23 April 2024 – The Department of Education (DepEd) issues this statement in relation to a Facebook post of XFM Radyo Patrol Iloilo, labeled as Breaking News with the narrative “2 Maestra patay sang na heatstroke samtang nagaklase” (2 teachers die due to heatstroke while conducting classes). This post is highly inaccurate and misleading.

According to the Schools Division Office concerned, no teacher was reported to have died due to heatstroke.

Based on official records, one of our teachers in Sta. Barbara passed away last February 2024 due to Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease, while another teacher passed away sometime in March 2024 due to Aneurysm. In both instances, the teachers were reportedly at home.

It is unfortunate that certain news outlets resort to sensationalizing the death of our teachers at the expense of true and factual reporting.

Most importantly, DepEd extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Thank you.