Manila, Philippines - The Department of Education apologized in a statement posted on the social networking site Facebook on Friday showing part of the physical education module in which bodybuilder Angel Locsin called her "obese.
The statement was signed by Roger F. Capa, head of the Division of Occidental Mindoro department, as the department has jurisdiction over the teacher who took part in the post, which was withdrawn.
According to Bandera's report, the teacher belongs to Abra de Ilog National High School in Occidental Mindoro.
"We would like to extend our sincere apologies to the affected persons who may have been injured or harmed in this incident," said Capa. "The Ministry of Education does not tolerate or condone any act of shame, ad homoism or any other act of intimidation in a physical or virtual environment.
However, the Cape called on the public to stop attacking teachers.
"This office has already contacted the teacher in question and collected data from him. Please be assured that serious attention will be paid to this matter. In the meantime, we ask the public to get rid of any ad hominem attacks, as this one mistake will not define him as an individual," he said.
Capa also explained that the module, which contains the stand of shame, was not designed and evaluated at DepEd headquarters.
"This material is a 10th grade MAPEH assessment of a teacher, specifically to measure specific learning skills," he said.
MAPEH is an acronym for Music, Art, Physical Education and Health.
"It is the teacher's primary responsibility to assess the learning outcomes of a particular subject. Developing tools for such evaluation is an academic freedom that every teacher enjoys. Without prejudice to the fundamental principles of test construction involving social content where one of our teachers may not meet the standard," added Capa.