By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
As the country grapples with COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) vowed that it will continue to support all government efforts towards healing the nation by remaining committed to the goal of delivering accessible, quality, liberating, and safe basic education services amid these critical times.
In a Unity Statement, officials and personnel of the DepEd expressed oneness with the Filipino nation in its fight against the COVID-19. “From our Central Office to our schools, we are committed to give our time and render our skills for the greater good of our nation,” DepEd said. “For the national to the local government units, and for the country’s brave frontliners, we will support the whole government’s efforts towards healing our nation,” it added.
Newfound Purpose in the ‘New Normal’
DepEd said that this also is the “newfound purpose” of the Sulong EduKalidad campaign: to “move forward together as we prepare the education system for the future.”
“In this battle, our actions will be anchored on serving the public, and on ensuring that the health and safety of our learners, teachers, and personnel will be given priority in our policies,” DepEd said. “We will approach this period of ‘new normal’ with patriotism, compassion and sensitivity, so that the process of learning will not be a burden for parents, our children and our teachers, but a ray of hope amidst the crisis,” it added.
Despite the challenges along the way, DepEd ensured that it will “strike the balance of offering quality education and caring for each other.” DepEd also reiterated its firm commitment to develop a comprehensive Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) which will “address challenges through the necessary adjustments in the curriculum, alignment of learning materials, and relevant support to teachers and parents.”
“As we rally towards beating the unseen threat, we will be steadfast in delivering to the public only the truth and our selfless service, as we shun misinformation and division,” DepEd said.
At this point, DepEd noted that this is “not the time to sow fear, doubt or hate but to offer unity, compassion, understanding, and love,” especially when “there is still much work to do.”
“On our part, we commit to the goal of delivering accessible, quality, liberating and safe basic education services in these critical times,” DepEd said. As a million-strong workforce, DepEd also calls on the whole nation to preserve the ‘bayanihan’ spirit as it continues to ensure that education of millions of Filipino learners will continue.