MATTERS OF PHILIPPINE HISTORY
Department of Education (DepEd) has always been aiming for more knowledge about our country’s history. This is the reason why the Department has been initiating efforts to improve on this.
Just recently, it has entered into a partnership with Project Saysay, (PSaysay) Inc. for the implementation of the “DepEd Series”, which aims to provide and distribute quality posters showcasing statements of notable Filipinos, including National Artists, National Scientists, noble statesmen, and outstanding educators.
According to the DepEd, we need more outputs like these, especially on areas where we have been debating on matters of Philippine history.
Partnership, the Department said, has always been an important paradigm for DepEd in delivering quality basic education, achieving our goals, and performing our services to our children.
The project targets to distribute 21,000 posters, for free, to selected Philippine basic education schools, institutions, and offices by 2021.
Truly, this is going one step further in supporting the President and the Executive Secretaries’ advocacy, through Memorandum Circular No. 25 signed last September 15, 2017, to do away with photos of officials, and put up images of heroes instead.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has directed all government agencies and educational institutions to display photos, paintings, or other visual representations of Philippine heroes, instead of elected or appointed government officials.
Memorandum Circular No. 25 (see below) ordering such directive was signed last September 15, 2017 by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by authority of the President.
Fourteen (14) heroes were selected by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) as follows: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang, Lapu-Lapu, Father Jose Burgos, Father Mariano Gomes, Father Jacinto Zamora, Emilio Jacinto, and Jose Abad Santos.