To ensure inclusive education, the Department of Education (DepEd) CALABARZON released a memorandum for a gender-responsive learning environment for students and all teaching personnel in the region.
Memorandum from DepEd website
The policy mandates gender-sensitive standards and affirmative steps necessary to reduce gender gaps and disparities through their learning materials, engagement in curriculum, teaching methodologies, and support services.
This memorandum wants to eliminate gender stereotypes and push “zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination, violence, and abuse” for all learners, teachers, stakeholders, and non-teaching personnel.
DepEd CALABARZON further aims to strengthen structures, systems, and methodologies that promote coordination to address gender dimensions in planning, information exchange, design, and delivery of services to adopt gender-equality procedures in program implementations.
They also ensure that DepEd personnel are properly oriented and trained on peace education, gender equality, sexuality, child protection, reproductive health education, and human rights through capacity building, in-service training, and series of workshops. This is to sustain the capacity of administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers in handling cases of violence, abuse, discrimination, exploitation, and bullying to equip them with technical competence in providing appropriate interventions and immediate referral.