The Department of Education (DepEd) included the resumption of face-to-face (F2F) classes as part of its contribution to the first 100 days of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Vice President and concurrent DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio said the reopening of F2F classes in August was one of the DepEd’s significant victories.  However, she noted that the education department is still assessing the “institutionalization of blended learning and online classes in basic education”.

Duterte-Carpio said the government is prioritizing the welfare of teachers with the Department of Budget and Management’s approval to create 5,000 administrative personnel positions for the year 2023 as well as the promised final tranche of the salary increase for teachers as provided under Republic Act No. 11466 that will be implemented next year.

“The DepEd, under the leadership of President Bongbong Marcos Jr. is committed to the goal for all Filipinos to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to a cohesive nation through the protection and promotion of the right to education,” said Duterte.

Last week, Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said Marcos is not keen on releasing his accomplishment report for his first 100 days in office. He said the president was wondering if it is necessary at all.  — Ronald Espartinez