Education Secretary Leonor Briones THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO
Education Secretary Leonor Briones THE MANILA TIMES FILE PHOTO

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has ensured the continuous implementation of programs under the leadership of Secretary Leonor Briones with the changing of administration following the May 2022 polls.

DepEd is set to turnover a roadmap to the next administration for its programs, especially on improving the K to 12 curriculum.

In its 2021 General Assembly, Briones looked back on the projects put in place during her term amid the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the establishment of the National Academy of Sports, the Education Futures Program and the Sulong Edukalidad campaign.

She urged the DepEd Executive Committee to proactively disseminate the accomplishments of the department in the past five years.

"It is very important that our family members at DepEd and across the country know what has been accomplished, what the accomplishments of our department are, and what legacy we will leave to the next secretary of the Department of Education," she said.

Briones also pointed out her goal of further integrating good manners and right conduct (GMRC) into the basic education curriculum to ensure that future generations 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 against illegal drugs and smoking.

Moreover, the Education chief emphasized the value of the bayanihan spirit in responding to calamities as she observed in her visit to areas affected by Typhoon "Odette."

Briones encouraged DepEd personnel to learn from the experiences of field offices in addressing and preparing for crises.

"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," Briones said.