Generally, the DepEd sustains its identity as a non-sectarian institution. There are times when considerations are made for the benefit of the students. One existing scenario is the allowance of Catechism in schools wherein fact the majority of students is Roman Catholic. Such programs are voluntary in nature and it must have parental consent.
DepEd officials are thoroughly convinced with the MHCC program - they see it as the hope for the youth
The former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a speech during the Foundation anniversary of Philippine National Police Anti–Drug Task Force ordered the DepEd to restore teaching of catechism in public school nationwide. According to President Arroyo, values formation such as catechism classes will help strengthen the moral and spiritual fiber of schoolchildren in their formative years. Arroyo recognized the privilege that students in Catholic schools have over those in public schools because of the availability of catechism. She realized the importance of catechism in schools when she became a student catechist during her collegiate years.
The Department of Education has been supportive of the Mary Help of Christians Crusade (MHCC) since it started in 1986. The DepEd released an advisory endorsing the program nationwide. The DepEd advisory no. 100,s. 2004 can be seen on the official website of the Deparment of Education at www.deped.gov.ph.
The DepEd endorsement of the MHCC has helped in the following ways:
DepEd Advisory no. 100,s.2004
In compliance with DECS Order No.28,s.2001
This advisory is issued for the information of DepEd officials and personnel. Visit DepEd website at www.deped.gov.ph
Issued July 6, 2004
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