Sara’s DO 49 wants teachers to focus on learning matters: Atillo

Department of Education 11 spokesperson Jenielito “Dodong” Atillo made clarifications on the order made by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte.

Atillo said the Vice President “just wanted teachers to focus more on important things related to the learnings of the students” amid the controversy surrounding Department Order (DO) No. 49, which she signed on November 2, 2022.

DO No. 49 s. of 2022 amended DepEd Order No. 47 series of 2022 or the “Promotion of Professionalism in the Implementation and Delivery of Basic Education Programs and Services.”

“Ang paningkamot lang ni nga gitaagan ug dakong bili ang engagement sa mga magtutudlo ug sa atoang mga kabataan para dili mausik ang panahon. Kay karon man gud naa tay dakong problema nga giatubang nato tungod sa Covid-19. Ug naningkamot mi nga marespondehan ang namugna nga gap,” Atillo said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Thursday.

Atillo also said there are learning gaps because of the two-year Covid problem and that is the precise reason why the vice president wants teachers to focus only on important things that are related to learning.

“Ang ikaduha dinha buot pud i-emphasize nga ang panahon sa bata sa iyahang pagtubo para mas matagaan pa niya ug bili ang iyahang pagkabata ug mas masabtan niya samtang bata pa siya mao nang dili nato sila i-engage ug mga panahon na dili ting klase ug panahon na dili teaching learning schedules. May connection pud ni sa katong dugay na kaayo namo gipagawas nga department order sa pagpahinumdum sa tanang tulunghaan public man o private nga dili maghatag ug assignments during weekends,” he added.

The amendment was reportedly issued to further strengthen professionalism within the Department and integrate it in all areas of work and practice in the department. It also included additional provisions on employment and personnel relations, as well as the responsible use of social media.

In the said order, DepEd told its officials and personnel to “avoid relationships, interaction, and communication, including following social media with learners outside of the school setting, except if they are relatives.”

“Isa pud niana katong mga magtutudlo should also be given an opportunity to mend and tend for their respective activities kay kining mga magtutudlo nato while they are surrogate parents they also have their very own private lives that they have to tend and mend to mao ng importante ug nakita namo ang importansya niining maong gipagawas nga DO 49,” Atillo said.

The officials and employees of the department were also reportedly reminded of the provisions of Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

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