DepEd 7: No problem with learners joining Sinulog

THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Visayas has no problem with learners participating in the Sinulog 2023 as long as classes will not be disrupted.

This, after Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) executive director Elmer "Jojo" Labella said Friday, November 25, 2022, that choreographers are having a hard time in deciding whether to register their group as a school-based or barangay-based contingent.

According to Labella, there is a memorandum from DepEd that prevents students from joining extracurricular activities like the Sinulog Festival.

But in a text message sent to SunStar Cebu, DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez said their office is not prohibiting students from participating in the festival.

"We are not prohibiting our learners to join in the Sinulog provided that no disruption of classes during practice," said Jimenez.

On their part, Labella said they wrote a letter to DepEd's Central Office in Manila to grant special permission for the students to join and have the school register as an official contingent of Sinulog 2023.

But Labella added that they will no longer wait for DepEd's reply and will have the choreographers decide now so that they can begin with their preparations.

"We sent a petition to DepEd Central Office, kay during the Pasigarbo (sa Sugbo) they were granted also. However, with the time element, as much as possible they (contingents) could already start... Once December starts, everybody will be very busy," said Labella.

As of Friday, November 25, the number of registered contingents remains at 15. They are all from localities outside Cebu City, Labella said.

Labella added that Cebu City-based contingents will receive financial assistance worth P500,000, while contingents coming from other local government units will be given P600,000. (IRT)