The Bureau of Nonformal Education (BNFE), Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), through the Philippines Nonformal Education (PNFE) Project with the Nonformal Education Accreditation and Equivalency (NFE A&E) System at its core offers an alternative certification for learning to those Filipinos aged fifteen (15) years old and above who are unable to avail of the formal school system.
In addition to regular and special holidays authorized in Executive Order No. 203 promulgated on June 30, 1987, the observance of other school holidays will be allowed provided the minimum number of class hours and class days are observed.
The new cut-off date for implementation of the approved Equivalents Record Forms (ERFs) is December 31, 1998.
In connection with Article IV, Sections 22 to 30 of the Manual of Regulations for Philippine Schools Abroad, the following clarifications are given on the concept of accreditation.
In consonance with Article XIII, Section 73 of the Manual of Regulations for Philippine Schools Abroad, appropriate clarificatory guidelines on the issuance of Special Orders, are being given.
The Palarong Pambansa will continue to provide the appropriate environment for elementary and secondary school students to demonstrate learned behaviors in their physical education program. Sports competition as one of the valued program components is designed to further athletic talent/abilities as well as nurture pupils/students human and social values.
This is to reiterate the Department’s policy on holding of simple, austere and inexpensive but meaningful graduation rites.
In addition to the list of approved supplementary and reference materials which may be used in public schools starting school year 1999-2000 (DECS Order No. 88, s. 1999) the following instructional materials are also deemed approved for use in public schools until further notice.
In connection with DECS Order No. 65, s. 1998 entitled “Revised Guidelines on the Selection of Honor Students in Private and Public Secondary Schools”, Paragraph No. 2 is hereby corrected.
Pursuant to DECS Order No. 26, s. 1997 entitled “Institutionalization of SPED Programs in All Schools”, there should be at least one SPED Center organized in every school division.