DEPED Updates

DepEd, business sector tie up for SHS implementation

posted Feb 19, 2016, 6:57 AM by Edeliza Manalaysay

February 19, 2016



The Department of Education (DepEd) and various industry partners inked pact for the Senior High School (SHS) Program requirements which include information on industry job qualifications, work immersion of students, use of facilities, training of teachers, donation for infrastructure, equipment and other needs.

“In the past our partnership were merely focused on the support from non-government organizations and the business sector to augment limited resources from national and local governments such as building classrooms, providing seats, computers as well as other kinds of funding. This particular partnership actually brings up our engagement with the industry to an entirely different level. This time we are focusing on curriculum development and scholarships for teachers,” Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC stressed during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The industry partners have committed to support DepEd for the nationwide full implementation of SHS under the K to 12 Program. The partnership aims to offer relevant SHS subjects and activities that would help every graduate to be ready for higher education and training, or for the world of work through employment or entrepreneurship. This will also help address the job-skills mismatch in the country.

“It is my firm hope that as we institutionalize the reforms with industry sector, we are actually giving our people an anchor to be able to say elections and leaders come and go but the real reforms that we need to do are firmly institutionalized quietly in programs we are doing and which we will be doing,” the education chief added.

The industry partners agreed to encourage and influence their members to implement programs on job profiling and skills mapping; tie up with DepEd field offices or specific schools by providing support and opportunities for work immersion for students, teachers training, and use of facilities; help schools in addressing resource gaps through donations; and accept for employment applicants who have completed SHS from any private or public school in the Philippines subject to other required qualifications.

DepEd shall advise regional and division offices as well as the schools offering SHS regarding this MOU and to encourage them to cooperate with the said organizations; and provide assistance in the form of giving advice, data or information necessary to enable them to effectively implement programs. It will also provide tax incentives for donations under its Adopt-a-School Program.

Among the industry partners are the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) represented by its President, Mr. Jeorge Barcelon; Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands, Inc. (CCPFI) President, Consul-General A.H. Jose Luis Yulo, Jr.; American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham)) Executive Director Ebb Hinchcliffe; European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (ECCP) President Guenter Taus; Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (KCCP) President Ho Ik Lee, German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) President Bodo Goerlich; Employers Conferdation of the Philippines (ECOP) President Edgardo Lacson; Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPT) Chairman Arthur Tan; IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) President Jomari Mercado; Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) President Perry Pe; People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) President Jesse Rebustillo; Philippine Business for Education President (PBed) Chito Salazar; and Makati Business Club Chairman Ramon del Rosario, Jr.

DepEd: Graduation rites 2016 should be simple and non-political

posted Feb 19, 2016, 6:55 AM by Edeliza Manalaysay

February 19, 2016


The Department of Education (DepEd) has set out the guidelines for the end of school year rites both in public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide with emphasis on simple and non-political graduation rites.

Based on DepEd Order No. 7 series of 2016, the education agency stated that all graduation ceremonies should be scheduled on or before April 1, 2016 and that the rites should be simple, solemn and meaningful events.

“While we recognize that graduation marks a milestone in one’s life, let our focus be on our sense of community and personal responsibility as graduates whose journey in life has just begun,” Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC emphasized.

In line with the government's austerity program, DepEd reiterates that graduation rites should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue.

It also emphasized that non-academic projects such as attendance to field trips, film showing, junior-senior promenade and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation or completion.

In public schools, graduation expenses should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses under the 2016 Budget.

“No DepEd personnel should be allowed to collect any graduation/moving up/closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution,” Luistro said.

Moreover, Parent-Teachers Association may give donations in cash or in kind; and that contribution for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis.

To maintain the neutrality and non-partisanship of schools, the graduation ceremonies should not be made a venue for political activity or campaigning. “The end of school year 2015-2016 rites should be an appropriate and solemn ceremony befitting the learners and their parents and shall not be used as a political forum,” Luistro added.

Grade 6 learners who will complete elementary education will get their elementary certificate in a graduation ceremony. Grade 10 learners who will complete junior high school will go through a moving up or completion ceremony and get their junior high school certificate.

