VP Sara formally sits as DepEd Secretary

VP Sara formally sits as DepEd Secretary

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Former Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones on Monday (04 July 2022) formally turned over to Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio the administration of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The new Education chief praised and thanked Briones for her diligent service to the Department for the past six years especially when the latter assured the continuous education of the youth amidst the challenges including the CoViD-19 pandemic.

“Pinuri at pinasalamatan po natin si Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones sa kanyang walang kapagurang serbisyo sa nakaraang anim na taon sa Department of Education. Tiniyak ni Sec. Briones na magpatuloy ang pagbibigay ng edukasyon sa ating mga kabataan sa kabila ng mga hamon, kabilang na dyan ang Covid 19. Ginanap kaninang hapon ang pagtatalaga sa inyong lingkod bilang bagong kalihim ng DepEd [We praised and thanked Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones for her untiring service to the Department of Education for the past six years. She assured that providing education services to the youth will continue despite challenges including CoViD-19],” Duterte-Carpio said in a post on her official Facebook page.

In her message during the turn-over ceremony, Duterte-Carpio said the accomplishments and passion of Briones will be her inspiration in serving the Education sector.

“I take inspiration from (her) courage, dedication, commitment, integrity, selflessness, and grace. But I will also take on the task with the reminder that we shall continue to find ways to improve basic education in terms of access, equity, quality, resiliency, and governance,” the vice president added.

She said that she aims to produce learners who can achieve their full potential.

DepEd gave tribute to Briones and outgoing Undersecretaries Nepomuceno Malaluan, Diosdado San Antonio, and Josephine Maribojoc. Also part of the program is Briones’ handing over to Vice President Duterte-Carpio the DepEd flag, official seal, and the country’s first long-term plan for the education sector also known as Basic Education Development Plan 2030.

Briones, in her speech, highlighted the gains of the Education sector during her six-year term including the Sulong EduKalidad campaign to improve the quality of education, empowerment of the regions through its regional directors, participation in international assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the transformation of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) to capacitate teachers, and the salary adjustment and provision of benefits and allowances to teachers, and more.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio asked for support from the education stakeholders, stressing the need for the sector to be stronger and better in the middle of the country’s recovery from the CoViD-19 pandemic.

“I ask for your indulgence as I also expect your support as we study and explore the appropriate measures to resolve issues and concerns that may adversely impact the education sector,” the vice president said in a virtual meeting with Private Educational Associations (PEA).

“Our task here is clear: it is to protect our children and ensure that quality education is made accessible for them, whether they enroll in private or public schools, whether they are in the cities or the countryside,” she added.

Duterte-Carpio also believes that the government should also provide assistance to private schools, saying that students transferring from private to public schools makes it hard for government institutions to give the youth quality education. (AI/MTVN)

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