November 24, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) acknowledges the challenges in education quality of the country even before the pandemic. It is precisely why we introduced various ongoing interventions to address issues on basic education.

Before the pandemic, we launched the Bawat Bata Bumabasa (3Bs) initiative nationwide, with our field offices aggressively coming up with contextualized approaches to increase reading proficiency among learners.

In addition to 3Bs, our Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP) also integrates strengthened initiatives on Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (ELLN), Mother Tongue-Based of Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), and Pedagogical Retooling in Mathematics, Languages, and Science (PRIMALS).

Amidst the public health situation, we carried on to roll out our reforms in the curriculum, the learning environment, and the teacher professional development through our Sulong EduKalidad campaign. We are also preparing for our participation in the upcoming international assessments to closely evaluate our efforts.

The issue of learning poverty has been a dilemma of the country for years and the Department is proactively dealing with it for the long term. With the objectives of the Sulong EduKalidad campaign and Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030 set to materialize in the coming years, we are leaving behind a worthy mission to continue for the next DepEd administration.

We have come a long way in our quest for quality education but we are not yet done with our journey. Our efforts must be consistent, cohesive, and collaborative for us to achieve in delivering quality education to every Filipino child.