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Reiteration: Declaration of Schools as Zones of Peace

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Due to the recent incidents of violence and armed conflict affecting thousands of people all over the country as well as the threat of various armed groups for continued assaults, TeacherPH deems it essential and timely to reiterate DO 44, s. 2005 which is compliant to both RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) and RA 10821 (Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act).

In light of this, the following are instructed:

All schools are instructed to post the official tarpaulin designs declaring Schools as Zones of Peace, at least two on both sides of the school front gate, and on all other sides of or around the school to make the message prominent and noticeable (see attached design);

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The ideal size for each tarp is AT LEAST 3ft. x 9ft. School may decide to print something larger but the minimum size should be printed.


August 8, 2005

DepEd Order No. 41, s. 2005

DECLARATION OF SCHOOLS AS ZONES OF PEACE

To:

Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Directors of Services/Centers and Heads of Units
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
All Others Concerned

  1. Whereas, under Republic Act No. 7610, known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”, states that “… Children are hereby declared as Zones of Peace. It shall be the responsibility of the State and all other sectors concerned to resolve armed conflicts in order to promote the goal of children as zones of peace …” (Article X, Sec. 22).
  2. Whereas, under Republic Act No. 9155, known as the “Governance on Basic Education Act of 2001″, one of the purposes and objectives of the Department of Education (DepED) is “to establish schools and learning centers as facilities where schoolchildren are able to team a range of core competencies prescribed for elementary and high school education programs or where the out-of-school youth and adult learners are provided alternative learning programs and receive accreditation for at least the equivalent of a high school education” [Sec. 3(g)],
  3. Whereas, the DpED is a direct service provider to Filipino children by providing quality basic education and is also a member of the Inter-Agency Committee in Children Involved in Armed Conflict (IAC-CIAC), which is under the oversight of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
  4. Therefore, DepED affirms its commitment for the children by declaring the “Schools as Zones of Peace”.
  5. Furthermore, all concerned personnel jn the Central and field offices are mandated to make necessary actions to make all schools a place where children can receive utmost security and peace.
  6. Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.

FE A. HIDALGO
Undesecretary
Officer-in-Charge

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