June 19, 2020 – The Department of Education (DepEd) extends its appreciation to the local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private partners, legislators, our President, and all those who expressed their utmost support and commitment towards offering education opportunities to our learners amidst the crisis.

We are highly indebted to our partners and leaders who are with us in ensuring the safety of our learners, teachers, and parents in these difficult times. This overwhelming support made way to the development of Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), a comprehensive, evidence-based guideline for the Department and stakeholders in response to the public health situation.

The broadening of partnerships and collaboration have produced results already, as 13 million learners and their parents have shown confidence to us as of June 19 by enrolling for this school year. We expect more to enroll in the remaining days of the enrollment period.

This outpouring of support across all sectors only inspires us more to be prepared on the challenges of realizing the goals of the BE-LCP this school year. We have been engaging with private partners in preparing and updating various learning delivery modes that will be offered once classes start. We are working closely with our LGUs in the proper deployment of learning resources. Along this line, we have been implementing policies and guidelines to further protect the safety and health of our learners and teachers.

We will continue to monitor developments on the field as we enter crucial phases of our preparation for this school year. At the same time, we will strive to strike more partnerships for those who are willing to collaborate, for we recognize that our strength to conquer these trials will be in our numbers. Leaping past these challenges will require a united response from all of us.

Often it is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but together, we have proven that it will take an entire nation to raise our children during this pandemic. The Bayanihan spirit of the Filipino nation burns bright even in the most difficult time and the Department of Education is privileged to witness this as we hand-in-hand bring forth hope through quality education.

With a nation coming together, education will truly prosper as we brave into the future where our children can continue nurturing their potentials.