On February 14, 2013, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2013 entitled 2013 Graduation Rites. Paragraph 2(b) of the said Order states that: "PTAs may give donations in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremonies."
In view of the implementation of the Grades 1 and 2 Curricula of the K to 12 Basic Education Program and per DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012, the public elementary schools are advised to adhere to guidelines in this Order.
The month of March each year is proclaimed as the Fire Prevention Month. The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates to all concerned to give priority attention to fire safety through the Continuing Fire Safety and Awareness Program (FSAP) launched in school through DepEd Order No. 72, s. 2012.
Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 80, s. 2012 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 20, 2012 and Memorandum Circular No. 2012-01 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (AO No. 25, s. 2011), the Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) consisting of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) and the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) shall be adopted in the national government beginning Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.
In line with the mainstreaming of the reforms in basic education, the Department of Education (DepEd) issues the School Calendar for the School Year (SY) 2013-2014. The opening of classes shall be on Monday, June 3, 2013 and the last day shall be on Monday, March 31, 2014 with a total of 201 school days.
The Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE), consisting of the Education Service Contracting (ESC), the Education Voucher System (EVS), and the Teacher Salary Subsidy (TSS), is a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to maintain the viability of private education as a key partner in the delivery of quality basic education.
The 2013 Graduation Rites shall focus on the theme Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program or the K to 12 Basic Education Program-Tungo sa Paghuhubog ng mga Makabagong Lider ng Bansa. It should be scheduled either on March 18 or 19, 2013.
Pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 39, s. 2012 which created the National Uniform Committee (NUC), enclosed are the designs and descriptions of the textile materials which will be used for the DepEd National Uniforms (Male and Female) for Schools Years (SYs) 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
Committed to raise academic standards through the K to 12 Basic Education Program and to enhance administrative efficiency in the delivery of basic education services to all school children and youth, the Department of Education (DepEd) shall engage the partnership of local, national, international stakeholders through inter-agency, or inter-country programs, projects or activities (PPAs) and adopt strategies to achieve these goals.
The Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012. To support the peace agreement, both parties have launched the Sajahatra Program.