DepEd: Relevant teacher trainings uplift PH education status

January 6, 2017

PASIG CITY, January 6, 2017 –  Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones recently noted the importance of relevant trainings to teachers during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning the operation and funding of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) held at the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office in Pasig City.
For Briones, relevant teacher trainings will equip educators with proper knowledge and expertise in honing the minds of the Filipino learners. The improvement of the capacity of teachers, education leaders, and other DepEd personnel is one of the major items in the 2017 DepEd budget.
PH’s partnership with SEAMEO
At the MOA signing, Briones expressed her gratitude to the SEAMEO INNOTECH for allowing the DepEd to utilize its facilities for trainings and other capacity building activities of the Department.
“We are deeply grateful for your [SEAMEO INNOTECH] unending support to the projects and programs of DepEd, and also, for allowing us to utilize the Center’s facilities,” Briones said.
Briones mentioned some points in her Agenda, which the SEAMEO INNOTECH may tap for their current and future programs and projects.
Citing that uplifting the status of education in the county is everyone’s responsibility, Briones stated, “We are hoping that the SEAMEO INNOTECH will continue to support and build on the various efforts of the Department, especially in the areas of reproductive health, disaster risk reduction, and Alternative Learning System (ALS).”
Undersecretaries Jesus Mateo and Victoria Catibog, and External Partnerships Service Director Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros were among the witnesses from the DepEd in this MOA signing.
This MOA sets forth the understanding between the SEAMEO and the government of the Republic of the Philippines for the SEAMEO INNOTECH’s 9th Five-Year Development Plan from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.
The SEAMEO INNOTECH is dedicated to identifying common and unique education problems and needs of Southeast Asian countries, and developing innovative and technology-based solutions to address these problems.