THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao assured that all Lumad schools in the region are registered and regularly assessed following President Rodrigo Duterte's statement to stop the operation of Lumad schools in the country during his 2017 State of the Nation Address (Sona) last July 24.
DepEd-Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, in an interview with SunStar Davao, said 74 Lumad schools in the region were issued a permit to operate for the school year 2017 to 2018.
"Before the school year even started, DepEd 11 (Davao Region) already checked the existing and newly-established Lumad schools in the region through our 10 division offices," Atillo said.
He added that the division offices in the region also guaranteed that there are no existing Lumad schools that are illegally operating as division officers are conducting regular monitoring.
The division offices, Atillo said, also monitor the curriculum in Lumad schools every beginning and end of each quarter, assuring that there are no schools that teach communism as what PRRD claimed during the recent Sona.
"Although the curriculum in Lumad schools are far bit different from the non-Lumad schools as subjects are less difficult, the divisions have so far did not encounter any report on schools being used to teach subversion or communism," Atillo said.
Atillo said DepEd-Davao will continue to monitor the performances of registered Lumad schools in the region, assuring that no schools will be subjected to any violation.
He added that the department will also immediately conduct appropriate actions on any school regulation report from the division offices.
He said the DepEd-Davao supports the President and thus, will strengthen the regulations in Lumad schools in the region.