DepEd engages partners in determining policy priorities

July 17, 2017

PASIG CITY, July 17, 2017 – As part of its efforts to determine its long-term policy directions, on July 6 and 7, 2017 the Department of Education (DepEd) held a consultation workshop with its external stakeholders at the Ace Hotel and Suites.
A diverse set of external stakeholders–which included development partners, government agencies, teacher education institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and non-government organizations (NGOs)–provided their respective perspectives regarding what should be included in DepEd’s basic education policy agenda. The agenda will identify priority areas to improve education policies in the Department for the next three years.
In her message to participants, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones called the sector to action, echoing a sentiment “Education must continue,” from a UN meeting of education ministers she attended in New York City, USA. Undersecretary Jesus L.R. Mateo expanded on the Secretary’s message in his address on the situation of the basic education sector and an explanation of her Ten-Point Basic Education Agenda. Both emphasized that the continuing education reforms and efforts to raise access and quality in education should be integral to the policy agenda.
The workshop was organized by the Policy Research and Development Division of DepEd’s Planning Service, with assistance from the Government of Australia through the Basic Education Transformation Program (BEST). It is also the second in a series of such consultations, following a previous activity conducted with representatives from DepEd’s regional and schools division offices on May 24-25, 2017 at The Oriental Leyte in Palo, Leyte. School stakeholders, learners and parents will also participate in this consultation process.