Attached is a copy of DepEd Order No. 34, s. 2019 dated December 09, 2019, from DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, DepEd-Central Office entitled “DepEd Revised Physical Fitness Tests Manual”, the contents of which are self-explanatory, for information and strict compliance.
December 09, 2019
DepEd Order No. 34, s. 2019
REVISED PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST MANUAL
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned
- The Department of Education (DepEd) issues the enclosed Revised Physical Fitness Tests (PFT) Manual for information and guidance of all elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
- Physical fitness is crucial for well-being and active life. The total progress of an individual should be prioritized in terms of the physical, mental, emotional, social aspects and health through a comprehensive physical fitness program and assessment. The learners can only perform at the height of their performance when they are healthy and strong. Thus, the learners need to actively engage in lifelong habits of regular physical activities for their overall health improvement and quality of life.
- Under the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, Physical Fitness is one of the major goals of the Physical Education Program and shall be incorporated/adopted in the curriculum from Grades 4 to 10. The administration and implementation of the testing program shall be treated as an essential component of the Physical Education and School Sports Programs from Grades 4 to 12.
- The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a set of measures designed to determine a learner’s level of physical fitness. It has two components Health Related and Skills Related Fitness.
- The PFT shall be treated as an essential component of the Physical Education and School Sports Porgram, for the elementary (Grades 4, 5) and secondary levels. It shall be administered at the beginning of the first quarter and of the third quarter, to monitor improvement/progress.
- The results of the tests shall be recorded, summarized, and submitted to the Bureau of Curriculum Development-Special Curricular Programs Division (BCD-SCPD) for evaluation, in coming up with the Philippine Physical Fitness Norms. Likewise, the schools, schools division and/or region are encouraged to do the same in their respective schools/schools divisions/regions to determine the learners’ Physical Fitness Norms.
- Learners who are 15 years old and above should answer the PAR-Q & YOU questionnaire before undertaking the tests in Enclosure No. 3.
- The Physical Fitness Test Manual shall serve as a guidebook for teachers who handle physical education subject so as to be guided with proper procedures and executory activities.
- The Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) shall undertake annual progress monitoring, the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD) shall focus on results monitoring, while the BCD-SCPD shall interpret the monitoring results for analysis and policy reformulation.
- All other provisions of DECS Order No. 54, s. 1994 titled Physical Fitness Through Jump Rope and Aerobics Exercises and all other issuances inconsistent with this Order, are hereby rescinded.
- This policy shall take effect on 2020-2021 upon approval, and should remain in force and in effect for the duration of the program, unless otherwise repealed, amended or rescinded.
- Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
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A review of the existing physical fitness tests for the purpose of establishing testing protocols considered to be more current and appropriate for the Special Program in Sports (SPS) and in the new K to 12 program, conducted through a workshop initiated by the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS), and subsequently, by the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE), gave rise to this Physical Fitness Test Manual. It is intended to be used in the public and private schools which intend to adopt the program.
Passing the prescribed standards is a requirement for admission into the SPS. Moreover, under the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, Physical Fitness is one of the major goals of the Physical Education Program and shall be incorporated/adopted in the PE curriculum from Grades 4 to 12.
The PFT is a set of measures designed to determine a student’s level of physical fitness. It is intended to test two categories of physical fitness commonly referred to as “health-related” and “skill-related. Health-related components refer to those physical attributes which enable a person to cope with the requirements of daily living such as cardio-vascular endurance or stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and the appropriate body mass index (BMI). Skill-related components are physical abilities that show potential for good performance in certain skills (usually in sports) like running speed, agility, reaction time or quickness, balance and coordination.
In determining the level of health-related and skill-related physical fitness status, several test items are applied. These tests were specifically selected to suit various conditions existing in schools such as a) the time it takes for a test to be completed, b) availability of equipment and facilities, c) ease and simplicity in administering the test, d) easy recording of tests results, and d) challenging yet joyful participation among the pupils and everyone involved in the program.
The administration and implementation of the testing program shall be treated as an essential component of the Physical Education and School Sports Programs for both in the elementary (Grades 4, 5 and 6), junior and senior high school.
Physical Fitness Test Objectives
- To determine the level of fitness of students.
- To identify strength and weaknesses for development and improvement
- To provide baseline data for selection of physical activities for enhancement of health and skill performance.
- To gather data for the development of norms and standards.
- To motivate, guide and counsel pupils/students in selecting sports for recreation, competition and lifetime participation.