April 13, 2021—A total of 203,341 new entrants for the School Year 2021-2022 have participated in the Early Registration Campaign conducted in public schools in Central Luzon.

As of April 12, 2021 at 6:28 PM, there are 43,674 registrants for Kindergarten, 89,308 registrants for Grade 1, 39,013 registrants for Grade 7, and 31,046 registrants for Grade 11. The total number of early registrants come from 3,845 out of 3,854 public schools or 99.79% of schools which submitted data on early registration.

The Early Registration for SY 2021-2022, which will be conducted from March 26 to April 30, aims to ensure that incoming learners are registered for the School Year and help the Department better prepare for possible issues and concerns that may arise, as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018, or the Basic Education Enrollment policy.

This initiative encourages all incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 in public elementary and secondary schools to pre-register to allow the Department to make necessary preparations and incoming plans for the coming school year.

Meanwhile, DepEd reminded schools and the public to still follow precautionary measures against COVID-19 transmission for the early registration activity.

“In the context of the prevailing COVID-19 public health emergency, the conduct of early registration shall be done remotely in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).  In-person registration through parents or guardians may be allowed in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) provided physical distancing and health and safety protocols are strictly observed,” Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.

Aside from incoming Kinder and Grades 1, 7, and 11 students, it also seeks to locate, identify and register out of school youth and children who may be identified as living with disabilities; living in an off-grid community; living in a barangay without a school; living in a geographically isolated area; displaced due to natural disaster; living in an armed conflict area; living in an area with a high level of criminality/drug abuse; having a chronic illness; having nutritional problems; a victim of child abuse or economic exploitation; stateless/undocumented; in conflict with the law; living on the streets; and no longer in school but interested in going back to school.

The early registration campaign ensures the right of all school-aged learners to enroll and be equally provided with quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education.