A call to embody DepEd’s vision and mission

by Marivic D. Gellado
Administrative Aide VI
DepEd Iriga City

As education stakeholders and as responsible Filipino citizens, we are called to embody the vision and mission of the Department of Education.

The DepEd envisions “Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose values and competencies enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.”

It continues: “As a learner-centered public institution, the Department of Education continuously improves itself to better serve its stakeholders.”

The mission, on the other hand, is to protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education.

These seem to be lofty and ambitious ideals. They imagine and aspire for a society where every learner is not only educated, but also fulfilled as individuals. Indeed, contented individuals would be able to contribute adequately to nation-building and development. It is a win-win situation for everyone, if only we are able to accomplish it.

How do we realize these ideals?

Embodying or personifying these ideals has a lot to do with manifesting them through concrete actions or behaviors.

A good way to start is by being guided by the following core values: being Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan, and Makabansa.

These core values, which guide DepEd’s decisions and actions, also happen to be the national motto of the Republic of the Philippines.

No matter what stage of life we find ourselves in, we can always find opportunities to practice and manifest these values.

Being Maka-Diyos means having strong faith and spirituality. It also means being respectful of the spiritual beliefs of others, even if they are different from one’s own. This allows us to live in harmony with others.

Being Makatao means showing respect and compassion for other people. It means being sensitive to individual, cultural, and social differences. Also, it means upholding everyone’s dignity and equality, including those with special needs or disabilities. Being Makatao means being opposed to acts of bullying and discrimination, and knowing how to cooperate and work peacefully with others.

Being Makakalikasan means being responsible stewards of the Earth and its natural resources. It means consciously and conscientiously working towards a lifestyle that is more environment-friendly and sustainable. It means doing no harm to the planet, and protecting its many species.

Lastly, being Makabansa means demonstrating pride in being Filipino. It means exercising the rights and responsibilities of a Filipino citizen, and promoting and appreciating local culture and language. It also means showing proper attitudes, so that only positive values are reflected by the national identity.

Our actions and behaviors are a reflection of our mental state and our personal beliefs. They manifest what we desire and imagine. If those desires and beliefs are rooted in the love of learning, the love of others, and the love of country, our actions will certainly be able to show them, more clearly and convincingly than any word we can speak.