.

Assistant Secretary and Chief-of-Staff Nepomuceno Malaluan and USAID Education Director Brian Levey also graced the occasion.

Basa Pilipinas

Implemented by the Education Development Center, Basa Pilipinas significantly contributes to DepEd’s goal of making every child a reader by training teachers and school heads on effective reading instruction, producing curriculum-based teaching and learning materials for use in early grade classrooms, and strengthening the capacity of DepEd to effectively implement the language and literacy component of its K to 12 curriculum reforms.

The 1.1 million copies of locally procured supplementary books in English and Filipino and in the mother tongue are intended for 8,137 Grades 2 and 3 classroom libraries in USAID-assisted schools in the two regions. The USAID-provided supplementary reading materials are aimed at enhancing the diversity, range, and quality of children’s literature available to early-grade learners through classroom libraries.

USAID-funded MYDev and EdGE

Aside from Basa Pilipinas, USAID also finances two other projects in support of improving education governance, and manpower and youth development—the Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) and the Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE).

Implemented in select areas in Mindanao, MYDev contributes to improving peace and stability in conflict-affected areas through increased access to education and livelihood training on Basic Education and Life Skills for 19,000 out-of-school youth.

EdGE aims to enhance education governance in select schools, cities and municipalities nationwide. It has trained 6,122 school administrators and officials, and has provided guidance to hundreds of school governing councils and numerous local school boards.


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DepEd denounces untoward action of protesters at Truth forum

November 28, 2017

The Department of Education (DepEd) denounces the action of protesters bearing placards of Save Our Schools (SOS) during the Truth forum of Rappler on November 28. Shouting at the Secretary, ironically insisting on a one-way noise barrage instead of a diplomatic discourse called “dialogue,” resorting to blame game and dramatics revealed the kind of group that they are – a stark contrast to the culture and values of the indigenous peoples (IP) they claim to represent .

DepEd dialogues continuously with IP communities
The Department, through its Regional and Division offices, is relentless in its consultation and coordination with IP schools to enable them to properly comply with the requirements under DepEd Order No. 21, s. 2014 (Guidelines on the Recognition of Private Learning Institutions Serving Indigenous Peoples Learners).

In fact, DepEd Region 12 recently met with teachers and coordinators of Center for Lumad Advocacy and Networking, Inc. (CLANS) to provide them with technical assistance in their application for permit to operate. In the Davao Region, all private IP schools that applied have been given temporary permits and are also being assisted by DepEd. The dialogue being sought by SOS is already being done at the local level, with or without their prompting, and will be expanded to other areas in the country implementing the IP Education (IPEd) Program.

Bombed schools?
If claims that “schools” serving IP learners in Mindanao are being bombed “daily” by the military, why did reports of local government units (LGUs) and Schools Division Offices (SDOs), upon our verification, reveal otherwise? Moreover, the Department does not allow armed presence within and near the premises of its schools and has received the commitment of the military to maintain schools as zones of peace.

IPs respect elders
For a group that pushes for the rights of indigenous peoples seeking respect for their culture and peaceful co-existence through education, name-calling and discourtesy toward an elder (revered with the use of “Apo”) as exhibited by these protesters are nowhere near the nature and culture by which genuine IPs are raised.

The Department always encourages learners to think critically and question information handed to them, but we also encourage them to always do so at the proper forum – where a healthy exchange of ideas and opinions thrives and flourishes into meaningful decisions and actions. Students and teachers who have witnessed the spectacle and have understood the necessity of adhering to the truth warmly received the Secretary with applause and embrace after the incident.

Education for 2.9 million IP learners
The IPEd Program is DepEd’s response to the right of indigenous peoples to basic education that is responsive to their context, respects their identities, and promotes their indigenous knowledge, skills, and other aspects of their cultural heritage. Specifically, it aims to: 1) make the curriculum culturally responsive to the specific community context of IP learners; 2) build the capacity of teachers, school heads, and other concerned personnel at different levels of governance in implementing culture-based education for IP learners; 3) support the development of culturally appropriate learning resources and environment responsive to the specific community context of IP learners; 4) strengthen the policy environment supportive of IPEd; and 5) address the learning needs of IP learners who lack access to basic education services.

The establishment of private learning institutions serving IP learners by non-government groups is not tantamount to DepEd’s lack of initiatives for young and adult IP learners. In fact, data of School Year 2016-2017 show that there are 2,929,456 IP learners enrolled in 33,633 public schools all over the country.


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Statement on Sanofi Pasteur’s advisory on its dengue vaccine

December 2, 2017

As the health and safety of our learners are of principal importance, the Department of Education (DepEd), in close coordination with the Department of Health (DoH), will monitor the condition of learners who have been administered with the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.As a stakeholder, DepEd will likewise be actively participating in the review and consultations of DOH on the dengue vaccination program.

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Statement on the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Urduja

December 17, 2017

The Department of Education (DepEd) is one with the nation as it faces Tropical Storm (TS) Urduja (international name Kai-Tak) which made landfall on Eastern Samar on December 16, and over Malay, Aklan on December 17, a few days before Christmas.

Reports issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and DepEd – Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) revealed the extent of TS Urduja which affected Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA with its scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains. According to the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DREAMB) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 35,188 families or 158,700 individuals from 326 barangays in Regions V, VIII, and CARAGA were affected as of December 16.

As always, DepEd’s public schools opened its doors to the victims of the tropical storm. As of the same date, a total of 23 schools were used as evacuation centers – one in Tobaco City and six in Sorsogon (Region V); and six in Eastern Samar, three in Ormoc City, and seven in Tacloban City (Region VIII).

While awaiting reports from other regions, the Department enjoins the public to relive the spirit of Bayanihan and extend the needed assistance to the affected communities through the DepEd – External Partnerships Service with telephone numbers (02) 6376462 to 64; 6374996; 6387110; and through the DepEd Regional Offices. Likewise, we call on everyone to take part in the subsequent relief and recovery efforts.

DepEd strongly believes that the Filipino resiliency and camaraderie will get us through these trying times, especially during this season of giving and sharing.


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Pamaskong Mensahe Mula sa Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon

December 24, 2017


Mabunying pagbati ngayong Kapaskuhan sa mga mag-aaral, guro, at lahat ng mamamayang kaagapay ng Kagawaran.

Sa ating pagbabalik-tanaw sa nakaraang taon ay magpasalamat tayo sa mga biyayang ating natanggap, at isabuhay ang mga mahahalagang aral na ating natutunan bilang pagpupugay sa kaarawan ng ating dakilang Tagapagligtas.

Sa kabila ng mga pagsubok na ating hinarap at patuloy na haharapin, nawa’y mamayani ang pagmamahalan, pagbibigayan, at pagpapatawaran sa bawat isa. Patuloy nating kalingain ang mga nangangailangan sapagka’t ang bawat isa ay may responsibilidad at pananagutan sa kanyang kapwa.

Makaaasa kayo na ang Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ay patuloy na maglilingkod at tutupad sa pananagutan nito na maghatid ng edukasyon na dekalidad, abot-kamay, napapanahon at mapagpalaya para sa lahat.

Maligayang Pasko at manigong bagong taon!


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