DepEd ensures the well-being of learners with an ongoing health campaign

Since 2018, the Ministry of Education has been implementing various health programs to ensure the safe operation of schools and the well-being of students in all public schools nationwide. DEPENDENT PHOTOS

The Department of Education (DepEd) continues to strengthen its “Oplan Kalusugan (OK) sa DepEd” campaign to ensure the safe operation of schools and the welfare of students on or off campus.

“OK sa DepEd” was initially launched in 2018 and as a convergent program of six flagship campaigns: School feeding program complemented by other nutritional support programs; Medical, dental and nursing services, including school dental program; Water, sanitation and hygiene program in schools; adolescent reproductive health; National drug education program supported by comprehensive tobacco control; and the School Mental Health Program.

The Director of the Office of Learner Support Services, Lope Santos 3rd, expressed his gratitude to all DepEd staff who helped ensure the continued delivery of student welfare services, especially amid the pandemic. of Covid-19.

“We are delighted to see firsthand how the schools, with the full support of their respective School Division Offices (SDOs) and Regional Office (RO), have continued to implement the various programs under ‘OK sa DepEd” over the past two years while most learners have remained under the distance learning modality, and how they ensure the same will be reinforced when face-to-face classes resume,” said he said during one of the follow-up visits to the National Capital Region.

The follow-up visit for “OK ​​sa DepEd” also provided an opportunity to report on the main achievements of the program and share good practices from schools, SDOs and ROs in the implementation of the program, as well as the announcement and the reiteration of the main orientations of the program by the representatives of the BLSS.

The activity also provided an opportunity for the Department of Education to identify policy gaps, offer program recommendations, and explore technical assistance needed for effective and efficient program implementation.

Wilfredo Cabral, OIC Under-Secretary for Human Resources and Organizational Development and Regional Director of the NCR, assured that their follow-up visit proved “of utmost importance to OK sa DepEd as a means to support the health of learners”.

Other regions should be visited within the year to assess the implementation of the health campaign, such as Regions 1 (Ilocos), 3 (Central Luzon), 4A (Calabarzon), 5 (Bicol), 11 (Davao ) and 13 (Soccsksargen) have already been visited by BLSS officials during the latter part of 2021.

In a related development, DepEd amended its guidelines on the use of Special Education Program Support (SPEd) funds to make the allocation of funds more equitable for learners with disabilities and exceptionalities.

DepEd Ordinance 18, s. 2022 amended Ordinance 42, Art. 2021, which will allow more schools with learners with disabilities (LWD) and hardship to receive General Appropriation Act (GAA) funding.

With the amendment, funding provided in the GAA for the SPEd program will be “equitably distributed among recipient regions, divisions, and public schools based on the number of disabled and exceptional learners to be generated from the LIS/EBEIS ( Learner Information Improved Basic Education Information System).

The Department of Education explained that the budget allocation as program support funds will be determined based on the availability of funds each year.

Additionally, DepEd noted that the list of recipients will be released annually through a separate memorandum from the Bureau of Learning Delivery-Student Inclusion Division (BLD-SID).

Compared to the previous order, only schools with 20 LWD or more are included in the list of beneficiary schools, as those with less than 20 LWD can use their regular maintenance and other operating expenses to support programs and LWD activities.

DepEd added that all other provisions of Order 42 s. 2021 remains in effect.

Republic Act 11650 was also recently approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, which institutionalized a policy of inclusion and services for learners with disabilities in support of inclusive education.

Under the newly signed RA, LWDs will be better protected against negligence, abuse, cruelty or exploitation, intimidation, discrimination, etc.

DepEd welcomed earlier the passage of the bill which will enable LWDs to have an environment free from prejudice and discrimination, which will also cultivate a healthy learning space for them and protect their well-being and dignity for their allow them to concentrate on their education and to flourish in socio-cultural life. companies.

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