DepEd Wants Students To Wear ‘Sablay’ Instead of ‘Toga’ During Graduation Rites

Education Department Wants Students To Wear ‘Sablay’ Instead of ‘Toga’ During Graduation Ceremonies

The Department of Education wants students to wear ‘Sablay’ instead of using ‘Toga’ during graduation rites.

Education Undersecretary for Administration Alain del Pascua advocated end the use of ‘Toga’ during graduation ceremonies. Pascua proposed that graduating students to wear ‘Sablay’.

Pascua said that the use of Tuga duri8ng graduation rites came from Western roots and described it as not Filipino. He also recommends the use of handwoven sash, which is used by the indigenous people in the country.


“The use of the toga, with its deep Western roots, has been taken for granted all these years despite its many disadvantages, It is not Filipino,” Pascua wrote on the aide-mémoire.

The DepEd Undersecretary said that using the garment at elementary and high school’s closing rites would infuse nationalism and patriotism among young students. It would also boost rural development and encourage the production of local textiles.

The education executive also explained that most parents struggle to rent or buy customary gown and cap for the graduation ceremonies of their children.


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