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All DepEd Schools to Implement Asynchronous classes on December 6

All DepEd Schools to implement asynchronous classes on December 6

On December 6, all 47,678 public schools under the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines will shift to asynchronous classes to facilitate a nationwide tree-planting activity. This initiative, part of the project "DepEd's 236,000 Trees: A Christmas Gift for the Children," will involve all 47,678 DepEd public schools. Each school is expected to plant at least five trees, aiming for over 236,000 trees. The effort aligns with the "Pagbabago: A Million Trees Campaign," a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and DepEd.

Seedlings, which should be fruit-bearing, native species, or mangroves, will be provided through coordination between DepEd Regional Offices and DENR. In case of unavailability from DENR, schools can use their nurseries or requests from local environmental offices.

Each school's tree-planting team will include teachers, learners, and staff, and it will be limited to 30 participants per school. The activity, primarily intended for school grounds, may extend to alternative sites like parks or protected areas if space is limited. This environmental endeavor emphasizes the importance of practical environmental education and community involvement in sustainability efforts.

All DepEd Schools to Implement Asynchronous classes on December 6

NOV 17 2023
DepEd MEMORANDUM No. 069 s. 2023


Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Director
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) launches the Project entitled DepEd's 236,000 Trees A Christmas Gift for the Children. This is an initiative that aims to promote environmental preservation and instill environmental responsibility among Filipino children. The project will simultaneously plant over 236,000 trees in different parts of the country, with the participation of DepEd 47,678 public schools. This project serves as a gift from the Department to ensure a clean and green environment for Filipino children and future generations.

2 The project provides a unique educational opportunity for students to actively participate in tree planting activities, fostering a deeper understanding of environmental issues and promoting conservation efforts. Through hands-on learning and practical application of environmental concepts, students will develop a strong sense of responsibility towards the environment.

3. In addition to the educational benefits, planting trees will contribute to the beautification of school grounds. Trees provide shade, improve air quality, and create a calming atmosphere, enhancing the overall ambience of the school and creating a more pleasant and conducive learning environment for students.

4. Furthermore, planting trees has numerous health benefits. Trees absorb harmful pollutants from the air and release oxygen, leading to improved air quality. This creates a healthier environment for students, teachers, and staff, reducing the risk of respiratory diseases and promoting overall well-being.

5. The enclosed guidelines have been established to ensure the successful implementation of DepEd's 236,000 Trees- A Christmas Gift for the Children. 

6. For more information, please contact the Office of the Secretary, Department of Education Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, through email at

7. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines 
Secretary of the Department of Education


1. Target Date of the Tree-Planting Activity. The tree-planting activity by the different schools will take place simultaneously on December 6, 2023. All 47,678 DepEd public schools will participate, with each school planting a minimum of 5 trees, contributing to the goal of planting over 236,000 trees nationwide.

Classes in all DepEd public schools will be on asynchronous mode for this day.

2. Acquisition of Seedlings. Each DepEd Regional Office (RO) will coordinate with its counterparts at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to acquire seedlings for each school in the region. This coordination aligns with the Memorandum of Agreement among the Office of the Vice President, DENR, and DepEd for the program titled Pagbabago: A Million Trees Campaign. The distribution of seedlings to each school should be completed by November 29, 2023.

The seedlings for the trees must be fruit-bearing trees, Philippine native species trees, or mangroves if the school selects a coastal area as a venue for the tree planting activity. The RO shall coordinate with DENR to determine the ideal type of trees to be planted in consideration of the area of the venue.

If the DENR cannot provide the seedlings, schools with nurseries may use their own seedlings or they can request directly from their local City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office.

3. Composition of Participants for Each School. Each participating school shall designate a team consisting of teachers, learners, and staff members responsible for planning, implementing, and reporting on the tree-planting efforts. The team should include at least one teacher-in-charge and student representatives.

There should be no more than 10 teachers and not more than 20 learners who will participate in the activity. Only a maximum number of 30 individuals should join the tree planting.

4. Implementation of the Tree-Planting Activity and Care for Trees. Schools should consider the necessary resources for the activity, such as tree-planting tools and materials for tree care. However, it should be emphasized that there is no need to buy the materials for the tree planting activity.

Ideally, the school grounds will serve as the venue for the activity. However, if space is limited, the School Head should find an alternative area such as barangay parks, local government unit parks, marine protected areas, or any other open space near the school that may be used for tree planting. In this case, the School Head shall coordinate with their barangay unit to determine an alternative area for the tree planting activity.

Schools within close proximity to each other may share a venue for the tree planting.

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