April 4, 2022—The Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office (RO) III conducted its first Regional Hybrid Training on Cybersafety in Schools pursuant to the intent of the DepEd Order No. 003, s. 2021 otherwise known as the Creation of the Child Protection Unit and the Child Rights in Education Desk in the Department of Education.

The said training highlighted the importance of the department’s constitutional mandate to promote and protect the holistic development of Filipino learners through the promotion of their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.

Twenty Schools Division Offices (SDOs) in Central Luzon took part in the said training represented by their respective Legal Officers and Teachers who shall be designated as Focal Person in Cybersafety for each SDO.

Part of the training gave emphasis on the need to understand the different child protection issues encountered by learners in the online world and the need to educate school personnel on different cybersafe tool that can be used in curriculum instruction and delivery, and in cases where they need to respond to cyber abuse and violence.

“DepEd RO III expresses its iron-clad commitment in providing holistic development of Filipino learners in the region, and that all constitutional rights of every Filipino learner in the region shall be respected, promoted and fulfilled in order for them to have a productive and meaningful lives as they participate in the noble nation-building project,” Regional Director May B. Eclar said.

Meanwhile, the participants of the said training were grateful for being part of the efforts of the department in upholding and maintaining the right to protection of all Filipino learners from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, and maltreatment.

The said participants are expected to fully implement and operationalize programs and projects pertaining to child protection in the region.