Grade 12 learners from schools with DepEd-approved K to 12 transition plan; those who graduated from schools with a permit to operate Senior High School in school year 2014; and those who graduated in International Schools with K to 12 program will all get high school diploma in a graduation ceremony.

The 2016 graduation ceremonies shall focus on the theme Kabataang Mula K to 12, Tagapagdala ng Kaunlaran sa Bansang Pilipinas. The theme highlights K to 12 Basic Education Program as a transformative vehicle for local and national development.

DepEd, PAGCOR join forces in Typhoon Yolanda rehab efforts

posted Jan 11, 2014, 11:13 PM by Edeliza Manalaysay

    Manila--The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Gaming Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ink memorandum of agreement for the PHP 2 billion financial aid for the construction of new classrooms in places that were hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda. 

    “The 2 billion funding from the PAGCOR will be allocated for the classroom construction in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda. If we are to look at it, our budget for more than 4,500 classrooms that need replacement is around 4 billion. So, this is already around half of the needed budget for the replacement of those other classrooms,” Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said. 

 

    PAGCOR Chairman & CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. said that education is PAGCOR’s advocacy. 

    Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson said that there is no better time to show the Filipino bayanihan spirit than during a crisis like this. 

    “Our target is to fast track the construction of classroom buildings before the opening of classes in June, at least the one-story buildings that need to be replaced are already in place for the coming school year,” the education chief said. 

    Integrity of the school building ensured 

    The education chief emphasized the directive of the President in. He said, “Even before Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol, the cabinet has been discussing the integrity of school buildings.” 

    He said that the classroom buildings that will be built in 2014 should be able to withstand earthquakes with intensity 9 and typhoons with wind velocity of 250kph. 

    “We are putting up structures where our students will be able to be in an ideal learning environment. It’s not any ordinary building, it’s about ensuring that these spaces will allow young people to flourish, learn in whatever school situation they find themselves,” Luistro said.

 

Students, teachers nationwide offer support through ‘Messages of Hope’

posted Jan 11, 2014, 11:12 PM by Edeliza Manalaysay

    The tail-end of the year saw a string of unfortunate events that devastated ways of living throughout the country; the most recent and most massive being the conflict in Zamboanga, the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and the onslaught of Super-typhoon Yolanda.The Messages of Hope campaign was initiated to complement the psychosocial intervention given to everyone in these areas. The Department of Education (DepEd) believes that apart from addressing the immediate needs of the survivors, and the physical and financial gaps brought about by these incidents, emotional aid is crucial in rebuilding lives.

    The call to send in inspirational letters started through mobile messaging where DepEd Regional Directors (RD) and Schools Division Superintendents (SDS) were encouraged to participate. It was later advertised online through DepEd's various online properties. The result was an influx of more than 40,000 inspiring messages and creative Christmas cards which have been sorted by more than 140 volunteers last weekend. 

    Couples, families, and groups of friends graced the call for volunteers to help categorize the letters. From 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening last Saturday and Sunday, boxes labeled "Tacloban," "Samar," "Eastern Samar," "Leyte," "Palawan,” “Cebu,” “Aklan/ Antique/ Capiz/ Iloilo," "Bohol," and "Zamboanga" were filled with colorful and handwritten letters made by elementary and high school students across the nation. 

    Cash Maghirang from the Office of Undersecretary for Regional Operations commends the prompt response, "We sent the call through the RD and the SDS offices, and in under a week we received an outpour of letters from Ifugao to Zamboanga del Sur."

    The estimated 40,000 letters that were sorted last weekend exclude those that were coursed directly to the locales concerned. In Aklan, areas impacted by Yolanda sent their contribution directly to the affected sites in their province.

    Families in evacuation centers can expect the letters soon, Maghirang says that "To date, we have already delivered 12 boxes to Region 8, two in Zamboanga, four in Bohol, two in Capiz, and one box in Iloilo. They are being distributed through the help of the concerned SDS in these areas." As for the case in Region 8 and in Bohol wherein their locality is severely damaged, the letters are exhibited for public perusal. 

