DepEd walks the talk on textbook delivery

The Department of Education (DepEd) and Ateneo School of Government
recently launched the Textbook Watch Project at the Ortigas Business District.
The project seeks to engage communities to take part in the delivery of
textbooks in publics.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus lauded the “bayanihan spirit” that has made
recent DepEd initiatives successful. “Talking about DepEd is talking about the
Filipinos’ time-tested and honored value of the Bayanihan. Through the
Textbook Walk, DepEd and Philippine civil society are walking the talk on
textbooks,” he said.

Under Textbook Watch is Textbook Walk, which aims to gather support from
school and community-based organizations and stakeholders – such as Parent
Teacher Community Associations, local government units, and barangay
officials – in bringing the required quantity of books to elementary schools by
sharing their time, effort, and resources.

Together with DepEd is Ateneo de Manila University – School of Government’s
Government Watch or G-Watch Program. Ateneo’s G-Watch has been working
with DepEd to reform the system governing the procurement and delivery of
textbooks.

“Hopefully, under the Textbook Walk, we can all work together to produce more
meaningful and updated learning materials for our young learners today and in
the future,” said Lapus.

As part of the Textbook Walk launch, Lapus will send off several delivery trucks
carrying textbooks on June 12 at the Mabini House at Polytechnic University of
the Philippines. These books are part of the recent procurement that underwent
the new multilevel textbook review and unbundled bidding process.

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