The Department of Education (DepEd) will be issuing a moratorium on field trips in all public and elementary and secondary schools until June 2017. This is following the tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of college students in Tanay, Rizal on Monday.
The decision was reached in consultation with Regional Directors in a meeting with DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones. The moratorium will be for three to four months to allow for a review of existing policies and to harmonize the implementing details of regions. The review will cover alignment of field trips to learning outcomes, security and safety, and responsibilities and accountabilities not only of schools but also of parents and of other relevant government agencies.
For schools that have secured permits and where contracts have already been perfected prior to the moratorium, they may push through with the scheduled educational field trips, provided that existing guidelines especially on safety are strictly followed.