February 7, 2022 – Providing key support programs to basic education delivery in the last five years, the Department of Education (DepEd) Administration Strand is eager to complete its major programs for 2022 before the transition to the next administration.

During the OUA Strand Mancom Assessment 2016-2021 and 2022 Planning in Clark, Pampanga, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua acknowledged the Strand’s milestones in the last five years while challenging its units to take urgent actions to accomplish more.

“We managed to rise above the challenges of the pandemic and provide adequate support to our stakeholders in the grassroots. Let us continue our proactive way of reaching our goals and targets for the benefit of our teachers and learners,” Undersecretary Pascua said.

The Administration Strand oversees DepEd initiatives such as DepEd TV, DepEd Commons, School Building Program, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, provision of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Service, Youth Formation activities, and Oplan Kalusugan (OK) sa DepEd, among others.

The Strand is composed of the Administrative Service (AS), Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS), Procurement Management Service (ProcMS), Baguio Teachers Camp (BTC), and Central Security and Safety Office (CSSO).

During the three-day assessment and planning workshop, each unit reported their five-year performance and comparative annual performance funds, obligations, utilizations, and targets from July 2016 until January 2022.

“As we reflect on our journey, we should always look back on things we can still improve on to better serve the public. Ipakita ang mga kakulangan, para alam natin kung saan pupunuan,” Usec. Pascua noted as he commented on program planning, development, and implementation of the units.

Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Administration Atty. Salvador Malana III, Directors, Assistant Directors, Division Chiefs, Assistant Division Chiefs, Heads of Offices and Assistants, and Focal Pesons of major programs also joined the planning session.

Directions for 2023-2025 with focus on urgent reforms and policies were also presented to guide the next administration in ensuring a smooth transition of reforms and programs of the Department.

The Strand is set to submit its term report to the Office of the Secretary by end of February 2022.