MAT­TERS OF PHILIP­PINE HIS­TORY

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - ANGELITA M. DUYA

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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.

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