By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
As it mobilizes education stakeholders for its annual “Brigada Eskwela,” the Department of Education (DepEd) reminded all public schools that accepting tobacco company-funded donations for activity is strictly “prohibited.”
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in a statement, reminded that “accepting gifts, donations, and sponsorships directly and indirectly from the tobacco industry, including those that may be coursed through DepEd stakeholders, partners, or third parties in the guide of corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects is not allowed.”
DepEd issued this reminder in time for the conduct of 2018 Brigada Eskwela beginning May until before the opening of classes on June 4 and in compliance to
DepEd Order No. 48, Series 2016 (DO 48), the Policy Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control.
The “Brigada” – the “National Schools Maintenance Week” – brings together education stakeholders to participate and contribute time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities. However, DepEd iterates that “companies and other players in the tobacco industry are not among these stakeholders.”