    The most touching letter to count came from Kimberly Capapas of Sergio Osmeña National High School in Zamboanga del Norte who wrote: "Babangon tayo para sa ating bayan. Anumang pagsubok na nararamdaman natin, kailangan tayong maging matatag. Magdasal sa Panginoon kahit iba-iba ang ating relihiyon."

DepEd receives tablets for recovery of school documents

posted Dec 8, 2013, 11:35 PM by Edeliza Manalaysay

    PASIG CITY – The policy of the Department of Education (DepEd) with regard to disasters is the immediate resumption of classes as soon as it is safe and there are learning spaces available. But tents and teachers are not the only things needed to resume normal schooling.

In a turnover ceremony last 29th of November, 2013 (Friday) the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) donated 40 Samsung tablets to DepEd. The delegation was headed by Her Excellency Ambassador Hatice Pinar Isik, the foremost official of the Turkish Mission to the Philippines. This effort was made to help the Department, as well as regional and division offices in recovering what was left of the documents in the schools ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda. 

“Restoring and preserving records is just as important as providing education. The most affected group here are graduating students,” explained Assistant Secretary Reynaldo D. Laguda, emphasizing on the urgency needed to restore as much school records as possible. 

With these 40 tablets on hand, the department would be able to ensure the proper documentation of school records which were soaked, soiled, or totally destroyed. This project also ensures the longevity of school documents from being further damaged by such calamities. 

The said effort has four major phases to ensure an organized filing of the salvaged documents. It starts with the deployment of division-assigned personnel for the capturing of documents, with the use of the tablets, in the affected schools. The data would then be off-loaded to the home divisions for proper reviewing and renaming of the files. Once the files have been recorded and accounted for, they will be distributed back to the individual schools for their own record keeping. Once the system is in place, it will then be replicated for the schools and other division offices as disaster risk mitigating initiative. 

“By next week, we will be bringing these (tablets) to Leyte and Samar,” Laguda adds. “This assistance from TIKA would surely help speed up the process in bringing back normalcy to the students’ school calendar and would eventually sustain our schools in the prevention of the same problem in file storage for similar disasters in the future.”

Japanese Businessman builds classrooms to say “Salamat Po”

posted May 30, 2011, 2:12 AM by Michelle Garcia

There are many ways of supporting a worthy cause. Some donate anonymously. Others do it with the requisite publicity. Others give their support through the company as part of their  corporate social responsibility.

But there are some who prefer  to go at it alone through their own foundation. This is the story of Mr. Katsutoshi Shimizu, a Japanese national who wants to give back to the Philippines after years of success of doing business here. He chose education as his advocacy.

Mr. Katsutoshi Shimizu, 72, first visited the Philippines in 1969 and established Shimizu & Co., Ltd. (Japan) three years later. His main line of business is bringing to the Philippines used assorted ships/parts and Japanese technology. “I have visited the Philippines for more than 500 times, therefore I can call the Philippines as my second home country,” quipped Shimizu.

Shimizu first exported used ships to the Philippines in December 1968. By 2010,    he had already brought in 1,000 ships to the country. Shimizu is also credited for having introduced and installed Japanese technology in Baguio City the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) -- an environmental friendly machine converting solid wastes to fertilizer.

Shimizu believes that the best way to  pay back Philippine society is  to adopt three schools in Talisay and Calatagan, Batangas. In a memorandum of agreement signed Thursday, Shimizu has committed to construct 11 classrooms initially and equip them with a computer unit  each, a LCD television, classroom equipment including tables, chairs and chalkboards.

“I believe that education is the only key to a country’s success. So, I started helping NGOs and my staff through scholarships more than 10 years ago.  But I learned that DepEd needs more than 100,000 classrooms and I decided to help by building some and donating them to the Philippine Government.” 

The project beneficiaries are the Venancio Trinidad Memorial Elementary School in Talisay, Batangas, Carreton Elementary School and Carlosa Elementary School in Calatagan. The estimated construction cost of the school buildings is P7.4 million.

