To reaffirm its commitment to the Open Government Partnership for the 5th National Action Plan (PAN) 2019-2022, the Ministry of Education (DepEd) has sealed an agreement with the Education Cluster of Societal Organizations civil society (CSO) by adopting open participatory monitoring and evaluation. Platform.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the partnership agreement outlines “our responsibilities and commitments” to the Open Government Partnership’s 5th National Action Plan.
“The delivery of education services is more meaningful, efficient and relevant if there is a shared responsibility between different stakeholders,” she said.
Briones added that in addition to addressing the needs and gaps in the provision of basic education inputs, the “mechanism aims to strengthen the capacity” of DepEd in monitoring and accounting for investments, including by assessing whether the programs reached the legitimate beneficiary public schools, corresponded to the real needs on the ground and served the intended learning outcomes.
Due to the current health situation caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the global OGP has extended the implementation of agency commitments under the 5th NAP, allowing for updates and a recalibration of respective commitments and targeted programs.
DepEd responded by adding another targeted intervention to the participatory monitoring of the last mile schools program, the distribution of computer software packages to learners and educators in the 44 targeted beneficiaries of the last mile schools.
Meanwhile, Under Secretary of Finance Annalyn Sevilla stressed the need to be “aware and guided by the principles” of transparency, accountability, integrity, partnership, consultation, mutual empowerment, respect. internal processes, sustainability and national interest.
“This event is a call to action,” Sevilla said. “We will not waver and we will remain committed to fulfilling our commitment today and beyond,” she added.
For this to be successful, Seville said that “we need approaches and actions from a whole-of-government and whole-of-society perspective, and this will lead us to policy coherence and new ways of working that will engage CSOs, the sector. private sector, as well as affected communities and individuals.
E-NET Philippines President and CSO Education Representative, Professor Flora Arellano, said the partnership reflects the collective commitment to reaching out to marginalized, excluded and vulnerable learners in schools across the country. last mile.
For the Undersecretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Rolando Toledo, the signing of the MOA is a “celebration of open governance in the education sector and an important step in improving transparency. and responsibility in the provision of educational services ”.
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