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Araw ng Kagitingan 2012
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Pursuant to Executive Order No. 203, s. 1987 entitled "Declaring April 9 of Every Year as Araw Ng Kagitingan" and Presidential Proclamation No. 466, s. 1989 entitled "Declaring the period of April 5-11 of every year as Philippine Veterans Week," all government agencies including government-owned and controlled corporations, non-government organizations, private associations and institutions, and individuals are enjoined to assist, cooperate, and participate in this historic commemoration. The theme of this year's celebration is "Beterano: Tagasulong ng Tunay at Walang Humpay na Pagbab ago. "

The commemoration aims to promote, preserve, and memorialize the principles, ideals and deeds of the war veterans as a means to enhance patriotism and love of country, especially among the youth.

The Department of Education (DepEd), being a member of the National Steering Committee (NSC), and Co-Chair of the Technical Working Committee (TWC) encourages all DepEd regional, division, school officials, and students to attend and participate in all the lined-up activities of this year's celebration. Enclosure No. 1 contains the Program of Activities.

One of the highlights of the commemoration is the conduct of the following competitions by DepEd in coordination with the Department of National Defense (DND) through the NSC and TWC:
  1. 4th National Creative Painting Contest. This is open to high school students enrolled in public and private secondary schools nationwide. Deadline for the submission of entries is on March 28, 2011. Enclosure No. 2 contains the Creative Painting Contest Guidelines;
  2. NCR-wide WWII History Quiz Competition. This is open to all high school students in the National Capital Region (NCR). Enclosure No. 3 provides the NCR-wide WWII History Quiz Mechanics; and
  3. Central Office Employees WWII History Quiz Competition. This is open to all employees of the Central Office (permanent, casual, contract of service). Enclosure No. 3 enumerates the Guidelines and Mechanics of the Contest.
The judging of the National Creative Painting Contest will be held on March 30, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Lobby of Rizal Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City while the NCR-wide contest will be held at the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Bonifacio Bldg., at 9:00 a.m. (students) and 2:00 p.m. (Central Office employees), respectively.

The Araw Ng Kagitingan commemorative rites will be replicated in different regions. The DepEd Regional Directors (RDs) and the Schools Division/City Superintendents (SDSs) shall represent the Secretary and shall ensure the attendance of the regional, division, and school officials, teachers, and students/pupils during the said occasion in the following areas:
  1. Region I - Batac, Ilocos Norte;
  2. Region II - Province of Isabela;
  3. Region III - Province of Pampanga
  4. Region IV - City of Tagaytay;
  5. Region V - Province of Albay;
  6. Region VI - IIoilo City;
  7. Region VII - Cebu City;
  8. Region VIII - Province of Leyte;
  9. Region IX - Zamboanga City;
  10. Region XII - Cotabato City;
  11. Caraga - Butuan City;
  12. CAR - Baguio City; and
  13. ARMM - Iligan City.
Travel expenses (transportation and per diem) of the winners and coaches or teacher chaperones shall be charged to local funds while board and lodging of the winners and their coaches or chaperones, cash prizes, medals, and trophies shall be charged to the TWC funds. Expenses for the supplies and materials, meals and snacks, documentation and communication, TEV's and honoraria of the judges and the Task Force, and other miscellaneous and operational expenses shall be charged to OSec funds subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

For more information, all concerned may contact:

The Special Programs and Projects Office (SPAPO)
Room 505 Bonifacio Bldg., DepEd Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600
Telephone Nos.: (02) 637-5832 or (02) 637-5834
Mobile Phone Nos.: (0919) 516-4759; (0917) 661-0780; (0929) 598-9089

70th Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week

Theme: "BETERANO: Tagasulong ng Tunay at Walang Humpay na Pagbabago"


Schedule of ActivitiesDepEd ParticipationOutput
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
"Images of Valor and Victory of World War II"
AFPCOCC Main Restaurant Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City @ 8:00am to 5:00pm
100 Social Studies and Values Education Teachers and 100 4th year students from 16 Divisions of NCR (Dr. Noemi Bellosillo is in-charge of alloting the number of participants per division)To bring fore the heroism of the veterans
Wednesday, March 28
2012 DEADLINE for the submission of entries of the Creative Painting Contests
Friday, March 30, 2012
Judging of the Entries for the Creative Painting Competition at 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Painting Nationwide - High School StudentsTo increase  awareness of the Araw ng Kagitingan as a shining moment of courage and commitment to freedom by our WWII veterans.
NCR-wide WWII History Quiz Contest at 9:00am to 12:00 noon BSE Conference Room
Quiz NCR-wide (17 Divisions) - Fourth Year High School
Central Office Employees WWII History Quiz
2:00pm - 5:00pm 
BSE Conference
For the CO employees (permanent, casual, contract of service) with inclination in history
Saturday, March 31, 2012
20th National Oratorical Contest @ VFP Museum Taguig City, 8:00am-5:00pm (High School & College Level)
DepEd participation, teachers & students from nearby schools of the Division of Taguig City (100 pax)To develop & instill in the minds of the youth the heroism of the Filipino Veterans and to realize the importance of the role they played during the War in order to achieve our freedom.
Monday, April 2, 2012

8:00 after the Flag Raising Ceremony at DepEd CO Lobby, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
To invite the members of the Steering Committee/TWC members. Also to invite some living veterans and their sons and daughters.To increase awareness of the Araw ng Kagitingan as a shining moment of courage and commitment to freedom by our WWII veterans.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Taguig City @ 6:00am
LNMB, Taguig City @ 7:00am
Hunters ROTC, Guerilla Field, Philippine Army,  9:00am
Division of Taguig/Pateros 300 Teachers and Students DepEd Technical Working Committee (TWC)Increased awareness on the significance of commemorating the Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week, and to relive the shining moment of courage and commitment to freedom by our WWII Veterans
Saturday, April 7, 2012

Corregidor Island, Cavite
6:00am at Pier 3
9:00am @ Corregidor
Students, teachers with DepEd TWC (110 pax)
Student - (Youth Rep) Tolling of Bells
Students will represent the youth during the wreath-laying ceremony.
Enrich and instill the values of patriotism, nationalism, love of country and freedom.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Arrival of Winners/Coaches of the Creative Painting WWII History Contest conducted by DepEd and NSC-TWC

Monday, April 9, 2012
Araw ng Kagitingan - Mt. Samal Pilar, Bataan @ 9:00 am Simultaneous Flag Raising
(110 pax) Teachers and students from the Division of Bataan
A high school youth will narrate during the Tolling of Bell
Winners of the different contests will attend the ceremonies

Other sites:
Regional/Division Officials will represent the Department Participation of Principals, Teachers, and Students of Nearby Schools
Deepens one's understanding in promoting the heroic deeds of our Filipino Veterans.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Paggunita sa Capas
Capas Shrine, Tarlac 9:00am
(110 pax) Teachers and students from the Division of Bataan
A high school youth will narrate during the Tolling of Bell
Winners of the different contests with TWC will attend the ceremonies
Elem Pupil - Expression of Gratitude
Enrich and instill the values of patriotism, nationalism love of country and freedom
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Sunset Ceremony
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Taguig City, 5:00 pm
To participate in the Candle Lighting:
200 schools officials/teachers and students from the Division of Taguig City with the TWC
To memorialize the deeds, principles & ideals of the Filipino people as a means of enhancing patriotism and love of country and democracy especially among the youth of the land
Thursday, April 12, 2012
AM - Departure of all the winners and coaches of the different competitions

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