27 April 2024 – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has approved the Department of Education’s MATATAG Agenda and the Basic Education Development Plan (2030) as the national policy and plan for basic education in the Philippines during its 15th Board meeting on Thursday, April 25.

“The [NEDA] board approves the adoption of the Basic Education Development Plan 2023 and MATATAG Agenda as a national policy and plan for basic education,” President Marcos said in the meeting.

Vice President and Secretary of DepEd Sara Z. Duterte on Thursday presented the details and accomplishments of the BEDP 2030 and MATATAG Agenda to the NEDA Board.

Anchored on the Ambisyon Natin 2040 and responsive to the commitments in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, BEDP is the country’s first medium-term plan for basic education, covering formal K-to-12 education and non-formal education for youth and adults.

Meanwhile, the MATATAG Agenda, launched last January 2023, provides a roadmap of specific deliverables and commitments that DepEd aims to deliver by 2028.

MATATAG stands for (1) Make the curriculum relevant to produce competent, job-ready, active, and responsible citizens; (2) Take steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education facilities and services; (3) Take good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusive education, and a positive learning environment; and (4) Give support to teachers to teach better.

“The BEDP and the MATATAG Agenda embody the major steps that we will be taking to improve the quality of basic education in the Philippines,” VP Duterte said.