Edusentro | DepEd 2021 Year-end Report Briones ensures continuity of DepEd programs during the 2021 General Assembly | December 27, 2021 — Reflecting on her past five years as chief of the Department of Education, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones ensured continuity of DepEd programs and plans for the next administration during her message at the 2021 DepEd National General Assembly.
“Itong General Assembly na ito ay very special [para sa akin]. Pangalawang General assembly na natin ito sa gitna ng pandemya kung saan tayo ay nakikibaka. Pangalawa, this is going to be my last general assembly, so this is very special,” Secretary Briones expressed.
Sec. Briones even urged her members of the DepEd Executive Committee to proactively disseminate the accomplishments of the Department in the last five years.
“Mahalagang mahalaga na malaman ng mga kapamilya natin sa DepEd at sa buong bansa kung ano ang nagawa, kung ano ang accomplishments ng ating Department at kung ano ang legacy na iiwan natin sa susunod na secretary ng Department of Education,” she added.
The Education Chief also mentioned the recent projects of DepEd like the National Academy of Sports, the Education Futures Program (Educ Futures), and other campaigns launched by the Department to address the challenges of quality education.
Secretary Briones also shared her insights on further integrating good manners and right conduct (GMRC) to the basic education curriculum to ensure that the next generation will value its importance in Filipino culture.
She also expressed her advocacy against gambling and her plans to include this in the basic education curriculum, similar to the agency’s aggressive campaign of the Department against illegal drugs and smoking.
In her speech, Briones, who just arrived a day before the GA from Dumaguete after an extended regional visit in Central Visayas due to Typhoon Odette, also highlighted the Bayanihan spirit she witnessed in schools she visited after the calamity.
“It was a very heartening sight to see that after the storm, people are still cheerful, people are still singing, and people are still looking forward to face-to-face classes,” she said.
She also shared the importance of learning from each other, citing that the Central Office learns a lot from its field offices especially in terms of crises management.
After the General Assembly, DepEd also hosted the PASKOnsyerto sa DepEd: Beyond Grateful, a virtual musical event in collaboration with Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF) for DepEd teachers and personnel, and a donation drive for Typhoon Odette victims.