Malacañang backs DepEd proposal to use ‘sablay’ instead of toga

Malacañang backs DepEd proposal to use ‘sablay’ instead of toga

March 8, 2020 - Malacañang expressed supports for the proposal of a Department of Education (DepEd) official to use “Sablay” instead of toga during the end of school year rites in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua’s proposal for the use of sablay for their closing exercises, to instill patriotism as well as promote local culture and national diversity the Presidential Spokesman said using a sablay instead of toga would mean fewer expenses for parents, especially those already struggling to pay tuition.

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“Baka naman mas mura ‘yun. Okay lang ‘yun basta anything na hindi naman masama, makakabuti sa mga bata, okay lang lahat ‘yun. Kung makaka-menos sa gastos ng parents, okay lahat ‘yun (It might be cheaper. It’s okay as long as it won’t harm and it’s for the good of the schoolchildren, it’s okay. If it’s going to cut down expenses of parents, it’s okay),” Panelo said in a radio interview.

If approved, the use of sablay for end-of-school-year rites may be implemented as early as this school year or in the coming years.

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Sablay is an indigenous loose sash-like garment that is traditionally worn across the chest during formal occasions. It is also known as the official academic costume of the University of the Philippines (UP).

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