PASIG CITY, March 18, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd) has created the Private Education Office (PEO) at the DepEd Central Office (CO) to provide support to private education institutions.

“With the establishment of the PEO, DepEd can now fully exercise its supervisory and regulatory functions and continue to implement programs of assistance to schools, learners, teachers, and other personnel in private education,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Through DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2022, the PEO is created to take the lead in all matters about private education lodged in the Central Office, and primarily assist the Secretary in ensuring that DepEd’s mandate relative to private education is fulfilled by the Department in all levels of governance identified in Republic Act 9155.

“Aside from supervision and regulation of private schools, the Department also provides support to private education through technical and financial assistance,” Briones added.

The PEO is expected to lead a whole-of-agency approach toward the institutionalization of public-private complementarity across all governance levels through appropriate interventions including, but not limited to, the development of strategic directions and frameworks on the complementary roles of public and private institutions in the basic education system.

The office is also expected to act on, or when warranted, make recommendations to the Secretary on all matters concerning private education that are elevated to the DepEd Central Office and monitor their resolution.

“The PEO will collaborate with other offices to gather feedback on the implementation of this DepEd Order from concerned internal and external partners to assess its contribution to organizational effectiveness in the fulfillment of our mandate relative to private education matters,” Sec. Briones ended.