Shimizu has committed to construct 3 to 5 school buildings within 2011 and 20 to 30 school buildings in the next 3 years. “I believe building schools is an effective way of fostering friendship since many Filipinos will benefit from this. That way, I help promote closer relationship between our two countries.” Shimizu added. 

He established the RK Shimizu (Nagasaki) Foundation Inc. on March 2011, to achieve these objectives. “The support of my Foundation will continue even after I retire as my son will succeed me in this undertaking,” Shimizu shared.

And while the mention of Nagasaki conjures an image  of atomic bombs being dropped from the sky, this time, Nagasaki comes again to national consciousness as the source of sports equipment, school uniforms, bags and starter school supplies. From the children of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan to young learners of the Philippine public school system – a  neat lesson in friendship and international  understanding  at such an early age. 

Shimizu has one request, though.  He wants to impart to the school children of his adopted schools some facets of the Japanese culture and arts through special events that may be organized from time to time. Filipinos and Japanese share the same Asian heritage such as deep sense of family, respect for elders and thirst for education.

“I feel this initiative of Mr. Shimizu is a very good model of how our two countries can forge a partnership along our Filipino “bayanihan” spirit – our homegrown version of working together,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

Part of the donation is a Japanese garden which the donor specifically requested to be maintained by the school. “This will open the eyes of our children on other cultures and how its own beauty can, in turn,  enhance ours,” Luistro added.

The donations  of Shimizu is lodged under DepEd’s Adopt-A-School program which invites the private sector to donate to public schools and help raise the standard of education. In turn, donors receive tax incentive as authorized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. 

For Shimizu, the most beautiful word in their language is “Arigato”. “And I understand in your language it is “Salamat Po” and I believe that by saying these words a respect is being conveyed from each other. So my wish is for both of us to continue saying “Arigato” and “Salamat Po,” he said.

International agencies join 2011 Brigada Eskwela

posted May 30, 2011, 2:11 AM by Michelle Garcia

The Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela or National Schools Maintenance Week is getting the support of two international donor organizations which pledged to help spruce up public schools in time for the opening of classes on June 6, 2011.  

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have  signified their participation to this year’s Brigada Eskwela  by adopting public schools for repair and repainting.

“We expect more pledges of participation from the private sector and hopefully international agencies as the Brigada -- slated from May 23 to 28 -- draws nearer, “ said Luistro. 

Brigada Eskwela is an annual schools clean up and repair activity spearheaded by Deped and participated in by NGOs, parents, students, teachers, the business sector, civic organizations, government and private sector employees.

It enjoins participants to donate construction and cleaning materials or serve as volunteers to prepare the schools two weeks before the opening of classes. It does not accept cash donations.    

Last year, Brigada generated an equivalent amount of over P1.7 billion from donations in kind and manhours spent in school repairs which would have otherwise been taken from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of public schools.

When Brigada was first launched in 2003, only 31% of all elementary and secondary public schools participated but because of  overwhelming response from the public and the bayanihan spirit that it engendered, it was made an  institutional annual event in 2008.  Since then, Brigada is 100% participated in by all public elementary and secondary  schools  nationwide. 

Luistro said AusAid has committed to adopt schools for clean up and repair in Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao while USAID chose three schools it will help repair and repaint.

Luistro explained that Brigada stirs up a sense of community among the participants, especially among the students, as they work side by side with other education stakeholders towards a common cause. 

“ We all want to make the schools clean and ready for the opening of schools so that by June 6, our students can buckle down to their regular school work,” he elaborated.    

Brigada Eskwela will kick-off on May 23  with a motorcade starting  from the DepED Central Office in Pasig going  to  Bago-Bantay  Elementary  School in Quezon  City, where  a  ceremonial program  will be held. 

