Another milestone for basic education
EPED Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones issued Deped Memorandum No. 77 s.2019 announcing the celebration of Deped’s 121st Foundation Day on Friday, June 21, 2019 and enjoined schools and offices as well as its teachers and personnel to take part in activities related to the agency’s 121st Foundation Anniversary.
The celebration which is pursuant to Administrative
Order No. 322 s. of 1997 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos that recognizes June 23, 1898, as the Foundation Day of the Department is anchored with the theme, “Deped Para sa Pilipino”.
Based on the said Memorandum and in order to promote the public awareness of the event, the Deped Central Office enjoins all personnel, offices, and officials at the regional, schools division offices and schools to produce information and communication materials by hanging of Deped 121st Foundation Day official streamer in all offices and schools and wearing of blue shirts/polo/blouses on June 21, 2019 in support of the celebration.
Likewise, Sec. Briones also urged its personnel to participate in Deped’s online celebration by changing their Facebook cover using Deped 121st Foundation Day tarpaulin or streamer design and by sharing of stories highlighting the most unforgettable Deped experiences using the hashtags, #Deped121 and #Depedparasapilipino in social media accounts.
It was also included in the said issuance the announcing of all offices and schools the Deped’s 121st Foundation Day in their respective Flag Raising ceremonies on June 17, 2019 and to organize their own activities following this year’s theme.
Deped also inked partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the return of the opera show entitled “Noli Me Tangere, The Opera Touch Me Not” at the CCP which was attended by teachers and students on June 21, 2019, and by Deped officials and staff from all parts of the country on June 22, 2019.
The invitation to watch the said opera was included in an earlier memorandum sent to the field addressed to select Deped teachers, learners, officials and staff
Briones said that watching the opera which is considered as a landmark production, that aims to provide a great opportunity for high school teachers and students to explore a period in the Philippines history presented through vivid artistic performance, is also in support of the current administration’s agenda for cultural awareness and appreciation
The Secretary continued that aside from promoting patriotism and nationalism, watching the said production will expose the education stakeholders to a wealth of educational resources through theater art.
In the said Memorandum, Briones reminded that the participants shall be on official business, thus, travel expenses and other incidental expenses of all the attendees would be charged to their respective local funds and as usual, subject to existing accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
Deped further reminded that the teachers, learners, or guests that will be invited to watch the show in the CCP should not be asked to contribute or spend their own money to watch the show.
This Corner hopes that with its more than a century existence, Deped shall be able to solidify its role of transforming the lives of the learners for them to become better citizens of the country imbued with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will make them world class citizens.* T
HREE months after the brutal Negros 14 mass killings with no justice in sight and the continuing spate of killings in the island, Negrense individuals together with organizations representing farmers, workers, the urban poor, women, youth, church people, the media, artists, cultural workers, the academe and the science community have come together to form the Defend Negros, Stop the Attacks Network.
The network was launched Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Bulwagang Ka Pepe, Commission on Human
Rights Building to unite peace-loving Negrenses together with concerned citizens and groups to put a stop to the endless killings and political persecution in Negros island—where majority of the victims are peasants, agriworkers and human rights workers.
According to Antonio “Ka Tonying” Flores, spokesperson of the network, “Our main aim is to defend Negros, especially its sugar workers and farmers against impunity from extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations by the Duterte regime.”
Since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, the body count in Negros has gone up to 66, most are peasants, fisherfolks and land reform advocates.
According to Flores, “The situation in Negros is sending a chilling effect to those who dare to assert their rights or strive to defend others. More are adding to the blood bath as other provinces covered by Memorandum Order (MO) 32 are experiencing a series of killings.”
MO 32 placed the island together with Samar and Bicol under a “state of lawlessness,” prompting the massive deployment of AFP troops in the areas and heavy militarization of communities.
Present at the launching were the kin of Negros 14 victims, Edgardo and Ismael Avelino, who were shot dead in their homes within earshot of their family. One of them was even dragged outside his house and kicked in the gut by one of the state forces before his father was mercilessly killed. He even had his earnings for his wedding stolen by the police.
Flores stated, “The Avelino brothers, like the other victims, are members of the local chapter of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas who were simply helping other farmers with their land dispute cases. They did not deserve what happened to them. Their families, just like the rest who have lost their loved ones, have not only suffered heavy trauma but were left to fend for themselves.” Thus, the network committed itself to holding the government accountable for the massacres, extra-judicial killings, abductions and other state-sponsored violence.
The launching was joined by Manila Auxiliary
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Inday Espina-varona, veteran journalist and winner of the Reporters Without Borders’ Prize for Independence at the 2018 Press Freedom
Awards, and Sebastian Castro, model and social media personality, among others.*