CHED denies issuing order on national anthem singing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:00

The controversy about the singing of the National Anthem ahead of the invocation, discarding the good practice of invocation, has drawn reactions from the public.

In March 2015, all colleges and universities in the city “reversed” the procedure, that is, sang the National Anthem first and Invocation later, reportedly, upon orders of the Commissioner on Higher Education (CHED).

However, CHED Regional Director Dr. Juanito Demetrio denied in a radio interview that such an order was issued March 2015 directing all colleges and universities to have the National Anthem sung first and invocation to follow Hymn.

Parents and concerned citizens have noted that the graduation orograms of the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences & Technology and Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College had the National Anthem ahead of the invocation, allegedly per order of CHED.

The parents and the public did fail to note the implications of reversal of practice as was stated in the foregoing until Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj, president, Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates made it public in an interview published on April 8, 2015.

Yacub stressed the harm of such order upon the youth, and its legal and moral implications.

Supt. Pedro Melchor M. Natividad said that there was a “verbal order” from DepEd Secretary Armind Luistro four years ago but said that schools were not compelled to follow it. — GCCPBA Media Group