Department ready for Vice President-elect Duterte’s leadership, says DepEd chief


MANILA, Philippines — The Ministry of Education is ready for Vice President-elect Sara Duterte to take office, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a congratulatory message.

Duterte, currently mayor of Davao City, will be sworn in in his hometown on Sunday afternoon. Her term as vice-president begins on June 30.

“I look forward to handing over the leadership of DepEd to you,” said Briones, a former professor of public administration.

Briones said she had “laid the foundation” for the DepEd to address the problems of the basic education system and that she is confident Duterte’s leadership of the department “will see the fruit of the basic education pivot. towards quality, reinforced by your new ideas and innovations. .”

“The fact that the department is simultaneously led by no less than the vice president speaks to the highest priority that education will be given under the new administration,” she also said.

Duterte, who was overwhelmingly elected in May’s election, initially indicated she would like to lead the Defense Department but accepted the offer to be education secretary instead, saying that the country needs a “future generation of patriotic Filipinos who advocate peace and discipline”. in their respective communities. »

Briones, in his message, added: “The overwhelming mandate you received in the last election, garnering the highest number of votes for an individual national office in the electoral history of the Philippines, is a testament to the nation’s confidence in our vision and leadership to lead the country in the coming term alongside President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.”

The challenges of basic education

As education chief, Duterte, currently mayor of Davao City, is expected to address and resolve what has been called a deep-rooted and complex education crisis.

Poor teaching and learning conditions, students’ test scores below those of their Southeast Asian counterparts and inadequate teaching facilities, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, are among the most immediate problems to be solved in the sector.

Duterte, a lawyer, holds a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from San Pedro College in Davao. She also attended the University of San Beda, her father’s alma mater, and earned a law degree from San Sebastian College-Recoletos in Manila.

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