MAKATI CITY, November 6, 2018 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones delivered updates on the education sector during her keynote address at the recent Rotary Club of Manila’s 16th Meeting for Rotary Centennial Year 2018-2019 at the New World Makati Hotel on October 18.
The Education chief highlighted the various reforms and accomplishments of the Department, including the graduation of the first batch of Senior High School completers of the K to 12 Program.
Teachers’ welfare, continuing development
In her speech, Briones emphasized the complementarity between public and private education, as well as public and private school teachers: “It is not correct to believe that the public school teachers are less in quality than those in the private sector. It is provided in the Constitution that public and private education should complement each other.”
The DepEd chief added that the Department is continuously prioritizing and expanding the teachers’ welfare by initiating significant developments in their compensation and benefits, and helping them gain financial stability through financial literacy programs. In addition to providing them with opportunities for their professional growth, DepEd shall also conduct research on the motivation of teachers aimed at maximizing their full potentials towards excellence.
Meanwhile, the RCM, in partnership with DepEd, shall embark on a joint project dubbed as the “Nationwide Chorale Group Competition and Song Writing Contest” aimed at giving award and recognition to outstanding choral groups and encouraging songwriting.
“We should never neglect culture and history. I believe in music – it is the language of the soul. A lesson can be most effectively taught through music. History makes us know ourselves,” Briones enthused.
In conclusion, she expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the RCM for their generosity and for embarking on the said project: “The difference is that you are going to reward and recognize the outstanding choral groups and song writers, which shall, likewise, provide them the opportunity to move forward and bring choral groups to other places.”