The Department of Education (DepEd) continues to work with various sectors and agencies for initiatives that would help ensure the provision of safe spaces for students and teachers inside the campus premises.
In a statement issued Friday, Aug. 12, DepEd announced that it is currently drafting a Joint Memorandum Circular with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to “emphasize using the Special Education Fund (SEF) to hire at least one security personnel per school and for the repair and construction of school buildings.”
DepEd added that said issuance will also “prohibit the use” of schools as isolation facilities, quarantine facilities, and long-term evacuation centers, “so that the use of our school facilities and classrooms will be limited to our learners and school personnel.”
The agency made this announcement after the reported molestation of four teachers in Camarines Sur.
“The Department and our partners are committed to make our schools a safe space for our learners and teachers,” DepEd added.
On Aug. 11, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) called on the leadership of DepEd headed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte as well as leaders of local government units (LGUs) to strengthen the security in public schools after the reported incident in Camarines Sur.