Now it’s official: DepEd memo formalizes moratorium on field trips

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The Department of Education finally formalized its moratorium on field trips following a deadly bus accident in Tanay, Rizal last February.

In Memorandum No. 47 dated March 9, the DepEd imposed a moratorium on “field trips and other similar activities.”

At least 14 college students died in the bus accident in Tanay, Rizal last February.

“The memorandum will be observed by all public elementary and secondary schools until the review and revision of related policies have been finalized,” it added.

DepEd encouraged all private schools to abide by the memorandum “if deemed necessary,” while schools with approved permits and finalized contracts for educational field trips before the moratorium was issued may still proceed with the activity, “provided that existing guidelines, especially on safety and security measures, are strictly observed.”

“As the primary institution mandated to ensure access to quality basic education, it is imperative for the Department to look after the security and safety of learners in its education-related activities,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said.

Meanwhile, the DepEd will hold a review on field trips and other co-curricular activities to ensure the security and safety of learners.

It said the review will also reinforce the responsibilities and accountabilities not only of schools, but also of parents, and other relevant government agencies and external partners.