My warmest greetings to the school officials, administrators, faculty members and advisers, teachers, parents and guardians of the graduates of school year 2016-2017 with the theme, “Sabay-Sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan.”
If a man wants an education, he can learn all he wants. But if a man wants to prove himself, a diploma would be a tangible proof for everyone. However, diplomas are only symbols, but education lasts a lifetime.
Dear graduates, congratulations on this special day when you reap the fruits of your hard work and perseverance in the past years – all those nights of painstakingly studying your lessons and those days of putting your knowledge at work to be a step closer to your dreams. This day is a commemoration of your achievements, a time to anticipate future opportunities, and a season to embrace and thank people who have helped you in one way or the other to reach this finish line.
With all the knowledge, skills, and values you acquired, you have prepared yourself for life-changing endeavors and infinite possibilities. As you journey through life, keep working hard because this is just the beginning of many challenges as well as future successes.
Make your country proud of you and your accomplishments. Your mentors are confident that you will continue living up to become citizens of character and lofty ideals, and whose critical thinking and competency will take the country to path of global competitiveness and recognition.
All the best in your next endeavor and congratulations!
Educational Field Trips NOT Mandatory – DepEd
PASIG CITY, February 22, 2017 – In the wake of the fatal bus accident that claimed the lives of 14 college students, a teacher, and the driver following a field trip in Tanay, Rizal, the Department of Education (DepEd) is reminding parents, school officials and personnel that while educational field trips are meant to supplement classroom learning, joining such is not mandatory.
Moreover, the Department is calling on all schools to verify the proper registration and road-worthiness of the buses or vehicles to be used, and ensure that the drivers have the appropriate know-how and frame of mind when on the road.
DepEd Order (DO) No. 52, series of 2003, addressed to heads and principals of public and private elementary and secondary schools, iterated that no punitive measures or activities related to the trip, which will put students who could not join the trip at a disadvantage, shall be imposed. Teachers must refrain from conducting tests based on these field trips, but students shall be given activities in school as substitute for not joining the trip.
Furthermore, the same Department Order mandated that “no field trip should be undertaken without the written consent of the parents of the student’s guardian(s).” These educational tours must be well-planned ahead of time with the students and safety measures should be discussed before the trip.
Places to visit must be educational, such as cultural and historical sites, or science exhibits in museums. Trips to malls and attendance at noon-time TV shows are discouraged.
In view of the financial difficulties of Filipino families and the monetary costs of the trip, the Department issued DepEd Memorandum No. 529, series of 2009, to reinforce and direct strict compliance to existing policies against putting additional financial burden on the student’s parents.
What can you say about this? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Please also share this article on social media so that people will be enlightened that educational field trips should NOT be mandatory.
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