By: JoMaque | Oktubre 23, 2020

“October 23, 2020 – DepED Region VI is saddened to hear the loss of two high school students who were confirmed to have committed suicide.We condole with their families in this time of bereavement. The Schools Division Office of Iloilo thru the Public Schools District Supervisors and the School Heads have already expressed their sympathy. They also sent representatives to visit the respective families to look into immediate needs and concerns.While we wait for the police blotters and the results of the investigation, we request everyone to refrain from giving harsh or negative comments that will add more insult to injury. Please avoid sharing or reposting news items relative to the incident as this will do more harm than good. Instead, your sincerest words of encouragement, fervent prayers for comfort and healing and any assistance are much appreciated. We also request you to respect the privacy of both families as they go through these difficult times.Suicide is a serious public health problem. It is a sensitive and complex issue that needs to be handled responsibly. On this note, we would like to appeal not to connect the self-learning modules to the suicide as it is unfair to the agency. We caution the public against individual or groups who use these unfortunate events to discredit the efforts of the Department.We call on our teachers to extend an extra mile of patience, understanding and support to our learners. Our assurance of our ever-ready help will facilitate and ensure learning while we conduct remote learning.DepEd-RO VI will continue to strengthen the promotion of mental health and well-being of all. We will also revitalize school-based interventions that will undertake measures to help prevent suicide-related issues.Let us move forward with a stronger faith that we will overcome this predicament. Let us pray for one another and constantly look after the welfare of all our learners, teachers and every DepEd personnel of Region VI.” Via Dr Lea Belleza


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