By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that the Department of Education (DepEd) continues to focus on teachers’ welfare and continuing development, including helping them achieve financial stability.
Briones shared this as she delivered updates on the education sector during her keynote address at the Rotary Club of Manila’s (RCM) 16th Meeting for Rotary Centennial Year 2018-2019 at the New World Makati Hotel held recently.
She said the DepEd is “continuously prioritizing and expanding the teachers’ welfare by initiating significant developments in their compensation and benefits and helping them gain financial stability through financial literacy programs.” DepEd also continues to provide them with opportunities for their professional growth and will “conduct research on the motivation of teachers aimed at maximizing their full potentials towards excellence.”
During her speech, Briones also highlighted the various reforms and accomplishments of the DepEd –including the graduation of the first batch of senior high school completers of the K to 12 program. She also emphasized the complementarity between public and private education, as well as public and private school teachers
“It is not correct to believe that the public school teachers are less in quality than those in the private sector,” Briones said. “It is provided in the Constitution that public and private education should complement each other,” she added.
Meanwhile, DepEd – in partnership with the RCM – will also embark on a joint project dubbed, “Nationwide Chorale Group Competition and Song Writing Contest.” The said contest aimed at giving award and recognition to outstanding choral groups and encouraging songwriting.
“We should never neglect culture and history. I believe in music – it is the language of the soul,” Briones said. “A lesson can be most effectively taught through music. History makes us know ourselves,” she added.
Briones also expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the RCM for their generosity and for embarking on the said project. “The difference is that you are going to reward and recognize the outstanding choral groups and song writers, which shall, likewise, provide them the opportunity to move forward and bring choral groups to other places,” she ended.