An­other mile­stone for ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion

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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.*

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