MANILA (Mabuhay) – Keep this year’s graduation simple, highlighting Filipinos’ resilience as the theme.
This was the directive of Education Secretary Armin Luistro, who through DepEd Order No. 9 said the rites should focus on the theme “Hindi Natitinag ang Pusong Pilipino.”
“While the graduation rites mark a milestone in every learner, we should keep it prudent and economical. Extravagant attires and venues are not necessary to make an impression, the important thing is we send the message of nationalism, excellence and resilience to every graduate,” Luistro said.
He said the theme of this year’s graduation seeks “to pay homage to the resilience of the Filipino spirit and its triumphs over the recent string of calamities it conquered over the school year.”
Citing the School Calendar 2013-2014, the DepEd said Graduation Day may fall between March 27 and28.
In areas affected by natural or man-made calamities, the DepEd said the graduation date may depend on their respective revised school calendars as approved by DepEd.
Meanwhile, the DepEd reminded public and public elementary and high schools against imposing non-academic activities like field trips and proms as a prerequisite to graduation.
It also reiterated that while Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) may give cash or in-kind donations, public school personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution to any student at any grade or year level.
A separate Regional Memorandum by DepEd Region 8 Director Luisa Yu discouraged Junior-Senior Promenades, Senior Balls, Graduation Balls and other closing activities to avoid disrupting classes, and to save students and parents from additional financial burden.
Region 8, Eastern Visayas, had been devastated by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year.
She added graduation rites in Region 8 should be held in the simplest way possible. (MNS)