April 24, 2009
DO 39, s. 2009
Strict Adherence to DepEd Order No. 28, s. 2001 (Prohibiting the Commercialization of the DECS Organization Through Endorsements and Accreditation of Goods and Services)

To: Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Directors of Services/Centers and Heads of Units
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
All Others Concerned

  1. It has reached the attention of this Office that various products and services are being advertised as having been accredited by the Department of Education (DepED). For example, desk, food items, school paraphernalia, private teacher training programs, and other services are now being marketed with alleged endorsement from DepED. Whether the products or services may be of good quality or utility, this Office firmly believes that there is no need to give an institutional endorsement to any product or services to prevent distortion of market forces by giving impression of superior quality to a product when this Office has no competence to say so. In addition, the DepED as a government agency is dissuaded from favoring one commercial product or service against the other to avoid creating an impression of private gain.
  2. Along this line, this Department has received information and feedback of the rampant violation of the abovementioned Order. It may be recalled that said DECS Order (copy enclosed) was circulated to inform the central and field offices of its strict compliance.
  3. In view thereof, this Office deemed it necessary to strongly reiterate the strict implementation and compliance of aforesaid Order to promote the best interest of service. Therefore, all concerned are hereby directed to exert all out effort to put an end to the continued violation of DECS Order No. 28, s. 2001, otherwise this Office will be constrained to initiate administrative disciplinary action against those who may be found responsible for said violation.
  4. Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.

As stated
DepED Order: (No. 28, s. 2001)
Allotment: 1- -(D.O. 50-97)

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