VP-elect Sara accepts DepEd portfolio

Presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte has agreed to head the Department of Education to help produce “skilled learners” for the country.

Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos, Jr. (BBM) revealed the deal Wednesday evening in a message to his supporters at the campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City. He predicted the growth of the country’s education sector as he relates her to being a mother who wants to make sure that children will be well-trained and well-educated.

“I asked Inday Sara if she can handle the job, it’s not easy to be secretary of education, and she agreed. I think it’s because she is a mother, and she wants to make sure her children are well-trained and well-educated. That’s the best education that we can hope for,” Marcos said.

Duterte, in her own statement, said she was thankful for the confidence given to her. She revealed that earlier, they discussed the option for her to be appointed as Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), but it will no longer be the case with the new development.

Duterte said she and talked talked again yesterday on how she could help in the country and they decided that she heads the DepEd to help produce skilled learners with the mindset to realize their “full potential as individuals.”

Outgoing DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said that although it is the “first time in an outgoing administration” to turn over a medium-term plan, they are confident the “Basic Education Plan 2030” will be in able hands and anticipate continuity.

“We thank Sec. Leonor Briones and the entire DepEd organization for their readiness to work with our team for the transition of leadership after the proclamation,” Duterte said.