January 20, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd) would like to respond to perceptions that ‘a textbook’ for Philippine History scarcely mentions portions of Philippine history narrative”.

The existing Araling Panlipunan (AP) Curriculum covers contents on Philippine History which serve as take-off points in all discussions relative to Asian Studies, World History, Economics and Contemporary Issues in Junior High School and Understanding Culture, Society and Politics, Philippine Politics and Governance in Senior High School.

The AP Curriculum design is based on an expanding horizon approach which logically follows a geographical paradigm of spiraling content. The author’s observation, as reflected in the second paragraph, is in fact a logical manifestation of the subject’s curriculum design.

Meanwhile, the teaching of nationalism, as opposed to the author’s claim, should not be limited to the discussion of Philippine revolutions and national heroes as civic competencies should be developed in consonance with the highly-evolving social and political systems in an integrated global economies

The redesign of the curriculum was initiated by the preceding DepEd administration. At present, it is under review by the current administration.

The Department guarantees that essential contents and concepts in developing nationalism and civic competence among Filipino learners are embedded and integrated in all grade levels in AP subject and remains faithful to its promise, as reflected in the K to 12 Programs Conceptual Framework,  to develop a holistic Filipino with 21st century skills.