Sun, 09 May 2021

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is gearing up to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Battle at Mactan.

Honoring the heroism of various historical figures, the Philippines Department of Education is to deploy its nationwide field offices to join the celebration.

"As an education institution, we should always retell the gallantry and nobleness of our heroes. Our learners must always remember what heroes have done for us to attain Philippine independence," Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said Monday.

Department of Education offices and schools nationwide are set to participate in the simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies at 8:00 am on April 27, the Quincentennial D-Day of the victory of Lapulapu at the Battle of Mactan which took place on April 27 1521.

The main ceremony will be led by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other government dignitaries in attendance.

To be attended by respective skeleton workforce only, the flag-raising ceremonies in schools and offices will observe health and safety protocols set by the IATF. Personnel under work-from-home are expected to watch the live stream on the social media pages by DILG and PCOO.

The Department is encouraging supervisors and teachers, especially in Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao to conduct remote activities that honor and highlight the achievement of Filipino heroes and workers.

The Philippine Flag will be flying at all education department offices and schools on April 20-27, 2021.

Meanwhile, educators are being encouraged to participate in the online lectures created by the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC). The portal offers several lectures about Philippine history and culture by professors and scholars from top universities from around the country.

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