Category Archives: DepEd

Mayor Duterte says teachers’ group lied on subsidy, calls them ‘terrorists’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 Oct.) – Mayor Sara Duterte called members of the local chapter of the Alliance of Concerned Teacher (ACT) as “terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, and liars” as she refuted their claims that the city government was not giving any subsidy to the teaching and non-teaching personnel of public schools. In her statement […]

Fire guts decades-old school building in Davao City: 1,285 students affected

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 July) — A fire destroyed a decades-old historical school building of the F. Bustamante Central Elementary School in Tibungco District here at 7:31 p.m.Friday, affecting a total of 1,285 students, City Fire Marshal Major Virna Silagan said on Saturday. Silagan told MindaNews that the security guard, Edito Tagbilaran, witnessed the fire emanating […]

Army pushes for closure of school for Lumad in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 November) — Government troops are pushing for the closure of another school for indigenous peoples or Lumad in an upland village in Malapatan town in Sarangani which they suspected of being run by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and sympathizers. Capt. Rodini Bogador, spokesperson of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion, said Monday they monitored […]

“Lumad schools have permits, Mr. President,” Lumad groups say

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 July) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to  Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) to leave their hinterland schools because he will order them bombed as these are “operating illegally and you are teaching the children to rebel against government” has rendered the Lumads “more vulnerable to attacks,” Lumad groups said. In a joint […]

DepEd still tracking whereabouts of 140 Marawi teachers

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 June) – At least 140 public school teachers who fled Marawi City after fighting erupted there have remained unaccounted for, an education official said. The Marawi City schools division has 1,413 teachers, and around 90 percent of them have already been accounted for, said Ana Zenaida Unte, assistant schools division superintendent of Marawi. She said the […]

Cotabato teachers to undergo random drug tests

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/18 May) – The Department of Education (DepEd) in North Cotabato will conduct random drug tests among a select group of their teaching personnel and office staff. The tests will be performed “anytime” as soon as the regional DepEd office completes the policies and guidelines for holding such tests. In an interview Thursday, schools division superintendent Omar Obas said a […]

Surigao teachers undergo stress debriefing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) — A total of 1,200 teachers who were traumatized by the 6.7-magnitude quake last February 10 underwent stress debriefing this week to help them cope with the trauma, an education official said. Dr.  Gilda Berte, Surigao City schools division superintendent said 400 teachers underwent debriefing on Thursday and Friday and 800 […]

KISSA AND DAWAT: Notes on DepEd’s Madrasah Education Program

AMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 13 January) — The target beneficiaries are the Bangsamoro children and youth. The term “Bangsamoro” is an umbrella term for the 14 ethno-linguistics groups in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. The Bangsamoro are primarily Islamized ethno-linguistic groups: Bajaw, Bangingi, Iranun, Jama Mapun, Kagan, Kalibogan, Maguindanaon, Meranaw, Molbog, Palawani, Yakan, Sama, Sangil and […]

‘Continuing attacks’ against Lumad hit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 November) — Two progressive lawmakers have called attention to what they said are continuing attacks against Lumad or indigenous peoples in Mindanao. In a statement Wednesday, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro said that since October 11, students and teachers of Center and Lumad Advocacy and Services (CLANS) in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat […]

251 new schools for the Lumads to be built in Mindanao soon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Aug) – Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced Thursday that 251 new public schools with a total of 605 classrooms will be simultaneously built in different indigenous people (IP) communities in Mindanao, which is the first time for the Philippine government to build such number of Lumad schools “in a single […]