- DepEd turnover ceremony took place Monday morning at DepEd Main Office, Pasig City
- DepEd Sec tackled issues on K-12 and education budget allocation
- Briones assures better and improved DepEd during term
Education Secretary Leonor Briones arrived in Manila this morning and attended the turnover ceremony held at the DepEd Main Office in Pasig City.
During her speech, Briones said that the country’s education has yet to meet international standards when it comes to budget allocation. She also revealed that she will be focusing on developing a system that will improve how the department spends its funds.
“I decided to examine DepEd’s financial resources…this is a matter of extreme urgency,” she said.
She discussed on the importance of education in the society. She also talked about how education is blamed for everything that is happening in the country.
“If there is a flood, it means we did not educate them on disaster, if there is elections and the winner was not according to our desires, something is wrong with our education system," she said.
She said that even though the education department has the highest share when it comes to the 2016 budget, it still falls short of international percentage set by the United Nations. It is also barely 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.
United Nations has stated that the education sector should be allotted at least 6% of the country’s GDP.
Furthermore, Briones also touched on the issues that involve the K to 12. This year is the official start of the implementation of two additional years in the country’s established 10-year Basic Education Curriculum through the Senior High School Program.
She is hoping that other departments will work hand in hand to make the program a success, admitting that reforms cannot be initiated by one person only.
She also vowed that she will do her best to make sure nothing would smear the department during her term.
The DepEd’s turnover is one of the smoothest transitions compared to other departments, Outgoing Secretary Armin Luistro said.