Attached herewith is AIDE MEMOIRE dated February 18, 2020, signed by DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua on the Proposal to Use Sablay Instead of Toga for End-Of-School-Year Rites in Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Proposed DepEd Order on the Conduct of the K to 12 Basic Education Program End-Of-School-Year Rites for School Year 2019-2020
PROPOSAL TO USE SABLAYINSTEAD OF TOGA FOR END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR RITES IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS
The use of the toga, with its deep Western roots, has been taken for granted all these years despite its many disadvantages:
- it is not Filipino;
- it does not inspire loyalty to the nation but selves as a reminder of a colonial past;
- the toga, which covers the whole body, is impractical and uncomfortable to use in a tropical country like the Philippines;
- it promotes uniformity and does not encourage the flourish of cultural diversity;
- renting or buying a toga, with gown and cap, is an additional expense and an added burden on parents.
In view of the foregoing, it is respectfully proposed that Sablay, instead of the toga, be used in end-of-school-year rites in all Elementary and Secondary’ schools. This will:
- instill patriotism and nationalism among young learners;
- promote core values of Makabansa and Makakalikasan;
- promote local culture and national diversity;
- nurture ethnic roots and perpetuate the production of local textiles of indigenous peoples;
- boost rural development;
- provide jobs and empower women and men weavers;
- revive and sustain local and traditional weaving enterprises.
For your consideration.