March 3, 2016
The Department of Education (DepEd) clarifies that the so-called K to 12 Araling Panlipunan textbook, which was published in 2009, is not a DepEd-issued textbook and is being used by private schools. It must be noted that private schools have their own screening and selection processes in choosing which textbooks they will acquire and use.
DepEd also emphasizes that with the implementation of the K to 12 Program, curriculum guides for Grades 5 and 6 Araling Panlipunan have been designed to allow for more in-depth and enriched discussion on Philippine History which will include the Martial Law period.
DepEd remains committed in highlighting the importance of learning the lessons of history and preserving the gains of democracy. We shall continue to enable our learners to remember and understand the country’s history and the impact of Martial Law to the lives of Filipinos today. The Department shall continue to deepen the discussion on this significant historical event. We remain faithful to our commitment to promote critical thinking among Filipino learners; we encourage them to examine and rediscover the importance of this historical marker in bringing Filipinos together to build a nation everyone deserves.