Aside from AusAid and USAID, other participating agencies include Ayala Foundation  Inc., Coca-Cola Foundation Inc.,GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc., IBM Phils., Intel Technology Phils., JVR Foundation, Microsoft  Phils,Nutri-Asia Inc. and SouthEast Asia Food Inc. Philippine Business For Social Progress, ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.,Smart Communication, Inc. San Miguel Corp., Philamlife  and Unionbank, Rebisco Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, FFCCCII, Fit for School, Hands on Manila Foundation and Autovention Corp, Crown Worlwide Movers,Inc. Mannasoft tech Corporation, Networkers and Entrepreneurs Dev’t Cooperative and Wilkins Builder.

Brigada Eskwela won an Anvil Award in 2010, the only government line agency to receive the coveted public relations award.  

DepEd releases safety action points to prepare employees for disasters

posted May 30, 2011, 2:07 AM by Michelle Garcia

Recognizing the series of disasters that hit some parts of the world, the Department of Education Central Office through an office order, encouraged all its employees to internalize and comply with the Ten Action Points towards preparedness and safety.

Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Francisco Varela said that knowledge on these action points will save lives and prevent further damages and casualties. “Knowledge is the key to all these. We should know every single step before, during, and after a calamity. We hope that our field offices, including the schools will also do measures like this so that we do not only save our lives but we can also save the millions of children entrusted under our care.”

These include the wearing of the prescribed uniform and identification cards while in the DepEd compound; the recordkeeping for time in and time out of DepEd employees synchronized with the Daily Time Record (DTR); and the usage of only approved devices and equipment in the workplace.

The order also mentioned that the employees should practice the habit of proper maintenance and safekeeping of office equipment, machines, and the necessary tools; to make it a habit to save files in the computer every ten minutes; to report to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Committee any hazardous condition that may cause death, illness, or physical harm or injury to the employees in the workplace; and to know where to get help during emergency situations.

Moreover, all are expected to comply with all the safeguards and safety regulations for the employees’ protection and that of his/her co-workers; to familiarize one’s self with the work environment, location of exits or evacuation routes, and to participate and cooperate in drills and exercises and be cautious of others’ welfare by practicing the principles of the buddy system.

In order to concretize this initiative, the DepEd conducted a fire and earthquake drill to create an atmosphere of preparedness and safety among DepEd employees.

Over a thousand employees of the department stopped the operations of their respective offices on Monday, May 16, and ran outside buildings upon hearing the fire alarm. Minutes later, mock injuries and casualties were immediately brought to the first aid station located at DepEd open grounds. Some of the employees stayed at the evacuation site, while a fire truck and an ambulance arrived few minutes later.

Varela said that the conduct of the fire and earthquake drill is important since this will teach DepEd employees the proper knowledge on what to do when these calamities occur.

The activity is very timely. Considering the damage and adverse impact of disasters to lives and properties, the department deemed it appropriate to establish a mindset of preparedness and safety to all employees in dealing with both natural and man-made hazards,” Varela added.

Shortly after the buildings were “cleared,” fire rescuers conducted a fire smothering demonstration.

 

Participants were taught on how to hold and use the fire extinguishers and were made to try to extinguish the fire in the right manner.

This initiative was organized by the OSH Committee. Its task is to ensure the safety of all DepEd officials and employees through the development of accident prevention programs and identification of all hazards in each workplace.

SPED athletes shine in Palaro, 3 qualify for Special Olympics in Athens.

posted May 18, 2011, 5:07 AM by Michelle Garcia

Mentally challenged and visually impaired students under the Department of Education (DepEd) Special Education (SPED) Program from six regions competed in special games organized for them in the 2011 Palarong Pambansa held in Dapitan City.

"Our special children gain confidence in their capabilities every time they join the Palaro," shares Marivic Tolitol, Chair of the Special Services Committee in charge of the special games.  "Special children are included under our principle of 'no child left behind.'"

Four venues were selected for the special games.  Bocce (pronounced bo-che) for the mentally challenged (MC) was held at the Dapitan plaza while goal ball for both MC and visually impaired (VI) was played in Talisay Elementary School.  Athletics and swimming competitions were held at the new facilities of the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) in Dapitan City. 

There are 6 events for athletics. The 100-, 200-, and 400-meter runs, relay, shot put and long jump.

