News : DepEd Relaunches Oplan Balik Eskwela (Back-to-School)
Manila, Philippines, May 23, 2016 -- The Department of Education (DepEd) relaunched its Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) campaign by activating the Information and Action Center Task Force (IAC) as part of the department's overall preparation for the opening of classes on June 13, 2016.
Under OBE 2016, DepEd is activating quick-response teams, emergency hotlines and help desks to respond to the needs, concerns and queries pertaining to the school opening.
The annual OBE aims to address various concerns and challenges that arise, such as school records, room assignments, classrooms, teachers, electricity and water supply, traffic, security and peace and order, weather condition and prices of school supplies, among others.
Moreover, DepEd has prepared and disseminated the guidelines and procedures to be followed in all schools on the conduct the school opening activity nationwide.
This year, DepEd teams up with IBEX Global Solutions, a call center, to set up a Senior High School (SHS) Help Desk with the hotline number. This help desk opened on Monday, May 23, 2016, and will be operational until June 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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"Our goal is to ensure that we will have a smooth opening of classes, with all concerns - major and minor - promptly addressed by the department and our partner agencies from other government agencies and the private sector," Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC said.
Also this June, DepEd is rolling out the final leg of the K-to-12 Law, which is the SHS or Senior High School Program.
This year, Grade 11 will be introduced in all schools nationwide - public and private.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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