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The Department of Education (DepEd) revised the guidelines on voluntary contributions it issued on the opening of classes for school year (SY) 2012 to 2013.

Education secretary Armin A. Luistro, in his Memorandum No. 105 issued on June 22, changed the amount of contribution from P35 per learner to P50 per learner for contributions to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

He said PRC encourages students and the youth to become members of the PRC and to support its fund drive program, pursuant to Republic Act No. 100732 entitled “The Philippine Red Cross Act of 2009.”

The annual membership fee for the PRC as stated in paragraph 24 of DepEd Order No. 41, s. of 2012 was only P35.

The memorandum said that due to the increased standard of living, each student may contribute P50 which can gain the following personal accidental assistance benefit being bonafide members: accidental death, disablement and dismemberment, P12,000; unprovoked murder and assault, P12,000; accidental medical reimbursement, P5,000; and daily hospital allowance for a maximum of 60 days, at P150 per day.

Luisto clarified that collections are on a voluntary basis, subject to the provisions under DepEd Order No. 41, s. 2012 entitled, “Revised Guidelines on the Opening of Classes.”

The order was issued to minimize, if not eliminate, financial constraints among parents and guardians during the opening of classes. It mandates that no fees shall be collected from school children in kindergarten up to Grade 4 anytime, during SY 2012 to 2013.

Starting August 2012, until the end of SY 2012-2013, the following revised collections may be made: Boy Scouts of the Philippines, P50 per learner; Girls Scouts of the Philippines, P50 per learner; PRC, P50 per learner; Anti-Tuberculosis Fund Drive, P5 per learner; Parent-Teachers Association, set at reasonable amount to be determined by the PTA General Assembly; School Publication of P60 for every elementary pupil; and P90 for every high school and membership in pupil or student organization to be based on existing policies.

The PTA may collect contributions starting August 2012 only after presenting to the members and to the school head or principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year’s collections and the SY 2012-2013 proposed budget with program of activities to be agreed upon during a general assembly.

 
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