Briones magiging consultant ni Duterte sa DepEd
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(Photo: VP Sara Duterte sa turnover ceremony kahapon July 4, 2022 sa Deped. Courtesy:  PTV FB)

Sinimulan na ni Vice President Sara Duterte nitong Lunes, July 4, ang kanyang panunungkulan bilang kalihim ng Department of Education (DepEd).

Itinalaga rin ni Duterte ang kanyang predecessor na si dating Secretary Leonor Briones bilang kanyang consultant.

“She was always generous with her advice. And I’m truly happy that she committed to stay on as a consultant for the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Education,” sabi ni Duterte.

Pinuri ng bagong Education secretary ang mga tauhan ng ahensya sa pamumuno ni Briones sa patuloy na pagsisiguro ng kalidad na edukasyon sa mga mag-aaral.

“Secretary Liling [Briones] is a force, and I am humbled and honored to follow the footsteps of a much admired academic, public servant, social activist and changemaker. I would also like to acknowledge the equally devoted men and women, our undersecretaries, assistant secretaries who supported Ma’am Liling in the last six years,” sabi ni Duterte.

Kinilala rin ni Duterte ang dedikasyon ni Briones bilang isang public servant.

“Secretary Liling and the whole Department of Education organization never cowered in the face of disapproval, public frustration and pressure. When some sectors called for an academic freeze, the response was academic ease. It was a brilliant, appropriate and timely response, made with will and resolve and foresight that our children’s learning is shielded from the adverse impacts of the pandemic,” sabi pa ng bise presidente.

Pinuri rin ni Duterte ang ambag ni Briones sa full implementation ng senior high school program na siyang makapagbibigay sa mga graduate ng sapat na kakayahan na kailangan mula sa mga manggagawa ng bansa.

“Indeed, you have broken a glass ceiling in Philippine education history. Ma’am Liling, you have completed your mission, you fought the good fight, and we are all here today to celebrate the victories that you and the entire Department of Education have collected over the past six years of the Duterte administration,” ayon pa kay Duterte.

Aminado naman ang bagong DepEd secretary na hindi madali ang susuungin sa ahensya.

“I will also take the task with the reminder that we shall continue to find ways to improve basic education in terms of access, quality, equality, resiliency and governance; to produce learners who can achieve their full potential, as individuals who are responsible, skilled, knowledgeable, productive and determined to achieve their dreams for themselves and for our country,” sabi pa ni Duterte.

“We look forward to working with you as we take on the task of helping our children become our country’s assets,” dagdag pa niya.

(Toni Tambong)

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