Press Releases and Official Statements

Situating PISA Within Sulong EduKalidad

Participating in PISA

In 2018, DepEd boldly decided to participate in the Programme for International Assessment (PISA), an international assessment that measures 15-year old students’ reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years. We made the decision, despite anticipating a poor showing based on indications from our NAT performance, for a number of reasons:

  1. We want to find out our standing in global education, as we aim to globalize the quality of Philippine basic education;
  2. We want to take advantage of an assessment designed and constantly updated by education experts around the world; and
  3. We want to have data for further study to complement our ownnational assessment.

To many in the country, it should be a wake-up call that the standards of quality are not static, and we need to be always abreast of these standards.

What PISA is not about to us is a ranking system, a competition, and a race to the top. We take it for our own purpose. We also caution that assessments like PISA and NAT do not solely define quality. There are other dimensions of quality that are not comprehended by these tests. Our National Festival of Talents, our performance demonstration of skills, many of the soft skills that we need, these may not be fully captured by these assessments.

But we need to maximize and perform well in assessment standards such as the PISA as we shift our focus to the quality of basic education. These assessments provide us mechanisms for baseline setting, diagnosis, and benchmarking for progress.

Statement on the Philippines’ ranking in the 2018 PISA results

PASIG CITY, December 4, 2019 — For the first time, the Philippines joined the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018, as part of the Quality Basic Education reform plan and a step towards globalizing the quality of Philippine basic education. 

By participating in PISA, we will be able to establish our baseline in relation to global standards, and benchmark the effectiveness of our reforms moving forward. The PISA results, along with our own assessments and studies, will aid in policy formulation, planning and programming. 

Secretary Briones’ speech on the launch of Sulong Edukalidad

Access to Education

Provision of access to basic education has always been a key priority of our government. We all agree that access to education is the first step to achieving a bright future. That is why we always aim that every Filipino has and will have access to complete basic education.

Earlier this month, I reported to the President and the Cabinet that sustained historical government investment in education has produced major gains in access to education. Our continuous efforts resulted to access indicators showing upward development.

The achievements are being recognized by the people. DepEd has the highest approval rating among line agencies of the executive, and we have been reaching the highest levels of approval as a Department under the present term.

All these successes are not only of the department’s; these are the products of holistic, cohesive and unified efforts to provide the Filipinos access to basic education. This is why I–along with my team and the whole of DepEd family–continue to work hard, and to be grateful to all of you here who have contributed to this pursuit.

Still, no one should be left behind. We continue to address the remaining access gaps in basic education, such as through our Last Mile Schools Program.

Statement on the teacher-learner incident taken up at the program Tulfo in Action

PASIG CITY, November 24, 2019 – There are laws and policies that apply to students and teachers. DepEd takes care to ensure that both the learner and the teacher are treated with dignity and respect through policies and processes already existing at all levels of governance of DepEd (the schools, Regions, Divisions, and Central Office).

It appears that what transpired in the program was a move for on-the-spot compromise: the resignation of the teacher in exchange for the non-filing of complaints against her. In the DepEd Child Protection Policy, incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise. On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family.

Statement on the plan of Congress to review the K to 12 Program

PASIG CITY, October 21, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd) welcomes the plan of the House of Representatives to review the effectiveness of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

In a statement on Sunday, October 20, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Lower House is in consensus that the K to 12 Program has to be reviewed to allow DepEd to provide the status of the policies and programs, and identify its achievements and challenges since its implementation in S.Y. 2012-2013.

DepEd Assures the Public that the Rights of Children are Protected

PASIG CITY, October 20, 2019 – 

On September 20, 2019, the Assistant Regional Director and OIC of DepEd Region XI approved the recommendation of the Fact Finding Committee for the closure of the private schools operated by the Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center, Inc. (Salugpongan). This was received by the representative of Salugpongan on October 7, 2019.

World Teachers' Day Message of Sec. Briones

I wish our more than 800,000 Filipino teachers a happy and fruitful World Teachers’ Day!

Coming from a dynasty of teachers and as an educator myself, I have always been looking forward to this celebration—that special time of the year when citizens from all walks of life take a moment to salute the noblest of all professions.

This year’s theme, “Gurong PilipinoHanda sa Makabagong Pagbabago,” is highly auspicious as we, in the education sector, embark on a journey to the Fourth Industrial Revolution—the age of artificial intelligence, smart technologies, augmented realities, and cyber systems that obliterate the boundaries between the physical and digital.

For the complete story please see the link below.

Statement on the No-Homework Policy Bills

PASIG CITY, August 28, 2019 – With its issuance of the “Guidelines on Giving Homework or Assignment to All Public Elementary School Pupils,” otherwise known as DepEd Memorandum No. 392, series 2010, the Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates its commitment to the holistic development of learners inside and outside the classroom.

The said issuance aims to enable learners to have more quality time with their parents, family, and friends by limiting the homework/assignment to a reasonable quantity on school days and by eliminating the same during weekends.

Statement on the passing of Gina Lopez

PASIG CITY, August 22, 2019 – The Department of Education (DepEd) expresses its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and chairperson of ABS-CBN Foundation, who passed away on August 19 at the age of 65.

Education chief Leonor Magtolis Briones fondly remembers the former DENR chief, who was also a philanthropist, for her relentless passion for environmental protection and unparalleled tenacity in working for children’s welfare and human rights.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial