PASAY CITY, 16 February 2024 — To ensure the effectiveness of the recently launched curriculum for Kinder to Grade 10, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday convened the field implementers and teachers through the National Summit of the MATATAG Curriculum Pilot Implementers on Friday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

“We believe that our MATATAG Curriculum is a very good one, but a good curriculum is not enough. We need very good teachers to teach it, we need very good regional directors, superintendents, and supervisors to support our teachers to teach the curriculum,” Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte said.

“We need to work together to enable the successful teaching and learning of the MATATAG Curriculum,” Vice President and Secretary Duterte added.

Spearheaded by the Curriculum and Teaching Strand, the National Summit aims to consolidate good practices, as well as issues and concerns of the teachers and field officials of the 35 participating pilot schools of the MATATAG Curriculum.

The Summit also served as an avenue to strengthen the implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum in pilot schools and eventually across all schools nationwide.

The MATATAG Curriculum is set for a nationwide phased implementation starting School Year 2024-2025.

Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching Gina O. Gonong expressed gratitude to the schools participating in the pilot implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum as they were helping pave the way for a successful implementation.

“Today’s Summit is a sharing of experiences – a sharing not only about your challenges but also about your best practices so others can learn from you; Today is also a sharing of expertise; [and] plans of other Strands to support the pilot schools,” Undersecretary Gonong said.

The National Summit featured plenary sessions on Updates on the Evaluation of the MATATAG Curriculum Pilot Implementation discussed by Dr. Michael Ralph Abrigo of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS); Introduction to Integrating the Science of Learning in the Curriculum Implementation by Prof. John Pegg of SiMERR National Research Centre; and the Presentation of Activities Supporting the Curriculum by Dr. Brando Palomar and Dr. Ma Theresa Manicio of Philippine National Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ).

In addition, Assistant Secretary for Operations Dr. Dexter A. Galban highlighted the MATATAG+ Reinforcing the Curriculum Through Learner Support Services, and Assistant Secretary for Administration and Officer-in-Charge of the Planning Service Noel T. Baluyan underscored the Administration Strand’s efforts to support the pilot implementation of the MATATAG Curriculum.