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The Department of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) has em­pha­sized the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s thrust of pro­vid­ing a de­sir­able qual­ity of life for Filipinos.

Based on the study of the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, (NEDA) by 2040, Filipinos will en­joy a sta­ble and com­fort­able life­style, se­cure in the knowl­edge that we have enough for our daily needs and un­ex­pected ex­penses, that we can plan and pre­pare for our own and our chil­dren’s fu­ture.

Sec­re­tary Leonor Mag­to­lis Bri­ones, dur­ing her key­note speech at the UP-NCPAG 65th An­niver­sary In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence held re­cently, said fam­i­lies can live to­gether in a place of our own, and we have the free­dom to go where we de­sire, pro­tected and en­abled by a clean, ef­fi­cient, and fair gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing on be­half of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte, the Sec­re­tary dis­cussed the “Matatag, Mag­in­hawa at Panatag na Buhay,” which is ar­tic­u­lated in AmBisyon Natin 2040.

The Sec­re­tary also men­tioned the Pres­i­dent’s 10-point So­cioe­co­nomic Agenda and the gov­ern­ment’s thrust, to com­bat the is­sues of poverty, cor­rup­tion, and in­ef­fi­ciency.

On to the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, the Sec­re­tary nar­rated the Department’s own 10-point pro­gram and what the Department has done so far, in­clud­ing full im­ple­men­ta­tion, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of the K to 12 pro­gram; en­rich­ing the K to 12 pro­gram with drug ed­u­ca­tion; and re­pro­duc­tive health aware­ness and dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness.

This also in­cludes in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion and ex­pan­sion of the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Sys­tem (ALS) be­cause not every child has the op­por­tu­nity to go to school in spite of all the ef­forts. Also, re­duc­tion of school dropouts which is still a prob­lem be­cause of poverty; en­rich­ment of cul­ture and arts; fi­nan­cial man­age­ment re­forms which is a deeply felt need not only in DepEd, but in other gov­ern­ment agen­cies as well; the ex­pan­sion of the scope of em­ployee wel­fare; an ac­tive, trans­par­ent, con­sul­ta­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive, and cor­rupt-free lead­er­ship; and lastly, to con­tinue ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor and com­mu­ni­ties.

Car­ry­ing the theme, “Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Chang­ing Times: New Norms and Sus­tain­able Re­forms,” the con­fer­ence aims to bring to­gether schol­ars, re­searchers, and prac­ti­tion­ers of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PA) and other re­lated fields in a col­lec­tive anal­y­sis of new norms and sus­tain­able re­forms that chal­lenge the per­for­mance of govern­ments, pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and their gover­nance part­ners all over the world. It also aims to foster the ex­change of ideas about the fu­ture of gov­ern­ing and gover­nance in chang­ing times.

--oOo-The au­thor is Teacher III at Po­rac El­e­men­tary School

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