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DepEd: Skills, not just English, will help you land a job

by FFE PH News staff

A new bill proposing English as the primary medium of instruction for grades 4 to 10 by Cebu representative Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. gets the support of a high-ranking official in the Department of Education (DepEd). House Bill 1339 aims to boost English proficiency ‘of our future labor force and to help high school as well as college graduates to gain and maintain employment.’

However, Central Visayas DepEd regional director Carmelita Dulangon emphasised that skills development is more important in the global workforce.


DepEd Regional director Carmelita Dulangon.

She said ‘In real life, we may be exposed to a surrounding of non-English speaking citizens and all we can do to be understood is through hand gestures.’

The director added that certain sectors need fluency in English, like journalism, law and business process outsourcing firms. But not all require a proficiency in the language – she cites Filipino seafarers who have become the world’s best despite working in an environment where English is not necessarily the dominant language.

The new bill seeks to amend the current DepEd policy that places English and Filipino as the medium of instruction for grades 4 to 10.

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