PASIG CITY, October 21, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd) welcomes the plan of the House of Representatives to review the effectiveness of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

In a statement on Sunday, October 20, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Lower House is in consensus that the K to 12 Program has to be reviewed to allow DepEd to provide the status of the policies and programs, and identify its achievements and challenges since its implementation in S.Y. 2012-2013.

Congress and DepEd have worked closely together since the previous budget hearings to address the issues of the K to 12 Program. A dedicated review session will provide an appropriate venue to comprehensively discuss concerns about the Program and plot out corresponding solutions.

With an additional P650 million in the proposed 2020 budget specifically for the improvement of the 12-year basic education program, DepEd commits to coordinate and collaborate with the members of the Congress in strategizing effective implementation of the Program in adherence to Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 for the benefit of the learners.

Likewise, DepEd hopes the outcome of the review will spur renewed commitment and initiatives among lawmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders in aid of realizing the K to 12 program’s overall goal – hone holistically developed Filipino learners with 21st century skills.