THE Department of Education (DepEd) will activate its “Oplan Balik Eskwela” (OBE) Information and Action Center on May 23-30, to ensure a smooth and organized school opening on June 13.
“Our goal is to ensure that we will have a smooth opening of classes, with all concerns –major and minor – promptly addressed by the department and our partner agencies from other government agencies and the private sector,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
Under the OBE, DepEd activates quick response teams, emergency hotlines and helpdesks to respond to needs and queries pertaining to school opening, of which guidelines and standard procedures have already been prepared and disseminated by DepEd.
This year, DepEd teamed up with a call center to set up a Senior High School (SHS) Help Desk with the hotline number 667-1188. The help desk will be operational on Monday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Fridays until June 30.
DepEd is also rolling out this June the final leg of the K-to-12 Law which is part of the SHS Program. This year, Grade 11 will be introduced in all schools nationwide – public and private.
The annual OBE aims to address all possible concerns and challenges that may arise from the school opening such as school records, room assignment, classrooms, teachers, power and water supply, traffic, peace and order, weather condition and prices of school supplies, among others.
DepEd has taken the lead in enlisting the support and teamwork among school opening key stakeholders by convening an inter-agency task force way ahead of the school opening.