By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
All public and private schools nationwide are encouraged by the Department of Education (DepEd) to hold activities related to the national observance of the Filipino Values Month (FVM) this November.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd Memorandum no. 161 series of 2019, issued the guidelines on the conduct of this year’s observance of the Filipino Values Month. The FVM, she explained, “aims to mobilize all Filipinos for nation building through the practical exercise of human values in our daily lives as citizens and to awaken all to the power of these values in achieving the individual and national goals.”
Briones said that the FVM is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 479, s. 1994. For this year, the theme of the FVM celebration is “Pamilyang Pilipino Patatagin: Susi sa Paghubog ng Kabataang Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakakalikasan at Makabansa” which “emphasizes the importance and critical role of the family in strengthening Filipino values and developing individuals who are pro-God, pro-people, pro-country, and pro-nature especially in this digital age.”
Related to this, DepEd reminded all schools to observe and celebrate the FVM. Briones noted that all public and private schools are enjoined to conduct “simple yet meaningful activities promoting Filipino values.”
“Said activities must not be limited to having contests or competitions, exhibits of talents and innovations on creative arts, symposia or seminars, film showing or stage play on current issues related to the theme, but also incorporating values in lessons in all learning areas as we aspire to develop, manifest and advocate core Filipino values of Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakakalikasan at Makabansa,” Briones said.
Briones directed all regional and division offices as well as schools – through consultation and collaboration with stakeholders such as local officials, community organizations, parents, and family members – to “plan and include” in their respective regional educational and development plan (REDP), division educational development plan (DEDP), and school improvement plan (SIP) to facilitate its conduct in accordance with existing DepEd policies on time-on task in teaching.
“Family members and it representatives are encouraged to actively participate in the celebration through the conduct of Family Day or similar activities,” Briones added.
The FVM, DepEd noted, targets to mobilize all citizens – including the learners – to contribute to nation-building through upholding Filipino values, and to instill the power of these values and ideals in achieving individual success and national progress.
DepEd noted that the FVM celebration is also anchored on the mandate of Republic Act 10533, otherwise known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which aims to produce holistically developed and socially responsible citizens equipped not only with lifelong competencies, but also with essential values.
Briones also directed concerned departments of DepEd to monitor and conduct review of the implementation of the FVM activity to “ensure sustainability of promoting Filipino values all year round to the best interest of our Filipino children.”