BAGUIO CITY, May 4, 2023 – The Department of Education (DepEd), through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) and Teacher Education Council Secretariat (TECS), recently convened with the National Network of Normal Schools (3Ns) to discuss the provision of high-quality professional development programs and courses to teachers and school leaders.

“I have so much respect for State Universities being a product of public school. When I came to DepEd, I said that we’ll make it a policy that starting 2023 we will be working very closely with the Normal Schools, especially with the passage of RA 11713,” Undersecretary for Human Resource and Organizational Development Gloria Jumamil-Mercado said.

The convergence was also in line with the ‘Give support to teachers to teach better’ of the MATATAG Agenda.

Furthermore, this is also aligned with the passage of RA 11713, also known as the Excellence in Teacher Education Act, which strengthens ties between and among the concerned government agencies and unifies the interests of various stakeholders in teacher education in the Philippines.

“We will be ensuring that most of our partners on the ground would be part of the complementation and convergence between DepEd and Normal Schools and other schools that are considered Center of Excellence (COE) and Center of Development (COD) in Teacher Education. We will continue working together,” Usec. Jumamil-Mercado added.

Moreover, the convergence also aimed to co-develop the Professional Development Curriculum for teachers and school leaders, provide updates concerning in-service teachers, and orient the 3Ns on Education Futures.

The convergence was participated by the member universities of the 3Ns such as the Philippine Normal University, Bicol University, Bukidnon State University, Cebu Normal University, Leyte Normal University, Mariano Marcos State University, Palawan State University, Pangasinan State University, West Mindanao State University, West Visayas State University, with the participation of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.