The Department of Education-Davao City (DepEd-Davao) is investigating two public school teachers for allegedly posting on social media fake information in relation to the employment of Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM) in lieu of the in-person classes on December 11 to 15, 2023, and the non-holding of Christmas parties this year due to earthquakes.
Based on the Facebook post of Jenielito Dodong Atillo, spokesperson of DepEd-Davao, no order has been issued regarding the cancellation of the Christmas party in public schools in Davao Region.
Atillo also posted that Dr. Reynante Solitario, DepEd Davao City Schools Division superintendent, ordered the probe and that his office has information on the identities of the two teachers.
Based on the posts that circulated online, the teachers allegedly used the proclamation order from the city government of Davao in line with the recent earthquakes and bombing incident as reasons for canceling the Christmas parties.
“In line with the proclamation order given by the city government of Davao, ADM mode for the students will continue next week, December 11 to 15, 2023 until further notice. Hence, the Year End Fellowship of the students will be canceled. Please be guided,” it said.
The second advisory reads “Good evening fellow teachers. We have to inform our learners that they can not hold their party in the school with the advisory given to us by our dear Mayor Sebastian Duterte or we’ll be charged with defiance to the advisory. I am hoping that you understand the situation (quakes and bombing incidents). Let us take precautionary measures to assure the safety of our learners.”
Solitario also called these circulated information fake news, according to Atillo.
It can be recalled that a magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on December 2. 2023. The strong tremors were also felt in Davao City.
On December 3, 2023, a bombing incident transpired at the Mindanao State University (MSU) campus in Marawi City that left four persons dead and dozens of others wounded.