By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) continues to conduct activities that will strengthen awareness and appreciation of the country’s rich cultural heritage – particularly among learners and teachers.
In DepEd Memorandum No. 43 series of 2019 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, DepEd announced the conduct of the 2019 Sining Pangkabuhayan Para sa Kabataan Activities. With theme, “Arts for Life, Arts for Livelihood,” the said event will be conducted in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from July 22 to 26, 2019.
Briones said that the activities are consistent with the Article 2, Section 17 and Article 14, Sections 14-18 of the 1987 Constitution as well as Agendum 6 of the DepEd 10-Point Agenda. Aside from strengthening awareness and appreciation of the nation’s cultural heritage, Briones said that the activities also aims to “demonstrate positive attitude through the active participation in the plenary sessions, workshops, performances, exhibits of outputs and parade” and to “preserve, promote, and develop authentic Filipino culture, arts and crafts as a way of life and livelihood.”
The 2019 Sining Pangkabuhayan Para sa Kabataan activities, Briones said, shall be hosted by the DepEd Region XI – Davao City – in coordination with their respective City Government, Department of Tourism (DOT), TESDA, DTI and the NCCA. The activities will include plenary sessions, workshops, performances, exhibits of outputs, awarding and recognition of various artists –among others.
Briones said that the 2019 Sining Pangkabuhayan Para sa Kabataan is “open to teachers and students” from public and secondary schools, senior high schools (SHS) students taking Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) and Arts and Design Tracks, Junior High School (JHS) under the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) schools, Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd), Arabic Language and Islamic Values (ALIVE), Alternative Learning System (ALS), and schools of living traditions. “In addition, DepEd field officials, particularly the regional/schools division/ SPA coordinators are strongly advised and encouraged to attend,” she added.
Student-participants, Briones said, may be given additional merits for their attendance to the 2019 Sining Pangkabuhayan Para sa Kabataan activities consistent with DepEd Orders regarding participation in co-curricular activities for students graduation and running for honors. “They shall also be given reasonable time to make up and comply with other requirements in the different subject areas, including but not limited to quizzes and other examinations that they will miss,” she explained.
Likewise, school officials and teachers – as accredited members of the national/regional working committees— shall also be granted vacation service credits pursuant to existing DepEd policy. DepEd also reminded that all regions “shall adhere to the provisions” of DepEd Order No. 40 s. of 2012 or the DepEd’s Child Protection Policy.
DepEd said that the concerned officials shall be “responsible for the protection, welfare, and the safety of their students.” In addition, DepEd also noted that each of the DepEd regional office “shall provide medical insurance coverage for its delegation.”