DepEd lifts ban on field trips, issues new guidelines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) — The Department of Education (DepEd) has lifted the moratorium on field trips and off-campus activities as it issues new implementing guidelines for private and public schools.

The guidelines, issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on December 27 through Department Order 66, states that the implementation is in support of the K to 12 curriculum.

The following are the guidelines which all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities must adhere to:

  1. Ensure relevance and alignment with the educational competencies of the K to 12 Curriculum and leadership development of learners;
  2. Uphold child protection principles and that no learner shall be disadvantaged in any form; and
  3. Observe the safety and security protocols for all participants before, during and after the activity.

The Department Order effectively repealed DepEd Memorandum No. 47 series of 2017, which took effect following a bus crash in Rizal on February that killed 13 students and one teacher who were on a field trip, along with the driver.

The Commission on Higher Education had also earlier issued stricter guidelines for educational field trips, which included mandatory insurance for students, scrutinizing the vehicles to be used, and making the activities voluntary.