On the other hand, swimming opened events for freestyle, back stroke, and breast stroke at the JRMSU pool.  The 50-meter swim is the only other sport aside from Bocce that is limited to MC players.  The other two games, goal ball and athletics, have both MC and VI competitors.

The overall champion for the special games is Region 1 with Regions 10 and 4-A as second and third place respectively.  The three other regions that paticipated are Regions 4-B, 6 and CARAGA.

"We hope to have all regions send participants to the special games in the future," Tolitol adds.

Those involved in the special games hope to have at least 50 delegates per region totalling about 800 for all 17 regions next year.

Players were categorized as 15 and younger and 16 and older for MCs and elementary and high school for VIs. MCs were classified as such since the biological age is the basis for their strength while the mental age of the child is the basis for their education.

"Three of the Bocce players from Region 6 will paricipate in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Athens, Greece sometime middle of this year upon the invitation of PHILSPADA," Tolitol said as the next steps for these special athletes.  "If all regions are able to send participants to the special games, we plan to request for the medals won to be included in the overall points of their regions."

Coaches of the athletes are SPED teachers who underwent training for special games. Players also joined division and regional meets to be included in the national sporting event.

PHILSPADA (Philippine Sports for the Differently Abled) handles sporting activities for differently-abled Filipinos.

Student trainees showcase ideal kinder classrooms

posted May 18, 2011, 5:05 AM by Michelle Garcia

In response to the challenge posed by Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the
150 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) trainees of the
Department of Education recently organized an exhibit showcasing ideal
kindergarten classrooms.

The exhibit is in preparation for the implementation of universal
kindergarten this S.Y. 2011-2012.

Universal kindergarten is the first phase of DepEd’s education reform
agenda, K to 12. The program requires all five-year olds to go through
kindergarten in public schools.

“Since the goal of expanding the coverage of preschool education is to
better prepare our young learners, we believe that part of this preparation
should be to ensure that the learning process inside the classroom will be
fun for the young learners. Classroom set-up should be able to attract kids
to learn and value education given their young age,” said Luistro.

Five groups constructed miniature classrooms, reflecting child-friendly
environment filled with storybooks, puzzles, and toys. Designs were mainly
based on concepts such as fairytales and fables.

Asked on how the exhibit was managed despite conflicting office schedules,
SPES trainee Marielle Pigtain said, “Cooperation among group members is
extremely important. We also make it a point that every member will be
allowed by their respective offices to spend their vacant hours decorating
the “classroom”. Our group also devised “shifting” hours so that all group
members will be able to attend to this special assignment without neglecting
our office duties.”

Meanwhile, zero-based budgeting scheme also allowed the students to tap
their creativity and resourcefulness. “Karamihan sa mga materials na ginamit
sa aming grupo ay recycled, tulad ng karton at mga used colored papers. May
mga member rin na nagdala ng decorations na hindi na nila ginagamit sa
bahay,” shared SPES trainee Manuela Balaguer.

The SPES’ classroom exhibit assignment is the department’s way of
encouraging the public, including the central office employees and the
private sector, to actively involve themselves in the fulfillment of the
government’s goal of providing every Filipino a brighter future through
quality education.

On top of this exhibit, Luistro headed a donation drive that aims to collect
educational toys, books and materials which the incoming kindergarten pupils
will use as part of their learning and interaction.

“This project highlights two things. One, shortage has been the major
problem of Philippine education, not because the Philippines is a poor
country. It’s because we have not taken seriously the challenge to share and
be part of the solution to the problems of public basic education. Two, this
is a reality check for all of us to take on that challenge and realize the
spirit of sharing and generosity because all of us are stakeholders of
education,” furthered Luistro.

The same message SPES trainee Enzo Vidal would want to share to those who
would get the chance to see their outputs. He narrated that he sees the
value of sharing and giving for the cause of education in this exhibit
assignment. “This reminds us that education is a shared responsibility of
everyone. Even we, students and out-of-school youths, in our own little
ways, could do something for the betterment of our preschool education.”

DepEd enjoins the public, including kids, to participate in this drive and
allow kindergarten entrants in public schools to experience the quality and
appropriate learning they deserve.

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