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Sunday, January 6, 2019

DepEd issues guidelines on child protection program funds

The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued the guidelines on the release, use, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of the fiscal year 2018 child protection program funds for capacity building for its personnel to have better understanding on child protection.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in DepEd Order No. 43 series of 2018, said the DepEd “is mandated to provide special protection of all learners against all forms of child abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse” pursuant to DepEd Order No. 40 s. of 2012 or the Child Protection Policy (CPP).
“In furtherance of the CPP, all teaching and non-teaching personnel in DepEd shall be capacitated to understand and implement policies, principles, concepts, processes and practices on child protection in order to uphold and promote the rights and well-being of schoolchildren,” Briones said.
For this purpose, Briones said the fund support shall be downloaded to all regional offices (ROs). The capacity-building for CPP will also involve students and learners and their parents and guardians to “understand and implement the CPP.”
DepEd’s capacity building programs and activities are done “in collaboration with external partners through trainings and seminars on child rights and development, positive and non-violent teaching and classroom discipline, enhancement of social and emotional competence, and anger and stress management, among others.”
DepEd said that the total amount for FY 2018 for all ROs – excluding the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is P3,720,000. Meanwhile, program funds amounting to P232,500 will be downloaded through a Sub-Allotment Release Order (Sub-ARO) by the DepEd Central Office to each of the covered regions for the conduct of the capacity-building activities at the regional level.
The funds shall also be utilized for supplies and materials, board and lodging, meals and snacks for pre-training activities and transportation and honoraria of resource speakers, she said.
Briones said that should there be excess funds, it may be used for other activities directly related to Child Protection. But should the funds be insufficient for the capacity building activity, additional expenses shall be charged against the Training and Development or Gender and Development Funds or through the support of external partners.
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