The Department of Education (DepEd) over the weekend reminded its public elementary and secondary school teachers on poll duty to stay neutral and non-partisan.
DepEd officials said they will work closely with local officials and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of public school teachers who will render their service during the polls.
The department has also reactivated its Election Task Force (ETF) to assist those who will serve as BEIs.
DepEd has also partnered with the Public Assistant’s Office (PAO) through a Memorandum of Agreement to provide legal assistance to Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) members should there be election-related suits filed against them.
Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro also asked the education sector to chose a child friendly leader.
“Everyone wants change. Indeed, our nation needs change—just as the education system had warranted a major overhaul through the K to 12 program,” Luistro said.
“After all, this need for change was the reason behind our resolve to implement the K to 12 reform amidst the many challenges before it,” Luistro said.
“The kind of change that we need the most at this point is the one that shall build on the foundations of education reform that we have already painstakingly laid and not the kind that will seek to undo this. Most of all, it is a change in attitude that we need; particularly, in how we use our right to suffrage,” Luistro said.
“I urge you all to choose someone who will promote an environment that is child-friendly, safe, nurturing and value-driven. Your candidate should exude the core values that we hold dear here at the Department of Education: maka-Diyos, maka-tao, makakalikasan, and makabansa,” Luistro said.
The DepEd chief said a leader should be God-fearing and who lives out a compassionate, honest, and moral life.
“Our nation needs someone who respects the rights and dignity of every human being, and promotes truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace. Choose someone who has a track record in building a just and humane society, and someone who values the conservation and development of the earth that our forefathers have bequeathed us,” Luistro said. (Joel C. Atencio)