The regional office of the Department of Education has denied the allegation of Save Our Schools (SOS) Network that the permits of 14 Indigenous People schools in the hinterlands are still pending.
DepEd 11 spokesperson Genelito Atillo debunked the group’s claim saying there are no pending permits of these IP schools since these institutions have already complied the requirements.
“Unsa pa man puy permit nga sige naman mig hatag og permits.Kay matuman man pud nila ang (What permits are they asking for? We already gave them the permits since they complied our) minimum requirements on manual of operations for schools serving IP learners,” he said.
“In fact we have issued 71 permits for schools serving IP learners. We have recognized even three of these schools so we have a total of 74 learning institutions that were given permits,” Atillo added.
He said that the permit applications that are still pending in their office apply to the school year 2018 – 2019.
“Di pa man pud panahon karon sa issuance sa permit for 2018-2019. So, sayop kanang alegasyon kung kinsa man na siya nag-ingon nga walay gilihok nga permit for the school year 2017-2018 (This is not yet the time for the issuance for the school year 2018-2019 permits. So, whoever that person is, his allegation is really wrong that we did not give permits to these institutions for school year 2017- 2018),” he said.
Atillo said he is at a loss on why the group kept on picking on the Education department which in no way is an adversary.
He also said that the complaints of the group are recurring because they want the DepEd to intervene on the problems of alleged military harassment on the IP schools.
Atillo said this concern is not part of their mandate as a government office but they tried to help these group lodge their complaints t to the proper office.
On Thursday, SOS Network spokesperson Rius Valle said the group staged the rally in time of the supposed to be visit of DepEd secretary Leonor Briones at Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr.
Central Elementary because these people demand to face them and grant the permits being asked by these institutions.
Howerver, the visit was canceles due to the said rally. He said there are 14 permits who are still not granted which are still pending for four years despite the compliance of all requirements.
Valle said the pending permits becomes the reason military harrasments in the IP schools in the hinterlands.