DepEd Bicol reminds schools to keep grad rites simple

  • March 14, 2017
  • Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Mar. 14 (PIA) – With the school year drawing to a close, the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Bicol region has reminded schools administrators to keep graduation rites simple and meaningful.


Based on DepEd’s school calendar, graduation ceremonies in public schools this year will be held this coming April 7, and would be centered on the theme: “Sabay-sabay na Hakbang Tungo sa Maunlad na Kinabukasan (Stepping Together Towards a Prosperous Future).”


In a statement released by the department, DepEd-Bicol regional director Ramon Fiel Abcede advised that graduation rites should be done without excessive spending, extravagant attire, and expensive venue. Under the provisions of the “No Collection” policy of DepEd, he said that there should be no mandatory collection of fees in connection to graduation or moving-up ceremonies.


Aside from unnecessary payment collection, the director also stressed the fact that schools should not impose non-academic requirements upon graduating students, especially those that will just cause additional burden to students.


School heads were also directed by Director Abcede to immediately hand-out the ‘certificate of graduation’ or ‘certificate of completion’ to all students on-stage during the completion ceremonies. He also pointed out that school clearances are no longer required.


“It should be clear to all that school clearance is not a requirement for graduation, moving-up ceremonies, or for the closing exercises,” said the director.


During the department’s Regional Management Committee Meeting that was held in Masbate last month, DepEd-Bicol assistant regional director Tolentino Aquino reiterated the “end of school year rites” for school year 2016-2017. As per the ARD, how the closure of the school year would be governed by DepEd’s Department Order No. 08 series of 2017.


As indicated on the said Department Order, mandatory charges on graduation and completion rites are prohibited as their expenses are already covered under the “Schools Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses” of the 2017 budget. However, the order also said that donations are allowed, and contributions may be accepted but in a complete voluntary basis only. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

Other News

Emergency quick response in PH to get a boost
  • June 24, 2017
MANILA, June 24 (PIA) – Soon, emergency quick response in the Philippines will get a boost as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) have teamed up to train Filipino engineers on earthquake emergency quick response.   “The Philippine experience in recent earthquakes showed that there’s a need to build the capacity of local engineers to conduct quick inspection and evaluation of vital infrastructures after the earthquake,” said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito. ...Read more
Feature: The Bohol Bee Farm Story
  • June 24, 2017
“It started with a dream.” Victoria Sandidge vividly recalls how it all began as she looks back with fondness on how a budding business she started about 15 years ago has since turned into a thriving entrepreneurial venture it is today. She owns and manages the Bohol Bee Farm Resort, a booming eco-tourist destination ensconced in a wooded coastal enclave that not only offers idyllic look and feel of tropical countryside living but also provides a kind of service that lends itself to organic,  sustainable lifestyle and work environment. Located on Panglao Island, Bohol, th...Read more
DOLE issues pay rules for Eid’l Fitr, a regular holiday
  • June 24, 2017
MANILA, June 24 (PIA)--Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reminded private sector employers to pay their workers correctly and observe applicable pay rules on June 26, Eid’l Fitr, a regular holiday.    “As the Filipino nation unites with the Muslim community in celebration of the Feast of Ramadhan, we are reminding employers to comply with general labor standards, particularly with the proper payment of wages,” Bello said.   Pursuant to Proclamation No. 235 issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Secretary Bello issued Labor Advisory No. 8, Series of 2017 prescribing the ...Read more
Hiligaynon news:  DSWD ginahimo ang tanan agud masabat ang krisis sa Marawi
  • June 24, 2017
Manila, Hunyo 23, (PIA6) – Ang  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nagsiling nga ini nakagasto na sang   P294 milyones sa pagkaon, mga indi pagkaon,  iban pa kag cash nga dugang agud masabat ang pagkinahanglan sang mga pamilya nga na apektuhan sang krisis sa Marawi.   Bilang chair sang  Response Cluster, si DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo nagsiling nga ang DSWD amo ang gintugyanan nga maghatag sang pagkaon kag mga indi pagkaon nga mga bagay kag koordinasyon sa kampo kag ang pagdumala sang mga nag bakwit.  Sang Hunyo 21, may mga 69,434 ka mga pamilya ang napahalin...Read more