DepEd fast-tracks review of Makati's request to keep 3 EMBO schools

By Stephanie Sevillano

February 16, 2024, 4:04 pm

<p style="text-align: left;">Department of Education-Central Office<em> (PNA file photo) </em></p>

Department of Education-Central Office (PNA file photo) 

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it is speeding up the review of the Makati City government's request to retain supervision over three public schools in the EMBO (enlisted men's barrio) villages.

"Pina-fast track naman ng ating legal service yung pag-review ng request ng Makati (Our legal service is fast-tracking the review of Makati's request),” DepEd Assistant Secretary and deputy spokesperson Francis Bringas said in a radio interview.

These are the Makati Science High School in Barangay Cembo, Fort Bonifacio Elementary School and Fort Bonifacio High School in Barangay West Rembo, which are now under the jurisdiction of Taguig City.

Bringas said the DepEd is looking into all "legal implications" before coming up with a response to their request.

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay earlier requested the DepEd to allow them to keep three EMBO public schools so they may implement enhanced programs and services.

Among their plans include its integration into the University of Makati as an education laboratory school for teachers.

Yellow duck hair pins

Bringas, meanwhile, said there is no problem with learners joining the trend of wearing yellow duck hair clips even inside public school premises.

"Iyong mga (Those) hair accessories that are not distracting to classroom instructions are okay, no problem tayo. The bibe (yellow duck) is a hair accessory, so it’s okay. It’s no different from a hair ribbon or hairband,” he said.

Bringas added that learners joining the trend in schools will not make it bothersome for many.

"It’s a hair accessory, siguro it won’t hurt the class naman kung meron tayong extra accessory sa ulo (maybe it won't hurt the class if we have extra head accessory).," he said.

He also said teachers can also wear these hair clips inside the classroom.

"If he or she finds it appropriate to motivate the learners to pay attention, so be it,” he said.

Since the celebration of the Lunar New Year holiday, many Filipinos have joined the use of yellow duck hair clips, which were initially observed sold and worn in Binondo, Manila. (PNA)