DepEd order covers only public elementary and high schools
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has
extended the suspension of classes in all public and elementary and high
schools this Wednesday, October 27, to give time for teachers who
served in the 2010 synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)
elections to rest.
Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro announced the suspension of
classes on Tuesday and then extended it this Wednesday to give the
teachers who served as Board of Elections Tellers (BETs) time to rest,
particularly those who patiently waited for the election materials
practically over night.
“This suspension is made to give our courageous, dedicated, and
persevering teachers time to rest after a long poll duty,” Luistro
However, in areas where the local elections have been moved to Oct.
27, the suspension of classes the day after, Thursday, Oct. 28, is “upon
the discretion of the DepEd regional director.”
DepEd also clarified that suspension of classes in private schools
used as polling centers is upon the discretion of the school’s
DepEd also reminded that the suspension of classes in the tertiary
level is within the discretion of the Commission on Higher Education
Meanwhile, according to the report of the DepEd Election Task Force
set up in Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City, the
elections are “generally peaceful.”
In NCR, DepEd said that the elections were orderly aside from missing
names in the voters’ list resolved with the assistance of Commission on
Elections (Comelec) and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
(PPCRV). The same goes for Regions 2, 3, 4A, and 4B, 6, 7, and in
In Region 1 (Dagupan City), 19 barangays postponed election to Oct.
27 as certified by election officer. In Region 5 (Camarines Norte) the
delivery of election materials on going in close coordination with
Comelec while in Region 11 (Saranggani), teachers who refused to serve
as BETs due to incidents of gunshots were replaced and elections were
In Region 12, there has been reported explosion near a polling center
after canvassing concluded but no casualties while in ARMM, DepEd
received reported incidents of ballot snatching, stabbing between
supporters of candidates, exchange of gunfire, two grenade explosions.
In CAR (Kalinga), six teacher-BETs were allegedly taken by armed men but
The election paraphernalia were reportedly taken.
DepEd Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, chair of the DepEd Election Task
Force, said that they will continue to monitor the situation of its
teachers and personnel serving as chairmen and members of the BETs to
provide whatever assistance they may need in fulfilling their duties.
Source: Manila Bulletin, Ina Hernando Malipot, 10-26-2010