ACT hits DepEd on risking teachers’ lives with ’empty’ order vs. physical reporting

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines criticized the Department of Education (DepEd) for issuing an apparently ‘empty memorandum’ on no physical reporting from June 1 to June 5 after it failed to install mechanisms to prevent physical reporting of teachers.

The group accused the agency of being the ‘foremost violator’ of its own order, after receiving reports of ground officials in Cebu province, Bohol, Baguio, Camarines Sur, Albay, Negros Oriental, Manila, Bulacan, and Pangasinan who compelled teachers—explicitly or implicitly—to perform work at school and communities on the first week of June.

While DepEd refuses to recognize the realities on the ground, it wagered teachers’ health and safety on the first week of work resumption.

The past few days proved that DepEd’s last-minute order was merely a PR stint meant to deodorize the agency’s image amid the numerous complaints of teachers regarding the agency’s unpreparedness,” hit ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.

The most prevalent reasons raised by teachers for coming to work despite DepEd Memo No. 054, s.2020 were their lack of reliable laptop and/or internet connection at home, and Principals obliging them to work in school premises, visit students in their homes, or posting announcements in communities to encourage enrolment.

ACT further documented complaints about schools’ failure to put in place minimum health standards, as already parents