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2010/12/09

DepEd reminds public schools against lavish Christmas party

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (9 December) -- It is a standing order for public schools in the city to have simple Christmas celebration and parties.

Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent Ellen Donato stressed this in an interview Wednesday during the Drums and Lyre Competition at the Melvin Jones Football Field.

'Even without a directive from the central office, we always discourage lavish Christmas celebrations and we have already advised our principals and teachers about it,' Donato said.

She explained that even if Parents- Teachers Associations agree to a lavish party, it is still up for approval by their respective school principal.

Donato also stressed that principals and teachers are not allowed to do solicitations.'We also have a standing order on the issue of solicitations. We do not entertain solicitations, as it must be done alongside with permits either from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Barangay Officials or from the City Government', she said.

If ever there are those who want to give or donate something to public schools, it should be voluntary, she added.

Meanwhile, Donato deplored some people or groups making use of Christmas and children to solicit.'It is an abuse of the essence of Christmas in terms of gift-giving,' she said.

Donato co-chaired the Drums and Lyre competition with Councilor Philian Weygan. It is part of the Christmas celebration events spearheaded by the City Government.

Thirteen public elementary schools joined the competitions with Mabini Elementary School emerging as champions. First and second runner ups were Baguio Central Elementary School and Doņa Nicasia Elementary School.

First prize winner won P10,000 while the first and second runners up won P7,500 and P5,000 respectively. Other participants were given take home gift and certificate and consolation cash prices. (PIA) [top]

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