PASIG CITY, July 25, 2023 – Reiterating his hope to give the best for the Filipino youth, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday mentioned key initiatives under the MATATAG Agenda of Vice President Sara Z. Duterte and the Department of Education (DepEd) in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

“The MATATAG Agenda for basic education has been launched, focusing on relevance of curriculum, rapid and responsive delivery, and the welfare of both learners and teachers,” President Marcos Jr. said.

“Ang ating butihing Bise-Presidente, na Kalihim din ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, ay tumutulong upang tiyakin na ang bawat batang Pilipino ay mabibigyan ng nararapat at kalidad na edukasyon. We have renewed hope in giving the best to our next batches of students, especially the 28.4 million learners who returned to school this year,” he added.

Citing education as foundation of a strong nation, President Marcos mentioned that learning recovery will be at the forefront of the administration’s education agenda, with the help of VP and Secretary Duterte, to ensure that every Filipino child will receive proper and quality education.

VP Duterte thanked the PBBM for his unwavering commitment in the education sector.

“His unremitting support of the reforms introduced by the Department of Education to the education system through the MATATAG Agenda will benefit not only our learners but also the teaching and non-teaching staff of the department,” the Vice President said in a statement.

The country’s Chief Executive likewise noted that the government continues to exhaust all efforts to ensure the availability of formal education, alternative learning, non-diploma courses, and technical-vocational education and training to guarantee the betterment of the life of young Filipinos.

In addition, President Marcos emphasized that the DepEd’s K to 10 Curriculum has been recalibrated to ensure its relevance and responsiveness to international standards. The new K to 10 curriculum is set for launch in August, while the Senior High School curriculum is still under review.

PBBM also highlighted the Department’s move to fill up newly created teaching positions and hire additional administrative personnel to augment the school workforce and unburden the teachers of extra administrative tasks.

Furthermore, the President shared that schools facilities are being retrofitted for hybrid and high-tech learning, as well as climate-ready and disaster-proof. He also noted the significance of the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal, where private sector partners can continue their assistance in the rehabilitation and improvement of schools.