Truly, “honesty is the best policy,” said Hon. Dina S. Ocampo,  DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction ,when she visited the DepEd Regional Office 2 on June 10, 2016 to witness  the  setting up of “Honesty Store” located at NEAP-R2 Building, Carig, Sur Tuguegarao City. “This is a good concept as it demonstrates that we in the DepEd can  still manage to remain honest in our own way despite the corruption issues  surrounding us,” she said.

Usec Ocampo believes in the inherent goodness of every human being- that there is still hope for our moral recovery as a Filipino people.

She then encouraged DepEd Region 2 to continue nurturing the Honesty Store so that it will remain a proud symbol of values of honesty, trust, and integrity among Filipino people.

The Honesty Store was launched on March 14, 2016 through the initiative of no less than Regional Director Estela L. Cariño. Director Cariño said, “If Island  province like Batanes can have their Honesty Store survived for years now then we could have one in the mainland like Tuguegarao City. And so we put up the “Honesty Store” with a measly Php1, 484.80 starting capital.”

The store offers food products from Technical-Vocational (Tech Voc) schools such as pickles, smoke fish, noodles, chicharon, 3-in-1 coffee, sugar coated/salted peanut, souvenir items, and a lot more.

Usec. Ocampo praised Director Cariño for setting up the unique store in their office. ”It is a “Stop and Drink!” place for employees and walk-in clients,” Usec Ocampo added.

What makes the store quite interesting is that no one looks after the merchandise so each customer is pretty much free to move inside the store.

Everyone is expected to be    honest by allowing customers to pick and to list the products they bought along with its corresponding price and then leave the payment in a drop box.

Once you enter the shop, you can sit, relax and have a cup of coffee while watching TV. The store is supervised by the staff of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD). Just like a normal Sari-Sari store, it opens from 8 am and closes as early as 5 pm. The store, however, is open 24/7 when there is training or seminar in the region.

Director Cariño said, “If Island  province like Batanes can have their Honesty Store survived for years now then we could have one in the mainland like Tuguegarao City. And so we put up the “Honesty Store” with a measly Php1, 484.80 starting capital.”

The store offers food products from Technical-Vocational (Tech Voc) schools such as pickles, smoke fish, noodles, chicharon, 3-in-1 coffee, sugar coated/salted peanut, souvenir items, and a lot more.

Usec. Ocampo praised Director Cariño for setting up the unique store in their office. ”It is a “Stop and Drink!” place for employees and walk-in clients,” Usec Ocampo added.

What makes the store quite interesting is that no one looks after the merchandise so each customer is pretty much free to move inside the store.

Everyone is expected to be    honest by allowing customers to pick and to list the products they bought along with its corresponding price and then leave the payment in a drop box.

Once you enter the shop, you can sit, relax and have a cup of coffee while watching TV. The store is supervised by the staff of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD). Just like a normal Sari-Sari store, it opens from 8 am and closes as early as 5 pm. The store, however, is open 24/7 when there is training or seminar in the region.