The Department of Education (DepEd) issued an order pushing for professionalism for basic education, which include instructions to avoid relationships and social media interactions with learners outside the school setting.

Department Order (DO) 49 series of 2022 dated November 2 was released as the country conducted full in-person classes in public schools.

DO 49 amended DepEd Order 47 and added a new section and specified the following rules:

  • Treat and approach DepEd colleagues, employees, learners and stakeholders with the highest degree of professionalism, skill, and excellence
  • Respect the rights of others and refrain from doing any act that is contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety, and public interest
  • Serve and perform one’s duties and responsibilities in a prompt, courteous, and fair manner
  • Refrain from engaging in any activity or any relationship that may impair one’s ability in making objective decisions in the performance of his/her job functions
  • Avoid relationships, interaction, and communication, including following social media with learners outside of the school setting, except if they are relatives
  • Desist from any act that may compromise one’s integrity as a government employee and that may compromise the honor of the DepEd

 

Meanwhile, DepEd Order 47 was further adjusted and included the following:

  • Refrain from requesting or obtaining support or endorsement from any third party in the hiring, transfer, promotion, removal, or any other personnel movement
  • Raise issues and concerns regarding basic education via formal and appropriate DepEd channels, either directly to the Office of the Secretary or through the concerned Assistant Secretary or Undersecretary, without resorting to any political or third-party intervention or accommodation.

 

DepEd also advised its employees about the new restrictions in their use of social media, whether for personal use or professional function.

Employees were also asked to use the institution’s email addresses for work-related subscriptions and applications.

 

Ronald Espartinez