DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro signed the school calendar in DepEd Order 10 dated Feb. 20, 2013.
DepEd Luistro said, "This School Calendar aims to synchronize all core events and teaching-learning activities in order to maximize the use of the 201 school days for School Year 2013-2014."
Department of Education announced also the quarterly exam schedules, listed as follows;
First-quarter exams - August 1 and 2
Second-quarter exams - October 10 and 11
Third-quarter exams - January 9 and 10
Fourth-quarter exams - March 2014
However, Christmas break will start on December 21, and will resume January 6, 2014
Meanwhile, the National Career Assessment Examination will be held on August 7 and 28. Then on October 28 to 31 will be a mid-year assessment and INSET and semester break. The National Achievement Tests and the final exams will be held in March.