OLONGAPO CITY, November 21, 2022 – For the first time since the pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has conducted the 2022 National Planning Conference (NPC) to prepare the entire Department for the implementation of the learning recovery plan.

With the theme, “Learning Recovery, Resiliency, and Unity,” the 2022 NPC aimed to inform the field offices on implementing the Basic Education Development Plan 2030 (BEDP 2030) to achieve its commitments and goals.

“Today’s National Planning Conference will act as a sounding board in our learning recovery strategy for the upcoming school year. Let us support the present administration’s goal of improving the country’s education quality through the use of evidence in planning, research programming, and policy development,” Vice President and Education Chief Sara Z. Duterte said in her video message.

The conference focused on innovative responses and initiatives from all DepEd strands and units to address educational imperatives in the Basic Education sector. The participation of all executive committee members provided policy and operational updates in preparation for the execution of plans for the Fiscal Year 2023.

“This will be critical because the output of this planning conference will be used by us to be able to project the administration’s priority programs for the next six years until 2028,” Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Epimaco Densing III said in his presentation on strategic directions.

Usec. Densing also highlighted the importance of using the grassroots approach VP-Secretary Duterte is doing in addressing perennial issues in the education sector. He also emphasized the need to accelerate efforts in addressing the enormous challenge of education quality and that everyone must be involved.

He also stressed that the administration of VP-Secretary Duterte is listening and acting on the various concerns of teachers. Specifically, the Department has started lessening teachers’ administrative work.

Spearheaded by the Planning Service (PS), Director Roger Masapol highlighted that the event was crucial in preparing the entire DepEd for the implementation of BEDP 2030 and Learning Recovery Plan and ensuring alignment and synchronicity of education plans.

“Siguro you will agree, hindi naman lahat masama yung nangyari during the pandemic, mayroon ding nangyaring mga best practice, mayroon ding mga innovations na na-introduce na pwede nating gamiting springboard in addressing issues of quality,” Director Masapol noted in his presentation on BEDP 2030.

Key DepEd officials on field operations, strategic planning, and curriculum development also presented various topics for the Department to collaborate on in the future.

DepEd also invited vital government agency representatives to share and streamline education plans to the national planning and development frameworks.

Usec. Ma. Anthonette Velasco-Allones of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) presented the Strategic Foresight process, Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) Executive Director Josephine Almeda lectured on Big Data Analytics, and the Philippine Development Plan was shared by Usec. Rosemarie Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority.

To address problems in management, operations, and curriculum in each regional office, DepEd Regional Directors also presented their respective Regional Education Development Plan (REDP) to the Executive Committee members and selected Central Office directors through breakout sessions.