DepEd Guidelines on Field Trips or Off-Campus Activities

The new DepEd guidelines on field trips or off-campus activities were released through the DO 66 series of 2017 also known as “Implementing Guidelines on the Conduct of Off-Campus Activities.”

The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a memorandum lifting the ban on field trips, which has been in effect since March 9, 2017 per DepEd Memorandum No. 47, likewise issued new implementing guidelines for private and public schools. The guidelines, issued by Education Secretary Leonor Briones in the effect of  Department Order 66, states that it is to be implemented in support of the K to 12 curriculum.

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New DepEd Guidelines on Field Trips

1. In support of the K to 12 Curriculum implementation, the Department of Education (DepEd) hereby establishes the enclosed guidelines on the conduct of co-curricular and extra-curricular off-campus activities for public and private schools.

2. All co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will adhere to the following:

  • Ensure relevance and alignment with the educational competencies of the K to 12 Curriculum and leadership development of learners;
  • Uphold child protection principles and that no learner shall be disadvantaged in any form; and
  • Observe the safety and security protocols for all participants before, during and after the activity.

3. This issuance repeals DepEd Order Nos. 87 and 52, s. 2003, 5, s. 2002 and 56, s. 2001. All other related issuances, rules and regulations, as well as provisions which are inconsistent with this policy are hereby repealed, rescinded, or modified accordingly.

4. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.

DO 66 addresses the lapses in safety standards that prompted the issuance of DepEd Memorandum No. 47 and set clearer guidelines for service providers partnering with the schools. All vehicles, most especially those arranged with external transportation operators shall be duly certified by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO). Vehicles should not be more than 10 years old as of the scheduled date of the off-campus activity reckoned from the year of manufacture.

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The Order additionally limits the number of passengers to the seating capacity of the vehicle and prohibits placing additional seats on the aisle to accommodate more people. The school, meanwhile, is instructed to “ensure that all drivers assigned to service off-campus participants have updated licenses and are in good medical condition.” Vehicle inspection is required to be done before departure and during the activity proper.

PDF Download Link of DO 66 series of 2017



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  1. My kid is about to have their field trip this october, my goodness the waiver if you can call it a waiver walang itenerary walang etc. etc Details…. Im in support to off-campus activity kasi importante rin yan talaga, but how come the school is OA naman sa waiver nila wherein first in foremost kahit naman anong gawin eh liable parin sila sa safety ng mga bata and that does not totally waived them off the responsibility… DepED pls double check on this… Pirma ng Principal ng Adviser and details yun lang namn… so it will be easier for us to decide kung sasama ang bata o hindi… Good Day everyone..

  2. Bakit po ang field trip authorization ay wala man lang pirma ng principal o adviser? PINAPIRPIRMAHAN lang po nila sa mga magulang. Nakakatakot kapag may aksidente nangyari sino ang sa sagot? Wala naman consent at approval ng school, particularly MONDAY high school

  3. Is it appropriate that school ask the parent to sign on waiver indicating they are not responsble to any problem that will occur during the outdoor activity

  4. sana ipagbawal na rin ung pag pirma ng parents or guardians ng waiver that holds the schools, its personnel and outside vehicle contractors from being held responsible kung may mangyaring untoward incident. from the school premises, during the travel to and back in the school premises, and during the activities.

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