OUTGOING Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of former national treasurer Leonor Briones as his successor.
In a statement, Luistro said he believes that Briones is more than capable to continue the reforms instituted by the Aquino administration.
“We are pleased to learn of the appointment of Dr. Briones to the post of DepEd [Department of Education] secretary. She brings with her a wealth of experience in public finance and administration which would be beneficial to DepEd, being the agency with the largest budget,” he added.
Aside from teaching Public Administration at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Briones is currently the chairman of the board of trustees of Silliman University in Dumaguete City (Negros Oriental) and chairman-designate of the Universidad de Manila in the City of Manila.
She is also the lead convenor of budget watchdog Social Watch Philippines.
“We also know that education is one of her top advocacies and she considers it her lifelong mission especially for the last mile learners. I am meeting with her this week to ensure a smooth transition and the continuity of reforms in the department,” Luistro said.