No discrimination? 'Encantadia' creator agrees with farmer's look in DepEd module
A controversial illustration of a farmer and his family (left) in a DepEd module (right).
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No discrimination? 'Encantadia' creator agrees with farmer's look in DepEd module
Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - November 19, 2020 - 1:14pm

MANILA, Philippines — Kapuso creative writer Suzette Doctolero agreed with a Department of Education (DepEd) module showing farmers in tattered clothes. 

In her Twitter account, Suzette shared a news article, saying that the illustration of the farmer and his family wearing ragged clothes is the real deal. 

 

  

"Ah e ano ba akala sa damit ng mga magsasaka at pamilya? Branded? Tama ang drawing," she said.  

"Miserable ang buhay ng mga magsasaka natin. Nagkakabagong damit lang ang magsasaka ‘pag may libreng tshirt sa hardware (tuwing pasko) o give away sa election," she added. 

Her reaction came after the module showing a farmer with his family wearing tattered clothes was criticized on Facebook.

“Ang mali po at ang nakakabahala ay ang unang larawan. Walang problema sa kwento, ang mali ay ang unang illustration at ang nag-approve niyan," Internet user Jenice Ramiro claimed.

"Sobrang makaluma, mapang-api at napag-iwanan na ng panahon ang mga konsepto na tinuturo sa mga bata," commented netizen Nol Montalbo.

"Let me remind you na FARMING ang pinaka unang naging trabaho ng mga pilipino. MAY KINAKAIN TAYONG BIGAS DAHIL SA MGA INIINSULTO NYONG MGA MAGSASAKA," Charity Samonte pointed out.

"My Grandfather was a farmer and so are my cousins and uncles/aunts. I rarely see them dressed in rags. All of them made professional kids, us included. DepEd has a really big cut in each year's budget but can't hire a decent editor or proofreader," alleged Erica Cobacha Esparas.

"Bakit kesyo ba farmers na ganyan na Lang hitsura?Hindi Kaya farmers Rin naman pamilya namin pero SA awa Ng Dios makasuot Naman Kami Ng magara huwag Naman maliitin masyado ang mga farmers Hindi ninyo alam mas mayaman pa mga farmers kesa SA mga nagtatrabaho SA opisina," Rizza Mae said.

The drawing appeared in an English subject module about proper and common nouns.

DepEd modules have been under scrutiny lately after one module described actress Angel Locsin as "obese."

RELATED: Lea Salonga slams DepEd for module allegedly discriminating people with tattoo

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