The Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, has released an official statement with regards to discrimination. According to the department, it does not tolerate discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation.
In addition, a document that wrongly depicted Igorots has also been mentioned in the statement. “We would like to shed light on a Nueva Vizcaya case wherein a locally-developed document wrongly depicted Igorots,” DepEd stated.
“Our internal investigation showed that this draft document was still undergoing quality assurance procedures but was mistakenly reproduced in good faith by some school personnel,” the department explained.
DepEd, however, emphasized that the erroneous document was not distributed to learners since the field offices concerned have immediately withdrawn the document from circulation.
The department also said in the same statement that it is committed to doing its part to eliminate discriminatory practices. “Nonetheless, we believe that that this issue is not DepEd’s duty to advocate alone,” the department added.
According to DepEd, help and support from other government institutions, local government units, media, sectoral leaders, community members, parents and other stakeholders, will be needed.
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