LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET, March 25, 2022 – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones reminded education stakeholders to give importance to Education Futures during her visit at Benguet National High School (BNHS) on Tuesday.

“The future cannot wait for us. When our children graduate, everything that we have taught them will become irrelevant because knowledge will have changes. Our teachers have to change along without learners, and they will not be only teaching, but they will also be learning along with the students,” Secretary Briones said during her message at BNHS.

“We have to prepare our learners for the future. We are already late but we should not be late for the future. We should never forget our history, what we are as a people, and how we look,” she added.

Last year, the Department, led by Secretary Briones, established the Education Futures Unit to strategically evaluate and integrate trends and advancements in learning and teaching processes. This goal of the unit is to also help the youth gain skills that are relevant in the future.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Juan Valeriano Respicio IV, recently appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs and Special Concerns of the Department, noted that it is important to believe in the capabilities of the youth.

“She [Secretary Briones] truly believes in the wisdom, in the strength, in the knowledge, and in the capacities of our young learners and the capacities of the youth,” Assistant Secretary Respicio IV said.

Secretary Briones also visited Benguet Special Education (SPED) Center to oversee the implementation of health and safety protocols for the limited face-to-face classes to ensure the participants’ safety.

The Education Chief interacted with participating learners and witnessed the actual conduct of the in-person classes.

The said SPED Center featured all its initiatives during the pandemic, including the home visitation and partnership with the local government to deliver self-learning modules to the learners.

“Marami pong paghihirap at pagbabago sa Department of Education. But one thing that I am really proud of, and that I am part of DepEd, is that education never stops. We were challenged but patuloy pa rin po ang edukasyon,” Head Executive Assistant and Director Nina Bianca Sanglay also said during the program.

Sec. Briones also met with officials of Schools Division of Benguet as part of the Welcome Program of the DepEd – Cordillera Administrative Region to the members of the Executive and Management Committee.