DepEd-10 bats for nationalism, patriotism among vs insurgency

CAGAYAN DE ORO, May 26 (PIA)--In consonance with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70, institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict, the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 reaffirms its commitment to attaining a lasting peace by instilling nationalism in the minds of the young in Northern Mindanao.

“It is really against the principle of the DepEd to go against the government. That is why in many lessons that are developed by DepEd, we always integrate patriotism and nationalism, because we want to make sure that our children will be in the best shape when we are preparing for the future,”  DepEd-10 Regional Director Arturo Bayocot said during Talakyan sa PIA.

With the youth as the most susceptible demographic for CTG-NPA recruitment and brainwashing, Bayocot, however, got no official reports of students being recruited inside learning institutions in Northern Mindanao. Nonetheless, DepEd-10 remains cautious after hearing rumors of recruitment by communist terrorist group in schools in other regions.

Bayocot said they have made it a priority to establish integrated schools in areas where  people feel they are not being served in coordination with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10.

“In those areas where they have issues on infiltrations and recruitment, we make sure that we open public schools there to counter illegitimate and unrecognized 'private schools' that are not compliant,” he shared.

Duterte’s Free Education Program

In adherence to Republic Act 10931 or the” Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” DepEd-10 offers P17,500 or P20,000 for highly urbanized cities such as Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City for public secondary students who are interested in going to private schools for their tertiary education through the Educational Service Contracting (ESC) voucher program.

“Private schools are becoming stronger partners for our public schools because of the voucher system. But then again, public schools are always free. Even with the pandemic, we have increased in enrolment,” Bayocot said.

Bayocot disclosed that in response to the coronavirus (COVID)-19 pandemic, at least 38 radio stations and 14 local TV networks have partnered in the delivery of education on their respective platforms.

Despite the challenges of delivering educational services in the new normal, he reported that 96 percent of the students enrolled in distance learning modality have passed quarter one of School Year 2021-2022.

“We are confronted with so many hardships in attaining our goals to the maximum, but to a certain extent we have achieved our goals," he said. (VPSBautista)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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