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PIA Press Release
2007/12/07

DepEd prohibits forced collection of contributions in public schools

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (7 December) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Ramon Bacani ordered all public schools nationwide to follow strictly DepEd Order No. 16 which mandates that forced collection of miscellaneous fees/contributions from students is prohibited including teachers and principals from getting involved in the collection of contributions especially now that Christmas season is nearing.

In a statement, Bacani stressed that austerity measures should continue even during the holiday season so as not to financially burden the parents.

Bacani reiterated the order to school authorities/officials to refrain from collecting contributions and miscellaneous fees from students as well as the holding of extravagant/grand Christmas parties in schools. "What is important is the spirit of Christmas coupled with simple gatherings only," he added.

Following the Order of Sec. Bacani, La Union Schools Division Superintendent Edna C. Leal said, the Order is in full force, there's no problem about it. "Actually some schools told me they won't have Christmas parties anymore in their respective classrooms but "minsanan na lang daw" where a general and a simple program will be held," Leal added.

Besides, Leal said, it is the students themselves who decide whether they will have Christmas parties or not.

Meanwhile, DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus recognized and honored recently their partners from the private sector who have contributed a lot in the improvement of the state of Philippine Education for providing public schools more than resources.

Lapus disclosed that the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) of DepEd is a success where P2.1Billion worth of support from the private sector was generated from 2000-2006. He explained that their support for education were in the form of packages, donations and financial assistance and the bulk of donations, Lapus added that it went to Technology Support to Education, health and nutrition with P1.2B and P2.3B respectively.

Lapus also announced that with the support of Miss Yeng Constantino, the Rock Queen, the ASP campaign expects more assistance to come in where education technology will be harnessed, electricity & water facilities in schools will be provided, health & nutrition will be enhanced as well as teacher development programs and relevant education support will improve the quality of education and quality of life of the future generation. (PIA La Union) [top]

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