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FOR STRICT COMPLIANCE
Collection of any graduation/moving up/ closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution by any DepEd personnel is strictly prohibited. READ DEPED MEMO
In line with the government’s austerity program, the Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates the following policies:
a. Graduation rites should be simple but meaningful which encourage civil rights, a sense of community, and personal responsibility. While these rites mark a milestone in the life of the learners, these should be conducted without excessive spending, extravagant attire, or extraordinary venue;
b. Moving Up or Closing Ceremonies should be simple involving only the learners, their parents and the school;
c. Non-academic projects such as attendance to field trips, film showing, junior-senior promenade and other school events should not be imposed as requirements for graduation or completion; Public Schools only
d. Expenses relative to the activity should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses under the 2017 Budget;
e. Any DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation/moving up/closing ceremony fees or any kind of contribution;
f. Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) may give donations in cash or in kind; and
g. Contribution for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on a voluntary basis.
References:
DepEd Order 8, s 2017 - DOWNLOAD
Regional Memo No. 17, s 2017 - DOWNLOAD

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