Sunday, October 19, 2014

On TDA T-Shirt Controversy

TDA T-Shirt
TDA T-Shirt
Just a matter of concern on the sale of TAGA-DEPED AKO t-shirt for I am one of the concerned members of TDA group in the Facebook, I posted a query and a request for the status of those who have already availed of and then suggested if it could be posted for others to know as a matter of transparency (with no malice at all.) Unfavorable comments, reactions kept on pouring which I had never expected at all of such negative situation.

What really should come to mind is just an explanation, a clarification or whatever in an ethical way. I had no knowledge before hand that there was already one concerned member who had raised this similar query I had had.

What bothered me more was my position as a school principal had been mentioned. belittled. They questioned my authority, my intrusion of such business which called for the personal decision of every teacher to buy the t-shirt or not. It was no longer my business so to speak according to the commentors.

Should a teacher react that way?

Anyway here's the screenshot of my concern (screenshot) which reads:

More than a hundred comments manifested by impulsive members. Sad to note, most of the reactions were negative.

Was there something wrong with my query? I didn't have any malice or malicious intention of my question. I just posted it since TDA is used for such promotion of procuring that t-shirt. In fact, it was being advertised there. Follows is the screenshot of it:

What Is TDA?

TDA timeline banner
TDA timeline banner

Taga-DepEd Ako (I am from the DepEd) is a secret group created in the Facebook. The members are only employees of the Department of Education. This is avenue for sharing, discussion of things related to their profession. No more no less! What else can I say?

TDA has a present membership of 47,145. The admins as you could find on their membership page are as follows Glen Loreno of STI College, Legazpi; Topet Duro of Guinayan National High School; Hyuuga Hinata of Guinayan, Quezon; Felicito Boneo of Guinayan, Quezon; and Ymmanuelle Eda Fabale Ponsaran, Teacher III at DepEd.

House Rules

TAGA-DEPED AKO HOUSE RULES (excerpt from its page):

"This page is intended ONLY for Employees (Teachers, Principals and Non Teaching personnel) of the Department of Education.

"Everyone is encouraged to actively participate in discussions to matters related to our profession.

"Content sharing and downloading are allotwed [sic] but please don't forget to acknowledge the rightful owners."

I notice that these rules aren't observed. In other words, the admins had no time to filter or regulate those posts which they've not abide with the said rules. Thus, conflict of interest has inevitably surfaced.

Are They Teachers?

Take a good look of some selected comments or reactions on why they reacted that way on what I'd written and posted at TDA page on the screenshots below:

a.  Unrecognized name

b.   Evelyn  Sarmiento Soriano

c. Virginia Monderin Mendoza

e. Merielle Benice Planas Mendoza

Eljay Payopay's Reply

Eljay Payopay is promoting, advertising the said t-shirt to TDA page. EP is not a teacher. Since this is his business, he clarified this matter in the following screenshot:

TDA T-shirts sizes, price is Php 290 of any size plus Php160 for shipping via LBC:

How to order (from Shirtifield, Facebook account)

TDA Polo Shirt Price and mode of procurement
Mode of TDA Polo Shirt Procurement/Order


  1. Hindi naman pala teacher, hindi din taga deped, ang kumikita sa shirt ng TAGa deped Ako... Hindi naman taga Deped... hahaha... nakakatawa dun palang... may complimentary shirt pala ang admin... kaya protected... look at the location of the admins? Isang lugar lang... well represented ba ang kabuuan ng deped na pinakamalaking ahensya ng gobyerno na buong Pilipinas? Hmmmmm....

  2. Oo nga... hay... taga deped ako... dapat palitan ng pangalan kasi hindi naman taga deped pala..

  3. Sir kilala at alam nyo po ba yung deped dabarkads group?

  4. Yung group po na iyan sir (TDA) dati very informative but lately, puro kababawan na lng ang mababasa,,mga guro-guruan na gandang ganda or poging pogi sa sarili, kabaklaan (sorry for the word), mga non sense post ultimo ulam sa ref ipopost/itatanong, pagalingan/payabangan kahit di related sa topic isisingit ang kayabangan (self serving), instead na related sa education ganun na ang nangyayari, and the admins instead of moderating, kasama pa sila kadalasan sa bangayan(not doing something also para maayos ang page)....plannng to leave that group soon...

  5. kaaway naman kayo, ano problema nyo?

  6. dapat bang pahabain ang away na yan, teacher sa teacher, hayzzz iba talaga pag may mga taong inggitero. baka gusto nyo magpost sa TDA na business nyo, order kami, baka gusto nyo lang kumita din

  7. Good morning!!! I make PEACE not WAR...;) As admin of TDA i hope that you brought up your issue/concern properly para na assist po kayo with your query properly... sa mga ANONYMOUS commentators here please dont hide behind ANONYMOUS, show up your name to us if you are a legit educator and teller of truth... So to those teachers who are not yet a member of TDA you are very mucg welcome to TDA just ask your TDA friend to invite you or just add me in FB anfd request po kayo na iadd ko kayo sa TDA... ;) ;) ;) TDA is not hiding anything in public...Thanks for making TDA known to the whole world... HAppy MOnday my Dear Teachers!!!

  8. Want to show my support to Sir Gil pero hindi naman ako against sa TDA dahil member din ako dyan or kay sir Topet (my FB Friend) na isa sa mga admin at founders ng TDA. Ang hindi ko lang nagustuhan ay yung isang businessman guest/member na hindi naman deped personnel pero hinahayaan nating insultuhin ang isa nating kasamahan sa deped regardless kung ano man ang issue or kung tama o mali - at sa mismong TDA group ginawa ang pangbabastos sa kasamahan natin. I shared my unsolicited advice to sir Topet last week nag chat kami, malaki na ang TDA at very attractive yan sa mga business opportunist kaya kailangang ma-ingat ang admin group dahil anumang business transaction na ginagawa sa group - ang "impression" diyan ay may control ang admin at worst, ang akala nila may pakinabang ang admin kahit ang totoo ay wala naman. Kung isa sa mga teacher/school head members ng LIS Help Desk/SFRT group ginawa ang pambabastos sa ating guro or kahit sinong legitimate member, hindi magdadalawang isip ang admin group na i ban permanently ang negosyanteng iyan, it only shows na hindi siya kawalan sa group at lalo sa admin dahil hindi naman sila tumtatangap at hindi rin tatantagap ng anumang pakinabang sa negosyante. Kaya ang isyu dyan sa TDA T shirt ay hindi teachers vs. teachers instead businessman na hindi marunong mag bigay ng respeto sa isang guro/school head vs. teachers/school head na gusto lang malaman kung ano ang connection ng TDA admin sa negosyanteng member. - Jonathan Diche

    1. Alam ko Sir Diche na united tayo lalo na sa kapakanan ng ating mga guro at lalo pa rin sa kanilang pangangailangan sa pagtuturo at pag-iinspire sa kanila. Salamat!

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