DAVAO CITY — Teachers and employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Davao region will undergo an orientation on a punctuality and anti-corruption advocacy
Under the program We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty or Watch, it is hoped that the Filipino youth ages 8-18 will be inculcated with the value of time consciousness and honesty and thus help in the development and productivity of the nation. It is aimed to curb the infamous values of ‘Filipino time’ and cheating among young Filipinos.
Watch is a joint values advocacy movement of the JCI Senate Philippines, DepEd, and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently declared the month of June as Watch month. Last May 20-23, the DepEd held its Watch summit in Baguio. This served as an orientation to the advocacy and was attended by representatives from different DepEd regional offices.
According to DepEd regional director Susana Estigoy, she aims to start WATCH among the region’s teachers and DepEd employees. These teachers, in turn, will serve as role models for their students.
Estigoy said Watch will be geared on the positive inculcation and will not be punitive in nature. She said, the DepEd will be mapping out strategies on how to promote these two values.
The Watch program in Davao was officially launched last June 5 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) conference room. Present were Watch national chairman JCI Senate Maria Agnes Angeles, who handed over promotional materials to Estigoy. Before the turn-over, Estigoy and the JCI Senate officials were guests at the Kapihan sa PIA media forum disseminating the program through the local media. (PIA XI)